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World at War

Call of Duty: World At War

November 11, 2008
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Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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Date of Review: August 14, 2012
Format Reviewed:
  Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin:   English / USA
Online Capability:  Online multiplayer (up to 4 players) and downloadable content (DLC) available.  There are 6 multiplayer modes, including death match, capture-the-flag and Nazi zombies (a popular game where players work to defeat Nazi soldiers that have been turned into mindless zombies).  Both cooperative and competitive modes are available.
Prequels: Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Sequels:
Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Mobilized, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:  None required.

Review:

Plot:
Set in the theater of World War II, Call of Duty: World at War follows the lives of a few chosen soldiers throughout their campaigns to secure the allied victory over the axis of evil.  Players assume the role of both American and Soviet Union forces battling for their lives and freedoms on land, air, and sea.

Cultural / Historical Value: 
Call of Duty: World At War is part of the popular Call of Duty series.  Overall, the game received decent reviews although some critics complained that the title was too similar to other titles in the series.  The sound quality and graphics have been praised, as was the voice acting of Hollywood actors Kiefer Sutherland (Corporal Roebuck) and Gary Oldman (Sergeant Viktor Reznov).  When it was released, this game was one of the highest selling titles of all time.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics: 
Although it is not an entirely accurate depiction of World War II, this game demonstrates videogames’ power to document history like no other medium.  Memories of WWII are vividly resurrected and preserved in the game’s graphics and storytelling.  Anyone who plays this game will gather an appreciation for the heroes who fought in WWII and for the lives of all soldiers who have faced the tribulations and terrors of war – all from the comfort of their own living room.  Although not a substitute for actual historical documents from this time period, this can help students understand more about the time period and conflict depicted.

Replay Value:  
Call of Duty: World at War has many multi-player modes, which add to the replayability of the title.  One such mode, aptly titled Nazi Zombies, allows players to combat terrifying zombies wearing Nazi regalia.  Online versions of the game allow up to 16 players to play at once.  Both cooperative and competitive matches exist – including variations on Capture the Flag and Team Death Match.

Likely Audiences:
This game is not for the faint of heart.  Those who are fresh to the content of war games may become physically ill from this simulated experience of war and should beware.  Call of Duty: World at War is a first-person shooter game.  Therefore, fans of first-person shooters or war games will probably find much to like from this title.  Fans of multi-player gaming will also have interest in this game for its many varied multi-player options.

Overall Score:
95/100

Other Reviews:
1up.com
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

 

About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Golden Joystick Awards 2008One to Watch Award Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2008Best Multiplayer Game Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2008Big Name in the Game Male
(Kiefer Sutherland as Sgt. Roebuck)
Winner
Interactive Achievement Awards 2009Action Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Mobile Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Multiplayer Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Nintendo Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Online Game of the Year Runner Up
Interactive Achievement Awards 2009Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009PC Game of the Year Third Place
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Playstation Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Ultimate Game of the Year Runner Up
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Xbox Game of the Year Third Place
Golden Joystick Awards 2009Handheld Game of the Year Third Place
Golden Joystick Awards 2010Downloadable Game of the Year Third Place

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ESRB Description:
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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