Poor old Treyarch. It keeps plugging away putting out the odd-numbered Call of Duty games and yet it’s Infinity Ward that keeps claiming all the glory. It’s a shame that CoD: World at War was seemingly overlooked - it got solid reviews and frankly has more single-player hours than the smash-sequel Modern Warfare 2. So if you’re yearning for a new first-person shooter we recommend snatching this from Amazon, which is selling it for £3 less than next nearest Game.
This game is based on the Call of Duty 4 engine (you could also say the entire gameplay is based on Call of Duty 4) with the same level of detail and action-packed sequences, all designed to keep you on your toes. Even the split storyline is right out of the CoD4 design manual, though the split has you following an American soldier in the Pacific and a Russian Red Army soldier, forcing the Germans out of Stalingrad back to Berlin.
Treyarch seem to approach game design almost as a series of sub-games with the story a secondary item, as you find yourself moving from one unrelated level to the next. That doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining - the explosive entertainment on offer here really does match that of Call of Duty 4. It’s only when you take a step back and ask, what’s actually going on here? Then you realise the whole thing is somewhat disjointed.
But this is even less of an issue when you start taking advantage of the multiplayer options. Full co-op play via split screen, online or LAN enables you to relive any level with three friends, or enjoy the slightly oddly placed zombie mode. Of course there’s full-on combative multiplayer but it's the one aspect that can’t live up to its predecessors or indeed the latest addition to the CoD family. But that aside, the single player game is by all definitions explosive fun.
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