Thursday, October 16 2008 @ 03:54 PM BST
Contributed by: Admin
by Joel Lauterbach
The next Call of Duty game will return to World War II, while incorporating many of the popular features from COD4: Modern Warfare. We got into the invitation beta, and our time with it left us hungry for more - impressed by the multiplayer and excited at the prospects of the single-player campaign.
A MULTIPLAYER BETA FOR Call of Duty: World At War has landed - at least, for those of you with invitation codes. Or those who are again making use of the exploit that’s been around since Call of Duty 4... but we won't go there. In any case, we were rather excited to try this out after the immense success that Call of Duty 4 has had world-wide and the enormous online following that it has generated.
Call of Duty: World At War is being developed by the guys and gals at Treyarch. They are the minds behind Call of Duty 3. Which was a bit of a dud. So Treyarch has had a significant amount of work to do to live up to the expectations that Infinity Ward has fostered with Call of Duty 4. Fortunately, things are looking good - Call of Duty: World At War shares many of the great aspects that we came to know and love from Infinity Ward’s creation.
When you launch the demo you will immediately be greeted by the all-too-familiar menu system from the previous game, however the matchmaking has been fine-tuned somewhat (luckily for us Kiwis).
You can now select if you would like to play against people geographically close to you, or let the game find the quickest game. This is a feature that every online title should have, so it is good to see that Treyarch has picked this up.
The gameplay itself is very similar to that of its predecessor as well. The levelling and perks system still exists, although there are even more perks now and they reflect the fact that Treyarch has taken us back to the Second World War with this title. We’ve all played WWII shooters until we were blue in the face, but World At War will take you all around the main battlefields, from the Pacific to the icy depths of Russia, and the game really changes the scene from what we have come to expect.
The perks, as they do in Call of Duty 4, motivate you to progress you character and develop skills that work for your playing style. They include things like deep impact, gas mask, gas grenades and the like. Also still there are the kill streak rewards, meaning that you will gain access to artillery strikes and recon planes which can give you an indication of enemy positions.