By Joseph McMullen ‘19
The long, cold, and life-threatening fight of the second World War scared many people, especially young men. In the latest installment of the Call of Duty® franchise, “Call of Duty WWII”, players journey through many missions in a fierce attempt to stop the all-powerful country, Germany. “Call of Duty: WWII” was incredibly designed game that proved Sledgehammer Games can produce a well-constructed Call of Duty® title.
Essentially, the game takes players back in time to World War II. In the campaign of the game, players are put into the shoes of a soldier by the name of Private Ronald ‘Red’ Daniels, a young boy from Texas. Private Daniels fights alongside his best friend, Private Robert Zussman, and the other soldiers of the U.S. First Infantry Division to attack Germany from inside its lines and prevent it from taking over the world.
The story begins with Private Daniels fooling around with a group of 3 other soldiers, one of
them being his best friend. They soon prepare to head out to the frontlines of Normandy, France
on what is known as D-Day. Players fight through the enemy forces as they try to help their
team survive the war.
The gameplay for “Call of Duty: WWII” is fairly well designed. Ever since “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”, the majority of the fanbase wanted Call of Duty® to go back to being boots-on-the- ground instead of high-flying with jetpacks. Sledgehammer Games made the right choice to keep this game boots-on- the-ground. Along with this, each individual mode was phenomenal, respectively. The campaign did an amazing job at allowing you to make certain choices that would be made within the real World War. At some points during the campaign, players are able to decide between saving fellow soldiers, or to press on through enemy fire.
In the multiplayer gamemode, Sledgehammer Games balanced a lot more with the exclusion of jetpacks and overpowered weapons. The multiplayer brings back the desire to use a variety of weapons based on the player’s interest and not by how powerful they are. Also, players are able to choose between different types of soldiers, including but not limited to, the infantry, the Armored Division, and the Expeditionary. Multiplayer, compared to past titles, was designed very well.
The zombies gamemode was just as well made. In past Call of Duty® titles, many fans felt that the gamemode was becoming more of a goofy cartoon than a horrific survival. Sledgehammer Games brought back that original scare factor to zombies. There are also still amazing Easter eggs, or hidden secrets, to find within the zombies gamemode. The graphics of the “Call of Duty: WWII” look incredible, especially on the PC version where graphical settings can be adjusted. The game does an amazing job making players feel like they were fighting back in World War II. The explosions, gunfire, and even the in-game cutscenes look realistic.
Character development was executed extremely well. Just within the first in-game cutscene of the campaign, a group of four soldiers are sitting around a table together, two of them being Private ‘Red’ Daniels and Private Zussman. The four are really laid back and seem to act like they are cool guys. When the four realize that they are going to be late for deployment, they start heading to their stations. Just before the cutscene fades out, we see the brotherly connection between Private ‘Red’ Daniels and Private Zussman. Private Zussman says to Private Daniels, “Since I’m obviously on a lucky streak, whatever happens, stay close. First Normandy, then the Rhine [River]. We got this Daniels,” (Mission One: D-Day).
Brotherhood is the main theme that is continuously conveyed throughout the campaign. As the story presses on, the characters see the true horror and devastation that war brings. The boys cannot believe what they see in front of them, but they hold it together as much as possible, and mature as they help America bring down the all-powerful country of Germany.
The game, overall, was spectacular. Sledgehammer Games delivered the Call of Duty® title the
fans wanted. Compared to past titles, “Call of Duty: WWII” was most certainly part of the top 5 best Call of Duty® games ever made. Hopefully future titles for Call of Duty® will be just as good if not better than this one.
Source: Call of Duty: WWII. Playstation 4 version, Activision, 2017