Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty: WWII

Leo Chung, Staff Writer

On November 3, 2017, we will see the release of Call of Duty: WWII. Developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision, this installment is the second game set during World War II since Call of Duty: World at War in 2008.

This is the 14th game in the Call of Duty series, where previous installments like Infinite Warfare and Black Ops III were put into sci-fi futuristic setting. Unlike other installments, this game will feature more life-like and realistic gameplay as the developers seek to capture the hellish experience which makes up the Second World War.

This game features three primary modes: single player, multiplayer, and coop.

Single Player 

In single player, you play as a soldier in an infantry division where you fight against the military forces of the Axis.

Unlike previous titles where your character had “regenerating health” and “infinite stamina”, the gameplay in the campaign is a lot more tough and unforgiving. Instead of playing as a super-soldier that can soak damage like a sponge, you play as a run-of-the-mill soldier with little combat experience.  Just like actual combat, you must rely on your squadmates for ammunition and health in order to keep yourself in the fight. Cooperation becomes a major part of gameplay, as your teammates can spot enemies, give reconnaissance, and cover you, allowing you to be alert in a hectic battlefield. It’s clear that with this game, they are putting emphasis on working with your squad, rather than working alone.

This mode also features an experience (XP) system which accumulates when the player completes certain actions like helping wounded allies, capturing enemy soldiers, and completing objectives. Some campaign missions have you drive vehicles such as tanks, switching up the gameplay to have more fun and variety. This campaign mode lasts about six and a half hours, typical of most campaign lengths in the previous Call of Duty games.


In multiplayer, combat is similar to what you will see in the single-player mode except for the enemies you are fighting are controlled by actual people. Online multiplayer matches now feature the newly implemented War Mode. In War Mode, players must work as a team to defeat the enemy. These missions have a story-driven narrative behind them, allowing for an immersive experience as players engage in recreating iconic World War II battles. You will have access to iconic WWII-era weapons such as the M1 Garand and the STG44. You will fight in large beautiful battlefields which have dynamic weather and realistic foliage.

In multiplayer, you also create your own soldier which belongs to a division. This a radically new change since in the previous games, the multiplayer featured a create-a-class system, a system where you can equip your character with practically any weapon and with any skills. Now with divisions, your character will get weapons, skills, and training specific to that division, allowing your soldier to be specialized in certain areas. There are only five of these divisions: Airborne, Infantry, Armor, Mountain, and Expeditionary.


The only cooperative mode is the zombies mode which had been part of the Call of Duty series since World at War.  Aptly titled, Nazi Zombies, players have to cooperate as they have to fend off waves of the fascist undead and to survive intact. Killing zombies gets you points which are then used to buy useful perks, weapons, and access to different parts of the map. Playing this with friends makes for a terrific and fun experience as the action of getting chased down by hordes of zombies and mowing down never ceases. With large maps and an underlying story to discover, Nazi Zombies becomes a must-play feature for this game.

Overall, Call of Duty is going back to its previous roots set in the Second Great War. They provided an immersive but entertaining experience for the players.