Review: Call of Duty: WWII (Xbox One)

Call of Duty: WWII returns to its roots with a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation.

Pros:

  • Tremendous graphics. The locations and player detail are incredible and definitely one of the better looking COD games.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • 54.1 GB Download size.
  • Familiar controls.
  • Modes- Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies.
  • Headquarters(HQ)- Online hub akin to Destinys tower. You can meet new players in this social space. Get missions from your Captain, Mailroom, Contracts, Gun range and R&R area or practice using the killstreaks and a one v one match area which you can watch.
  • Full leaderboard support for modes.
  • Splitscreen support.
  • Full mp bots playlist. You don’t earn mp rank but hey.
  • Multiplayer- Public, Ranked, Custom, MLG gamebattles, and Zombies.
  • Multiplayer modes- War, Domination, Search and destroy, Kill confirmed, Gridiron, Free for all, Hardpoint and capture the flag.
  • Hardcore playlists- Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, Domination and free for all.
  • Multiplayer is a lot more grounded and rewarding than previous games.
  • Play of the game replaces last kill replay at the end of rounds/games.
  • R&R area allows you to play retro Atari titles like River Raid.
  • Cool animated calling cards.
  • Supply drops are loot boxes.
  • Earn supply drops and EXP boosters from doing missions and tasks.
  • Weekly and daily challenges.
  • Full stats breakdown.
  • War game mode- Plays a bit like the missions mode in Battlefield. You play two rounds, Attack and defend, Do 3 objectives one by one within the time limit. Has cutscenes and no killstreaks.
  • Respectful yet gruesome campaign. It is very much a standard story that you have heard a million times but it is a solid experience and fun to play.
  • Divisions- Enlist with one of the divisions to earn unique buffs and abilities. Each one has an old school style recruitment video. The divisions are Airborne, Mountain, Infantry, Armoured, and Expeditionary.
  • Level up. I hear you like leveling up? Well, you now need to level up your division, Your individual character, and your guns. Doing so unlocks new attachments or buffs.
  • Gun customisation- Unlock camo, Paint, reticles, and attachments like grips and sights. You can prestige your gun to add even more customise options.
  • Prestige is back and stronger than ever.
  • Collectibles in single player.
  • Very addictive multiplayer.
  • Can set which mode loads upon game boot up.
  • In SP you can call out a teammate to aid you like give health, Spot enemies or give ammo.
  • Manages to make old modern. Going for automatic and semi-automatic guns, You can still get the COD feel by unlocking crazy camo colors, Decent and fitting reticules etc.
  • No more regenerating health in SP. Health packs are back.
  • Daily sign-in bonus where you get 100 credits every 4 hours.
  • Currency- You get credits that you use to buy contracts (extra missions and the ability to unlock bonus supply drops and EXP boosters). Rank tokens are used to unlock new divisions and weapons and killstreaks.
  • No in-app purchases….Yet.
  • Supply drops only drop in HQ and has a cool animation and other players can watch you open them and what you got.
  • Customising your card. You can find calling cards and avatars from supply drops and unlock them with credits.
  • EXP boosters are available for weapons, your own exp and division exp.
  • Loot- Calling cards, avatars, attachments etc are all possible from supply drops but can be bought and are all grouped in a common to epic rating. Dupe drops give credits instead.

Cons:

  • Long loading times.
  • Very bland color palette, A lot of brown and greys.
  • A lot of connectivity issues especially with HQ to the point where you are always spawned into empty HQ. I think they may have temporarily turned them off atm as it just isn’t working.
  • Running is slow.
  • War is a good idea but a lot of bad level layouts like corridor clusterfucks and too much dependency on luck or actual teamwork.
  • Bad respawns online.
  • Not all things get explained like all the currencies or social rank.
  • MP is very hard to get into as the matchmaking is non-existent, Be prepared to get your ass handed to you.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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