Don't Feel Like Writing Out A Review...

...mostly because I don't want to throw that much profanity into a review.

Either way, consider this as much of a review as you will get for Call of Duty: World at War from me.

Single player isn't nearly as epic as the past games.  Too much flamethrower shit.  Rocked co-op with my boss last night since we couldn't pick up Left 4 Dead until later today.  The co-op worked okay, but after playing the Gears 2 co-op where I could have separate difficulty settings, I don't think I can go back to regular co-op that isn't Left 4 Dead anytime soon.  You play across two campaigns, and neither one is very stellar.  You use the flamethrower a whole lot, but really, all you need to know is that I just didn't know how to feel about Harry Truman picking Jack Bauer of all people to lead me into the battlefield and yell "get your fucking ass moving, soldier".  I remember when this franchise was rated Teen and didn't have to rely on blood, gore, and/or strong language to tell its story...and I'm getting to the point that I PREFERRED it that way.

In about 10-12 hours of gameplay over the past couple of days, I busted the multiplayer rank up from 1 to 30-something (I think 32, but I'm not at the Xbox right now).  Kind of sad to think that it didn't take that long, but given that I can 55 a CoD4 profile pretty fucking quick, it's not completely impossible to think.
One of the things that everyone has complained about is the maps in multiplayer.  There are quite a handful (I would say about half at least) that are way too fucking big.  There were times I was wandering aimlessly around a battlefield looking for a fight, and nothing was in sight.  However, I started thinking about it...really thinking about it...and I see where the problem for this is...

When Call of Duty 4 came out, a lot of people complained that on the PC, the maps for it were way too small for supporting as many players as it did.  Well, with World at War coming out, Treyarch made a lot of the maps bigger...but they didn't think about the console market that ate up CoD4...I would assume, at least.  In turn, the consoles got to bite the bullet this time around.

Overall, there are three maps that I found to be worthwhile:  Upheaval, Makin, and one of my new personal favorites in ANY multiplayer game, DOME!  That map is absolutely incredible and very well made, and to think that Treyarch was able to create something that astonishingly fast-paced and fun gives me hope for them yet!!!  lol  I adore Dome like I adore Karkand on BF2.  Other than that, it has a few memorable maps outside of that, like Cliffside or Asylum.

My biggest problem with the multiplayer is a continuing problem in many multiplayer games:  tanks.

WHY THE FUCK DO WE NEED TANKS IN AN INFANTRY-BASED SETUP?!?!  The fact that they have armor on the outside of them that has to be penetrated, followed by about 3-4 rockets after to kill one of them...and that's if you are hitting an exposed area....is ABSOLUTE HORSESHIT!!!  There is NO reason for tanks to EVER be in CoD games, and for some reason, Treyarch has put vehicles into BOTH of their games.  It's so damned stupid.  It single-handedly ruins maps like Outskirt, Seelow, and Roundhouse!!!  Roundhouse would've been perfectly fine if it were a bit smaller and had no fucking vehicles!!!

I'm just baffled, that's all.

Besides that, the game just isn't as memorable as any of the previous CoD games, and it definitely does not live up to the pinnacle of single and multiplayer that was set by IW's Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 4.  I enjoyed CoD3's single-player, but the multiplayer was just god-awful.  World at War, though...is that game you will play in your off-time from CoD4 until IW comes out with a new one (and let's just PRAY they finally go to Vietnam!).
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Posted by jakob187
...mostly because I don't want to throw that much profanity into a review.

Either way, consider this as much of a review as you will get for Call of Duty: World at War from me.

Single player isn't nearly as epic as the past games.  Too much flamethrower shit.  Rocked co-op with my boss last night since we couldn't pick up Left 4 Dead until later today.  The co-op worked okay, but after playing the Gears 2 co-op where I could have separate difficulty settings, I don't think I can go back to regular co-op that isn't Left 4 Dead anytime soon.  You play across two campaigns, and neither one is very stellar.  You use the flamethrower a whole lot, but really, all you need to know is that I just didn't know how to feel about Harry Truman picking Jack Bauer of all people to lead me into the battlefield and yell "get your fucking ass moving, soldier".  I remember when this franchise was rated Teen and didn't have to rely on blood, gore, and/or strong language to tell its story...and I'm getting to the point that I PREFERRED it that way.

In about 10-12 hours of gameplay over the past couple of days, I busted the multiplayer rank up from 1 to 30-something (I think 32, but I'm not at the Xbox right now).  Kind of sad to think that it didn't take that long, but given that I can 55 a CoD4 profile pretty fucking quick, it's not completely impossible to think.
One of the things that everyone has complained about is the maps in multiplayer.  There are quite a handful (I would say about half at least) that are way too fucking big.  There were times I was wandering aimlessly around a battlefield looking for a fight, and nothing was in sight.  However, I started thinking about it...really thinking about it...and I see where the problem for this is...

When Call of Duty 4 came out, a lot of people complained that on the PC, the maps for it were way too small for supporting as many players as it did.  Well, with World at War coming out, Treyarch made a lot of the maps bigger...but they didn't think about the console market that ate up CoD4...I would assume, at least.  In turn, the consoles got to bite the bullet this time around.

Overall, there are three maps that I found to be worthwhile:  Upheaval, Makin, and one of my new personal favorites in ANY multiplayer game, DOME!  That map is absolutely incredible and very well made, and to think that Treyarch was able to create something that astonishingly fast-paced and fun gives me hope for them yet!!!  lol  I adore Dome like I adore Karkand on BF2.  Other than that, it has a few memorable maps outside of that, like Cliffside or Asylum.

My biggest problem with the multiplayer is a continuing problem in many multiplayer games:  tanks.

WHY THE FUCK DO WE NEED TANKS IN AN INFANTRY-BASED SETUP?!?!  The fact that they have armor on the outside of them that has to be penetrated, followed by about 3-4 rockets after to kill one of them...and that's if you are hitting an exposed area....is ABSOLUTE HORSESHIT!!!  There is NO reason for tanks to EVER be in CoD games, and for some reason, Treyarch has put vehicles into BOTH of their games.  It's so damned stupid.  It single-handedly ruins maps like Outskirt, Seelow, and Roundhouse!!!  Roundhouse would've been perfectly fine if it were a bit smaller and had no fucking vehicles!!!

I'm just baffled, that's all.

Besides that, the game just isn't as memorable as any of the previous CoD games, and it definitely does not live up to the pinnacle of single and multiplayer that was set by IW's Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 4.  I enjoyed CoD3's single-player, but the multiplayer was just god-awful.  World at War, though...is that game you will play in your off-time from CoD4 until IW comes out with a new one (and let's just PRAY they finally go to Vietnam!).
Posted by Milkman

Yeah, the tanks kind of pissed me off too. Well, at least, when I'm not in them...

Posted by daniel_beck_90

that Tank is screwed up

Posted by jakob187
Milkman said:
"Yeah, the tanks kind of pissed me off too. Well, at least, when I'm not in them..."
LOL  Prime scenario, I must say.
Another thing that I just thought of:  I like that Treyarch found a way to keep the K:D spreads pretty narrow, but it's a shitty way of doing it.  The respawn points for multiplayer always seem to spawn folks up right next to the enemies for about three-four spawns, then it moves away from their asses.  To top that off, is it just me...or do all the guns in the game hold next to NO fucking ammo?!  I mean, unloading an ENTIRE clip from a Thompson (without Round Drum, mind you) in order to fucking kill ONE guy?  Granted, that's about a 60% thing that happens, so either I'm just a terrible aim (but rockin' top three on K:D and score in each round tells me I must be doing SOMETHING right without perks) or this game's got some shit SERIOUSLY fucked up!
Posted by TheGTAvaccine

I can strongly agree with you on Dome's awesome-ness. I think the singe player is pretty much shit, and I'm not even compelled to finish it...but I guess I could chalk that up to me having Banjo and Gears 2 to play. Anyways, the multiplayer is decent, but nowhere near CoD4's.

Edited by jakob187
TheGTAvaccine said:
"I can strongly agree with you on Dome's awesome-ness. I think the singe player is pretty much shit, and I'm not even compelled to finish it...but I guess I could chalk that up to me having Banjo and Gears 2 to play. Anyways, the multiplayer is decent, but nowhere near CoD4's."
It's good to know that everyone seems to agree about Dome.  Every single time the map came up last night, all you would hear on the microphones was "if someone votes this, they are fucking noobs".  I think I just like the fact that once the match starts, you take three steps and ***BAM*** enemies!  It also just has the right setup for multiplayer:  you can distinctify every single area as something separate.  It's none of that "oh, there's guys in..umm....that...building there...".  It's "by the statue" or "on the second floor" or "at the stairs" or "in the passageway", and you know EXACTLY where it is.
Posted by Psynapse

Lol.... i'm glad i didn't go out and get it... I may play it later down the track... but meh..

Posted by TheGTAvaccine
jakob187 said:
"TheGTAvaccine said:
"I can strongly agree with you on Dome's awesome-ness. I think the singe player is pretty much shit, and I'm not even compelled to finish it...but I guess I could chalk that up to me having Banjo and Gears 2 to play. Anyways, the multiplayer is decent, but nowhere near CoD4's."
It's good to know that everyone seems to agree about Dome.  Every single time the map came up last night, all you would hear on the microphones was "if someone votes this, they are fucking noobs".  I think I just like the fact that once the match starts, you take three steps and ***BAM*** enemies!  It also just has the right setup for multiplayer:  you can distinctify every single area as something separate.  It's none of that "oh, there's guys in..umm....that...building there...".  It's "by the statue" or "on the second floor" or "at the stairs" or "in the passageway", and you know EXACTLY where it is."
Yeah, I like the close quarters feel of it, but I also always find myself looking down into the actual dome and just thinking "man, wonder what the hell's going on down there?" or "man it'd be cool to check that out"
Posted by jakob187
TheGTAvaccine said:
"jakob187 said:
"TheGTAvaccine said:
"I can strongly agree with you on Dome's awesome-ness. I think the singe player is pretty much shit, and I'm not even compelled to finish it...but I guess I could chalk that up to me having Banjo and Gears 2 to play. Anyways, the multiplayer is decent, but nowhere near CoD4's."
It's good to know that everyone seems to agree about Dome.  Every single time the map came up last night, all you would hear on the microphones was "if someone votes this, they are fucking noobs".  I think I just like the fact that once the match starts, you take three steps and ***BAM*** enemies!  It also just has the right setup for multiplayer:  you can distinctify every single area as something separate.  It's none of that "oh, there's guys in..umm....that...building there...".  It's "by the statue" or "on the second floor" or "at the stairs" or "in the passageway", and you know EXACTLY where it is."
Yeah, I like the close quarters feel of it, but I also always find myself looking down into the actual dome and just thinking "man, wonder what the hell's going on down there?" or "man it'd be cool to check that out""
LOL  Yeah, I've thought that myself.  Threw a grenade down there a couple times, just to see if someone said "OUCH".
Posted by Origina1Penguin

You game with your boss?  Awesome.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job do you have?

Posted by jakob187
Origina1Penguin said:
"You game with your boss?  Awesome.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job do you have?"
Mini-bio.
Posted by lamegame621
Origina1Penguin said:
"You game with your boss?  Awesome.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job do you have?"
  He works at a gaming center. Fucking awesome.

I think the only multiplayer where tanks have worked effectively has been the Battlefield franchise.
Posted by jakob187
lamegame621 said:
"Origina1Penguin said:
"You game with your boss?  Awesome.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job do you have?"
  He works at a gaming center. Fucking awesome.

I think the only multiplayer where tanks have worked effectively has been the Battlefield franchise."
I can agree, but when BF2 has an infantry only mode available in it, I'm kind of curious why such an option wouldn't be available in CoD...
Posted by lamegame621
jakob187 said:
"lamegame621 said:
"Origina1Penguin said:
"You game with your boss?  Awesome.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job do you have?"
  He works at a gaming center. Fucking awesome.

I think the only multiplayer where tanks have worked effectively has been the Battlefield franchise."
I can agree, but when BF2 has an infantry only mode available in it, I'm kind of curious why such an option wouldn't be available in CoD..."
ah, i see. Yeah, there definitely should be an infantry-only mode. I think the only thing that struck me as really exciting about the game was the nazi zombies anywya.
Posted by Origina1Penguin
jakob187 said:
"Origina1Penguin said:
"You game with your boss?  Awesome.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job do you have?"
Mini-bio."
I see.  Pretty damn cool.