Review by TheBukanator
"Call of Duty: World at War -- the ONLY FPS for the Wii!"
Call of Duty: World at War is the fifth game in the Call of Duty series, but only the second Call of Duty game to come to Wii. In this action-packed first person shooter, you play as a Marine Raider in the Pacific jumping from island to island to a Russian soldier in the Red Army seeking revenge in Germany for his motherland. From industrial cities of Germany to the primitive island of the pacific, you will find much joy in whipping Axis's soldiers butts in these 14 exciting levels.
The graphics are, unfortunately, the worst part of the game, although they are not really that bad. The graphics for CoD: WaW are pretty good, especially when you look at its counterparts, James Bond: Quantum of Solace, and Call of Duty 3. While the characters, especially the enemies, may not look to handsome, but you are hardly close enough to see their faces in full anyways. The graphics, of course, cannot compare to that of Call of Duty: World at War for the PS3 or Xbox 360, such as the lack of last bullet holes, or bullet holes at all, for that matter. While CoD: WaW may be a downgrade from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions in graphics, don't let that get you down!
Why else would you get the game if it didn't play good? Well CoD: WaW is certainly worth the money! All 14 levels differ in some way, all objectives different, not the usual go here and kill everyone along the way, then kill everyone when you get here, just with different surroundings and different guns like previous Call of Duty's. From being a tank-killer, to burning out Japs in bunkers, you will never get a sense of deja-vu. The game steadily gets harder, and you wouldn't even notice unless you played the first and last level back-to-back.
Most people feared a FPS on the Wii would be too much like Duck Hunt or something of the likes, or maybe a repeat of the impossible-to-control-CoD3. However, CoD: WaW has some of the easiest controls you can find. To reload, all you have to do is simply shake the Nunchuck. For a melee attack, you just have to shake the Wii-Remote. If those seem a bit too responsive/unresponsive, you can always adjust that in the Controls menu. And still if you don't like that, you can always press the buttons on the Wii-Remote for reload and melee attack.
There are many things that you can tweak in the controls menu to fit your likings, however the default settings are the most comfortable for most. Another thing that is included is the dead-zone, the area of the screen in which you must move the cross hairs out of for the camera to move, which is also able to be adjusted.
This is the best part of the game. This is what decides if Call of Duty: World at War is a buy or rent game. It's definitely a buy game! Much like CoD4, there are custom classes, and you unlock weapons and perks as you climb in levels. Different game types awards you with different amounts of experience points for each kill, and after each match (winning team receiving more experience then the losing team), along with assists giving you experience. However, when you reach 65, the highest level, you can start all over again for a level of prestige, (also like CoD4) but this, unlike CoD4, awards you with an extra custom class, enabling you to have 10 total custom classes once you reach level 10 prestige.
The match-finder is a great system. You will never be matched with players above or below your skill level, (another reason for the level/prestige system) which is great, as to not frustrate any new and experienced players.
Believe me, if you have an internet connection, you will be using it to play this game online. It is absolutely amazing enough, but when you add online play... it's just outstanding.
This game is a no-question classic. Easily named the best first-person shooter for the Wii. All others fall short compared to this glorious game. Although the graphics are okay at best, this game is a must buy. You will spend countless hours gunning downs Nazis and Japs, and playing online with friends and players all around the world. If you buy this game, you will absolutely love it.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/05/09
Game Release: Call of Duty: World at War (US, 11/10/08)
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