previews\ Oct 26, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Call of Duty 3: Roads to Victory - PSP - Preview

At a time when the genre was all but tapped out, Activision’s original Call of Duty for the PC came out of the gate and breathed fresh air into the stagnant world of WWII shooters. Now, some years later, the series is still as strong as ever, with solid entries across the board, from PC to current-gen and next-gen consoles. This spring, Call of Duty will be making another platform hop to the handheld format. Call of Duty: Roads to Victory marks the series’ debut on the PSP. At a recent press event held by Activision, GameZone was recently shown the game in preview form and the results are coming along nicely. If the preview build (not to mention the series’ stalwart reputation) is any indication, then this could be one to check out.

Call of Duty: Roads to Victory presents the player with a brand new campaign following the exploits of three soldiers representing different nations involved in the WWII conflict. You’ll play as soldiers from the US, Canada, and Britain as you fight against the Nazi forces. The game will have similar gun battles to its console/PC brethren spread out over 13 missions, with a set amount for each soldier that you play as.

The developer of the game, Amaze, has taken great lengths to recognize the shortcomings of the PSP and how the system’s overall design is somewhat limiting, especially for the FPS genre. Therefore, the control scheme for Call of Duty: Roads to Victory will be very tweakable, making it so just about any PSP owner can find a set-up that works for them. The auto-aim system will also be very forgiving, which is pretty much a necessity when it comes to the PSP’s twitchy analog nub.

Graphically, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory is looking very good, and should flex the PSP’s muscles. What little we saw of the game showcased some intense environments with great looking character models and great looking weapon models as well.

Call of Duty will also offer some robust ad hoc multiplayer features, with several token game modes like Deathmatch and CTF. All in all, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory is looking to be another solid entry to the successful franchise. Expect it this spring.

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