The latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise has released, bringing the Call of Duty series back to World War II. Reviews for the game have begun to trickle out and it looks like Activision and Sledgehammer have succeeded in bringing Call of Duty back to earth – literally.
The move from futuristic space-filled gameplay to World War II has proved successful. As per usual, the campaign is the weakest part of the game – but it's "filler-free" and enjoyable. The multiplayer, the iconic part of the franchise, is being hailed as the best part of the game and even the new features are being enjoyed.
Things are looking pretty good for the game.
Metacritic is currently sitting at 86/100 and OpenCritic at 85/100 (at the time of writing). Call of Duty: WWII is set to release today, bringing free in-game items to anyone who plays the game before November 17th, 2017. Check out some reviews from around the web below:
Game Informer 8.75/10
"While the campaign fails to provide a compelling tale and is often bogged down in uninteresting large-scale slaughter, Call of Duty:WWII nails its multiplayer, new social hub, and zombie modes to provide the back to boot-on-the-ground experience fans have clamored for since the first foray into space."
"From moment to moment, though, the campaign is solid, unwavering fun with some great set pieces and moments. Taking a step back really exposes the single player as a collection of good levels and ideas strung together, rather than a narrative. The experience overall though is good and, with such an enjoyable and varied multiplayer offering, everything ultimately balances out.
"Ultimately, if every shooter set in the European Theater of World War II is measured by how it depicts its D-Day landing–assuming it has such a mission–Call of Duty: WWII emphatically succeeds in its impactful designs and delivery. The sensation of riding the troop carrier as it approached the beach filled me with depression more than dread, knowing I'd survive eventually while many of my surrounding brothers in arms wouldn't. While not equally emotional, this battle's reinterpretation in War mode proves to be a highlight in a superb suite of competitive modes. Zombies rounds off this stellar return to form, effectively blending the ferocity of online cooperative play with the goal-driven satisfaction of found in the campaign. As one of the most comprehensive and filler-free Call of Dutys in recent memory, Call of Duty: WWII successfully capitalizes on the series' strengths.
World War II was the right move. Call of Duty reaches back to its roots to bring players an entry worthy of the series’ namesake. The campaign is emotional, multiplayer is classic, and Nazi Zombies is downright dark and terrifying. No matter which kind of player you are, there is something for everyone, whether it’s a cinematic story, a competitive and social multiplayer, or an immensely difficult battle against undead Nazis. Call of Duty: WWII is another incredible package of experiences, each distinct from the others, but tied together by the unifying themes of World War II that deserve your attention.