By Luis Viloria
The Call of Duty video game franchise has been around for 14 years. There are 13 games in the series. The most popular games in terms of sales are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, released in 2011, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, released in 2010.
The franchise’s popularity began decreasing when the new games became overly-complicated and lost touch with the realism that the fans loved. The appeal of Call of Duty was the great story mode and awesome multiplayer gameplay option. Later on, the stories became boring and the multiplayer, dull.
Then, on Nov. 3 2017, Call of Duty: World War II was released and was highly rated by video game and entertainment media companies. It has an interesting story mode and included the mechanics of the original games that fans have come to know and love.
Students had great things to say about the new release as well. “I love how balanced the game is with different class, and HQ was the best addition to the game; it adds more realism.” Matthew Faulkner, junior digital design major, said.
“I really like the limited mobility of no jetpacks and also how well-themed the game is; it feels very real,” Liam Hendricks, sophomore environmental sustainability major, said.
The game takes place during World War II. The player is a United States soldier in the first infantry fighting in the western front in Europe during the last leg of the war. The first level makes the situation real; it goes from being just a game to the player realizing that the events depicted in the game actually happened. It makes the experience very surreal and somewhat saddening knowing that people experienced the actual events. The game does a great job of giving the characters humanity and making them relatable. The video graphics are also impressive.
The multiplayer gameplay setting is interesting and simple in this new rendition of the game, and it maintains the intensity and competitive feel that the old games had. It has traditional warfare without jet packs, drones or bionic dogs. It is a clear-cut first-person shooter.
The game still has its problems. One of them is that many of the multiplier maps are simple, small and dull. Another is the microtransactions which allow users to purchase virtual goods in the game.
Overall, I would rate the game a 4/5. It brought back everything the players wanted but still has more to work on when it comes to the microtransaction and the simplicity of some of the maps.
The game is available for purchase in GameStop and Best Buy stores and online at www.amazon.com.