as it were, but to be honest I would have preferred a sequel to Modern Warfare. Don't get me wrong, the game is still very enjoyable and lives up to the reputation of the series, but in some ways it just felt like more of the same and kind of uninspired. I mean we have two random characters experiencing some random battles through out the length of the war, but very little in the way of a story develops.
As far as graphics and sound the game is fantastic. If nothing else they deserve kudos for finally getting fire and smoke effects to look like something other than amorphous blobs on the screen. Some people were complaining about how everything looked the same and how it was hard to distinguish enemies at a distance, all I can say is that is what camouflage is about ;) The use of other tactics, ambushes from spider holes, snipers and the "banzai" charge were also nicely portrayed. The variety of weapons is good, but I suspect most people will stick to their usual favorites. Finally the variety of levels was ok given the story line they used. There were some exceptions but it was mostly either jungle/beach/trench warfare or a destroyed urban environment, but it didn't get too repetitive.
On the down side the player is very much the center of attention, no matter how off angle you are it always seems the MGs are pointing your way. The AI still left a lot to be desired. Frequently your squad members would stand toe to toe with the enemy and neither one would be taking much damage. They also, again, had a way of getting in your way, but not as bad as in CoD:MW so that is one improvement. Like MW though, the length was a little on the short side, taking about an afternoon (would have been quicker if I was better with throwing back grenades ;)).
Finally I have to say the inclusion of the zombie level is a blast. I've only played it once and didn't last very long, but I can see blowing a lot of time on that.
I just got my copy today i am an online guy so i only played the mission for about an hour just to get a feel for the game. I must say it is great but online play is better then story mode. I love the artillary strikes and the dogs. It is alot bloodier than cod4 for example when you get hit by a boom your arms or legs will blow off freakin cool. It took a little while to get used to the old style weapons but once you do its all fun from there. It is a must buy. If you love cod4 you will love cod5 you might not like the story mode but the online play is great.
I have all the COD games and love and own them all. This game is better than COD3 and similar to COD 2 with the Russian side of WWII as in COD2. It also has one enemy seldom seen in any game which is the Japanese. The Japanese where the most ruthless of all WWII. Hmm, I wonder why the Japanese ruthlessness is seldom exposed????? However, this is the only game, to my knowledge, that actually shows this side of the Japanese.
The most famous snipers in WWII were the Russians and this game has a great section where you are a Russian sniper in training. The Russian story line was great as was the Marines fighting the Japanese. Both sides where quite challenging. It seemed as though the enemy were very good with hand grenades as most of my deaths came from hand grenades.
The new weapons are the flame thrower but most new weapons in this game generally come from the fact the they are Japanese which, again are seldom seen in any game. However, the T34, Russian, tank fight was the most challenging and fun tank battle I have ever experienced in a game. Additionally, you are part of the black cats, aircraft used to save stranded sailors. The American narration was from Keifer Sutherland in was great as I love 24 hours. The Russian narration is from Gary Oldman. This is a big budget and very well done game as you would expect from the COD fame. However, this is very short solo game. All great games seem short but, I must admit this one is very short as I beat it in about 5 hours in solo mode. With this version of COD you see the end of WWII which I hope means we might see more recent conflicts like maybe the Korean War, the Vietman War ,the Afghanistan War, or the Iraq War. I really believe COD 4 is the very best game of this series and game that I have played to date. I really enjoy the more modern weapons, the ones that have scopes and dot type sights as used in COD4. This game is at least a rent and if you loved the other COD games a must have game.Have Fun Gary