After finishing COD WaW in 1 night id have to say that it is about what i expected. Proficient graphics, good sound, and high production values are there. However, nothing about the game really excited me in the same way that call of duty 4 did. With the exception of a couple of missions it just all felt like an expansion pack to the previous WW2 entries in the franchise. As a side note I felt some of the intro videos to the mission were in fairly bad taste. To use footage of real executions for entertainment value is highly questionable. I'm surprised that there isn't much of an uproar about it. 7/10
I was pleasantly surprised when I started playing COD:WAW. You can tell right away that you are back in the WWII setting but if you're playing this game I hope you were prepared for that!
Anyway, the controls are just as good as COD4 first of all (pretty much identical actually). Personally I think that was the main thing that set COD4 apart so this is a very good start in my opinion. The story really moves quickly (and is kind of short to be honest). It is full of action from start to finish. There are a few missions that are a bit reminiscent of COD4 but you'll see when you get there.
You really don't get to know the characters in this game as well as COD4 and that is really unfortunate to me. The story in COD4 was awesome and the end was absolutely mind blowing. I was actually upset about what happened to all my boys! You really don't get anything close to that from the story in WAW. It's where this game lacks the most.
The multiplayer is just about perfect. They have added 10 more levels and adjusted the perks a bit. It feels almost exactly like COD4 with one big exception: Some maps let you drive tanks! That can be pretty fun!
There is a special version of TDM for noobs and low level players that locks out at level 8. It's a good way to get your feet wet. The one thing I don't like about it is that you can only play Team Death Match or Free For All until level 14. Luckily the first few levels move along quickly.
Overall this game is really good. If you like FPS and some good online multiplayer, there's really no reason to not give this game a fair shot. It's not COD4! Really though, it's about as good as it could be given the WWII time frame. I'm loving it so far and I haven't even had a chance to check out the co-op yet!
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.