Okay, maybe dead is a bit of an overstatement but I know I’m not the only person who has lost interest in the launch of the latest COD 2k— game each year. I feel like I fell off the train right around Black Ops 1. I really enjoyed it and then promptly stopped caring about each new one. I suppose if I’m honest a part of it is that I’m really terrible at the online multiplayer. Anyway all of that adds up to me not caring at all when WWII launched. I enjoyed Infinite Warfare for the zombies but a got so lost in the weapon customization that I gave up. So when WWII was announced I imagined the scenery of the classic COD games but with so many bells and whistles that it would be an unplayable, micro-transaction fiesta. I’m happy to say I was wrong.
First I have to talk about multiplayer. Whatever you think about all the COD games between Modern Warfare 2 and Infinite Warfare, COD completely revolutionized multiplayer FPS gaming at one point. They have tried to keep doing that in later titles to mixed reviews and to me it fell completely flat. Playing this game feels a lot more like playing an older COD game. I’m basing this primarily on my experience with the hardcore playlist but I have to say I love playing this game online and I haven’t felt that about a COD game in a long time. The weapon upgrade and customization system is tight and fluid, offering a real sense of accomplishment for grinding (take notes, EA). The maps, though fewer than I would like, are varied and fun. The social area is a nice touch and I hope it continues to receive support in future updates.
Now let’s talk loot boxes and microtransations. Obviously, I’m not a fan. The good news is, I haven’t been given any reason to think that you can buy your way to any competitive boost. The most valuable thing I know of in the loot boxes would be weapon variants which provide XP boosts, zombies mode boosts, and of course a fresh look. The XP boost put me off but you can come by them very easily in a few forms so it doesn’t feel entirely unfair. It should also be noted that you can earn all of this stuff with grinding. All in all, if you have to do microtransactions, this is the way to do it.
Overall I’m very impressed with this game. I wish I had picked it up on day one so that I could have written this article sooner. If you’re looking for a solid multiplayer FPS with a good story and a fun progression system, Pick up the new Call of Duty. Never thought I’d be saying that again.