The less popularized events of World War II are focused by World at War. The game splits between two soldiers: The Russian campaign and the American campaign. These are altered every few levels with two parallel storylines. The gameplay is one of the most exciting points as there are multiple ways to complete an objective. There are not many differences from the previous games of the series. The AI-controlled partners help by providing backup, cover firing, etc. in the missions of the game. Opponent soldiers and AI-controlled partners spawn infinitely unless you succeed in hitting the triggers that lets you reach further.
Each soldier’s campaign initiates weaponless and surrounded by the enemy. You never forget these fatal confrontations although the emotional part lurches towards the victory ultimately. These emotional tones are setup by the superior officer, with extremely well-acted dialogues, who joins you in battles. With the inclusion of the Thompson submachine gun, the Mosin-Nagant rifle and the Panzerschreck anti-tank rocket launcher makes the action somewhat nostalgic.
The dropped weapons from fallen adversaries can be picked up over the course of game but, these weapons just replace the weapons being carried. Only two weapons can be carried in the player’s arsenal along with hand-grenades. The accuracy, stealth and the player’s rate of movement are all affected by the different stances: crouching, standing and prone. These stances provide cover and help to recover health. When significant damage is done to the player, the edges of the screen go red which indicates for taking cover. These screen signs also include the coming and the direction of grenades.
World at War scores with the multiplayer and online system of gameplay. This makes a jump from the previous Call of Duty games by offering two-player split-screen and four-player online cooperative campaign play. The ranking and the reward system are similar to Modern Warfare with just a tweak here and there.
World at War looks very good on all systems. The level of detail, the character design and the voice acting feel almost as good as real. This makes a convincing addition to the Call of Duty series and a must-have shooter for hardcore fans, if you are looking for an exciting campaign and multiplayer action.