Story - 89%
Graphics - 89%
Audio - 89%
Gameplay - 89%
Replayability - 99%
What can I say? This game is beyond amazing. Everything about this game screams IMPROVEMENT from the previous Infinite Warfare.
So, as usual I started with the single player career/campaign or in this game, I prefer to say “The Story” and here is why; this is the first Call of Duty that got me emotionally invested in the story. The story obviously takes place in the World War 2 era (1939 –1945). You play as Pvt Daniels and you take part in some of the iconic parts of the War (Iconic not meant to be used as a positive word here, it still actually happened to real people and may it never happen again). I don’t want to give too much away about the story so let’s get into the gameplay.
The whole “boots on the ground’ situation is probably something you’ve been hearing around the COD community for a while now. Instead of going into the future, we have gone back to the Call of Duty we all know and love. The gameplay is the simplistic COD First Person Shooter that we all know and love, nothing really changing with the controls besides not being able to boost anymore, which is a refreshing feeling but can also be to your detriment at times, this will take some getting used to. They have also taken way the health regeneration, which does make the game slightly more difficult. You now have to use Medic packs in order to regen your health and you can get these by either finding them laying around or you can request one from a squad member. Yes, you can now request items from specialized squad members, such as ammo, look out for enemies and med packs
The graphics are simply beautiful and they have really tried to take it back but also clean it up a lot. The cut scenes are crazy and I didn’t really noticed and character interaction issues, no spaces between characters and objects that they were holding, etc. The time and effort put into the graphics definitely shows here and is something I commend Sledgehammer for. Audio is on par with the graphics here, I used my Astros to play the entire game and every single detail has been translated into a beautiful sound effect that adds to the realism of the game and its era. From throwing a grenade with a metal clanging sound to proximity talking by other characters, you really get the idea that they have taken time to think about the audio aspect of this game.
The game mode we all really purchase this game for: Multiplayer. The multiplayer mode has been redesigned and almost taken onto a Destiny type mode. They have added the Headquarters, which is a new social space which acts as a lobby and a main menu. You have different NPSs controlling different aspects of the mode, from Mail to different objectives. The real addition which I absolutely love, is the new 1v1 arena which allows you to place yourself into a queue with other people in the headquarters and let you go at it with other people in the social space. They have really overcalled the multiplayer mode and it is something I really, really appreciate.
Now, with all new CODs comes a multitude of issues in the multiplayer mode. Some I have experienced for myself and others I have heard about or it has happened to someone I know. The release saw a huge server meltdown and has you spawning into the headquarters alone, which kinda defeats the whole “social space” theme that it had going on, upon research I found that they were actively working on this which is impressive is in older CODs there was a huge delay for response from the devs. One of the biggest problems at the moment is the update process. They have moved the updates to the point where you enter the multiplayer menu and this has come with its own set of errors; error 5 and error 1. This has completely corrupted people’s games and forced them to delete and download the entire game again.
Overall, I am in love with this game and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I am looking forward to the fixes that they will throw at the multiplayer and cannot wait to jump in again and prestige over and over again.
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Genre: First Person Shooter/Action
Age Rating: 18
Publisher/Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Activision, Raven
Estimated RRP: R999 – R1499
Release Date: 3 November 2017
- Campaign Immersion
- Audio and Voice
- Multiplayer glitches and bugs