Call of Duty: WW2 Campaignby Mikhail Jul 18, 2020 | 1 Votes | 88 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Call of Duty: WW2’s campaign is undoubtedly one of the franchise’s best this generation. It brings you back to the battlefields of Europe in the 2nd World War, donning the boots of Private Red Daniels. Shoot down enemies and be treated to top-notch theatrical performances and a fantastic story. Play Now Similar Games Played
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World War 2 remains the world’s bloodiest international conflict, fought in almost every continent, and taking millions of lives. Although there have been a lot of games that try to show its horrors and let you experience how hard things were, Call of Duty: WW2’s campaign is undoubtedly one of the best attempts.
Centered in the French and German front, the campaign puts you primarily in the shoes of Red Daniels and his squad in the 1st Infantry Division. Here, you’ll help his platoon perform a variety of missions, from storming the beaches of Normandy to liberating Paris and fighting in the German heartland.
Although the multiplayer aspect is undoubtedly the main draw of Call of Duty games, the campaign almost always stands out. Thing is, what stands out the most and why should you play it if you’ve downloaded it as part of the June 2020 PS Plus lineup? Let’s check out what it has to offer:
First off, Call of Duty: WW2’s campaign has a cliche storyline. To best describe it, it’s playing through several episodes of hit miniseries Band of Brothers. The game puts you in the combat boots of Private Red Daniels who is fighting with other members of his platoon like Lieutenant Joseph Turner, Sergeant William Pierson (played by Transformers actor Josh Duhamel), and Robert Zussman.
Without diving deep into spoilers, Pvt. Daniels fights in several battles of the European front, notably the Normandy landings, the Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. Here, you’ll see and experience things from his perspective firsthand although you switch between characters in several missions.
Though it’s a cliche story of brotherhood, patriotism, love, and acts of war, the writing is absolutely fantastic. It’s just one of those games where you’re glued to your seat, unable to take your hands off of the controller. Plus, the game doesn’t explicitly say it, but it doesn’t shy away from dark and heavy themes. These include African-American segregation at the time, Jewish prejudice, the Holocaust, and the poor state of the bodies of the soldiers. There’s a natural flow to the story and it doesn’t act forced.
Call of Duty’s patented action-packed first-person shooting is at full display in the WW2 campaign. You’ll have access to various weapons in the time period, ranging from the standard-issue M1 Garand to the spay ‘n’ pray Tommy submachine gun and German weapons. Moreover, you’ll also get to use weapons like the bazooka, flamethrowers, and grenades in certain scenarios. The shooting mechanics are pretty standard for a COD game and you could even say they’re fairly accurate for the time period. For example, the Tommy gun is fairly inaccurate and inferior to the German StG44. Moreover, instead of recovering health automatically, you need to do so via health packs scattered across the field.
Speaking of which, the game isn’t just about shooting your way out of trouble. The campaign offers a lot of variety since you’ll also get to use AA guns to take down Stuka dive-bombers, get to use machine guns to defend certain areas, and even on sniping missions to support your squadmates from afar. In addition, you’ll get to play as certain characters with differing points-of-view. For example, you’ll get to infiltrate a German command center and even get to drive a Sherman tank and some jeeps to chase after enemies and even an armored train. Moreover, your squadmates also provide different things to the battlefield. You can ask for an artillery strike, health packs, and even extra ammo.
Unfortunately, not everything about the gameplay is stellar. The quick-time events were borderline unnecessary and in a way, not that well-executed. Meanwhile, the driving mechanics aren’t exactly its best part and it takes time to get used to its controls.
Much like every other COD game, Call of Duty: WW2 Campaign’s presentation is nothing short of outstanding. The graphics are stellar on a base PlayStation 4 and although there are framerate drops in high-demand areas and situations, they’re more of a nuisance than an actual issue.
One thing the game does right is to show the horrors of war and it shows right at the start in the Normandy mission. The sound design is epic: things explode beside you, while bullets whiz past your ears, making it feel like you’re actually on the battlefield. Strewn around you are deceased and suffering soldiers while the mix of sand, saltwater, blood, and craters make it seem like you’re in a post-apocalyptic scene. Finally, you have to praise the actors for delivering outstanding performances.
Overall, the Call of Duty: WW2 Campaign is undoubtedly a must-play. Though it may be a standard compared to its peers in the same franchise, it is nothing short of fantastic. This is thanks to the variety of missions and scenarios it presents, along with the story themes that it touches. Moreover, it looks and sounds realistic thanks to its great graphics and overall sound design. In any case, give the campaign a shot and try to survive in the European front!