With the release of the Call of Duty: World at War BETA recently released, I took a deep breath and entered what was once again, World War II. Even though it is run off the Call of Duty 4 engine, it’s still back to the ‘not so good’ old times.
After playing on various other games such as Call of Duty 4 and Gears of War for the past year, it was hard to adapt to the antique weapons and pre-modern maps. However, I am happy that they have decided to focus on something other than just the European battle.
Let’s look at a Call of Duty diagram (drawn by myself):
As you can see, many people think since its going back to World War 2 that it will all be the same stuff again. However I disagree. I’m happy they decided to focus on the Pacific Theater. It gives a change in scenery and a totally different perspective to the war itself. It also means a new never experienced before part of a war game is being used for once. Plus one to Treyarch right there.
However this doesn’t just focus on Call of Duty. There are other franchises that focus on nothing but World War 1 and 2. Lets find out who.
Medal of Honor.
This game seems to have been going on forever. Its first game was released for the Playstation in 1999. Since then there have been 11 more variations of the game created. The latest for consoles was Medal of Honor: Airborne, released in March 2008. All of the Medal of Honor games are set in WW2, however there are 2 whole games dedicated to the Pacific Assault, which is probably where Treyarch decided to follow, and part of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is set in North Africa (which was actually quite an interesting place to kill people in).
Some other games which have used World War II as their basis
Theres plenty more, but those are the main gaming series set in World War 2. Lets just hope that the companies learn from more modern games such as Battlefield: Bad Company and Call of Duty 4 before making another World War FPS!
18th October 2008, at 1:12am
I always look at these games and think: WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO FOR THEM?!?