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Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Activision
  • SKU: 8887644
  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence, Strong language
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (417 out of 486)

    Product Details

    • Developer: Treyarch Invention
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Platform: Xbox 360
    • Genre: First Person Shooter
    • Release Date: 11/11/2008


    Continents erupt in flames and hails of gunfire as war breaks out on an unprecedented scale. This is World War II, where a massive conflict rages on two fronts: Europe and the South Pacific. Answer your nation's call and travel to distant lands where you'll take part in devastating battles that gripped a generation and laid the foundation for the world as we know it today. Do you have the courage, the cunning and the commitment to fulfill your duties and see the war through to its harrowing end?

    Prepare for global conflict presented in all its terrible grit and immediacy. In Call of Duty: World at War, you assume the role of a U.S. Marine or a Russian soldier in the waning days of the Second World War. Travel to the far reaches of the conflict, from war-plagued Berlin to the dense jungles of the Pacific theater, as you confront enemies who refuse to contemplate surrender or retreat and who fight all the more desperately — and more dangerously — knowing the end is near. Employ the weapons at your disposal, including a flamethrower and other new infantry and vehicle-based weapons, and fight to complete your mission as battles explode around you with all the terrible chaos of real war.


    Enter the fray as World War II draws to a close amid some of the fiercest fighting yet in the conflict

    Experience the danger and chaos of battle against a desperate and determined enemy

    Travel to the far outposts of the war, from battle-scarred Europe to the brutal jungles of the South Pacific

    Fight back against ferocious opponents using new infantry and vehicle-based weapons, including a devastating flamethrower

    Earn experience points online that will help the game to scale dynamically to provide an appropriate level of challenge

    Complete harrowing single-player missions, or share the horrors of war with a friend in local split-screen or up to three additional players online

    For 1 to 2 players or up to 4 players online

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 486 reviews

    would recommend to a friend



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      one of the best games I have ever played


      I dont know why people keep bashing this game , it plays just like COD 4 . the weapons are WW2 weapons but what did you expect with a WW2 game. there are plenty of weapons to choose from you just have to unlock them making it that more challenging. some people say that you start out with junk weapons but that is definately not true and you unlock the MP40 after being promoted after the first few promotions which is one of the best weapons , the next to unlock is the type 100 which is another fast shooting great weapon. people are also grumbling about the tanks because they say they are nearly indestructible which is of course not true. All you have to do is shoot it twice with a rocket launcher amd then a grenade and it is destroyed. this is true 99% of the time. I mean what did you expect ,it is a tank and its not supposed to be killed with a few shots from your gun or a grenade or two , it doesnt happen in real life why should it happen in the game. people also gripe about some of the boards being to dark and bad graphics. look all you have to do is go into the options in the game and go to brightness and turn it up all the way and it will be plenty bright enough ( I guarantee the people that say it is to dark never tried this). and talking about the graphics , the graphics on the game are great people that dont like the game are just trying to find more reasons to bash the game. the artillary strikes you get after 5 streight kills is just awsome much beltter than the air strikes on COD 4 , they are just devastating to an enemy if plced right. all you have to do is wait for one of your teamates to get a recon plane so you can see where the enemy is and then pumel them with your artillary strikes. after 7 streight kills you get to call the dogs to action and this is another great additive . call your dogs and follow them and they will lead you and your teamates to the enemy plus giving you extra kills like the helecopter on COD4. people also say the dogs are nearly indestructibe and this is also not true , you can either shoot them or if you don't want to give your position away kill them with your knife, its that simple , but learn to time your knife attack right or they will kill you , but it only takes a few times to get the hang of it. the boards are also just awsome, they are alot bigger than COD4 giving you more places to hide and move around in stealth to find the enemy. also in march treyarch the creator of the game is coming out with new map packs to download so you will have more boards to play on. ( I CAN'T HARDLY WAIT !!!!!!!!!!! ) . all I can say is that this is a great game and one that I can't wait to get home to play after I get home from work. I will not bash COD 4 because I own this one also and have enjoyed this game for many hours and still play it with my friends, we tend to alternate between the two but COD5 is my favorite. so if you buy this game and I think you should dont give up on it after the first few minutes because the more you play the better it gets , and believe me it is great. for the people that keep posting negative junk they either are not any good at the game or dont have the patience to unlock the better weapons on the game and think it should be handed to them like on COD4 . so dont listen to the negative junk and try it yourself buy it or rent it it doesnt matter you wont be disappointed. what I have just said in this review is based mostly on the online multiplayer part of this game but dont get me wrong the campaign is also one of the best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      So-so, it's hard to explain


      The multiplayer of this game is pretty cool, but if you've played COD4, you'll want to go back. The two worst things about this game by far are your AI teammates and the enemy grenade spam. I'm not kidding about either of these; it is the most annoying thing in any video game. The teammates are COMPLETELY useless. Okay, they do occasionally take out a guy, but I've had COUNTLESS times where I run up, then get shot by an enemy next to me or behind me; BUT the worst thing is that my teammate is standing RIGHT NEXT to the enemy, and doesn't do anything. Grenade spams in this game are like no other. You are prone (or crouched, doesn't matter) behind a box or trench, then one by one (or three by three,) grenades start POURING on top of you. If you're playing on veteran, you get shot if you try to run away; so you just start tappin' the right bumper as fast as you can, hoping to get every grenade out of your face. The enemies really don't care about your teammates (neither should you) and start chucking the grenades RIGHT at you (right is capitalized because they hit your face, then bounce to the ground because the enemies have such good arms) I decided to say i would reccomend this because, it still has good gameplay during multiplayer, but, i would reccomend it to them in the future, because this game is NOT worth $60. You don't feel immersed in the game; You feel like you're playing a video game (funny). If you want to hear about some bad stuff in multiplayer, there's a few topics. One of the good things is that they've fixed the spawning problems (MOST of the time) where you spawn next to an enemy a lot. But, i played an entire round with only two kills, because I couldn't find anybody. That's just boring, spending a whole round LOOKING for enemies, and not killing enemies. One of the worst aspects of CODWAW is the (multiplayer) tanks! they're so annoying! the bazooka is useless (it might be better if using the extra explosion damage perk, i dunno), because it takes about FIVE bazookas to kill one tank. Seriously. and you only spawn with two. So, in short, it might be a good game for christmas, but maybe next christmas when the price goes down. And you may think, "how could the mess up COD that bad? it cant be THAT bad." But it is that bad. If you don't have COD4, get it before you get this. You'll be happy you did.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not a "call of duty" quality game


      If you think Call of duty 4 when you see this game think again. First of all the story doesn't make you care about whats going on. The pacific story is almost a joke they got it all wrong. You don't get to fight on the famed island of iwo jima. The enemy AI doesn't coordinate the infamous banzi charges. Which are supposed to be an entire company charging at you, no they go single file one at a time. The sound is awful. Cod 4 did an amazing job with the sound. But the sounds of the guns in this are like clicks, airsoft guns, paintball guns just not guns. The flame thrower is cool for all of 5 minutes. Not everything in the environment is burnable. Certain trees and bushes will burn but 60 percent of the stuff just doesn't burn. The enemy always knows where you are in this game. Grenades will constantly bounce of your face and snipers will shoot a hole in the cover your behind right where your head is. Your allies might as well not even be there they'll stand as a soldier charges by them to stab you, and sprint out in the open and die. The gameplay consists of endless enemy respawns until you move forward to trigger something. It has the old you against the world feeling most of the time. The one redeeming quality of the single player is that you can affect the story in think fast moments. Save members of your squad from enemies if you shoot first and think later during certain moments. Theres a new mode called zombies where you and up to 4 people survive wave after wave of zombies while holding up in a house earning points to purchase guns, ammo, repair barracades it's more fun than campaign. The multiplayer is entertaining but not a cod 4. The maps are big. Much more room to move around and not the two or three possible paths cod 4 had. Tanks have made a comeback and can be used on many multiplayer maps. There are a lot of unlockable guns and new perks. However the higher level guns clearly dominate the field. The m16 problem of cod 4 is gone and no one gun is that good anymore. It has spawning problems though often placing you directly in front of an enemy or in the middle of a crossfire. The time limits are not long enough in my opinion, especially in time consuming games like war. Prestige now has a purpose. As you gain prestige you unlock open custom slots. If it didn't have the slogan call of duty on it i doubt it would be doning as well as it is. Overall it's an entertaining game but compared to the other holiday releases i would recommend to wait for the price to drop. Not worth 60 bucks.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Have you played COD Modern Warfare?


      I would say the review of this game depends totally on whether you have played COD4 Modern Warfare much. If you have not spent alot of time playing COD4 will probably love it. Graphics although shadowy and grainy at times are intriguing and it is probably the best WW2 multi-player game ever made. Although the solo gameplay is relatively short the multi-player can go on forever and takes substantial time to level up and unlock all the weapons, perks and challenges. If you spent(d) hour after hour on COD4 as I did(do) I believe you will be extremely disappointed with Cod5 World at War. I don't know anyone that has purchased this series for the solo play alone, so I base this mostly on the multi-player online gameplay. The good side is there are more game types such as war, capture the flag, and veteran to go along with the COD4 standards. There are also 4 hardcore game options. Although tanks add a new exciting experience they usually end up getting you killed if you don't have ground support troops to help protect you. The gameplay thoroughly disappointed me. after playing the beta I half expected a small letdown, but figured the many new areas and weapons would make up for it. I was wrong. MAny of the maps have a shadowy grainy feel to them. Often I see the graphics move for no reason which often can be mistaked for enemy movement. Several of the maps sprawl which may be nice in some Ground War and Free for All games, but tends to be annoying in most others. There seems to be a definate power shift to sub machine guns in my opinion which makes it harder to level up other guns and annoying while getting shot from accross the map with an MP40. I have many issues with the power/fire rate/range of the weaponry. I'm sure you have experienced watching a replay in COD4 feeling like you shot someone way before they shot you only to see in the replay you never pulled the trigger. I experience that about 5x more often in COD5 which has almost single handedly made me return to COD4. There are reports of cheats available to allow up to 6 perks(only shows 3) which would explain players seeming invincable without the fireproof and/or juggernaut perks on. I can't substantiate these claims, but I can say I get frustrated playing the online game more than I enjoy it. To end my review let me say... I hope the rumours are true and can't wait for (praying) Infinity Ward to finish COD6 hopefully in time for Chistmas 2009. I will never pay full price for a multiplayer game developed by Treyarch again.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      i am not a big fan of first person shooter games. i have played halo 1 and 2 and thought they were kinda dumb. also wasnt to into resistance 2 either. something was lacking from both series for a NON FPS fanatic. i bought this game a week ago, and then bought call of duty 4 since everyone said it was better as well and to be hoenst both of them are fun to play. the graphics are amazing on both games and the weopons are fun and plenty. the online mode features an "experiance" type system use dto "level up" and unlock new weapons and "abilities/ perks". that makes the game excellent and keeps you busy. the downside for a new player is when you first start out online, you dont have the good weopons becuase you have not "leveled up" and unlocked them for it is a little frustrating at times to be unloading on someone with a gun and get shot once and die when you just pumped 2 shot gun shells into them or 20 machine gun rounds. it is still fun and expected to have a little trouble starting out but like in real life it isnt really about skill but about who has the bigger guns in the end but it is still possible to level and get kills, just harder. it is still fun to play and makes the game a little more chanllenging and worth playing to level up and get access to better weopons. i am not a big fan of FPS games but this game and COD 4 is an exception. i would advise anyone who can play a FPS game and understand the controls to play the game at least once. in my opinion both were worth buying, i havent played them long enough to say 4 is better than 5 like some people say, to me they are about the same except one is modern and the other takes place during WW2. they are both great games and worth picking up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's about time


      To me, this is one of the most exciting franchises to hit the Xbox 360 console. Call of Duty 2 was where it all started for me. I remember that was before I even had an Xbox and i was stuck playing on the computer. I didn't know what to expect when I began playing but I was hooked almost instantly by it's action and heart pounding intensity. The reason I'm refering to Call of Duty 2 is because this new Call of Duty: World at War will take place in World War II. I've read alot of complaints about that fact, but I cannot be more excited. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was in my opinion the best Call of Duty title to date, and the game engine used in that will be the same engine you see in Call of Duty: World at War. I've seen gameplay on this new thrilling title, and for the first time in any Call of Duty game there will be weapons in which you will never get bored with. Take for instance, the flamethrower! Yes, I said it, a flamethrower will be present in this amazing title. I watched a gameplay vid on this flamethrower, and I was impressed. This guy, torches a field and burns up a tree while soliders run around on fire dying, screaming, it's complete brilliance. The AI looks so intelligent it's disgusting. I couldn't take it all in immediately. They move like you and I. They hide, they ambush, they flank. I'm sure if you watch the gameplay videos you will be more impressed than my short and unsatasfying review. Please, I urge you to get this game. If you are going to spend $350.00 on a console, you might as well get the best it has to offer. Read my review on Fallout 3 as well. That is another title you won't want to miss!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A slight step back from COD4


      Overall, World at War was a good game. It was however, a little bit of a letdown after the big shoes COD4 left to fill. While it is possibly the best WWII game on the market, it lacks a few aspects. Even though it has been done many times in other games, I think at least one of the major battles of D-Day or iwo Jima should have been added. Which then leads me to the fact that there is no US vs Germany. I know the differences in the time periods of the war, but I think they should have included a few battles in the game, and online play. Some of the graphics are good in the game (i.e. some landscape, tanks, etc.), while others aren't very good at all (dogs, some random objects throught the map...) The weapons are a little more challenging to use sometimes, but there is a good variety and have most of the major guns of the era. The M1 Garand, M1A1, Kar98K, Springfield 1903, MP44, etc. The tanks are also a good addition in online play. They can be annoying at times, but it presents a different kind of challenge and mixes things up a bit. As far as real damage, I love the fact they made it more realistic with physical damage to the character, however, I wish they had more physical surrounding damage by flamethrowers, tanks, etc. The flamethrowers can burn some trees, but not others, and I believe the tanks should be able to cause damage to some buildings and such. Overall, it was worth the money, more-so for the online play, but I think there are a few things they could have done better if they would have taken more lessons from COD4.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CoD 5


      Look, for everyone bagging on the game before it's even come out, get a grip. Have you ever played any of the old school CoD games? Call of Duty 1 and it's expansion pack United Offensive laid the groundwork for what a CoD game should be. UO had vehicles, huge maps, and new weapons. Between UO and CoD2, UO had the better game engine as far as physics and hit detection. CoD2 was a good game, but it got rid of two things UO had gotten right: sprint and vehicles. CoD3 was alright, it was poorly implemented. CoD4 is probably the best game in the series to date. Best campaign I've played, most diverse multiplayer I've played. CoD5 is just going back to the roots of Call of Duty. How can you complain about being able to n00b it up with a flamethrower, or vehicle camp/spam like none other? It adds a new, challenging dimension to the game and I honestly can't believe why people are knocking on it. Since it's using the CoD4 engine, it's basically a full conversion mod for Modern Warfare. It also covers a theater of WWII CoD hasn't touched yet. Bottom line: New perks + new weapons + 4 player co-op + new gameplay + new storyline + vehicles + game engine that's seen successful action = Game of the year shoo-in and NO reason to be complaining about it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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