Gaming Nexus writes: "I'll be honest; I had a number of trepidations going into this year's Call of Duty installment. My biggest concern was the game's return to the 1940s fighting a war that we've fought over and over again in countless World War II shooters. Last year's Call of Duty 4 proved to be something of a revolution, what with its brand new settings, original story, fantastic weapons and amazing storytelling. After seeing how good a modern Call of Duty could be, it was hard going back to a war of yesteryear. Thankfully I could get past my initial World War II fatigue, because Call of Duty: World at War proves to be an exciting action game full of all the highs and lows you've come to expect from the series. It's nowhere near as good as Call of Duty 4, but this does enough new and original to keep my interests long after the game is over.
There are certain things you have come to expect from a Call of Duty game. For one thing you expect it to be a rollercoaster ride, where you're in the driver's seat witnessing some of the most significant battles of all time. Another thing you have come to expect is a story that is told through multiple characters, generally from different countries and sides. The good news is that all this has been incorporated into World at War at great success. By the end of the game you will feel like you've really experienced something big, while at the same time it doesn't feel like you're doing the same thing over and over because you're constantly changing from one person to another."