(Today's blog is going to be a short one.)
Okay, I was going to pass on CoD:World at War, but at the urging of my friends , I decided to give it a try myself.
In short, World at War was a decent title, and I would go as far as to say that it was THE BEST WORLD WAR 2 TITLE I've played to date. But when compared to Modern Warfare, it was very weak.
The addition of online co-op was very appreciated and the overall "grand" atmosphere that I think WaW was going for (i.e. waves after waves of people spawning on both sides) certainly made it stand apart from Modern Warfare's navy-seal, elite-squad feeling. And the historic film footages shown between stages did a decent job at setting the mood, and teaching me some trivia about WW2.
But unlike Modern Warfare, there were no memorable moments. There was no five-mile sniping scene. There was no nuclear explosion. No nighttime bombing sequence. No pop-the-boss-with-a-handgun dramatic ending. Yes, I realize that NONE of those scenes would have made sense in a WW2 game (except the nuclear bomb), but my point is that Modern Warfare was able to turn a shooter into a memorable gaming experience filled with scenes that you'd talk about with your friends (e.g. "Did you get to the part where so and so happens? Wasn't that crazy??") On the other hand, WaW turned out to be just another shooter.
Ironically, all this really did was make me want to play Modern Warfare 2.
DISCLAIMER: I haven't spent much time exploring the competitive multi-player on this game, so my opinion so far is strictly based on the story mode.