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Review: Another blunder for the COD franchise BY ANDREW MUNOZ

Photo courtesy of Seldgehammer Games.

According to Polygon.com, “Call of Duty: WWII” doubled the previous entry’s sales upon debut.

The popular video game series“Call of Duty” seems to be on a downward streak, and with their latest release, the franchise only continues its decline.

The latest launch of “Call of Duty: WWII,” developed by Sledgehammer Games, was released Nov. 3, 2017. The game was launched with anticipation and excitement from the online gaming community, as “WWII” promised to the return to roots of boots-on-ground non-futuristic gameplay.

 

Upon playing the game, though, many users lost their excitement in the game, with players complaining of “arcade-like” game flow and interface. During online matches, users found that some habits just die a little too hard for other players as campers and over-powered sniper players crowded the servers. This combined with the games horrendous connection issues were sure to make any gamer rage.

 

Personally, I was hesitant to even purchase a copy of the game due to a few factors, including the franchise’s latest streak of almost unplayable games, including Sledgehammer Games’ previous two contributions to the franchise: “Modern Warfare 3” and the game that most players agree was the beginning of the end, “Advanced Warfare.”

 

However, not all is wrong with the game. Beautiful graphics and resolution help fuel the single player story mode, as players can experience almost too-realistic accounts of battles that had taken place during World War II. Another great touch is the return of the infamously popular game mode “Zombies,” which is almost synonymous with the brand.

 

Of course, as with any new release, there are always going to be issues with connection, cohesiveness and general bugs and glitches while playing the game. “Call of Duty” as a franchise, along with its other development companies like Infinity Ward and Treyarch, has always been rather expeditious when it comes to “unkinking the hoses” of its games. Players, including myself, are excited to see what lies ahead in the future for “WWII,” as well as the franchise as a whole.

 

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