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Call of Duty: World at War (Windows)

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MobyRank
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (38 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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96
Game Chronicles
Call of Duty World at War is an amazingly fun and addictive game all around. You couldn’t ask for a better FPS value. Whether you are playing solo, competitively, cooperatively, or are just kicking back killing Nazi Zombies you are sure to have a world of a good time until next year’s Call of Duty. Even if you are really disappointed that this isn’t Modern Warfare you should still pickup this game because you won’t find a better World War II game out there.
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Cheat Code Central
Treyarch came back this year with an excellent addition to the franchise. Many gamers may look at this game with an "I've been there, done that" attitude. I am here to tell you that this is the best WWII effort so far, as well as the best game in the franchise.
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Game Freaks 365
Call of Duty: World at War picks up where Call of Duty 4 left off. While there are basic modifications that have to do with a change in time period, World at War uses the same engine as Call of Duty 4, making gameplay nearly identical. Not that that is a bad thing. With what could be described as the most well rounded multi-player experience ever, Call of Duty: World at War inherits a tested game engine and a lot of goodwill from gamers. In a year from now, when the next Call of Duty will no doubt get released, I hope to expect something from Infinity Ward that is different from the current formula. I have every reason to believe that they will live up to this. Until then, World at War continues the same formula that has been working and keeping gamers up for long nights of gameplay since the release of Call of Duty 4. For that reason alone Call of Duty: World at War stands as the best World War II shooter to date.
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IGN
It's easy to be jaded about World War II shooters, but Treyarch makes a convincing argument to stay excited with World at War. The game is packed with a deep amount of gameplay to appeal to every type of player, from those who want to experience a gritty single-player campaign to those who like to play with their friends to those who just like to play multiplayer. This is a solid, confident shooter with plenty to offer the casual and hardcore alike.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
World at War is a great game. Treyarch doesn’t even try to emerge from the shadow cast over their latest by last year’s Modern Warfare. They apply themselves instead in a different direction, responding to fan complaints about the previous game by adding in cooperative elements while serving up a high-concept alternative to 2007’s think piece. With the solid foundation of a well-constructed game engine at its core, Call of Duty: World at War is proof-positive that excellence can spring from derivation just as easily as it does from innovation.
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GamingTrend
It could not have been easy to follow on the heels of CoD4’s success, but Treyarch really stepped up to the plate this time around. Delivering a game that will please fans of the WWII setting without alienating fans of CoD4, they have created a product that deserves to be judged on its own merits. While not an entirely new experience, World at War is a highly polished iteration of all that has come before and well worth your gaming dollar.
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UOL Jogos
"Call of Duty: World at War", pelo menos a princípio, tem a cara de um produto velho, requentado, uma vez que recoloca a franquia na 2ª Guerra Mundial e apresenta o mesmo estilo gráfico visto no jogo anterior, com óbvias adaptações. Ainda assim, a mecânica continua deliciosa e a Activision não parece ter poupado no orçamento, garantindo uma produção de primeira que conta, inclusive, com vozes de astros de Hollywood. As versões para PC, Xbox 360 e Playstation 3 se saem ainda melhor graças ao consagrado multiplayer da franquia, que recebeu novos Perks e modos, entre outras novidades que não deixam a adrenalina cair em momento algum.
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Games Radar
All in all World at War delivers. It isn’t a revolution in Call of Duty gaming, but neither is it a step backwards, like some have claimed. Right now, it’s the best WWII shooter we’ve played, largely because it’s got a solid (if unoriginal) single player, some spectacular multiplayer, and oh yeah: because it’s brutal as hell.
90
GameSpy
It would be easy to dismiss World at War as a reskinned version of CoD4, more of a giant expansion pack than a true sequel. It's certainly not the bar-raiser that Modern Warfare was, especially in the solo campaigns. But with the new co-op play and the rest of the multiplayer content, World of War turns out to be an extremely entertaining and faithful addition to the Call of Duty family.
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GamePro (US)
To call it Call of Duty 4 with a World War II skin is insulting to Treyarch because World at War is so much more than that. It's a great follow up to Modern Warfare and proves that World War II is still a viscerally charged conflict to live through. The single-player campaign is a tad short and it isn't as polished as Modern Warfare's but the action is intense, there are plenty of thrills and the multiplayer looks like it will be just as awesome. I'm especially looking forward to the Nazi Zombies mode.
90
Game Arena
Overall Call of Duty World at War is a great game with some great ideas, but it feels too familiar to be a real must have title. If World War II FPS are your bag you'll have a tough time finding a better game - if you're neither here nor there on the genre give the demo a go first.
90
Gameplanet
If Call of Duty 4 is anything to go by (and we’d say it is) people will be playing Call of Duty: World at War for some years to come, and it is definitely worth the investment.
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videogamer.com
The weight of expectation on Treyarch's shoulders must have been immense. Having seen CoD4 release to near unanimous praise and incredible sales, there must have been a few worried people inside the studio. The WWII shooter suddenly became incredibly dated, yet Treyarch was a year into development. Whether the sheer number of doubters spurred the team on or the extra development time just allowed them to make the game they were truly capable of doesn't matter. What matters is that Call of Duty World at War is a stunning game that doesn't miss a beat from start to finish and includes one of the most feature packed multiplayer components of any game released this year.
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FiringSquad
It is important to note that none of this makes World at War a bad game, it just makes it an uncreative game. Let’s face it, if you are going to copy someone’s work, you could certainly do a lot worse than Infinity Ward. Perhaps Infinity Ward holds a tight leash on Treyarch, preventing them from really venturing out in the series or maybe Treyarch just knows how to make a really bankable game. Either way, we’ve seen far worse games than Call of Duty: World at War, but we’ve also seen quite a few that were better.
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The Games Machine (Italy)
Activision è tornata alla carica con la consapevolezza che non sarebbe stato facile bissare il successo dell’ottimo Modern Warfare. Tuttavia, anche se i Treyarch non sono gli Infinity Ward, non si può negare che abbiano saputo svolgere un lavoro più che buono nel realizzare una campagna single player breve ma solida e caratterizzata da alcuni sprazzi d’eccellenza di tutto rispetto. Allo stesso modo, se i detrattori possono criticare il comunque valido multiplayer competitivo per come tende a replicare quasi del tutto quanto visto in Call of Duty 4, bisogna anche togliersi il cappello di fronte allo spasso del multi cooperativo che farà le fortune di molti LAN Party e la felicità dei possessori di connessioni aggressive e veloci. Peccato però per il cartellino del prezzo, decisamente poco popolare, soprattutto di questi tempi.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Door trouw te blijven aan de formule die van Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare zo'n success op het shooterfront maakte heeft World at War een heel sterke mededinger in dit felbevochten front neergezet. Zowel in single- als in multiplayer.
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3D Juegos
Call of Duty: World at War es una más que digna entrega de la épica saga bélica. Se trata de un juego que roza el sobresaliente y al que sólo le ha faltado la chispa a la que Treyarch aspira y que, de momento, parece sólo al alcance de Infinity Ward. El título ofrece todo lo que podemos esperar de un lanzamiento perteneciente a esta franquicia, y además lo adereza con un multijugador muy cuidado y la posibilidad de superar la campaña con hasta tres amigos.
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Click!
To gra zrobiona przez specjalistów według sprawdzonego przepisu, dlatego oferuje świetną rozrywkę zarówno w trybie single, jak i multi. Każdy fan serii będzie się doskonale bawił - choć niestety nie jest to produkcja tak genialna, jak Modern Warfare. Brakuje nowych pomysłów na mechanizmy czy fabułę. World at War mógłby też być trochę dłuższy i... tańszy.
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Vgames

וורלד אט וור, המשחק החמישי בסדרת קול אוף דיוטי, הוא משחק פעולה כייפי אך לא מקורי במיוחד. אם אתם סתם רוצים למלא כמה שעות חופשיות, הוא יתאים לכם בול. אם אתם מחפשים משהו קצת אחר, שיחדש או יפתיע - לא כאן. יריתם כבר בכלי הנשק האלה בעבר, ביצעתם כבר את המשימות האלה והרגתם כבר אותם גלים אינסופיים של אותם אויביים בדיוק. אפילו במולטיפלייר הזה כבר שיחקתם. יחד עם זאת, המשחק הזה הוא כיף טהור ופשוט. אם באמת אין לכם מה לעשות, או שאתם אוהבים משחקים מהסוג של "רוץ ותירה", הוא שווה את כספכם, במיוחד בגלל מצב האונליין המשובח.

87
IGN UK
Although World at War too often feels like a refit, it’s a refit of one of the greatest games of the current generation - and one that’s, by and large, been confidently handled by Treyarch. The WWII setting compounds the wearying feeling of over-familiarity, but the solid engine that powers the game ensures that it’s often the most spectacular take on the conflict yet, and one that’s certainly the most exhilarating. Whether multiplayer offers enough to wrest people away from Modern Warfare boils down to a matter of taste, but anyone who’s tempted to return to the Second World War will be met with a solid package – but one that’s short on surprises.
86
GameStar (Germany)
Grundsätzlich liefert Call of Duty: World at War genau das, was man von dem Shooter erwartet: pausenlose großartig in Szene gesetzte Action, die einen schnell einfängt. Leider lässt sie auch schnell wieder los, denn die Missionen werden kaum sinnvoll zusammengehalten. Man klappert wie in den ersten drei Serienteilen Schlachtfelder ab - fertig. Ein übergreifender Spannungsbogen wie in Modern Warfare fehlt. Die seltenen Momente, in denen das Spiel zum Erzählen ansetzt, werden zu schnell übergangen, wirken teilweise sogar arg aufgesetzt, fast schon peinlich. So bleibt Call of Duty 5 für mich ein guter, teilweise sogar sehr guter Ego-Shooter, der seinem Vorgänger aber nicht das Wasser reichen kann.
85
GamingXP
Die grafischen Elemente wurden traumhaft umgesetzt. Der Kooperativ-Modus erlaubt es dem Spieler, gemeinsam mit Freunden die Singleplayer-Kampagne zu spielen. Eine tolle neue Möglichkeit, um mit vereinter Stärke die Missionen zu bewältigen. Leider konnte mich die Singleplayer-Kampagne nicht überzeugen. Die Story war leider nicht so spannend wie im Vorgänger ("CoD 4") und gleichzeitig auch viel zu kurz. In wenigen Stunden schafft es ein geübter Shooter-Spieler, die 14 Missionen durchzuspielen.
85
GBase - The Gamer's Base
Fans der Vorgäner und der Thematik kommen bei Call of Duty: World at War prinzipiell auch auf deutsch auf ihre Kosten. Wer aber den Nazi-Zombie-Modus sowie die originalen Gewalteffekte geniessen möchte, sollte ganz klar auf die ungeschnittene, in Deutschland aber nicht legal erwerbbare Fassung zurückgreifen.
85
Gamesmania
Dass World at War Stillstand im Gameplay zelebriert, kann man nicht verneinen – dass dieser Stillstand auf sehr hohem Niveau geglückt ist, ebenfalls nicht. Bleibt zu hoffen dass das nächste Call of Duty wieder mit ein paar frischeren Ideen und wirklichen Gameplay-Verbesserungen aufwarten kann und wir nicht ein weiteres Mal die Normandie vorgesetzt bekommen!
85
GameZone
Not a huge departure in terms of how the game plays out. There is a rhythm to the levels, each with a hump that must be crested to begin the downhill run to the next level in the story arc. Overall the game feels a bit short but is not only a very tasty bit of eye candy, and a treat for the ears as well, but a briskly paced action-adventure that should please fans of WWII first-person shooters.
85
GameSpot
By staying largely true to the formula that made Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare so successful, Call of Duty: World at War has ensured a proven level of technical quality, particularly in the multiplayer arena. On the other hand, one of Modern Warfare's strengths was its fresh approach, and by embracing a familiar setting and familiar mechanics, World at War achieves greatness but falls short of excellence. This is only a bad thing if you are expecting this game to top its benchmark predecessor. If, however, you are hoping for an exciting campaign, fun cooperative play, and engaging multiplayer action, then you'll find a lot to be happy about in World at War.
84
Gamer 2.0
If you can’t tell by now, the game is worth picking up. Treyarch has made vast improvements from their COD 3 work and delivered a solid product. There are a few flaws, but the game keeps up the intensity and fast-paced feel that Infinity Ward set up last year. And for a World War II game, it doesn’t feel the least bit outdated.
83
4Players.de
Mal ganz abgesehen davon, dass die Japaner als Gegner für einige Überraschungen gut sind, mit denen coole neue Spielelemente wie der großartige Flammenwerfer einher gehen. Allerdings ist nicht nur die Wahl des allgemeinen Szenarios, sondern auch das Missionsdesign sehr konservativ: Es gibt einige sehr wunderbare Ausnahmen, aber im Großen und Ganzen macht man in WaW auch nichts anderes, als in jedem anderen Weltkriegsshooter - CoD 4 war und ist in jeder Hinsicht deutlich weiter. Immerhin war Treyarch clever genug, den famosen Mehrspielermodus des Vorbilds zu übernehmen, der auch im »neuen« Gewand unverändert Spaß macht, ganz zu schweigen von der gelungenen Koop-Variante, die man sich allerdings besser nicht im krümeligen Splitscreen gönnen sollte. So bleibt ein gut designter, toll inszenierter und ordentlich krachender, aber letzten Endes doch altbackener Shooter, der nicht aus dem Schatten des großen Vierer-Bruders heraustreten kann
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Voorspelbaar, lineair en scripted like hell maar o zo intens, vol adrenaline en actie alsof je erbij was!
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PC Player (Denmark)
En varm anbefaling. World at War vil næppe omvende tvivlere, som Modern Warfare i et vist omfang gjorde det, men vil bestemt tilfredsstille fans. Imponerende både afbalanceret og struktureret.
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2404.org PC Gaming
Call of Duty World at War is a mixed game. The single-player didn’t really impress me, but was still enjoyable. Multiplayer is very similar to Modern Warfare, but with new additions, and can be very entertaining. As someone who’s played Day of Defeat (and the Source version) for a countless number of hours, I’d say it’s a great step up in World War II multiplayer. World at War almost reminds me of a mix between DoD and Red Orchestra. Treyarch certainly didn’t botch this title, though I wonder how it would be different if Infinity Ward was at the reigns. Don’t buy this game for the single-player, buy it for the multiplayer.
80
Game Vortex
Call of Duty: World at War may have its issues, but it is still a very fun single player title and entertaining on a Local Area Network or taking it online in matches that allow up to 32 players (according to the box; although I did see up to 44-player matches in the online lobbies - possibly a bug?). The Co-op modes are also a blast, but none more than barricading yourself into a stronghold while being attacked by wave after wave of zombie soldiers. It's true that I wish the developers had spent more time fixing bugs and improving the framerate issues than adding this extra bonus mode of play, but I have to admit that it is a blast to play. Most fans of Modern Combat likely have a similarly-positive reaction to playing Call of Duty: World at War.
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PC Games (Germany)
Ich bin ein treuer Freund der CoD-Reihe. Die PC-Titel habe ich verschlungen, Teil 4 spiele ich nach wie vor online. Vielleicht schreckt mich deshalb World at War so ab: Alles, was ich erlebe, kenne ich so schon von früher. Noch dazu habe ich gesehen, wie genial Modern Warfare Schlüsselszenen inszeniert. Da kommt der fünfte Teil nicht heran, versucht, mit aufgesetzten Schockmomenten aus dem Einheitsbrei zu entkommen. Zumindest bei mir funktioniert das nicht. Wer bisher noch nie ein Call of Duty gespielt hat, wird dennoch Gefallen daran finden. Aber wer hat das wohl noch nicht?
80
Meristation
El resto es ni más ni menos que un conjunto bien hecho, con un gran multijugador que sin brillar tanto como lo hizo Modern Warfare sabrá divertir y se posicionará entre los primeros de los rankings. Pero ante todo esto ha sido la prueba de que cuando una desarrolladora cuenta con el tiempo y recursos como para hacer un trabajo notable, lo hace. Y callará muchas voces.
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Total PC Gaming
We never thought we’d hear ourselves say this, but the game is simply too hard in places. Where other COD games make up for the enemy’s superior numbers with superior cackhandedness when it comes to their aim, the AI of World At War are all, bar none, a crack shot. Often this means that if you stick your head up for even half a second, you’ll have it shot off. In a game with no cover system per se, it's simply unbearable. And that’s providing you even have half a second before the half-dozen grenades go off at your feet. World At War is accomplished and flawed in equal measure. A good game. A brave game. But one that could do with some fine-tuning in the actual gameplay department.
75
Good Game
The co op, and multiplayer online is going to be fantastic for fans of World War 2 deathmatch Jung with this engine behind it. I love the zombie mode unlock when you beat the game, but I started to get sick of ww2 again by the last mission. I’m giving 7.5 .
75
HardGamers
Non, il n’est pas mauvais ce dernier Call of Duty, tous les éléments qui ont fait le succès des précédentes versions sont bel et bien présents. Le gros problème est qu’il ne réussit jamais à trouver sa vitesse de croisière et à prendre son envol, problème causé par une durée de vie gonflée artificiellement par une difficulté mal dosée. En plus, avec l’impossibilité de jouer en ligne (aucunement la faute du jeu) World at War perd un énorme morceau, l’un des plus solides multijoueurs existants.
75
1UP
World at War may not represent the best of Call of Duty, but it's far from the worst. The single-player's a solid step forward from Call of Duty 3, and the cooperative multiplayer should give the game some legs...but I just wish competitive multiplayer had grabbed me the way Modern Warfare's did. I think anyone skeptical about whether Treyarch could improve upon their last iteration will be pleasantly surprised; World at War brings all the ugliness of humanity in wartime to the forefront, and it manages to find refreshing -- and satisfying -- new stories to tell.
75
Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
At the end of the day, what Treyarch did is take a perfectly blend recipe, add a little salt and pepper and release it as a full game. Call of Duty: World at War feels like it’s nothing more than a mod to the acclaimed COD4 title. For now, we can’t help but, agree that the flamethrower is the game’s only poster child.
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Thunderbolt Games
World at War is just another pretty good game. Where it falls between good and great will depend on you. If you’re still hankering for WWII shooters, you’ll probably get more out of it than I did. If you’re looking for Call of Duty 4 - Part II, you’ll probably want to skip this. Me, I liked it, but until I finished this game, I was happy to eat up another WWII FPS. The game certainly isn’t a must-buy, but if you do, you’re likely to enjoy what you get.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Ce retour à l'atmosphère classique de la série Call of Duty réalisé par Treyarch sonne comme une compilation de ce qu'on a déjà vu dans les anciens volets mais parvient malgré tout à séduire notamment par le choix d'un ton bien moins politiquement correct et qui n'a plus plus peur de la violence de la guerre. On regrette néanmoins que le studio ait du mal à déguiser les scripts dont il abuse et qui peuvent se révéler frustrants ou encore qu'il ait recours à une astuce aussi grossière que les réapparitions infinies d'ennemis. Malgré tout, le "studio intérimaire" de la série s'en sort bien et ceux qui attendaient un retour aux sources trouveront là ce qu'ils cherchaient, ni plus, ni moins.
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JeuxActu
Au dos du boîtier, l'argumentaire du jeu commence par "Revivez les derniers jours de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale". Prenons Activision au mot et souhaitons qu'il s'agisse bien de nos derniers pas dans cet univers joué et rejoué depuis des années. Car celui qui n'a jamais touché à un Call of Duty ou un Medal of Honor ne connaît pas son bonheur ! Lui seul saura apprécier pleinement les qualités de Call of Duty : World at War, quasiment aussi explosif et intensif que ses prédécesseurs. En revanche, pour les joueurs plus aguerris, l'héritage du passé et certaines grosses ficelles se font un peu trop sentir. Heureusement, la présence d'un très bon mode multi aux qualités éprouvées, et d'un mode coopératif tout nouveau tout beau, aident grandement à faire passer la pilule.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Das überaus harte Spiel, das die Wirren des Krieges möglichst wirklichkeitsnah nachzuzeichnen versucht, ist für erwachsene Fans des Genres empfehlenswert. Aufgrund hoher Hardware-Anforderungen fällt die Note auf „befriedigend“ (2,58), in den Konsolen-Versionen (PS3, X360) ist sie ganz klar „gut“ (1,79).
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Good Game
Despite the usual thinking of red barrels making good cover, it’s a solid ww2 game, with very stylish between-mission cutsenes that use actual footage from the war. It’s hard to get excited about World War 2 games nowadays, but World at War raises an eyebrow, 6.5 from me.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Тем, кто знаком с предыдущими Call of Duty, вообразить World at War не составит труда. Возьмите Modern Warfare с его механикой боя, чернобыльскими псами-убийцами, развесистой русской «клюквой» и отправьте в эпоху Второй мировой. Дабы отвадить упреки во вторичности (в конце концов, на этой лужайке топтались CoD 1, 2 и 3!), добавьте безумных японцев, оторванные конечности, режим совместного прохождения на четверых, расширенную систему мультиплеерных «перков» и мини-игру Nazi Zombies. Ах да, и танк с самовосстанавливающейся броней.
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Gaming since 198x
Encore un FPS fini en une demi-douzaine d'heures qui ne marquera les esprits ni en bon ni en mauvais, évitez l'achat impulsif ou le cadeau de Noël de dernière minute, Call Of Duty : World at War est un fps budget agrémenté de features AAA qui ne le sauvent malheureusement pas. Attendez plutôt 3 mois qu'il passe à 15 Euros et encore profitez des bons d'achat carouf.