Call of Duty: World at War - multiplayer hands-on

Capture the Flag wasn’t the only thing missing from Call of Duty 4 that gamers are finally getting rewarded with. There was the crippling lack of one mode that was so dastardly and cruel it could’ve been the plot of the Nazi’s themselves. We’re speaking of course of Online Co-op, which Call of Duty: World at War has wonderfully remedied in the franchise’s first foray into online cooperative gameplay! (And we refuse to apologize for the exclamation points!)

Not only is it about time, it plays out like a separate mode entirely. Four players may now fight the good fight (and get screamed at by Jack Bauer,) through all of WaW’s sweepingly cinematic campaign via split-screen or online. Nothing wades a newcomer into battle better than a voice-enabled friend guiding the way, plus completists and Achievement whores can rejoice at a novel new way of experiencing single player over and over.

We haven’t yet even begun to gush. Loyal readers will no doubt remember that we gave Gear of War 2 our E3 2008 Best in Show award, and that was mostly due to the survival-esque Horde multiplayer. Every game contains multiplayer nowadays, but consoles specifically are in dire need of more modes that utilize communication, teamwork and duh, cooperativeness. As fantastic as the multiplayer is, the Competitive Co-op mode, was far and away the highlight of our demo.

Separate from plain ‘ol co-op, going competitive gives players a common goal above and beyond killing each other to death. It plays out like the campaign, but now up to four players compete for points. You’re basically competing for marksmanship, speed, and efficiency, similar to what went down in CoD4’s Arcade mode.

Above: CoD4’s Arcade Mode

There are a myriad of factors that seemed to dictate how many points you get per kill, (headshots are obviously worth more,) but it appeared that factors like cover, distance and timing are also a factor. Chain those Axis deaths together and you earn score multipliers for one hell of an impressive score. We love this stuff, so it really is astounding to see how much replayability it adds to the campaign that most gamers would ignore once becoming adept at online play.


  • HardCoreGamer10 - November 4, 2008 8:41 p.m.

    Got this bad boy reserved. Gimme a week to memorize all of the maps, find out each good spot for all weapon classes in each map, and to prestige at least once. The call of duty games have been one of my favorites ever since the first one came out. They have been my number one favorite right when call of duty 4: Modern Warfare come out. I am a 10th prestige, level 55 in CoD4. Also i beat the game on Veteran, Alone. I think that this is going to be a very well made game, and alot of fun to play. And all you call of duty fans out there, dont be discouraged by the call of duty haterZ out there, in the world. It just means they dont have a good game system to get it for, or they have never played a call of duty game in their lives B4. I hope we all enjoy the release of Call of Duty: World at War.
  • cuchillo0 - October 14, 2008 2:24 a.m.

    ok madcowdisease we get it your the best at COD4 and you like wikipedia, go to another fucking site!!!
  • Crossleft501 - October 11, 2008 7:39 p.m.

    ok awesome I was so worried this game was gonna suck but you have sated my fears GR! lookin foward to some o dat co-op :D
  • bron1417 - October 9, 2008 6:43 p.m.

    MOAR!! is really a good thing i cant wait!!
  • peteypablo2624 - October 9, 2008 12:01 p.m.

    dude, im so pumped for this game, i preordered 2 months ago. I love these articles when u guys focus on one game and describe it.
  • smileykyley - October 9, 2008 3:59 a.m.

    The only thing that I really wanted to see in this game was the COD3 style multiplayer. Not the whole concept, but being able to drop in and out of split screen online was cool. When me and my friends play we used to play four on four on two different systems because thats all we had. with COD4 we couldn't do that... whew!
  • Defguru7777 - October 9, 2008 3:43 a.m.

    Maybe converting back to World War II won't be the death of the series.
  • MadCowDisease - October 9, 2008 1:31 a.m.

    I'm not entirely sure that this will be my favorite game out there due to it being like COD4 (Which became boring because it was rather easy, so I just play private matches), but it should be good enough for me, since i'm not a big fan of any other game coming out this fall. @Cwf2008 Who cares if it's World War 2? There are actually more modern games out there then WW2, it's just COD4 was the only "noticeable" modern game because it made even the worst FPS player feel like he's doing good. Don't go with the "I'm tired of the whole Nazi deal" now, many modern FPS's out there favor the "Stop the nukes, stop the terrorists" deal as well Treyarch is only really being hammered because of COD3, and that's understandable to some extent. The main reason they did so terrible is because they only were given 8 months by Activision because they're a money-hungry company just like EA. The average shooter takes 2 years, which is how many IW and COD4 were given. I plan on public starring the game online until I get bored of it like most of my buddies, then I'll just go to competitive private matches and Co-op once the public matches get boring and infiltrated by kids who are ridiculously easy to kill. Nebnamlessac, i'm sure this game will be great to a majority of people, because it's pretty much sounding like a carbon-copy of COD4. Which is good, but to myself i'll just say "Ok." because COD4 got boring when it became easy to me. I'm sure the flamethrower will be big for the first week or so it's out, until people figure out how hindering it was to have one. In real life, they had semi-small range, if the tank was shot you would go up in flames, and that the tank depleted (but does recharge). Perks may have some type of problem though, not because i'm the idiot who says juggernaut is for "noobs" (I hate to use that term), but because this game will not just be automatics like COD4 was mostly, but because there will be a majority of Bolt-action and semi-automatic rifles as well. If the bolt-action rifles were all one hit kills WITH stopping power, then I would assume the M1 Garand would be 2 shots with anything, so smart M1 users would use juggernaut. That would be a balancing issue. I'm happy with the return of silencers because I am one of those guys who like to hide under radar. Not exactly realistic, but who cares that much about realism? My favorite gun will be the MP40, PPSH, or Thompson silenced, with whatever they decide to call UAV jammer since it won't be a UAV, it'll be a recon plane. All in all, this should be a game I rate 9 or a 9.5 out of 10. Not the greatest game, but I'll be happy with it, just like how I gave COD4 the same rating.
  • lava_lamp - October 9, 2008 1:29 a.m.

    hey all these guns i mean why cant we be friends?
  • Cwf2008 - October 9, 2008 12:03 a.m.

    Hmm well it doesnt look too bad but theres still no hiding the fact its gone back to damn World War 2 with all the weapons we loved from CoD2...well still it might be worth renting
  • Bman10120 - October 8, 2008 11:17 p.m.

    I thought the multiplayer was going to suck but i guess Treyrch took a lot from infinity ward. It looks good but i might want to get gears of war 2 instead of this
  • soad3344 - October 30, 2008 5:18 p.m.

    I really want to get COD5 because it looks better than COD4 which is my favorite PS3 game but I am committed to buying resistance 2 first so i may have to wait some time before i am able to purchase it....
  • brummboy12 - October 15, 2008 10:21 a.m.

    Can't wait any longer.This game is gonna be sweet with the Wii Zapper.
  • CptCHARLES - October 14, 2008 12:53 a.m.

    Wow, it's as if Call of Duty 3 and 4 joined powers to become an ultra-kickass-mega-game! Oh, and no one cares about your opinion MadCowDisease (or at least not about nine hulking paragraphs of it anyway :S).
  • Synster - October 13, 2008 3:42 a.m.

    More or less, I don't see what's wrong with vehicles, seeing as how that was part of the roots of Call of Duty in the first place. But any who. If this turns out like I think it will, I'm sold.
  • lovinmyps3 - October 11, 2008 6:36 p.m.

    if this is anything like cod4 im gettin it : )
  • Silvercougar - October 11, 2008 4:59 p.m.

    this is so awesome, now my friend and i can pwn other ppl together instead of taking turns to play online on COD4
  • Crossfire66 - October 11, 2008 3:24 p.m.

    I read in Nintendo Power that it's coming to Wii also. But how are they going to retain the greatness of the multiplayer without wireless voice chat? That's one of the key components, and it's really not that hard to do. Nintendo should stop being lazy if they want to buy it for my Wii.
  • Gilbert_pwns - October 10, 2008 11:24 p.m.

    It looked good until I learned there were vehicles. This could be COD3 all over again.
  • markybhoy - October 10, 2008 4:31 p.m.

    well, i cant wait for this game to come i love cod4, its gotta be my favourite game i was worried about it going back to WW2 but now it doesnt even cross my mind, I WANT THIS GAME

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