Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty: World at War Achievements

Bearing the Burden

Complete 'Downfall' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)     

Veteran difficulty is harder then CoD4 but easier (in some places) then CoD2. The first few levels (Semper Fi, Little Resistance, etc) are easy, but the last couple of extremely difficult. As a general 'Veteran surviving' guide, follow:

1. Patience is a virtue. But don't be to patient! Never enter a battle unless you have other soldiers with you. They will make your life a lot easier. Some places have enemies that infinitely spawn, so here you will have the move up to stop the influx of enemy soldiers. Others, you just need to kill every soldier. These are the ones you need to be patient on. Make sure every last soldier is dead before moving on.

2. CoD: World at War has been referred to as CoD: Grenades at War. True, true... It is literally raining with grenades on Veteran, as if the German/Japanese soldiers have the Catch skull on from Halo 3. If you see the 'RB to throw back' signal come up on your screen, PRESS IT! Grenades take a while to detonate in the campaign.

3. Smoke grenades, although having no lethal capabilites, will make life a lot easier. Especially with MG nests. You start with 4, with ample amounts of them around you. Don't spam them however, only use them against heavily fortified positions where you can flank them or against MG turrets.

4. Being prone and crouching is a very big part of running this game on Veteran. Chances are, most of the cover you find will be smaller then your standing height. So go prone/crouch. This will make you a smaller target, thus harder the hit, and in turn you have less deaths.

5. Treat Veteran difficulty like Realistic in Rainbow Six. Cover! Cover! Stay in cover at all times. Make sure this is cover like cement walls or rocks, because enemies can still shoot through flimsy wooden walls (It's the Call of Duty 4 engine, remember?). And remember, if you want to help out your teammates, peak out on the side while prone or over the top and shoot a single burst on a single guy. Go back down and reload, then rinse and repeat.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by chrisarcade
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 02:28:00 AM

This board is bulls---! U get shot from invisible enemies it seems..I hid around the corner for about 5 full minutes and as soon as I poked around the corner I got shot about a zillion times..what good r they computer controlled comrades if they don't kill anyone..on a few of the levels i killed my own teammates because these idiots kept getting in my way!!

Comment #2 by iiTz MaGiCzz
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 07:47:04 AM

easiest way to do every mission on veteran, im working on it at the moment too:

Comment #3 by Kaem
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 01:59:14 PM

Managed this tonight, but had a very confusing moment... the AI wouldn't push forward after an area had been cleared, so I went back to them and every so often a grenade would just appear and i'd have to throw it away... I couldn't figure it out, I couldn't see an enemy on the minimap either? Turns out a nazi was just chilling with my soldiers, literally side by side, the AI completely ignoring him :D

Comment #4 by TytanikZer0
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 04:54:45 PM

So, evidently everything I know about WW2 is wrong! The war was fought exclusively with grenades! Who knew?

JFC has anyone managed to get through a level without being blown up 3.6 million times?

The icing on the cake is the bad guys completely ignoring a field full of your "allies", all out in the open and shooting at them, but the second my head comes out from behind something it instantly has 5 bullets in it.

I swear, no COD game on Veteran has bupkis to do with actual skill. It is all just luck and attrition.

Comment #5 by Geldjies125
Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 04:57:54 PM

Trying this now, thanks a lot for the tips!! Got a feeling I will get angry a lot but should make it

Comment #6 by Cuttsy1512
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 01:58:59 PM

did anyone else shoot the commissar? he needed to pick up a gun and join the forces not just send everyone into a grenade field! may be called a traitor to the motherland, but he deserved it. and whoever decided veteran mode is just unlimited grenade spamming and enemy spawning needs to have an avatar of them put in the game to be grenade spammed and shot at for ages and see how much they enjoy it then!

Comment #7 by ShadowJerusalem
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 @ 07:12:27 AM

does anyone know if the veteran/recruit glitch has been patched? trying this on black cats and i keep dying, how the hell did anyone throw a grenade in my plane??

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US November 11, 2008
Europe November 14, 2008

Price: $19.99USD
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