Call of Duty: World at War
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Let’s face it, Call of Duty: World at War has got some living up to do if it’s going to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward, was touted as Game of the Year and as of June 3rd had sold over 10 million copies, so overshadowing such success is a daunting prospect for Treyarch. A lot of people doubt Treyarch have the skills to do it, but as ever, we remain cautiously optimistic.
Call of Duty: World at War throws you back into the World War II era yet again from a previously unseen perspective and this time with more spice. A welcome addition to the Call of Duty franchise this year, is the much needed inclusion of campaign co-op as the game features four player online co-op, with 2 supported in split-screen. Like Halo 3, the game offers different co-op modes as well, featuring both mission co-op where you play alongside your comrades, and competitive co-op where you try to out-do your comrades by killing the most enemies while dying the least.
Treyarch have listened a lot to the complaints from both Call of Duty 3, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and have attempted to counteract them by introducing a number of new features, particularly to the online aspect of World at War. Firstly, the party system has been completely revamped giving you the ability to stick with your friends with ease, issue waypoints in an online game, and even have lobby leaderboards to see who’s doing the best in the current session.
The game’s online unlockables aspect has been given a major over haul as well, with it now working a lot like the system found in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare work. After each game you’ll earn experience which is directly tied to your performance, and by which challenges you unlock.  The more experience you earn, the higher your level will be and the more items you’ll unlock. At level 4, you unlock the ability to create a class, at level 5 the first of your challenges, at level 11 the ability to sport a class tag, and lastly at level 65, you have the ability to enter prestige mode. Prestige mode has been reworked to reward you with more than just a new icon as well, you’ll not only be rewarded with a gamerpic to flaunt, but you’ll also have the option to have more custom weapon slots too.
Enough about that stuff though, let’s talk about the actual online gameplay. First off, expect more guns … way more guns. We now have guns, ranging from pistols and machine guns, to rocket launchers and flamethrowers with plenty of authentic origin. You’ll be able to find out which country’s guns work the best for your style of play, and add them to your custom slots. 
Treyarch have also brought back vehicles in to the fray but unfortunately we only got the chance to see one up close and personal, but we’re informed there are a load more. The one we did see however was pretty fun to use. It was a two man tank; with one driving and controlling the big gun, and a shooter who controlled a machine gun mounted on the top.  Although it does incredible destruction, you need to be careful while using it because the driver will be vulnerable to remote detonated explosives and RPGs, while the gunner is exposed to standard weapons.

In terms of game modes, Call of Duty: World at War features the typical free-for-alls and team deathmatch, but brings back capture the flag, and adds new games like “War”; in which you have to control five different flags at the same time, continually pushing forward, or retreating back as the next flag’s taken.
Seeing as how this is World War II, we don’t have all the luxuries of modern day war devices, so Treyarch had to bring some new perks to the table to make this an authentic game for it’s time.  Gone are the streak bonuses from Call of Duty 4, no more artillery strike and helicopters.  But don’t fret my friends; we have some new streak bonuses that are way more badass!  Instead of an artillery strike from fighter jets above, we have mortal strikes from our allies hiding on the outskirts of the level, and who needs a helicopter when we can unleash a pack of dogs on your foes.  Yes, you read that correctly, a pack of dogs! 

Get yourself a kill streak of seven, and then unleash the hounds!  Well, German Sheppards, but no need to nitpick, just unleash these bad boys and watch the destruction ensue.  About eight or so dogs will come from behind you, and run around the level until they’re all killed.  These pups are pretty brutal as well, the only way to kill them is to either shoot them, or knife them with melee.  Watch out though, if you shoot them, you’ll be exposed on the map to enemies.  Knifing them does make you feel a bit bad too though as the dogs yelp and whines in pain with a direct hit. I almost let them kill me just so I didn’t have to hang my head in remorse once they were gone.
After playing for a bit, I’m not sure if I can say Call of Duty: World at War will be better than Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but I can, without a doubt in my mind say it’s a leap ahead of Treyarch’s last game in the series, Call of Duty 3. For me personally, this game’s a definite buy just for the ability to sick a pack of bloodthirsty dogs upon your enemies, but how the masses will react to another WW2 game remains to be seen. Check back in November for our World at War review.
Call of Duty: World at War will be released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 11th and November 14th in North America and Europe respectively.


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Comment #1 by Screwface89
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:32:46 PM
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finally ive been waiting for some sort of confirmation on the pack of dogs kill streak and thanks to you i have it. This is going to be great i can imagine it now asking your friends how many dogs each others had in a game.

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Comment #2 by LSmith92
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:36:27 PM
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looks nice

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Comment #3 by Ninjamonkey6493
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:36:59 PM
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Ill wait for the multiplayer Beta.

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Comment #4 by Genesis x360a
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:38:06 PM
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Cant wait to see what the achievements are like. I hope there are no online achievements and are all campaign like cod4 :)

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Comment #5 by T H C MURKLEMAN
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:46:22 PM
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Please dont tell me thats a red dot sight on the german rifle ( bottom pic ) theres gonna be a lot of noobs then why didnt they leave it iron sights thats wot it was in world war 2. The dogs is a great idea thou me and my friend thought of that a week after cod 4 was released now its happend.

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Comment #6 by JLogan27
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:47:07 PM
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@ 4...the achieves are out. Most are solo play (even tho there is co-op), a few online ones but they look kinda fun.

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Comment #7 by gamergutz
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:55:10 PM
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when i saw Treyarch on the box art, i immediately withdrew my pre-order. i'll rent 1st.

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Comment #8 by Evolution X0
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 04:58:39 PM
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love it..

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Comment #9 by Vince
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 05:14:20 PM
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ill give it a shot ive once i get tired of gears haha which will prob be sometime in june or july of 09 haha

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Comment #10 by Blackjaw x
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 05:18:43 PM
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I can't wait for this game. Fuck the bandwagon, this game will be great.

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Comment #11 by muffinmastergw2
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 05:22:29 PM
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treyarch sucks and this will probably be almost as bad as COD3 was... infinity ward ftw

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Comment #12 by Valiant Goat
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 05:22:30 PM
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Getting killed by someones dog pack is going to suck lol

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Comment #13 by Gameman54
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 05:32:36 PM
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@5...i agree that red dot on a M1 or MP44 (whichever) seems sorta off. i believe they only had iron sights during WW2. anyway, this game is gonna b tight and is not gonnab like crappy COD3.

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Comment #14 by L0nni3
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 05:33:57 PM
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I am still waiting for the beta

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Comment #15 by KingGotenW
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 06:08:16 PM
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WWII FTW!!! NOT!! get some creative thoughts into your heads! WWII is dead, gone, buried, grave-robbed(uncountable times), and buried again. How bout WWIV? This game does seem to be better than COD3. This game is too close to GOW2 for me to even consider considering to think about getting this game.

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Comment #16 by l.maciver
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 06:27:32 PM
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looking good so far...

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Comment #17 by IamD1sturbed
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 06:27:59 PM
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Looks better and better every time I see something new about it. Won't be COD4 but looks like a decent game. Bad timing for release IMO with a flood of great games.

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Comment #18 by knockton55
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 06:54:47 PM
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Looks good, no COD4

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Comment #19 by jhaywood1
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:06:14 PM
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The only reason I'm not gonna get it is because theres gonna be no red dot, which is boring.. i hate the regular aimer

why the hell did they make it ww2 again..

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Comment #20 by cortex21
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:14:48 PM
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@19, if thats your reason for not getting the game, then that kinda shows your not very good at cod or shooters in that fact if you need some dot to kill someone and it is the last ww2 cod makes

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Comment #21 by bodyboard4life10
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:23:28 PM
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holy shit. this one gonna be so much better then cod4. It got tanks in it! sweet! im gonna get this game!

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Comment #22 by Strongbad107
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:25:16 PM
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I'll wait for reviews before i even think about renting it.

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Comment #23 by I o DGK o I
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:39:52 PM
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looks sickk

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Comment #24 by K1ng K00p4
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:44:27 PM
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This is giving me too many games to buy. COD: WaW, Quantum of Solace, and Gears of War 2. My wallets going to be in pain.

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Comment #25 by NoVa x
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:53:21 PM
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wow well they are deffinatly fucking thegame up with tanks i mean serioulsy thats why battlefield bad company sucks so mucd dick is because u walk around for 10 mins trying to find someone and boom guess what uve been killled by some noob in a tank fucken shit game gow2 ftw

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Comment #26 by danneh150
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:54:32 PM
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Looks really good.
I'm glad im garenteed a place in the beta :)

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Comment #27 by skwrlsurfr
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 07:56:03 PM
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just because treyarch is developing the game doesnt mean it sucks. the only reason cod3 wasnt that great was because they only had like 8 months to make the game and most games take way longer to make. they had some time to make this game and its using the same engine as cod4 i think. so stop hating on treyarch!

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Comment #28 by CDurrant
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 08:13:38 PM
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im not sure, it will be really difficult to follow in the footsteps of cod 4 and considering all the awesome games coming out im not sure if i will buy this

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Comment #29 by Ruthless
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 08:23:56 PM
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CoD4 had the worst online play ever and no cheeves doubt ill play this online just play GoW2 online and rape the cheeves on this and fuck it off like the rest Lol.

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Comment #30 by pined5551
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 08:29:22 PM
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The thing i hate most about trearch is their inability to annimate human movement in a realistic way, cod4 got it spot on and from what i saw of this in the trailer, the annimation here sucks ass as well as 3. I know its not the most important critique, it just hacks me

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Comment #31 by xXBlaqOut92Xx
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 08:41:11 PM
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This game does look a bit better than COD3, but it is treyarch so I might be rentin it first.
@5 & 13... that red dot stuff was a little cheap, it made it all easy for people to get headshots. I hope treyarch reconsiders.

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Comment #32 by ColossalKiller7
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 09:06:41 PM
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dogs? really? They couldn't think of anything better?

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Comment #33 by S1ck x VaLoR
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 09:12:42 PM
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Comment #34 by rick9099
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 09:53:23 PM
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This game will be great xcept for all those tank/Flamethower abusers. As for the extra custom solts(i have to share game with my bro so i only had like 2 slots in Cod4)

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Comment #35 by RainofFireNZ
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:01:13 PM
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Im a bit worried about the tanks, I reckon one of the reasons cod4 was so good was because you always knew what you where facing (a human) now you will have to try and guess if your facing a human, tank (maybe car), then there will be people who just hang around for the tanks to spawn, team kill for the tanks. I reckon if they are gonna put tanks into the game it should be campaign only like in cod4 so the multiplayer isnt decided by who has the most tanks.

If i want tanks ill go play battlefield!!. They should be left out of cod

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Comment #36 by Assass1n08
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:01:25 PM
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a red dot sight of a WW2 gun?

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Comment #37 by RickyMcG
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:09:03 PM
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The comedy in seeing a person running down a road, through a building or whatever with a pack of 8 dogs after him/her will be PRICELESS. Haha, nice!..To Comment #33..They may have S&D, as CoD 2 had that game mode.

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Comment #38 by icypinksmurf
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:11:52 PM
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I'm just going to point out that War is not a new gametype, its from CoD3. :]

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Comment #39 by RainofFireNZ
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:15:43 PM
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@30 i agree 100% with you...... hopefully they fix this in WaW

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Comment #40 by vsbv-lightstorm
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:34:41 PM
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im not going to lie
this may just be better than modern warfare.

and no online boosting hooray!!!!!!!!!
yay single play achievements =]

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Comment #41 by Ingles
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:43:51 PM
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No matter what people say... this could be Treyarchs big middle finger to the gaming community if this shapes up to be one hell of a game, which it looks like it is going to do!! I'm going to be perfectly honest. This game is shaping up to look bigger and better than those before! I'm excited about this game!

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Comment #42 by IanAHD
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:49:39 PM
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fuck sake ppl get off the IW bandwagon i mean jesus christ you aint even given this a chance yet so pigging what its by treyarch the 3rd wasnt so bad, this one looks absolutly amazing the motar an dogs jus sounds so sexy i can see this being better than MW online but we'll see ;)

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Comment #43 by FatAdZ
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 12:13:39 AM
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People need to keep in mind the miniscule timeframe Treyarch had to develop CoD3. They've had much longer this time round and the game looks amazing. Can't wait 'til the 14th, I'll be dedicated to this game for a while.

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Comment #44 by Blue Thunder28
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 12:28:47 AM
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This game is getting better and better, can't freakin wait!

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Comment #45 by CrypticSJ93
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 12:29:10 AM
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wow i wonder wat the prestige max is

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Comment #46 by Masta Mylez
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 01:09:32 AM
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First of all the WW2 era had a shitload of guns and they did have a red dot for sight in some weapons. and for comment 29, why do you base how good a game is on achievements. those little numbers mean nothing in the real world, or how good a game is for that matter

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Comment #47 by Fafner
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 01:42:12 AM
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omfg's!!!! and #45 is right they did have red dot sights for some gun's, hell the german SS even had a night vision scope for the STG44.

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Comment #48 by spinseffingcool
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 01:57:45 AM
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I CANT WAIT. i hope it keeps most its mechanics for COD4.

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Comment #49 by my_name_is_gabe
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 01:59:59 AM
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Seems sweet, i might get it after i'm done with Fable 2.

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Comment #50 by Hot Rod Dave
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 04:02:45 PM
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COD3 was sick, cod4 had serious online issues that EVERYONE took advantage of it looks like treyarch has somewhat of a handle on gonna get it rather it sux or not. simply cause its COD!!! SEE YALL ON THE LEADER BOARDS

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Monday, October 13, 2008 @ 12:11:25 PM
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im jus happy they have single player achievements cod3 achievements sucked ass this game should be good

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Comment #52 by Mr Jonnysniper
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 03:17:44 PM
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who ever write this fucking "review" or what ever it is are fucking stupid, "artillary strike from above" WTF what a fool, its called "air strike" secondly its not mortor teams is artillary strike.

Sorry for being a bastard, but it kinda sickens me seeing people who only read reviews and/or blogs writing this sorta stuff

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Comment #53 by superkid1995
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 04:49:49 PM
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this rocks liiik3

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Comment #54 by xxTopsyKretts
Monday, October 20, 2008 @ 04:38:59 AM
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@52, Mr Jonnysniper:
You sound like a huge douche. The author was trying to be a little more creative than just saying "air strike". And I have no idea about what you're trying to say when you said "secondly its not mortor teams is artillary strike." It sickens me when people try and degrade something when they can't even use proper spelling and grammar in their sentences.

My opinion on CoD5: I'll be waiting for reviews or a friend to get it before I decide. CoD3 was a bust and even though CoD4's online had some flaws, it's still just as fun to play now as it was when it first came out. Besides, WWII is the most stale subject for FPS. I'll take my Dead Space, Fable II, GoW2, and be on my way.

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Comment #55 by DannyV 1994
Monday, November 03, 2008 @ 03:55:14 PM
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I can't see why people hate treyarch. Probably because they didn't like cod 3 when most people were more or less told to hate cod 3.

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Comment #56 by Martin 1337
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 09:26:27 AM
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Some of the best multiplayer I have ever played

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