Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:24

PREVIEW: Call of Duty WWII Private BETA (Playstation 4)

Written by Ray Evans
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Dropping glide bomb, Artillery Barrage, Flamethrower.

Call of Duty is back with a sneek peek at it's latest installment to the franchise: Call of Duty WWII. Boots on the ground. Charlie down. I love Call of Duty. Well, I used to. Before space happened and we were all subjected to anti-gravity, special moves and unimaginable lasertype weapons. Activision and Call of Duty released a semi-private beta for short time to try.

I was hesitant at first but the free download from the Hong Kong PSN store and Superfast internet meant otherwise. It only took a couple of minutes to download the beta client and update. However, I did run into a network issue impacting my ability to connect to the servers. I looked in the forums with the error code and I had to change my DNS settings to google (I think) 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.6.6.

Anyway after solving the issue I was free to jump in and start destroying kids with WW2 weaponry. It was fun. It was very fun. I mean, we've all been waiting this. A new WWII close combat CoD updated for the PS4. The graphics were great, and it looked crisp even for a BETA. The HUD was easy to read as always and enemies were easily recognizable. I went in thinking and asking myself if I would like the old school guns and scorestreaks again, and if they played well. Immediately i'm dropping bombs and slaying everything in sight with picked up weapons. Wholy. Okay lets go!

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The levels flow well and have heaps of different angles and sightlines. They are surrounded by water normally and play can be inside bunkers, blown out houses and trenches. There are mounted machine guns and heaps of alleyways for snipers. I was sitting over a Bravo objective one-shotting them for days and wondering if they were ever going to stop coming. I played over the course of a weekend and found I wanted to play so much more. SMGs melt and were fun run and gunning across the sandbag and barbed wire lined trenches. I really loved the pop and zing when clips were empty sending your magazine and rounds flying.

Scorestreaks look amazing. They control amazing. Glide bombs can take some getting used to and the artillery barrage is easy to place but looks great raining down Mortar fire on your enemies. A really cool aspect was the final killcam seemed to place some kills above others and use that during the end of the game. I didnt understand how a one shot weapon double kill in a second was better than a triple mortar barrage kill..

When Call of Duty: WWII arrives many people will be happy to have a great CoD game once again.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: BETA Impressions
  • Release Date: November 3rd, 2017
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Genre: FPS