Aren’t we done with the World Wars? asks Jamie Gar­butt

Games Master - - FANBASE - Jamie Gar­butt, email

Am I the only one not ex­cited about an­other foray into WWI or II? This year Call Of Duty is go­ing back to an era I was grate­ful to leave. I sup­pose I’m a older gamer at 33, but I re­mem­ber with fond­ness the many World War-based games that were a sta­ple of the PS2 and in the early days of the PS3. Prac­ti­cally ev­ery shooter took us into his­tory. The amaze­ment I had when faced with storm­ing the beach on the D-Day land­ings, watch­ing my Al­lies fall around me as I took pot shots at ma­chine gun bunkers and cow­ered be­hind tank traps. Fast for­ward many games and a change of se­ries or two and I was blown away by Call Of Duty’s take on these his­toric wars, but then Mor­den War­fare dropped and the spell was bro­ken. No longer was I con­tent with shoot­ing Nazis. I had been there, done that and been awarded the blood-stained medal.

My point is we need more orig­i­nal­ity, not yet more re­hash­ing of old ideas. For me it’s a akin to a re­mas­ter, so soon af­ter the orig­i­nal was re­leased. Or am I just old?

Keep up the good work. Keep in mind it’s been nearly a decade since the last Call Of Duty game set in WWII, so they have given it a fair break. That said, with par­tic­u­larly that war be­ing so over­ex­posed in other medi­ums, we do have to ad­mit we’re a bit sick of it our­selves, too. But we’re not sure where we wanted COD to go – cer­tainly we couldn’t see it go­ing any fur­ther into the fu­ture, ei­ther. Colour us cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about the new en­try. And we don’t think you’re old!

2008’s World At War fo­cused on the Pa­cific Theater, one of the few fronts of the war that the se­ries hadn’t al­ready cov­ered.

Many fans felt that In­fi­nite War­fare’s high-tech set­ting took the se­ries too far into the fu­ture.

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