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FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT; EPIC ACTION GAMER RETURNS WITH A NEW, DARKER ATMOSPHERE CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR ***** XBox 360, PS3, PC pounds 29.99-pounds 49.99 GAMES.

Byline: KEVIN LYNCH

The Call Of Duty series has been top of the pile for wartime shooters for many years now. But the latest instalment of the run-andgun first-person shooter is a far darker affair.

Returning to a Second World War setting, your squad mates will often make questionable choices as to the fate of your helpless Nazi foes, and you will often be faced with a helpless enemy pleading for his life.

It's no longer a matter of Rambostyle heroism, it's all about survival and choices. Add to this the visceral brilliance of the game's graphic engine and you'll find the brutality of war brought all too harrowingly to life.

This latest version also features co-operative play as well, so you and a mate can team up locally, or with up to four other players online.

This opens up a whole new tactical dimension for the wartime shooter, and with online leaderboards tracking you and your friends' stats, there is great scope for competition and replay which was missing from earlier titles.

Having said that, the return to Second World War and Pacific settings is slightly less compelling than the futuristic surroundings of the previous Call Of Duty title, Modern Warfare.

While World At War masterfully handles its historic backdrop, fully immersing you in the struggles of your squad mates, the time period may well be beginning to feel tired to veterans of the series.

Engaging both in terms of adrenalinfuelled action and emotional impact, Call Of Duty: World At War is nevertheless another triumph for the series. It's dark tone is a welcome turn of direction, suitably pairing Hollywood style set-pieces with heartbreaking moments of individual suffering and loss.

Although the Second World War setting may be now a little over-familiar, Call Of Duty: World At War proves there is life in the old dog yet.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2008
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