COD:WWII “In war, no one fights alone.”

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Call of Duty: WWII Confirmed, Reveal Incoming” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Hello! In this blog post, I’ll be talking about the game Call of Duty: WWII by Activision. This game is one of the many games included in the Call of Duty series that can be played on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Microsoft Windows. This game was released November 3rd, 2017 for all to play either by themselves or with others online, but unfortunately can’t be played on local multiplayer (two play on one console) for campaign like the older COD games as well as many games from the xbox 360. However, you can still play local multiplayer for zombies and online multiplayer for zombies.

This game tells the tale of Ronald “Red” Daniels, more commonly known as Private Daniels, and his view-changing experience of fighting through World War II with his comrades, starting from the Battle at Normandy Beach.

Since this game was based on WWII, apparently many people were offended by the fact that the Nazi’s swastika was everywhere in the game. The game publishers eventually decided on having it in the game anyway. I personally think that you can’t just change things like that, just like people wanting to get rid of statues that people claim to think still having them is like worshipping those events. You can’t just change history and pretend it never happened because despite how terrible it was, it we forget it we’ll most likely repeat something like it.

WARNING: SPOILERS

Tips

In the Nazi zombies survival, if you’re playing by yourself just make sure that you watch your back and try not to get cornered. Also, try not to stand still. Instead, run around in large circles so the zombies will chase after you in those circles behind you. These tips are also very helpful in multiplayer.

In the campaign when you meet the Special Operations Executive British officers Major Arthur Crowley and Vivian, you have to sneak through a German base to derail a train. If you really feel up to it, you can show yourself and run in front of everyone to catch the train, but this will slow you down quite a bit. Being sneaky isn’t as easy as it looks, so the best advice I can give is to start from the back and stay hidden.

The next mission, you get to play as French Resistance leader Rousseau and kill SS-und Polizeiführer (Police Chief) Heinrich for killing her family. Before getting to this, you have to answer a few questions about what you’re doing there and who sent you. You are given a passport which states all of that information, which you must remember.

Easter Eggs

There are quite a few Easter Eggs, so I’ll give a few of them that I find interesting.

Kilroy Was Here

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Kilroy Was Here” by Luis Rubio is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In one mission, there’s a spray-painted image of a long-nosed person looking over a fence. This expression is thought to be brought to life by James J. Kilroy, who checked ships at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. When inspecting the ships, he used waxy chalk to leave a checkmark designating the area approved. Eventually when his shift was done, others saw it and washed it off. He was going to use paint but decided against it due to the fact that it would be hard to get into tight spaces with a pail of paint, so he continued with the chalk but put the words “Kilroy was here” next to it. Later on, he added the face peering over the fence.

Due to the urgency of ships, no one bothered to wash off the drawings all over the ships. Servicemen onboard didn’t know the true meaning of it, but it was places all over Europe and in the South Pacific. The drawing was amusing to the men who saw it almost everywhere, but seemed to give strength to the G.I.’s*. This symbol was a mark to show others when they arrived to that location that American soldiers had already been through there. Today, Kilroy is in the World War II Memorial two times as well as Mount Everest and the Arc de Triomphe.

*G.I. is an abbreviation for Government Issue, referring to soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines. It can also abbreviate (medically) to gastrointestinal, which refers to the stomach and the small and large intestine.

Eyes That Hold Mine Brethren

On the cover for the game is an American soldier with his hands folded in front of his mouth on top of the butt of a rifle, holding dog tags. If you look closer, you can see three people standing while one is either crouching or kneeling. I think that this is four of Daniels’ fellow brothers in arms looking back at Normandy Beach after they fought, but no one really knows.

Fun Facts

True Story, Bro

Many believe that this story was based on a real young man who enlisted in the United States Army’s First Infantry Division, an active duty unit that turned 100 years old in 2017. Historian Martin Morgan was recruited to help make the game as historically accurate as possible. One of the two developers actually traveled to places all across Europe to take pictures and drawings for concept art for the game.

Back to the Future

The theme of the game was to be connected to your men and to experience brotherhood of American soldiers during the second World War. Sledgehammer games, one of the developers, was inspired by the original Call of Duty’s motto “In war, no one fights alone.” and reflected that idea. Alongside the fact that they want to stick to that motto, during Activision Blizzard’s* Q4 Earnings Call, Activision said that this Call of Duty game would “take Call of Duty back to its roots.” and have “traditional combat will once again take center stage,”.

*Not many people know that Activision’s full name is actually Activision Blizzard Inc.. In fact, I just learned that.

Thank you all for reading!

 

Sources:

“Kilroy Was Here” -A Story from World War II

Call of Duty: WWII from Call of Duty Wiki

The history behind Call of Duty: World War II

Two Call of Duty: WWII Characters are Probably Based on Real Life Heroes

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