Call of Duty: WWII Beta Impressions

Call of Duty WWII gives a taste of its 2017 holiday offering in this private beta. Call of Duty WWII takes place in war-torn Europe, visiting locations like Aachen, Gibraltar and Pointe Du Hoc. While the beta is strictly multiplayer, there are secret codes in the beta that tease Sledgehammer’s campaign for the title. When first loading into multiplayer, a Division must be chosen from five different loadouts using unlock tokens. More unlock tokens are earned by leveling up ensuring the ability to try all Divisions without becoming a grind.

Each Division has a special skill to each of their corresponding beginning weapons. They also have a customization option to represent each Division from a different country. The Infantry Division has the bayonet charge skill with the United States as the default and the Netherlands as the option. The United States Airborne incorporates a SMG suppressor skill with the option of playing as a British Commando. The British Armored Division favor heavy weapons and have the option of mounting an LMG bipod. United States Tankers are also in this class. Snipers from the Canadian Mountain Division have the sharpshooter skill along with the United States Winter snipers.

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The French Expeditionary Division have incendiary shotgun shells which are terrifying to be on the receiving end of, with the option of being a Soviet Sapper. Game types in the Beta include the obligatory Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint and Mosh Pit, which is a collection of popular multiplayer game modes. I spent most of my time in the beta playing the War mode. War has the feel of a mini-campaign with both sides see-sawing from offence to defense. As players level up, their Divisions level up separately, as does their weapon proficiency.

Weapons are customizable with up to two attachment slots for the main weapon. There are also tactical and lethal grenade options. The beta runs well, which is promising, I only got dropped from one match early in the beta. I did not notice any screen-tearing and the maps look polished. I have taken a break from Call of Duty games since Black Ops, but Call of Duty WWII may be the one to bring me back. Call of Duty WWII has a release date of November 3, 2017.

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Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Glen Fortkamp