The newest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: WWII, is re-opening its beta to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One September 1st-September 4th. The official release date for the game is November 3rd, 2017, and we’ve got you covered with this preview.

Released with Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: WWII strikes chords with fans that liked the 2008 entry, World at War, which was also set in World War II. The multiplayer aspect should be familiar to anyone who has played the games in the past decade. The beta as of the August dates capped player levels at 25. Returning are the customize-able classes called Divisions, each with a live-action video description in the style of old military training videos. Each Division has its different abilities and weapon modifications:

Infantry- more versatile of the classes, meant for beginners
Airborne- specializes in noise-suppressed weapons and stealth
Armored- specializes in heavy weapons
Canadian Mountain- specializes in sniper rifles
Expeditionary- specializes in close quarters such as bayonets and shotguns.

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The game modes on the multiplayer beta included the favorite Team Deathmatch, the capture-the-flag Domination, and Hardpoint where players race to keep control of sections of the map that changes every couple of minutes.

Playing the multiplayer beta was an intense and fun ride, maybe even a bit more intense than previously experienced since my days frequenting Black Ops II. The graphics are top notch in the various environments, which included snow and mountain landscapes. What really surprised me was the execution (pun intended) of the player deaths: bullet wounds actually exiting out of the character on-screen and limbs being blown completely off by either point-blank shotgun blasts or bomb blasts which adds a bit of realism to the popular war-based action game series.

Final Thoughts:
It’s been ten years since the Call of Duty series became the powerhouse that it is known as with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. While the die-hard fans seem to go for each entry the past couple have started to feel a bit stale, so how do you try to keep one of modern gaming’s biggest franchises fresh? By taking players back in time once again to the biggest world conflict of all time in an all-new game! The multiplayer beta was a blast to play, and this gamer can’t wait for more of Call of Duty: World War II.

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