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Valor and Sacrifice in Call of Duty: WWII

In the wake of Veterans Day, I’ve found myself thinking about Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss. Doss was an army medic in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. As a Seventh-day Adventist, he not only requested to observe the Sabbath on Saturdays, but he also refused to kill a soul. As a consequence, his fellow soldiers ostracized and abused him for being a “conscientious objector.” When he was on Okinawa with his men, hundreds were slaughtered and had…

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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Call of Duty: WWII Review

Each Call of Duty since Modern Warfare 2 has put the player in higher positions of power. Whether you’re the unspoken, do-it-all heroes of Modern Warfare 2 or the literal commander participating in all of Infinite Warfare’s combat, feelings of helplessness and limitations have been de-emphasized. This also extends to the series’ adoption of wall-running, boosting, leaning, and superhuman abilities. Sledgehammer Games’ Advanced Warfare heavily contributed to this by ushering in a frenetic era where movement became as much of a necessary skill as gunplay prowess. Infinite Warfare…

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Call of Duty WWII – Preview

Interestingly enough, we had a lot of positive things to say about Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s multiplayer when it was going through its beta. We liked how it was a middle ground between the so-called “boots on the ground” playstyle and Advanced Warfare’s twitchy, movement-based skill. However, we came to loathe the multiplayer a few weeks after the game’s launch. Everybody was still finding their footing during the beta, so it felt different and exciting. But the final product turned into a…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles – Review (+Comparison Video)

  Nacht der Untoten was a bonus mode tacked onto Call of Duty: World at War. It had recycled assets, no voice acting, and a simple layout because Activision didn’t fund it. Nevertheless, Treyarch implemented the small map for the fun of it, which went on to not only become the underrated game’s defining legacy, but also a franchise staple. Now it’s commonplace to expect a Zombies mode annually, and WWII won’t reject the lifeblood this lucrative trend affords. In the meantime, series…

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Darksiders: Warmastered Edition – Review

It’s weird to think that since Darksiders was released in 2010, Vigil Games disbanded, THQ went bankrupt, and Nordic Games acquired the franchise. Not only that, but it has even reincorporated under the name THQ Nordic and overseen remasterings of both games. So while ex-Vigil Games employees are scattered around the place with Darksiders lead creator Joe Madureira doing his own thing with Battle Chasers: Nightwar, THQ Nordic has been feeling the waters to discern if completing the Darksiders trinity can make waves….

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – Review

When you boot up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’s multiplayer, it greets you with a message welcoming you back to the “seminal” first-person shooter. It’s a fitting descriptor because the unforgettable campaign and multiplayer have had rippling effects throughout its genre in the near-decade since its release, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would disagree. Why does its impact endure? We were reminded why with this remaster – no, this remake – due to the exemplary overhaul it has undergone. Its…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – Preview

What is a “remaster”? The moniker implies an older game that has been updated to adequately match the technological standards of the present day in numerous ways, such as with polished assets, minor alterations to gameplay, and so forth. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection andTwilight Princess HD are excellent examples, but what about titles like Ratchet & Clank and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary? These are usually called remakes because most or all of the original games’ assets have been remade,…

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