Call of Duty: World at War

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Call of Duty: World at War now on Xbox One via backward compatibility

UPDATE: Smoother performance than the Xbox 360 original, says Digital Foundry.

UPDATE 29/9/16 8:40am: Digital Foundry has assessed World at War's performance on Xbox One, concluding that the game runs more smoothly than the same code operating on original Xbox 360 hardware. It's not the night and day improvement seen in Call of Duty 2, but many of the smaller sub-60fps dips in both campaign and zombie mode are ironed out.

COD:WAW map packs cheap this week

DLC trio snipped to 400 MSP each.

Activision has halved the price of all three Call of Duty: World at War map packs on Xbox Live Marketplace, an offer that runs until 1st November.

Free COD:WAW iPhone app launches

Free COD:WAW iPhone app launches

Track stats, stalk friends.

Activision has released a free iPhone and iPod Touch app for Call of Duty: World at War.

The Companion lets PS3 and Xbox 360 owners keep track of leaderboards, game news, friend activity and a myriad information like which gun you use the most.

You'll need to link your Call of Duty: World at War website account to your PS3 or Xbox 360 account to make the most of the application.

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COD: World at War maps this week

Map Pack 3 released on Thursday.

Activision has announced that Call of Duty: World at War's third map pack will be released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network on August 6th. That's this Thursday.

PC COD:WAW patch includes maps

PC COD:WAW patch includes maps

Date likely to be announced this week.

Developer Treyarch has announced that PC fans will be given Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2 as part of the upcoming v1.5 patch.

"I just wanted to give a brief update to let you know that Map Pack 2 will be included in Patch 1.5," said developer "JD" on the official forum. "It's in test right now, and is looking great - I will have more information [this] week."

A rundown of the gameplay tweaks in patch v1.5 can also be found on those forums.

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Sales of COD map pack hit 2 million

Sales of COD map pack hit 2 million

Next batch of DLC on track for June.

Activision has announced the first map pack for Call of Duty: World at War has now been downloaded two million times.

Half of those downloads occurred during the first weekend it was on sale, you may recall. The two million figure includes PSN and Xbox Live sales.

"This is a huge milestone and we are so appreciative of our incredibly supportive community who continue to play and enjoy the game," said Mark Lamia, head of Treyarch.

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New COD: World at War maps in June

Three multiplayer, one zombie.

Activision has announced the imaginatively-titled Map Pack 2 for its hit FPS Call of Duty: World at War. The add-on will be available in June for Xbox 360 and PS3.

COD pack downloaded 1 million times

And that's just in the opening weekend.

The first downloadable map pack for Call of Duty: World at War was downloaded 1 million times during the first weekend of availability.

COD5 demo on Live, DLC dated

Zombie asylum and friends next Thurs.

Activision and Treyarch have finally released a Call of Duty: World at War demo on Xbox Live and announced that the upcoming multiplayer map pack will be released on 19th March for PS3 and 360. That's next Thursday.

COD5 XP boost, UT3 Black free weekend

UT bundle includes Titan Pack access.

Those of you fond of shooting one another in the face will be able to enjoy double experience points in Call of Duty: World at War for the next few days, or sample Unreal Tournament 3 for free on PC all weekend.

World at War map pack detailed

More maps, zombies. And due March.

Treyarch has detailed the first Call of Duty: World at War map pack, which we can expect to see on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 sometime next month.

COD's zombie Nazis unlocked for consoles

Nacht der Untoten playlist set free.

Treyarch has unlocked Call of Duty: World at War's "Nacht der Untoten" playlist - the one where you and up to three friends fight off waves of zombie Nazis.

Treyarch explains PC patch process

Treyarch explains PC patch process

Helps fans cope with lengthy wait.

Treyarch has explained to the Call of Duty: World at War community why patching the PC version has taken so long.

The conclusion of a lengthy post by community manager JD_2020 (Josh Olin according to Kotaku) is that desktop updates take a minimum of eight weeks from start to finish.

This process involves listening to fans, reproducing the issues to engineers, testing, submitting the patch to Activision, more testing, and then finally building an installer and distributing the files.

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Call of Duty finishes 2008 on top

UK Charts: Mario Kart best-selling SKU.

Call of Duty: World at War reclaimed the UK Charts summit in the last Top 40 of 2008, after losing out to FIFA 09 in the last week before Christmas.

Call of Duty still dominant in UK

But LittleBigPlanet starts to sell.

There's no change at the top of the All-Format UK Charts this week as Call of Duty: World at War, Mario Kart Wii and FIFA 09 hold firm in the top three positions.

UK charts: World at War still raging

Prince of Persia, Animal Crossing less so.

Call of Duty: World at War has notched up a fourth week in command of the UK All-Formats Chart. With just two weeks to go, looks like it's a strong contender to take the Christmas top spot.

Call of Duty: World at War Multiplayer Tips

Bonus feature: strategies for battlegrounds.

The world is most definitely at war. It may not be top of the Xbox Live charts, but Call of Duty is king of the All-Formats Top 40, and with double experience points this week for LCE owners, now seems a good time to relate what we've picked up from the last few weeks running around the internet shooting people in the dogs. Thankfully, Eurogamer's recent intern Matt Edwards happened to write some of it down. Quite a lot, actually. Here's what he reckons.

Plenty of World at War DLC on the way

First of "mysterious" batch in New Year.

Call of Duty: World at War boss Daniel Suarez plans "at least" two bouts of downloadable content for the shooter, and said the first batch was on course for the New Year.

Euro Call of Duty double-XP week

Starting on Friday for PC and 360.

Activision has confirmed that the Call of Duty: World at War double-experience promotion in the US next week will also take place in Europe.

UK charts: COD still biggest fish

Resistance 2 hits, Sonic misses.

The UK all-formats chart has settled into a familiar rhythm after a helter-skelter November, with Call of Duty: World at War top of the pops once more.

COD: World at War mod tools released

Change the outcome on the PC.

Activision has deployed modification tools for the PC version of Call of Duty: World at War so you can make your own levels and game modes, among other things.

World at War loses out in Live chart

Top in the UK, fourth on Xbox 360.

Call of Duty: World at War may blasted its way to the top of the UK charts this week, but the same cannot be said for Xbox Live, where its first-week performance leaves it trailing Gears of War 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Halo 3.

Call of Duty: World at War Triple-Format Face-Off

Once again, PC meets Xbox 360 meets PlayStation 3 in the latest of our special Bonus Round comparisons, reserved for the most important games of the moment - in this case, Call of Duty: World at War.

Despite its incredible first week of sales, controversy still surrounds the latest release in gaming's most powerful first person shooter franchise. Infinity Ward handing off the Call of Duty baton to Activision development workhouse Treyarch was enough to make many fear the worst. Deeply unimpressive Treyarch PS3 work such as the awful Spider-Man: Web of Shadows suggested that owners of the Sony format should be more than a little cautious of the latest Call of Duty offering.

While Treyarch's output has hardly been impressive of late on PlayStation 3, the fact is that Call of Duty: World at War is easily their best work yet on the Sony platform. There's little in terms of criticism in Dan Whitehead's 8/10 Eurogamer review that doesn't apply equally to both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

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Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty: World at War

Still soldiering on.

So it's come to this. Right at the very start of World at War, you're a helpless prisoner of the Japanese, saved from execution at the last second by a rescue squad of US Marines. Handed a rifle, you begin to exact your payback. As you move from hut to hut, one of the game's many scripted moments occurs. Directly in front of you, a Japanese soldier, his uniform ablaze, bursts out at a fellow US soldier. Should you manage to shoot the assailant quickly enough, and thus prevent your team mate from burning alive, you're awarded your first Achievement or Trophy - Saved Private Ryan.

It's an obvious gag, and a revealing one. World at War, it seems, is not a game concerned with avoiding the obvious. Quite the opposite in fact. For a game that goes out of its way to rub your nose in the grisly underbelly of war (opening, rather tastelessly, with what looks like real archive footage of Japanese military executions) it nevertheless nestles snugly inside the predictable comfort zone already established by over a decade of similar WW2 shooters.

That's not to say that World at War doesn't impress. Much like its predecessor, Modern Warfare, this is an exhilarating and painstakingly designed journey through the smoke, flames and dust of armed combat. It's linear and scripted, as all shooters must be to some extent, but the series has always succeeded by hiding the strings better than most. That success wavers here, but there's still plenty to enjoy for those who enjoy shock and awe more than surprises.

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Call of Duty: World at War patch out

Call of Duty: World at War patch out

Features 317MB of fixes for the PC version.

The PC version of Call of Duty: World at War has been patched to v1.1, with a host of tweaks and fixes arriving just in time for the game's European release this Friday.

Weighing in at a mighty 317MB, the patch promises improved SLI support, as well as enabling mods in all game modes. Check out the full list of changes below.

Mods are now enabled in Co-op, Single Player, and Multiplayer.

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COD5 is "different game" to COD4

Comparison unfair, says under-fire producer.

Call of Duty 4 community manager Robert Bowling won't like it, but COD: World at War producer Noah Heller has been sounding off to Eurogamer about comparisons between the Treyarch and Infinity Ward shooters.

Why Activision dumped Sierra's games

They weren't "exploitable enough".

Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick has explained that various Sierra (Vivendi) games were dumped for not exhibiting "potential to be exploited every year across every platform".

COD: WAW 360 beta open to all

COD: WAW 360 beta open to all

Free download from the marketplace.

Activision has announced that it has made the multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: World at War on Xbox 360 open to all.

No money or beta key is required to access the game. Simply find the multiplayer beta under Call of Duty: World at War on Xbox Live Marketplace, download it, and start getting killed by all the people who've already been playing it for weeks.

Alternatively, the PC version of the beta went live this time last week, and you can access it just by signing up at the game's website.

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Eurogamer Expo: Top 10 Games

As voted for by you.

First things first, apologies if you were disappointed, having read our Eurogamer Expo preview on Monday, to discover that the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift vehicle outside the Expo entrance was a monster truck instead of a Humvee. We are also sorry that so many of you missed the chance to touch Bertie's moustache, which endures even now atop the sweater-clad granite torso and arms of news-typing sultriness.

Call of Duty: WAW PC beta begins

Call of Duty: WAW PC beta begins

Keys available over at official site.

As announced on the official Call of Duty website, the multiplayer beta test for the PC version of Call of Duty: World at War has gone live.

Sign up as a member of the website to participate in the PC beta. The Xbox 360 beta test has been running a little while now; if you didn't grab a key in Eurogamer's giveaway, you still have a chance to by pre-ordering World at War from GAME in the UK, and Gamestop in the US.

There's no indication of whether there will be a beta test for the PS3 version of the game.

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Call of Duty: World at War

Competitive co-op.

A London press event over fifty years after World War II, and it's still being fought. At least for one last time, as this Call of Duty - reading between the lines - seems to be Treyarch's capstone to the period. And another battle quickly surfaces when I ask producer Noah Heller, who handles the game on the Activision side, about whether the developer feels upset about how they're viewed, considering they turned around the maligned Call of Duty 3 in less than a year. Do the angry internet men frustrate him?

Call of Duty 5 PC beta details

Call of Duty 5 PC beta details

Friends lists, invites, clan tags, etc.

Activision and Treyarch have announced details of the Call of Duty: World at War PC beta - and by extension multiplayer in general.

All you have to do to get on the beta is sign up on the official website, by the sound of it, although there's no specific start date just yet.

"All registered users", the site says in bold, including people who sign up after the beta starts, will receive a special key that enables them to create a unique profile name and play.

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Call of Duty: World at War

Embedded report from the multiplayer beta.

Remember when Call of Duty 4 managed to topple the mighty Halo 3 from the online gaming throne? This may yet prove to be a pivotal moment in the evolution of the venerable wartime shooter, or so it would seem from the first glimpse of Call of Duty 5's multiplayer component. It's familiar, you see. Very familiar.

Call of Duty PC beta still coming

Call of Duty PC beta still coming

Plus: details of the 360 content.

What with the excitement of giving away 20,000 keys for the Xbox 360 version in one hour yesterday, we quite forgot to add that Activision has restated plans for a Call of Duty: World at War PC beta.

The betas - 360 and PC - both allow players to play as US Marines, German Wehrmacht, Japanese Imperial Army and Russian Red Army factions in team deathmatch, free-for-all, CTF and "War" across three maps.

The maps are Castle (a daytime battle in the grounds of an ancient Japanese stronghold), Makin (a nighttime fight in an outpost on the Makin Atoll in the Pacific) and Roundhouse (a daytime fight in a train depot, featuring tanks and infantry combat).

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Call of Duty 5 beta keys all gone!

Call of Duty 5 beta keys all gone!

20,000 keys, one hour.

After more traffic than we can ever remember (and we used to live next to a roundabout), the Call of Duty: World at War beta keys are all gone! Congratulations if you got one.

In the end we had 20,000 of the things, and all of them were gone within an hour of posting them on the site. Despite a few hiccups earlier in the day, the servers even managed to maintain their dignity throughout. Well, mostly.

The good news, however, is that if you missed out you can still get a key by visiting GAME and pre-ordering Call of Duty: World at War. GAME pre-orders on Xbox 360 are guaranteed a key.

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Thousands of COD X360 keys soon

World at War, EG holding gate open.

Eurogamer is happy, historically sensitive and proud to announce that we will soon have thousands of beta keys for Call of Duty: World at War on Xbox 360 to give away. (Yes, we're reinforcing the servers first.)

Call of Duty 5 gets Euro date, beta

Call of Duty 5 gets Euro date, beta

PC and 360 tests to open in October.

The Call of Duty: World at War European multiplayer beta test will begin in October for PC and Xbox 360. Either a PS3 beta has yet to be announced, or simply won't happen. Wii beta tests have yet to be invented.

Publisher Activision Blizzard has announced that the Boot Camp will open its doors on an unspecified date next month, also confirming the UK release date as 14th November. That puts the UK a mere three days behind the US, where the game will see first light on 11th November.

Players will be able to try their hands at the new squad system, as well as experimenting with the features inherited from Modern Warfare, such as the perk system.

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Call of Duty: World at War dated

Out in the US in early November.

Activision Blizzard has announced that Call of Duty: World at War will be released in the US on 11th November for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC and DS.

COD 'didn't finish telling WWII story'

World At War not simply "going back".

Call of Duty military advisor Hank Keirsey has defended the series' return to its World War II roots, claiming: "we're not going back; we didn't finish telling the story".

Call of Duty: World at War

Don't look back in anger.

Call of Duty: World at War executive producer Daniel Suarez already knows what's on our minds, and he's come armed. "The first question I get asked, is why go back to World War II?" Well, quite. I ask myself a similar question sometimes, since I'm the one who always ends up reviewing WWII shooters. Treyarch's answer is probably the same: old habits die hard.

First Call of Duty 5 trailer premieres

First Call of Duty 5 trailer premieres

Watch it now on Eurogamer TV.

The very first trailer for Call of Duty 5 is now showing on Eurogamer TV.

The game is being developed by Treyarch and is subtitled World at War. It's said to offer a gritty, mature portrayal of events during the Second World War. Early teasers show a prisoner of war being tortured and having his throat cut, while your character looks on and waits his turn for the same treatment.

It'll be the first COD game to feature co-op action. Two players can team up on split-screen, while up to four can enjoy online co-op. Vehicles will play an important role and you can expect the return of squad-based multiplayer, plus the option to say real army phrases into your headset.

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Call of Duty: World at War

World War II, Part IV.

It might be because I'm paranoid, it might be because I'm a cynic, or it might be because I'm horribly myopic. I'm convinced nevertheless that every time the Treyarch team heard the name 'COD4' during their recent demonstration of the fifth Call of Duty game, their eyes narrowed a little, their lips pursed and a distinctly frosty tone crept into their voices.

Co-op confirmed for Call of Duty 5

Co-op confirmed for Call of Duty 5

Online and offline. Plus flamethrowers.

Activision has confirmed the newest instalment in the Call of Duty series will feature an online co-op mode for up to four players.

That goes for the Xbox 360, PS3 or PC versions, which will also offer two-player split-screen co-op. The Wii game will have its own "unique" two-player co-op mode.

According to the press release, the co-op campaign "allows players to rank up and unlock perks in competitive multiplayer by completing challenges and earning experience points".

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COD5 video premiere approaching

Exclusively live on Marketplace this weekend.

The first footage of the next instalment in the Call of Duty series will be shown exclusively on Xbox LIVE this weekend.

MS SingStar game, SK's The Crucible, more

Yes, it's Intellisponse again. Tons more.

So you've read about the Guitar Hero IV controller information, the Microsoft Mii-style avatar system and the Forza 3 download scenarios, but that's not everything the dedicated NeoGAF kids managed to bust out of market research firm Intellisponse's website in the dead of the comedy night: there's also stuff on a new Silicon Knights game, Call of Duty 5 and a Microsoft SingStar pretender.

Call of Duty 5 name and details

Call of Duty 5 name and details

Set in WWII, by Treyarch, has co-op.

The next Call of Duty is subtitled World at War and developed by Treyarch.

It will feature co-op for the first time in the series and is heading to PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, according to the first details - spilled from the pages of GamesTM magazine and read by VG247.

The Nintendo version will be handled by a separate developer, we're told, but all will be built on the Call of Duty 4 engine.

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