Call of Duty: Roads to Victory Preview

It was only a matter of time before Activision's big bad WWII shooter infiltrated Sony's handheld, and we checked out the series' first portable installment.

Infinity Ward's highly popular Call of Duty series began solely on the PC as a hardcore shooter with unusually intense military action, but it's since begun to migrate to consoles. The upcoming Call of Duty 3 is currently slated to ship only on consoles, for instance, and soon the PSP will see the first portable iteration of the series with Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, due to hit the Sony handheld early next year. We recently got to briefly check out an unfinished version of Roads to Victory, which will feature an entirely new campaign, multiplayer features, and an increased focus on arcade-style action that--if it works as well as Seattle-based developer Amaze is hoping--ought to set a good precedent for other PSP first-person shooters to follow.

If you need to take your World War II with you absolutely everywhere, Roads to Victory may be just the ticket.

It's no secret that most FPS games on the PSP so far have conjured images of square pegs and round holes, and Amaze has acknowledged that fact. The game will of course offer a variety of control schemes so you can figure out which one works the best--or at least doesn't-work the least--for you, but the developers have accounted for the imprecision inherent in playing FPS games on the PSP by simply requiring you to be less accurate. Instead of making you aim precisely to score a hit on an enemy, the game will give you a generous degree of auto-aim, so you only have to be close, rather than spot on. The level designers have compensated for this aid by ramping up the intensity of the enemy encounters, so while you'll have an easier time gunning down Nazi soldiers, you can expect a lot more of them.

Roads to Victory will let you play as soldiers of three nationalities, as per the series' established formula. According to Activision, you'll take control of "an 82nd Airborne Division infantry soldier, a Canadian First Army rifleman, and an elite British Parachuting Regiment commando," and you'll play through a separate set of missions for each one, out of a total of 13. The game's prerelease documentation goes on to refer to action peppered with "mounted machine gun battles, sniper encounters, and aircraft attacks," so you can expect all the same sorts of encounters you've seen in past COD games.

An ad hoc multiplayer mode will also be available for six players, featuring the same kind of modes you'd expect out of a game like this, such as deathmatch, capture the flag, and king of the hill. On the graphics side, Amaze seems to have faithfully ported the look of Call of Duty (the look of World War II, in other words) to the PSP, from the little we got to see of the game in action, though the level of detail has taken a bit of a hit from the current-gen console versions of the game.

It seems like most of the popular console shooter franchises are slowly making their way to the PSP--in fact, we just posted our review of Medal of Honor Heroes, the other big WWII series to hit the PSP. Will Roads to Victory equal or even top it? We'll find out next year, and we'll bring you more on the game as we have it.

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61 comments
mingfu
mingfu

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nevereathim
nevereathim

this game will be better than MOH, cuz MOH was never better than call of duty

sub91
sub91

im getting both call of duty as well as rainbow six vegas

jakesoss
jakesoss

either this or [rainbow six] vegas, maybe both if their good.

sub91
sub91

i want that game medal of honor i finish it in 2 days

Kashmir2112
Kashmir2112

Sigh.....It looks great but if it has no online I refuse to buy it.

marioman50
marioman50

is there a control scheme that lets you walk around normally and preass R to aim, I'd be totally fine with those controls, they worked fine on metroid and resident evil 4.

DeathStar17
DeathStar17

Game looks cool...and I'm glad you still play as an allied soldier...

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

yea, i mean only thing thats would make me buy this if it has online, but then the online would need to have mics, clans, or i really see no reason to get this when this doesnt look much different then MoH

OwNaGe_CRZY
OwNaGe_CRZY

I wish the CoD series would catch on to playing as a German soldier.

KICKASS6
KICKASS6

It looks exactly like MOH. I think I'll stick with MOH for PSP and get COD for Wii.

DoubleDragon1
DoubleDragon1

COD should play out really nicely on the PSP. I just recently got SOCOM and that plays really well. Being a COD fan I think I might like it even better.

EmptySki
EmptySki

Well MOH:Heroes was actually i good game for the psp (fps game i mean). And i think Call of Duty will be just as good or better. I want to get COD:3 for the ps2 since 'im not getiing ps3 anytime soon.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm going to be getting the ps3 version, but if I had a psp, I might have also gotten this

tricache
tricache

i have been a long time MoH player and now I have a PSP...might have a look at this

charrrles
charrrles

i bought MOHh its short and tough, online is fun. but if this goes online ill get it too. Call of Duty!!!

dougkicksass
dougkicksass

mmmmm, call of duty for psp......hhhrhrhhhrh

cell-revo-
cell-revo-

Oh yes another fps for the psp that wont suck

aucy
aucy

you gotta love this!

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

nice hope is not as short as medal of honor i love WWII shooters (not all of them)

TIME_KILLER
TIME_KILLER

Maybe I should buy one of these things....

piecake
piecake

looks good shame no gamerpoints lol!

gamerf6
gamerf6

ishould i buy mohh or wait till cod comes out for psp

Raptor-DP
Raptor-DP

Those of you that think an FPS can't be done with one analog stick look at every FPS for the N64 (Golden Eye and Perfect Dark Zero). It worked very well then and can work very well on the PSP.

B-bad
B-bad

one analog stick can work for fps games just use the face buttons for moving and the stick for aiming. it's cool to see fps games coming to the psp I'll keep a lookout for this game it may be interesting.

Tomtomtom1990
Tomtomtom1990

I find it funny how Gamespot always complains about the controls because they don't use the "Aim with the anolog nub" control scheme.

zapster_nz
zapster_nz

I just wanna know - how can u play with one analog stick??!!?!?!?!!!?!?!?!? I mean ughhh but meh thats my opinon

Shadow_Jones
Shadow_Jones

It looks good. Now I can't wait to see the finished game!

nick1500
nick1500

Man seriously i never expected this. Acitivision is a money hogging bunch of creeps. First off Call Of Duty was always a OC game. Infinity ward is the best Call OF Duty developer. Third of all why the heck would anyone play a FPS on the move. i mean come on activision have you finally lost your final balls or what. No point in stretching the series any longer. The first game was the most awesome and second one followed it a bit. But the second was not as powerfull as the first one. I mean the first one was a real adrenaline driver. The Orignal Call Of Duty was far more better than its sequels. It's sequel seems more to be a graphic update nothing more. And honestly how are you to move and aim with one anolog button. i mean it is kinda tough. all i got to say another great title has been screwed by big name companies.

supergamer918
supergamer918

WHOA! the best graphics i have ever seen for a hand held gaming system!!!

blackthegame
blackthegame

i never actually axpected it for the psp.....SWEET!

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I hope the controls work out, just wait for killzone, IGN reviewed it.

predator1015
predator1015

looks like the PSP will finally have a worthy FPS.

importeater22
importeater22

I Hate my PSP. I MEAN I HATE MY PSP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It had So much promise but there is only a few good games....... the controls are always awkward the load time are amazing long I would not mind the load times if the end result was a good looking game. The graphic aren't worth what i paid for!!! Sony whats with all the freaking updates do you have to suck the fun out of the PSP?(no home-brews). Before I go on I'm not a Nintendo fan boy or a Sony fan boy but.... I just recently bought DS lite and I have been pleasantly surprised with the controls and game play it'a all very solid. I guess all I can do is wait and hope that the PSP off to a slow start and developers will be able to use the PSP to it full capabilities

SouthAmerica09
SouthAmerica09

6 player ad-hoc is disappointing, not even infrastructure. MOH Heroes has set the bar and I have a bad feeling about this one.