At best FAIR WITH SOME OF THE MOST IDIOTIC AI EVER SEEN IN A COD GAME. Don't believe the hype and I'll tell you why
tomw1234 wrote this review on .
First scenario: Capturing the Flak guns (88's):
The is the first level that really showed me how idiotic the AI in this game can be. While making my way through the trenches with my ALLIES (??) I found that they would repeatedly get in your line of fire, stand directly behind you as you shoot so that there is no retreat after popping around a corner to snipe a den of enemies, AND they would not advance with you until an invisible barrier had been crossed. For example, the last Flak 88 had about 6 enemies behind barrels and such. I approached and tried to take them out, dissappointed because my ALLIES (??) were 200 meters back firing into the wall at nothing. They would NOT move forward and assist me. Finally, I moved in on the squad at the Flak 88 myself and after exposing myself, killing one or two, and starting my retreat I was killed. WHY? Because my team had finally decided to move up, since I had crossed that invisible barrier and NOW were nice enough to block my retreat.
Second scenario: Clearing the blockade with the mortar:
First you have to cross a road with a trench on the other side filled with Germans and constantly getting reinforcements. It's easy enough to pick of enemy forces and move forward from tree to tree. The problem is that if you deviate at all from the linearly forced gameplay you're screwed> For example, I decided to work the left side of the field as my ALLIES (??) worked their way up the middle as normal. I got a nice position on the enemy side of the road to the left of the trench so I could pick them off one by one. After about 10 seconds I noticed that every enemy left in the trench was firing at me. I back up slitghtly to find 4 twitching bodies. My ALLIES (??) had dropped their assualt and piled up behind me essentially to die. There were 4 or 5 trees in the area and they couldn't even take cover,, they just all ran around and died trying to get behind MY tree. Idiotic. And this is not even the worst part of this level. Once you take the bunker you find just outside a mortar pointing toward a river with some trucks and such bocking the way through. You are supposed to use the mortar to clear the pass through the river. While doing so, waves of Germans are constantly coming down the hill trying to stop you. The AI here is so beatiful in it's stupidity. You own guys will try to step over you AND the mortar WHILE you are firing so that they get blown in the air and you have to start over because "Friendly fire is not tolerated". On top of that the 10 or so guys in the trench with you can't stop the Germans approach so you have to fire the mortar, back out, fire you gun and return to the mortar. Let's say you pop out, machine gun 6 of 8 guys approaching and return to the mortar. You're 8 guys can't even take the last two so you get killed. Don't think this is whining. There is no rhyme or reason to the AI of your guys. Many times when you are approaching a line of the enemy one or two of your guys can always be spotted leaving your squad and penetrating deep in the enemy line and half the Germans don't even see them. It's like the computer controlled players aren't aware of each other except in very close, specific instances.
Finally, I'll say this, yes the graphics are great. And I am a big Gamespot fan but their review on this is totally wrong which is unusual. I say Treyarch needs to stay away from WWII FPS games altogether. They haven't got it. Give it back to Infinity Ward.