Call of Duty: WWII Tips, Tricks, and Advice for Surviving
We have a few Call of Duty: WWII tips and tricks for people that are new to the franchise, or those just looking for a place to get started.
Although the first Call of Duty game was released in 2003, this year marks the 10th anniversary of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the game that elevated the franchise from moderately well-known to the biggest series in the world, racking up multiple billion dollar releases year after year. Intentional or not, it’s a nice bit of poetic license that game released on the anniversary is a return to the setting that originally launched it: World War II.
The latest Call of Duty comes from Sledgehammer Games, the team behind 2014’s Advanced Warfare. There’s no double jumping or futuristic weapons this time around though, as the game is grounded in the European Theater of the Second World War, pitting the Axis against the Allies. There are plenty of anachronistic nods designed to favor the gameplay over history, but it is a slightly different direction compared to previous games like Infinite Warfare, Black Ops III, and Advanced Warfare.
If you are a longtime fan of the Call of Duty games, you won’t feel too out of place with WWII. Sure, there may not be laser weapons or orbital strikes anymore, but you’ll still understand the game easily enough. With that in mind, we have a few Call of Duty WWII tips and tricks to help get the most out of the latest COD title.
Call of Duty: WWII DLC
In keeping with a pattern long since established, COD: WWII will feature a plenty of DLC. It will also continue the recent trend and appear first on the PlayStation, with PC and Xbox users getting it later. As usual, there is also a Season Pass that’ll run you $50.
Details on the DLC haven’t been released yet, but if WWII follows the previous titles, there will be four DLCs released starting in January with the last coming in October, leading up to the COD 2018 release. Each pack will probably contain four new multiplayer maps, a smattering of weapons and skins, and new content for the Zombies mode.
- The first DLC is titled “Resistance,” and is set for January 30 on PlayStation.
- Those that purchased the Season Pass also received the map “Carentan” as a bonus. No word on if/when the map will be sold separately.
Call of Duty: WWII eSports
As with previous COD titles, there is a heavy emphasis on eSports, both as a spectator sport and as a participant. Players can select official matches and try to play their way into the pro circuit. MLG rules are in effect in all eSports matches and include: no turrets, no incendiary shells, restricted scorestreaks, limited perks, select equipment, a handful of banned guns, and more. There are several eSports-specific game modes. The eSports game mode are: Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, Capture the Flag and Gridiron (formerly Uplink).
You can find a full list of the Call of Duty: WWII competitive guidelines here.
- The Call of Duty 2018 World League season began on November 3.
- You can watch COD MLG action in the Headquarters’ theater.
- You can find a complete eSports schedule here.
This year’s campaign is a single-player only offering that takes you through the invasion of Europe in the boots of a platoon in the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the “Big Red One.” The real history of the era takes a distant second to the missions presented for entertainment sake in the game, but it loosely follows the actual events.
The game is meant to be played on its own – there is no direct connection between the campaign and the other game modes. In other words, it won’t directly help your multiplayer character – the reason most people play a COD game. It will, however, help you to try out all the guns in a fairly low-impact environment and dial in your reactions.
Depending on how determined you are to hunt down collectibles and which difficulty you play, the game should take around 6-7 hours, give or take.
- You can replay missions any time.
- Unlike most COD campaigns, health is not regenerative.
- If you see an ally with an icon over their head, you can ask them to provide whatever that icon represents (health, ammo, etc.).
- There are 12 missions in total.
- There are 33 collectible mementos scattered throughout the game, three per mission (minus the “Epilogue” mission).
- There are 23 “Heroic Events” located throughout the game. There are three types of Heroic Events that repeat throughout: Drag a soldier to safety; help an ally fight off a Nazi in hand-to-hand combat; accept an enemy’s surrender.
- Keep an eye on where Zussman is, as he carries medkits.
- Pierson can spot enemies and mark them for you – use this feature as often as possible.
Not to be confused with the game mode of the same name, Headquarters in COD: WWII is a social area where you can rendezvous with other players, kill some time playing minigames, load up on challenges, and customize various parts of the loadout. You can access Headquarters from the main menu, or during the break between games.
In, many ways it is similar to the Tower in Destiny 2, a communal hub where you can do several things without going too far. It’s also a third-person view, giving you a chance to see and customize your character. You can also drop supply crates you earn and collect your soldier’s “pay,” which you can use to purchase special challenges and skins.
- When you first arrive at your Headquarters, explore a bit. There are plenty of booths you can approach that aren’t labelled.
- At the time of the launch, the Headquarters was not working properly. As a result, you only saw other players if they were in your party.
- Practice using the scorestreaks. It’s tough to earn some of the higher level attacks, so don’t get caught trying to figure it out during a match.
- Take your grudges to the 1v1 matchups.
- You can watch MLG matches and videos in the theater, and tournaments will be streamed here as well.
- Each player has a social score. To increase yours, interact with players in Headquarters – wave to them, commend them, etc. It will eventually earn you XP.
While this year’s campaign is a standout, the vast majority of the people that buy COD titles do so for the multiplayer. Given its prominence, we broke it down into sections.
One of the big changes to the customizable option in the WWII multiplayer is the inclusion of Divisions. Each Division includes its own benefits, and each needs to be leveled up to earn all four bonuses. The Division you choose is important, but ultimately it is down to personal preference and the game mode you are playing.
The five divisions are: Infantry, Airborne, Armored, Mountain, and Expeditionary. Each class has three components: Division Skills, Division Training, and Basic Training (which are available to all five Divisions). Each Division also has default weapons, but they can be used regardless of which Division you choose.
- Mix and match the Divisions with weapons and perks. Each Division is slanted toward a certain weapon type and playstyle, but mixing things up to tailor your loadout to your style is key.
- When you have a permanent prestige token that can unlock something for good, the Divisions are a good place to start.
- If one person on your team has the “Espionage” perk, everyone on your team will benefit from it and see rival scorestreaks and wounded enemies.
- Once you receive the “Primed” perk at level 30, it is pretty much essential as it stops you from flinching when hit, giving you a huge advantage.
- You can – and should – prestige your Division. It’s the only way to unlock the prestige gun for each Division.
- The type of Division you choose affects your movement speed.
Multiplayer Game Modes
The game modes in WWII should be familiar to any COD fan and most first-person shooter fans in general. You’ll find Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and Free-For-All. There are two new modes as well: Gridiron and War.
The one major new addition to the multiplayer lineup is “War,” a story-based game mode that features an attacking and a defending team. The guidelines for the mission change with the map, and deaths don’t count against your K/D ratio.
- The new mode “Gridiron” should be familiar to anyone that played “Uplink” in previous games.
- There are several esports-specific modes. The epsorts game mode are: Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, Capture the Flag and Gridiron (formerly Uplink).
- In War, when you plant explosives you don’t need to wait for them to explode – just shoot them.
- The name of the specific area you are in while roaming about each map is displayed next to the minimap. Learn the areas so you can call them out.
- Don’t skimp on smoke grenades, especially in modes like Domination,
The maps offer a slight change to the traditional COD multiplayer maps, but only slightly. COD maps tend to stick to the same philosophy. Maps tend to have three paths – left, right, and center – and there are multiple chokepoints throughout. WWII moves away from this a bit, but only a tiny bit. There are still generally three paths, each distinct and different, but the paths are frequently broken up. The central path might have multiple, smaller paths, while one of the paths on the side may have an upper and a lower are. But ultimately, you can find three major routes on each map.
The maps in WWII are also huge, some of the biggest the series has ever seen. Some are bigger than others, of course, but there plenty of big, wide open spaces. The type of map should decide the type of loadout you choose. It doesn’t make any sense to bring a sniper rifle if the map is compact, no more than bringing a shotgun to a wide open field.
The best thing you can do is to learn the maps. The second best thing you can do is not get down on yourself if you don’t play well when you don’t know where you are going. It’s easy to get frustrated when you are learning, especially if you are playing against people that have already scouted out every corner and shortcut.
- If you have a few friends, start a custom match with them and explore the maps. Look around and learn the best way to get from one point to another.
- The game will call out where enemies are, so learn the map’s locations.
- The size of the maps combined with the new weapons and less potent scorestreaks mean the game moves a bit slower than its predecessors. Use cover and don’t run blindly into the action.
While the guns in COD: WWII are modeled on period-specific weapons, in practice they are closer to the weapons found in modern shooters – maybe not futuristic shooters that include laser weapons and guns that fire 40 rounds per second, but enough that it doesn’t feel like a step back.
If anything, there is a slightly greater divide between the classes of guns than there were in the last few games. SMGs, for instance, are still very effective weapons, but you won’t be able to easily snipe someone across the map with one – as happened often in previous titles.
As with previous titles, weapons can also be levelled up through use, which unlocks attachments. These attachments range from scopes to stability enhancements to extra ammo and more.
Pick your weapon based on your style, but try everything to see what works best for you.
- If there is a weapon that doesn’t unlock until late in your progress, you may want to use a permanent unlock token on it after you prestige. If you are good with it, it will help you level up faster.
- When you sprint it takes longer than in previous games to draw your gun. Use sprint only when necessary.
- Most weapons can shoot down scorestreaks (barring close quarters weapons).
- The smoke grenades are more useful than ever, especially in War and Domination.
- If someone throws smoke and you know enemies are coming your way, look for their gamer tag, which will stand out if you are aiming at them.
- Always remember that unless you have a suppressor equipped, each time you fire your weapon it tells the enemy where you are on their map.
- The throwing knife returns, and it can be collected and reused after being thrown.
- Supressors don’t affect your weapon’s damage.
While most people buy COD games for the multiplayer, there is a significant and vocal contingent that prefers the Zombie mode. What began as a horde mode, with wave after wave of enemy coming until you die, has evolved into a complex game of survival mixed with puzzle solving. It requires sharp skills, communication, and teamwork if you want to survive. The Zombie mode also has a story, and you should pay attention to it – it helps provide context you will need to solve some of the problems.
If you really want to get the most out of Zombies, you should coordinate with your teammates to choose complimentary loadouts. You will also need to pay attention to your consumables and have a plan for what to buy in the game and when. All of this pales behind the single most important thing you can do: learn the maps.
It’s difficult to really explore a map without teammates, as you need to earn Jolts by killing zombies in order to purchase items and open up new areas. Still, it’s not a bad idea to start off by playing solo. Even if you know the maps, it helps to practice headshots and running in patterns before you make any attempt to get deep into the mode.
- Upgrade your weapons as often as you need to. Your best source will ultimately be the mystery box (which costs 1,000 Jolts each attempt), but since it is random make sure you have at least one good weapon before you try.
- The mystery box can only be used by one player at a time. When the level is nearly complete, have one person keep a zombie chasing them away from the box until everyone has at least one gun they like, then have someone switch with the zombie bait and let that player get a weapon.
- If you aren’t communicating with your teammates, you aren’t going to survive long.
- There are four classes, each with their own benefits: Offense (unlimited ammo for a limited time), Control (energy burst that pins zombies), Support (lures zombies and makes the user twice as strong), and Medic (temporary camouflage). Ideally, you will have one of each in a game.
- When you are nearing the end of each level, leave one zombie alive – preferably a slow one if possible – and have someone lure them around the map while the others prepare and explore (or just take a momentary breather).
- Every fifth wave you’ll face a more difficult form of zombie – consider these mini-boss rounds.
- The Zombies cast includes David Tennant, Ving Rhames, Elodie Yung, Kathryn Winnick, and Udo Kier.
- You can carry four Blitzes (perks) at a time. If you die, however, you lose them all.
General Call of Duty: WWII Tips
- Don’t rush into combat, stick with teammates. COD: WWII moves a little slower than previous offerings, so be sure to clear areas with help.
- Dropshot remains a favorite move of COD players. If you are getting hit, drop to prone and keep firing – you may dodge enough bullets to win the firefight.
- Start your MP sessions by loading up on any daily challenges that reward you with additional XP.
- Login every day – you receive a bonus for logging in once every 24 hours.