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When it comes to PS3 WW2 games, there are a few titles that stand out from the rest. Yes, this console is one that’s chock full of a variety of assorted titles, but the old adage that “not all things are created equal” holds particularly true for the PlayStation 3. So, what are the titles that are worthy of your mindful selection and purchase? Let’s find out.

 

5. Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

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While not a historically accurate game, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty presents a scenario that’s plagued the mind of historians since World War II: what if the power hungry Nazi Germany had seized control of key European and Asian targets, then brought its firepower to the United States of America? The game begins with players being told about Winston Churchill’s demise after he was struck by a taxi in 1931, which ultimately led to the fall of Great Britain. Yes, this is a historically accurate point, but the accident didn’t spell the end for Sir Winston and he remained Prime Minister for two terms. However, it’s after this point that players are taken away from the publisher’s loose sense of accuracy and plunged into a world of “what ifs”.

Players assume the role of Dan Carson who works in New York City as a general labourer for a construction company. The invasion of Nazi Germany spelled the end of his contracts and projects, which supposedly compelled him to become a proverbial “defender of the skies”. Unfortunately, the game is marred by a point-and-click interface that simply doesn’t compliment the first person shooter genre. Every actionable item, from doors to locked cabinets, must have a hand icon appear before it can be used. In many areas, it’s quite difficult to get this icon to appear, which greatly reduces the playability of the game.

Despite this, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is reasonably accomplished in the graphics department. It is by no means the most visually stunning game, but does make passable use of of PS3′s internal hardware. Multiplayer is also available and compliments the gaming experience well. Sadly, those seeking a variety of match settings will be disappointed. Turning Point: Fall of Liberty only sports two modes: deathmatch and team deathmatch. Are these settings appropriate for this type of a game? Yes. Are they tried, tested, and generally monotonous? Probably. What I particularly enjoyed about this game was its “grapple” function. When in close quarters, players are free to wrestle with their adversaries and can even use them as human shields when under heavy fire. Neat!

The critics haven’t favourably responded to this game. Yes, it is certainly worth trying out, but there are far better options out there as far as PS3 war games go. Those seeking historical accuracy are advised to give this one a miss, but those who enjoy possibilities and exploring alternative views that could have changed the face of the world as we know it would likely find this to be quite enjoyable.

IGN Score: 5.0
Personal Score: 6.0
Age Advisory: Teen (North America), 16+ (Europe)
Release Date: February 26, 2008 (North America), March 14, 2008 (Europe)

 

4. Call of Duty 3

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Call of Duty is well-known throughout the first person shooter world and for a good reason. The game presents history buffs with the accuracy they desire and Call of Duty 3 is no different. What separates this game from others in the series is its single combined campaign. Here, players find themselves within the grips of the Normandy Breakout, where Allied forces push into the Falaise Pocket to release it from Nazi occupation. Players switch roles across the 14 campaign missions and assume the identities of different British, Polish, Canadian, and American soldiers.

Call of Duty 3 contains the same strengths that made its predecessors so popular. The entire series is marked for its furious combat, having a variety of scenarios, and cinematic reconstructions of noteworthy World War II campaigns. It’s also one of the more difficult of the best PS3 WW2 games. Players are often thrown into the midst of a battle right from the get-go, which is common for Call of Duty games. Players are also able to take control of vehicles, which are controlled by the Sixaxis. However, many of the vehicles, even the largest tanks, are quite sensitive to any movement of the joypad and can be quite tricky to manoeuvre.

Where Call of Duty 3 suffers is its visuals. Unfortunately, those looking for eye candy won’t be treated to it in the PS3 version of this title. Many players have reported a very “washed out” colour palette and occasional stutter. Other players have even reported console freezing while playing this game, which has been attributed to sudden shifts to a cutscene or other cinematic feature.

Despite this, Call of Duty 3 is one of the more formidable titles for the PS3 WW2 game scene. Players seeking historical accuracy will certainly find it in this game. Others seeking a relatively easy to master, “pick up and go” video game will also find it here, too. It is only held back slightly by its visual deterrents and is otherwise a solid contender in the top five list.

IGN Score: 7.8
Personal Score: 8.0
Age Advisory: Teen (North America), 15 (Europe)
Release Date: November 07, 2006 (North America), November 10, 2006 (Europe)

 

3. Medal of Honor: Airborne

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One thing that irks me about first person shooters is their linear approach. Players will generally always start at Point A and must navigate to Point B; while outwitting their enemies. This isn’t the case in Medal of Honor: Airborne, which breathes much needed life into the genre. Instead of starting at a specific point, players are parachuted into each mission and fall freely into a spot of their choosing. This gives players quite a lot of control when choosing their own difficulty setting and they needn’t feel obligated to begin at a specific point on the map.

While this is a solid idea, it is held back by the fact that enemies respawn at specific intervals. This means snipers aren’t free to peck enemies from afar in hopes of clearing the mission and scooping the objectives without resistance. The idea of parachuting into missions doesn’t necessarily mean the game doesn’t take a linear approach either. Some campaigns are still quite “A to B” focused and don’t feature many suitable places to land.

EA has built a reputation as one of the most visually appealing developers and Medal of Honor: Airborne continues this legacy. The graphics are refined, polished, and even the most inconspicuous of elements like menus have been given attention.

Replayability was obviously a key concern for EA in this title as the ability to freely drop into different starting points considerably adjusts the difficulty of the missions: some spots are quite easy, whereas others are very difficult. This very unique and interesting insight into the missions of the US 82nd Airborne Division would certainly make a worthwhile addition to a PS3 WW2 game library.

IGN Score: 7.9
Personal Score: 8.0
Age Advisory: Teen (North America), 16+ (Europe)
Release Date: November 19, 2007 (North America), December 7, 2007 (Europe)

 

2. Battlefield 1943

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Battlefield 1943 is a shining example of how modest ideas can become full-fledged icons in the video game market. What began as a simple 2D video game is now a full 3D first person shooter that supports up to 24 players in a match and has near retail-quality graphics to boot. It isn’t necessarily an innovator when it comes to gameplay, but its a solid multiplayer shooter that immerses players in the WW2 environment: The Pacific Theater of Operations to be precise.

The vehicular system of Battlefield has always been the cornerstone of the series. Each map contains a vast array of jeeps, tanks, and other military-based vehicles. While these are all worthwhile additions to any military video game, they’re becoming increasingly commonplace in the first person shooter genre. In fact, much of Battlefield 1943 plays like a typical FPS video game. That’s not to say it’s a poor example of a shooter, quite the opposite actually, but there’s little about the vehicles that make the game “pop” per se.

Visually, Battlefield 1943 is an impressive game. While there are a few glitches along the way, such as the character’s tendency to fall through the map after he’s been killed, the detail given to the graphics more than compensates for these minor hiccups. There are quite a few lighting effects; the shadows and shaders are accurately drawn; and the game is generally a complete package in this department.

If multiplayer action is your forte, then it’s hard to go wrong with Battlefield 1943. The simple mechanics of the game allow for a very accessible experience, even for the newest of entrants into the FPS genre. The game holds its position well as the runner-up to the best PS3 WW2 game.

IGN Score: 8.5
Personal Score: 9.0
Age Advisory: Teen (North America), 16+ (Europe)
Release Date: July 9, 2009

 

1. Call of Duty: World at War

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The leader of the pack is Call of Duty: World at War. Set in the less popular campaigns including the Battle of Stalingrad, World at War takes Call of Duty players back to its original roots while porting the contemporary design that’s been prevalent throughout the Modern Warfare series.

World at War is truly an immersive experience. Like other Call of Duty games, enemies respawn endlessly until players advance beyond triggers to stop the “horde”. This means players won’t have the opportunity to snipe or stay in place (“camp”). Instead, players must continuously progress through the campaign in order to make enemies stop reappearing, while meeting the next obstacle along the way. Most of the time, players are simply too busy to notice that this is the case because of all that’s going on around them!

Unfortunately, Playstation 3 players have noted that this particular release suffers from some degree of visual aliasing. However, the level of detail is otherwise stunning. Even minute details, such as facial dimples and seams on clothing, have been included and are noticeable on even the most modest of screens. This detail crosses over into the world of gore, too. Players should be forewarned: World at War contains several gory scenes, which would be unsuitable for younger or sensitive players.

World at War has something for everyone. From the depth of single player gameplay to the flavourful multiplayer modes, this is the most well-rounded package on offer for the Playstation 3 and holds my title as the best PS3 WW2 game. Critics seem to wholeheartedly agree, too.

IGN Score: 9.2
Personal Score: 9.5
Age Advisory: Mature (North America), 16+ (Europe)
Release Date: November 11, 2008 (North America), November 14, 2008 (Europe)

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