With the reveal of Call Of Duty: WWII, it is clear that Activision and Sledgehammer Games are taking the series back to its roots. With the game being set in World War 2 fans are really excited to get their hands on the game.
However, Call Of Duty: WWII is nowhere near its launch, so we are doing the 10 World War based games you can play before Call of Duty: WWII. Before we begin, this list will include those games that are set in World War regardless of their genre, meaning as long as the game features World War era it does not matter if it is a strategy game or an FPS. Also, the games included in this list will be based on their critical acclaim rather than their financial success.
10 World War based Games You Can Play Before Call Of Duty: WWII
10 – Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ. The game is less about the precise marksmanship but it is all about the player’s tactical intelligence and controlling the battle on a large scale instead of just running and gunning through enemies.
Executing the carefully planned strategy in the game will make the players feel like a master planner. Players take control of an invisible and all-seeing general of the army who has to plan everything regarding the war and is one of the best games set in World War 2.
9 – Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
While Gearbox might not be working on a new Brothers in Arms game but fans of the franchise have not forgotten about Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30. Developed by Gearbox, who are known for developing Borderlands franchise, Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 does not feature any sort of originality in its narrative but it balances it with gameplay mechanics such as light tactical systems that make the player fell like a true squad member.
Players have to manage squads of soldiers during the game. The game has a greater focus on character development, resulting in a much more mature World War II experience.
8 – Call of Duty 2
This one is a personal favorite of mine. Call of Duty 2 is developed by Infinity Ward, who is known for developing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and published by Activision. Call Of Duty 2 followed in the footsteps of its predecessor and was set in World War 2.
Call of Duty 2 was a launch title for Xbox 360 and brought the World War 2 to the seventh generation of consoles with style. Call of Duty 2 also laid the groundwork for the future Call Of Duty titles, a gameplay formula which is still popular among its fans.
7 – The Saboteur
The Saboteur is an open-world action adventure game developed by Pandemic Studios and published by Electronic Arts. The game is not just your regular run and gun FPS, aside from the story the game also presents the was in a much different style.
As most of the World War 2 games put players in the shoes of American soldiers, The Saboteur puts players in he shoes of Irishman Sean Devlin, whose mission is to sabotage the Nazis during their occupation of Paris, France in 1940.
6 – Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
Developed and published by Tripwire Interactive, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is a World War II-themed tactical first-person shooter. This isn’t your run of the mill FPS but this game requires precision and player’s full attention.
Soldiers will die with a single well placed shot and the interesting part is that players have to manually dial gun sights to the target range and the game also utilizes pretty accurate physics system. Meaning each shot gives a feel of realism.
5 – Call of Duty
This list can’t be complete without the mention of the first Call Of Duty. This game is also developed by Infinity and published by Activision. The game is most notable for its singleplayer campaign, the sound and visuals of this game were one of the best at its time which made the game exciting.
In Call Of Duty, Players take part in a series of historic battles from the later years of the Allied campaign in Europe.
4 – Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 is developed by DICE and published by EA. Battlefield 2 launched in 2016 and just when the fatigue of modern shooters was setting in, this game came out set in World War 1 as a breath of fresh air. The game’s single-player campaign puts players in the shoes of different soldiers fighting to survive or for their country.
The multiplayer is the main focus of Battlefield 1 that puts 64 players in large open-world maps. Players just can’t run and gun like in Call Of Duty, but they have to account for the bullet drop and work as a team to win. While not being much realistic but it sure is a fun game to play and a must have.
3 – Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order is developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda. Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reboot of the classic first-person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D, that made the first-person genre popular among the gamers.
Wolfenstein: The New Order might not take place entirely during the World War 2 but it does depict what would happen if Germany would have won the war. The gamer earned critical acclaim for its past and brutal combat complimented with a perfectly paces story and rejuvenating the franchise in the process.
2 – Wolfenstein 3D
Developed and published by id Software Wolfenstein 3D is the game that made the first-person shooter genre popular in the video game industry and that is why it is considered the granddaddy of all first-person shooters. Wolfenstein 3D is still fun decades after its release and we also got to play some of the sections of this game in Wolfenstein The New Order.
In terms of narrative, there is not much in it, but the gameplay if just plain fun as you walk through twisting brick corridors and kill Nazis in your way, and that is not enough for you, well the game also lets you battle with a savage Robo-Hitler.
1 – Medal of Honor: Frontline
Medal of Honor: Frontline is developed by DICE and published by EA. Medal of Honor: Frontline is also an homage to Saving Private Ryan. The game features arcade-style shooting and mixes black-and-white archival footage.
The game shows the struggles of American Soldiers fighting Germans and dismantling their war machines one excellent level at a time. While it does not look much now but it was a game that made the World War 2 setting much more popular.
So that is our list of 10 World War Based Games You Can Play Before Call of Duty: WWII. Did we miss any game that you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments.