After waiting more than five weeks for my Wii to arrive one of the first games I played, besides the included Wii Sports, was Call of Duty 3. This game is the third installment in the Call of Duty video game series and unfortunately for PC gamers CoD3 is only available for consoles.
In case you don't know, the Call of Duty games are a World War II franchise. The events in CoD3 take place just after the landing in Normandy and during the game you assume the role of an American, British, Canadian and Polish soldier.
Call of Duty 3 is one of the few games that is available for all three "next-gen" consoles: the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Wii. It's made by Treyarch and published by Activision.
The game starts with a short training, IMO they should have made this training a lot longer to learn you how CoD on the Wii works. Right after the training you're immediately thrown into the war, and most players will barely know how the controls work. The gameplay of CoD3 is pretty cool but it takes some time to get used to it, there's a pretty steep learning curve.
Call of Duty 3 takes advantage of the new controls made possible by the Wiimote and Nunchuck. You use the Nunchuck to move around and the Wiimote is used as a gun, you have to aim on your screen with it and shoot with the B button.
Here's a picture which shows you the basic controls:
There are also some other nice things in this game:
You can throw grenades with the Nunchuck. (This has to be activated in the Options menu). It's a cool feature but personally I like to do it the normal way because throwing them with the Nunchuck is a bit less accurate.
Driving vehicles - you have to hold the Wiimote and Nunchuck next to each other and imagine that it's a steering wheel.
Fight a hand-to-hand combat with unarmed enemies - sometimes Germans which have run out of bullets will jump onto you and try to kill you. This first happens pretty early in the game, you walk into a building and before you know it you're lying on the ground with a German on top of you which is trying to choke you with his gun. You then have to use your two controllers "to push the gun away" and give your enemy a final punch with the gun to kill them. It's a pretty weird but fun experience.
Plant bombs - you have to make some movements with the Nunchuck to plant them.
Reload by moving your Nunchuck up
Switch guns by moving the Nunchuck to the right
You have to row a boat across a river by making "row" movements with your controllers.
The game is pretty straightforward, don't expect any mind-breaking puzzles. In the left corner is a compass, the yellow star on the map shows you were you need to go to finish your current objective.
I didn't expect top-notch graphics on the Wii but what I saw with Call of Duty 3 was really bad. The graphics suck, there are lots of jaggies, some of the trees look really horrible, lots of low-quality textures, the grass looks bad or is just missing, ...
It all looks really low-end. I played Call of Duty 2 on a four year old PC a few weeks ago and that looked a lot better than Call of Duty 3 on the Wii.
Another problem with Call of Duty 3 is the lag that sometimes occurs when there are lots of enemies and explosions. While playing this game I had this problem a couple of times, it would slow down so much that I could barely do anything.
Call of Duty 3 is a pretty fun game but unfortunately it's pretty short. Most people report it takes them only 8-10 hours to finish the game, I haven't counted how many hours it took me to finish this game but I think it was close to 8-9 hours.
Unfortunately the game doesn't have a multiplayer mode (none of the Wii games have this yet) so the replay value is quite low.
The audio effects and music in CoD3 are fine, I can't really report anything bad about this component.
The gameplay of Call of Duty 3 on the Wii is pretty cool and innovative but the graphics suck, the game is pretty short and there's no multiplayer mode. I had fun playing this game but I was a bit disappointed as I expected more from this game. Lets hope that the next WWII shooter for the Wii, Medal of Honor Vanguard, will be better than CoD3.
I uploaded a video to YouTube to show you some CoD3 action:
The Good Stuff
- Makes good use of the Wii controls
- Gives a nice chaotic WWII experience
The Bad Stuff
- The graphics suck
- Call of Duty 3 for the Wii doesn't have a multiplayer mode.
- Performance problems in some levels
- The game is pretty short.
- Training should be a bit longer to make you more experienced with the new Wii-way of playing.