The Call of Duty: WW2 campaign mode is back and bigger than ever in 2017's installment of the historic franchise, putting the action back to the Second World War, and putting you in the shoes of a complete newcomer to the war. In this Call of Duty: WW2 campaign guide, we'll be walking you through the smoothest journey through occupied territory, as well as how your squad can support you in the heat of battle.
If you instead need help with anything on the multiplayer side of things in Call of Duty: WW2, including how to get to grips with each Division class, as well as the best weapons for use in any situation, head over to our Call of Duty: WW2 Multiplayer guide.
The brand new Resistance DLC Pack 1 for Call of Duty: WW2 is now live for the game as of January 30, 2018, for a full breakdown of the brand new Nazi Zombies content featured in the new expansion, head over to our CoD WW2 Zombies Darkest Shore guide.
CoD WW2 Campaign Guide
The Call of Duty: WW2 single player is split up into chapters, each of which you can play one by one from the Campaign section of the main menu. Once you've played a single chapter on any difficulty, you can go back and play it again, in order to try out a higher difficulty, or if you want to collect all the Mementos in the level (more on those further down).
One massive change to note about the Call of Duty: WW2 campaign is that you no longer automatically heal while out of combat, and you instead have to use health packs (which you have a limited amount of), by pressing right on the D-pad. This comes into effect right from the beginning of the campaign, as you'll have to make your way carefully up the slopes of Normandy beach, as you can see in our gameplay video just below.
Call of Duty: WW2's single player campaign starts out on the beaches of Normandy during the invasion by the Allied forces in 1944, and continues inland from there, as your small company of soldiers makes it from France, into Germany. Each notable soldier in your squad actually has an ability that you can call on whenever you want in the heat of battle. We've listed all their unique abilities just below:
- Zussman - He can toss your first aid kits whenever you want, which can be crucial whenever you're on low health.
- Pierson - You can ask the squad leader to spot enemies for you, and he'll highlight the most immediate ones that you need to take out.
- Turner - This squadmate can throw you ammo packs whenever you need them, meaning you should always look to him whenever you're running low.
- Stiles - Stiles can throw you grenades, which we should note aren't live when they're thrown to you (thankfully).
- Aiello - Finally, Aiello can throw you a special smoke signal grenade, which you can then use to signal mortar strikes, which only take roughly five seconds to fire after you signal them.
It should be noted that all these squad members aren't available to you at once, and you'll often find yourself with just one, two, or three of them at your disposal. All their abilities are on a cooldown timer between uses, meaning you can't spam Aiello's mortar ability to make your way through an entire mission.
In addition to this, you can't simply have Zussman toss you a medical kit from halfway across the map. You'll need to be within at least a few meters of the squadmate you want to interact with, and once you see the button prompt for upwards on the D-pad pop up, you'll know you're within range to take advantage of their ability.
We should also mention that Zussman isn't the only source of health packs in the Call of Duty: WW2 campaign. You can frequently scavenge around the battlefield for health packs on the ground, and we've noticed that health packs tend to frequently appear near the beginning of missions, as well as whenever you enter a brand new location of building.
Call of Duty: WW2 Heroic Actions
Featured in every single mission of the Call of Duty: WW2 campaign, there are a set number of Heroic Actions, that can be undertaken in order to earn new squad abilities. Whenever you see a scenario where an NPC has a red marker above their head, you'll have to perform a certain action around them in order to complete the Heroic Action.
For example, if an enemy NPC is about to stab one of your soldiers, you'll need to shoot him before he can kill them, completing the Heroic Action. There are various instances like this throughout the campaign, where fellow soldiers can be rescued, or enemies can be shot or made to surrender. Pause the game to check how many Heroic Actions are in the current mission, and if you miss one (as they're all based around a timer), you'll need to reload from the last checkpoint and try again.
These are all the tips and tricks for the Call of Duty: WW2 campaign that we have for now, but head over to our Operation Shamrock and Awe event guide for all you need to know about the latest Community Event for Call of Duty: WW2.