Call of Duty WW2 Cinematic Trailer Does its Best Band of Brothers Impersonation

Call of Duty WW2 Cinematic Trailer Does its Best Band of Brothers Impersonation

Actually, I'm interested in seeing where this goes.

The newest cinematic trailer for Call of Duty: WWII is out today, giving players the best look yet at the single-player story campaign of the game. Sledghammer Games went on record to talk up the historical bonafides of the newest Call of Duty title, explaining how the studio wanted to take a respectful approach to the war. If that meant going for a Band of Brothers type of approach towards the story mode, the new trailer succeeds in nailing that particular tone.

One of the big story points revealed in the trailer apparently revolves around the US Army's Jewish soldiers rounded up by the Nazis, away from their fellow POWs and to presumably Concentration Camps. It's up to the player to rescue their fellow brothers-in-arms, disobeying the chain of command in the process and killing Nazis in the process.

Whether or not Sledghammer Games can nail the story with subtle and deft touch remains to be seen. From what I played of the game at E3 earlier this year, Sledghammer certainly hit a more cinematic tone for the series which reminded me a lot of historical epics, but it was undercut by gratuitous violence.

Still, I have some faith in Sledghammer's historical advisors, at least for the main story campaign. There will of course be a requisite zombie mode where players will shoot out Nazi zombies in a decidedly more tongue-in-cheek fashion. I don't really think historical advisors can contribute a whole lot to an arcade shooter mode that stars David Tennant, Ving Rhames, and Udo Kier.

Between this and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, this fall will be a good time for killing fascists.

Call of Duty: WWII comes out on November 3rd.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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