Well how's about that, Activision has finally wizened up to the current video game climate; Call of Duty: WWII marks the series' return to its roots and, guess what? The historic setting makes for a rollicking good time, just as it did almost a decade ago in World at War.
Only, relative newcomer Sledgehammer Games is at the wheel for this throwback - not Treyarch - so one shouldn't expect the rulebook to be exactly the same. WWII looks prettier, of course, but beyond that, new modes ('War' is spectacular) systems and, yep, maps, coalesce to complete its suite of multiplayer options.
WWII's maps harken back to a time where war abided by the laws of physics. Simple, intimate, and, most importantly, fun - there's not an outright stinker to have emerged just yet, but familiarity will always creep in to sway opinion. Sledgehammer will no doubt be hard at work on the first of many map packs to arrive post-launch and, as always, expect a handful of those to be reimagined classics.
There's a wealth of quality content from yesteryear to chose from, but these are the classic theaters of war that no soldier should ever go without.
Joe is a freelance games journalist who, while not spending every waking minute selling himself to websites around the world, spends his free time writing. Most of it makes no sense, but when it does, he treats each article as if it were his Magnum Opus - with varying results.