Call of Duty: World at War – Single-Player – Game Review, Playing CODWAW with Mac Boot Camp

Call of Duty World at War Mac Boot Camp Mac
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MacHouse game rating: 8.5/10

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard has recently released the PC version of this year’s one of the most anticipated games Call of Duty: World at War. Call of Duty: World at War was developed by Treyarch. In Call of Duty: World at War, players are back to the scenes of World War II battlegrounds. The game comes with three different game modes: solo, co-op and multiplayer. This game review is only concerned with the solo game mode – single-player campaign.

Our game machine is iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo with ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro and 256 MB VRAM. It’s full resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels. We have played several PC games that were released this year with this machine. Such games include Sins of a Solar Empire, Pure, Crysis Warhead, Farcry 2, Dead Space and Fallout 3. Call of Duty: World at War is the first game where we have trouble playing it at the full resolution.

What are system requirements for this game, by the way? I spent some 20 minutes at Call of Duty Headquarters a few days ago. But I couldn’t find out what system requirements are for this game. The only useful information that we found on the Internet is an article posted by GameSpot in September 24 where Treyarch’s project leader Cesar Statsny mentions that they have achieved high graphics performance for Call of Duty: World at War under the same system requirements for Modern Warfare. Such minimum system requirements are shown as

  • Processor: AMD 64 3200+/Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or better
  • Memory: 512MB RAM (XP)/1GB RAM (Vista)
  • Graphics: 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600GT/ATI Radeon 1600XT or better
  • The lowest resolution supported by this game is 640 x 480 pixels. We are not able to play this game smoothly at 1920 x 1200 pixels. In fact, if we lower the resolution to 1280 x 1024 pixels, the game lags a bit. So we’ve eventually lowered the resolution to 800 x 600 pixels to play single-player missions.

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    One minor problem that we’ve run across with this game is key control. Personally, I use arrow keys for character movement. Unfortunately, Call of Duty: World at War doesn’t let you use number buttons on the key pad. The game does support at least five buttons and the Mouse wheel. Also, you can use in (insert), home, delete, end, page up and page down keys. Call of Duty: World at War requires you to control many keys. (See Screenshot 02-4) In a mission called Vendetta, you need to have keys for Stand, Crouch or Prone and Hold Breath. In another mission called Burn ’em Out, you will face a machine gun hill ahead. So you may have to use a different key to throw smoke-nades other than the one for grenades. (See Screenshot 05-6.) The point is that if you decide to use arrow keys for character movement as I do, it won’t be easy to accommodate keys for all game functions at the same time without number buttons on the key pad.  Continue reading

    Call of Duty: World at War – Game Play Video Part I – 17 Minutes

    Call of Duty World at War Mac Boot Camp Mac

    Almost exactly one year ago, Activision published Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game publisher subsequently announced its merger plan with Vivendi that owned Blizzard.

    In November 11, newly formed company Activision Blizzard published one of the most anticipated PC games of year. It’s Call of Duty: World at War. The game is available for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Of course, there is no Mac version available for Call of Duty: World at War.

    The following QuickTime movie is a game play video for Call of Duty: World at War, covering the very first single-player mission. This game play video doesn’t skip introductory cinematic scenes at the beginning. We won’t say if this game is a good buy because we just started reviewing it. We will say that these introductory scenes are quite interesting.

    Unfortunately, the video quality is not very good not due to our efforts in reducing the file size. The PC version of the game seems to show incompatibility with common video cards. Capturing the active screen is not possible with our terminal for now. Consequently, you will see non-smooth, interrupting pictures in the movie. So far, this is the best result that we came up with after spending some 8 hours, using several different screen-capture applications. Furthermore, the game itself delayed the release of our first game play video for Call of Duty: World at War. After using v1.1 Patch, we are finally able to run the game. Anyway, we hope you will get some idea about this new game.

    Unlike Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, World at War once again takes you to the war scenes of the World War II. The battle ground is not Europe this time. It’s the Japanese occupied territories in the Pacific. In this game, you will play the character of American Marine Private Miller fighting the Japanese at the beginning. Then you’ll play a Russian soldier fighting the German Nazi.  Continue reading

    Apple Releasing Safari 3.2 with Increased Security


    TOKYO (MacHouse) – Apple, Inc. has issued a security patch for its popular web browser, updating Safari to 3.2. This security patch applies to both Mac and Windows versions of web browser. The company says this security patch increases ‘protection from fraudulent phishing websites and better identification of online businesses.’

    Click on the button for more information on this security patch. VTC

    Dead Space – Game Walkthrough Chapter 1 ~ 5

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    We’ve created several game play videos for EA’s Dead Space. Then what? Do you need help in completing the game? Well, we’ve finished making a game walkthrough, so far only covering Chapter 1 through 5. Hopefully, you can make good use of this walkthrough. We will cover more chapters in this Dead Space walkthrough after reviewing Call of Duty: World at War.

    Click on the button for Dead Space game walkthrough. VTC