Update: The top comments have changed, but they still mainly consist of criticisms and complaints. Much has changed, but much has remained the same at the same time, then.
Original article: Call of Duty: World War 2 has dropped its first multiplayer trailer, finally offering gamers a look at its online battles (it's more of in-game footage than gameplay, though there's some of the latter). The good news is, there're no surprise jetpacks or any weird war elements to be seen, and the only things that can move in the air are planes. But that's not to say that there aren't any surprises.
Surprisingly, the two-and-a-half-minute video actually gave off the impression of a singleplayer campaign at first. Instead of Team Deathmatch gameplay and killstreaks, the gameplay shown had a sense of teamwork emphasis and a focus on objectives - there's also what seems to be a tank escort mode shown off towards the end. Whether tanks will be controllable like in 2008's World at War remains to be seen, but a scene involving a first-person view from within a plane suggests that planes might. I get the feeling that it's simply a pilotable killstreak, but it's still unexpected to see in a multiplayer trailer.
As nice as it is to see all these, the big selling point of this new Call of Duty is still undoubtedly the return of the World War 2 setting, and naturally the likes greatly outnumber the dislikes this time around (137,979 to 8,924). In contrast to the positive impression given off by that however, the comments aren't exactly filled with praise. Granted, all games - especially Call of Duty - aren't above criticism, and the Reddit thread does have a good number of valid-sounding observations and worries. On YouTube though? It's looking less pretty.
Although the comments don't outright bash Call of Duty: World War 2's multiplayer trailer to kingdom come, it's still not exactly pleasant to go through them either. The current top comment hits out at the lack of a German perspective and swastikas, which seem to me like increasingly common complaints when it comes to World War 2-themed games nowadays, and ends with a needless insult. The following one mocks the franchises' current obsession with supply drops, which is easily more understandable in general.
Scroll further down and Battlefield 1 soon starts cropping up in the comments. Its presence isn't a surprise, and the comments themselves aren't either. "I thought I was watching a battlefield 1 trailer," reads one; "wow this trailer looks like a battlefield 1 fanmade fake DLC," reads another. Yet another feels even more incredulous: "planes flamethrower bayonet attacks tanks everything seems like a copy of battlefield." Okay, the bayonet does feel remniscent of Battlefield 1 (so does the spade being used as a melee weapon), but planes and tanks? Really?
That's not the end of it either. One comment complains that the game "literally has the same sounds as battlefield 1" (I'd argue that Call of Duty's sound inferior actually, but to each his or her own) and has the same maps. Another says in bold: "no swastikas, females on the front line??? Congratulations Sledgehammer, youve f*cked up the un-f*ckable."
Speaking of female soldiers, the part at 1.24 actually has a female voice shouting the words "cover me", though not all who noticed this are necessarily supportive of the fact; one of them is a female herself.
I wouldn't call the comment thread cancerous, but it sure is pretty dissapointing to read in general. On the bright side, the this-game-copied-Battlefield-1-styled comments are probably just sarcastic comments or the work of trolls (hopefully), but it's hardly anything to celebrate nevertheless. This isn't anything new when it comes to gaming or possibly any other subject, admittedly, but such threads are still ceaselessly disappointing and surprising to come across, nevertheless.
What are your thoughts on Call of Duty: World War 2's multiplayer reveal trailer and the comments it has received? Are you looking forward to see more of the game? Let us know in the comments, and remember to keep things civilized!