RAID: World War II is a first person cooperative shooter by Lion Game Lion and Starbreeze studios. You’re part of a crew that was broken out of a gestapo prison and brought together to take down the Nazi’s and while doing that get rich on the way. How can you go wrong with that, right? It’s like they were out to make an Inglorius Bastards game. Unfortunately you can go wrong and they did.
The story is the best part of the game along side the cut scenes and the fact that they have John Cleese as one of the actors. After that it’s all down hill. You start off with choosing the character you want to play as and their nationality. You have the choice from Recon, Assault, Insurgent and Demolitions. Each class has it’s own skill tree witch you unlock as you level up as well as a special ability called the “War Cry”. Recon gets auto-aim and increased damaged to your teams guns. Assault gets reduced ammo consumption and heals your team. Insurgent gets “much harder to hit” (which is helpful) as well as increases your teams speed and Demolitions gets cluster grenades while reducing the damage your team takes.
I am a big fan of this type of gameplay and teamwork games but unfortunately the implementation and current bar for first person shooters has been set so high that when a game like RAID comes out it feels like you’re paying a full price ticket for a MLB baseball game but you end up seeing the minor league team play. I hate laying into a game with so much potential but .. no, wait I don’t. For starters you’re required to watch the intro movie every time you play the game. I can see that requiring you to watch it the first time be a thing, but when the game crashes like it does you should be able to skip it.
Even if it didn’t crash gamers want to get into their game and play, not watch movies. Next is the tutorial. You go through learning some controls which to me just the moving around wasn’t as natural as most current games. You’re then put in your headquarters where you spend more time unboxing your setup than you did getting used to the controls. The headquarters is where you go to select mission, go through your challenge/booster cards, select characters, weapons and level up your profeciencies.
You can also upgrade your “furniture” in the hq once you’ve collected enough gold. The missions are interesting but too often it seems that you spend more time loading than you do going through the actual missions. I also ran into multiple occasions where the game crashed when I tried to start a mission as well as many spots where the lag was unbearable. It was interesting seeing my teammates heads all looking the same direction while driving and not moving at all. It seems almost that RAID WW2 was pushed out early to beat the Call of Duty WW2 release. If they can come out with patches soon then they may be able to salvage what could be good, but if they take their time then this will go down as another WW2 flop.