While Call of Duty: WWII has a very serious single-player campaign about bravery in the Second World War, multiplayer is another matter. It can be a ridiculous romp for esports fans, and that’s exactly how you should think about Gridiron.
The multiplayer mode pits two sides against each other on a map. Each side has a goal, and the object is to grab a ball and move it into your opponent’s goal. The only difference compared to American football or rugby is that you can shoot the other team. If you score, you get seven points, just like in American football. But there are no field goals. You simply pick the ball up and run with it and hope that your teammates have your back.
I’ve played a few rounds of it now, and it usually results in hooting and hollering. When you pick up the ball, you are vulnerable because you can’t shoot. However, if you approach an enemy, you can toss the ball at the enemy. If the enemy catches it, they can no longer shoot you. You get your gun back, shoot the enemy, pick up the ball, and then move on. That’s pretty sweet.
Call of Duty: WWII is available on November 3 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The publisher provided GamesBeat with a copy of PS4 edition of the game for this review, and I attended a review event.