I was about halfway through the activities in “Call of Duty: Pioneer”. So far, it has been carefully produced but not risky in various theaters of World War II. But one task stands out from the others. Called “Stalingrad Summer”, you will play the Russian sniper Polina Petrova (Polina Petrova) and participate in the bloodiest battle of World War II in a completely different way.
The summer in Stalingrad did not begin with the frozen Volga River, nor did it begin with a sharp attack on Pavlov’s former residence. Instead, it started with a cup of coffee, probably the best looking coffee I have ever seen in a video game. “Stalingrad Summer” opened in Paulina’s father’s apartment, where Paulina’s brother joined their quick brew, and then she went to the medical team deployed in the Red Army.
The atmosphere is cordial and warm, as if the Wehrmacht is on the other side of the world, rather than a few miles away on the outskirts of the city. The people of Stalingrad were confident in the Red Army’s ability to withstand any attack, so life went on almost as usual. When Polina left the apartment, walked out of the apartment, and saw the brightly colored facades of urban buildings illuminated by the sun, we had a better understanding of this normality. The women hung their washed clothes in the apartment hallway to dry, while a man tried in vain to push a brightly colored sofa up the stairs.
As someone who only saw Stalingrad portrayed as a gray battlefield of rubble, it is fascinating to see the color given to this city, and to glimpse (almost) everyday civilian life before the battle to turn the tide of war. shocked. I don’t know how true the pioneer’s portrayal of Russian urban life in the 1940s is-I think it carries a lot of artistic license.But in fact the game portrays the Russians as peopleIt is important in itself to consider sounds and unique personalities, rather than treating them as cannon fodder for the Red Army’s war machine.
This kind of expression does not seem to be verbal. Polina’s father and brother are cute and understanding characters. Although it was clear from the moment the coffee was poured, what the final destination of the mission was, but the Summer of Stalingrad did not directly enter the jugular vein like the early games in the series.
Instead, Stalingrad spends time in summer demolishing what it has built. When Polina left the courtyard in front of her apartment, things became less optimistic. As she scrambled across the roof to reach the deployment site, the joy of civilian life slowly disappeared, replaced by disturbing military order. We saw rows of tanks roaring on the highway, well-designed fortifications built with sandbags, and military tents hundreds of yards through the central square of Stalingrad.
Obviously, the battle prepared by the Red Army was much more important than sitting at the coffee table, and the following reality began to fall into trouble. But when the fireworks finally broke out, it was still shocking. When Polina arrives at her deployment location, Vanguard will give you a brief warning of an upcoming attack in the form of two smooth silhouettes in the sky, and then everything becomes chaotic.
I will not go into details about what happened in the late summer of Stalingrad, but the moment after the Nazi attack began could easily be the most striking and touching moment in the campaign so far, because the life Paulina knew was torn apart A few seconds. The next mission is a standard Call of Duty event, but the time it takes to establish Stalingrad as a place and people around Polina provides a sense of urgency and emotional motivation for your actions, while the battles elsewhere are more The general goal is not. It actually highlights the price the city paid on the Volga more than many other fictional depictions of the battle.
“Call of Duty” has made me care about the conflicts it portrays for some time, but “Stalingrad Summer” is a truly fascinating World War II drama. In fact, part of my hope is that the entire campaign will be focused on Polina and her family, rather than bouncing around like Call of Duty. In any case, I will consider that cup of coffee for some time to come, not just because it looks really delicious.