RAID: Wwii begins well enough. The opening movie captures the timeless appeal of a ragtag bunch of Allied soldiers casually and violently disrupting the march of the Nazi war machine. The cast of characters is familiar: a staunch British commander, a rugged American commando, the mysterious Russian soldier, and even a disgruntled Nazi defector. Bodies pile up as fire rains down, as throughout we are reminded of Hollywood hits like The Dirty Dozen and The Inglorious Basterds. It concludes with our four heroes facing off against a platoon of German soldiers, flanked by explosions and swelling music. As opening movies go, this one is slick and full of attitude.
Unfortunately, watching the opening cinematic was the highpoint of my experience with this squad-based co-op shooter in the vein of Payday (also from publisher Starbreeze). From its subpar graphics to its monotonous gameplay, RAID: WWII disappoints at nearly every turn.