I absolutely loved this game!
I didn't think I'd play another WWII game, much less like one, but this game was awesome. Great graphics, great fun, well paced. And did I say fun yet? How about awesome? This game is now at the top of my list.
Let me say first how much I dislike games with autosaves based on checkpoints - let's say, I can't stand any of the Call of Duty games by Treyarch for this simple reason - they usually are placed at really stupid points in the game and make it so much UNFUN to play them that I'll never buy another game that Treyarch is involved with again. I really enjoy the other COD versions not done by Treyarch, they have checkpoints or allow you to save the game in places that getting past the next element in the game is much more fun/challenging rather than just plain frustrating IMHO.
So, this game uses checkpoints yet they are done very well and I NEVER found myself frustrated replaying a section to get past/master that element that the game became unfun. I found this to be AWESOME and my hats off to the developer of this game. I like hard games, making me strategize or otherwise think my way through a sequence. This game makes you do this and makes it fun at the same time, at any difficulty setting. What a nice breath of fresh air. My hats off to the folks at Gearbox. Let's be clear, if any developer is listening to their users - save anytime, anywhere - please!
The game is also well paced, and with various forms of difficulty settings, you can easily find your cup of gameplay tea. I found them all to my liking. If you prefer your FPS games to be straightforward, run and gun affairs, this title is probably NOT for you. Running straight into the enemy with your gun blazing in this game will just get you killed. This game is more like chess with a squad and WWII weapons. That means you have to think a bit to be successful, and there are many different way to be successful. This in particular was what I found most satisfying about this game. There wasn't just one way to skin the kraut if you get my drift. Fun!
Your squad AI could use a bit of help, sometimes they end up on the wrong side of cover and get obliterated, or they simply run into the line of enemy fire. But, you can start that sequence over again and try it another way to be more successful, or simply do it all yourself (most cases, you need your squads help to flank an enemy or at least create a diversion). After each checkpoint, they come back to life in full gear to assist again anyway...
The graphics are simply awesome, rain dripping down your buddies face, sun streaming through cracks in the wall, fire done better than Epic does it in their own Unreal engine games (IMHO). The grass was a bit 2d tho, but other than that, I thought the colors and everything else about the game really good.
The sound is excellent. Great on a 5.1 system.
I truly enjoyed the slow motion camera from well placed headshots (splatter!)and grenade tosses. And the associated achievements for them!
If you're patient and enjoy a little strategy and a good storyline with your guns and grenades, this game is well worth the investment.