Downfall Map Guide
The PC game, Call of Duty: World at War is also known simply as Call of Duty 5 and currently has a total of thirteen multiplayer maps of varied sizes, in which you can go head to head against online opponents. This guide describes each map in detail, plus provides you with some pointers as to the best defensive locations and strike points. This is by no means a definitive guide, and I encourage you to find your own favorite spots within the map.
The Downfall map is the largest map in the game, and one of the four maps that allows you to have vehicles. This is an excellent map to build up your points in vehicle kills because there are always tanks roaming around. The premise of this map is that you are fighting in a bombed-out section of Berlin, somewhere near some giant Nazi buildings toward the end of the war. Unfortunately, you cannot enter the large buildings.
A favorite sniper spot for this map is located in the upper left hand corner, inside a building that is missing most of the walls on one side. Snipers climb up to the second floor and lay prone so that they can see out across the upper half of the map, and it really is a great location…until somebody in a tank puts a shell in the building with you. The same goes for the buildings just below it, which provide lots of cover from enemy fire, but the concussion damage from a precisely aimed tank shell will kill whoever is inside. It doesn’t help that this is sometimes used as a spawn area.
Although there are a few great sniper positions all around the outer rim of this map, it seems that most of the action takes place in the three middle areas. At the top, you have an older bunker type building with lots of broken walls and plenty of places to see through. The same goes for the middle section, but it is slightly elevated and makes a great place to wait with your bazooka to help take out an enemy tank. The third section, at the bottom, has a big wall around it and includes a nice underground area for hiding and sniping.
Before I join a server that is playing this map, I always make sure there are enough players on it. Because it is so big and there are so many hiding places, this map can be a little boring without at least a dozen total players. The problem you run into is that many players find a good defensive position and just stay there, so if you get out and try moving around you’ll just get picked off. It’s not that much fun when everybody is staying in one place.
The tanks on this map are located in the four corners, with two at the top and two on the bottom. They respawn in the same place each time, so you can wait your turn if somebody else gets to one before you do. Just know that enemy players also fire on empty tanks so you might get shot before you are able to enter the vehicle.