Call of Duty: World at War

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Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: World at War cover
Multiplayer Arkane Studios[1]
Multiplayer maps Certain Affinity[2][3]
Pi Studios[3]
IW 3.0
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2008
Call of Duty: World at War guide at StrategyWiki
Call of Duty: World at War at Wikipedia
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Key points

All downloadable maps are free on PC, included in the various patches.
Lacks two-player splitscreen present on console versions.
Requires PunkBuster update to play on protected servers which is no longer hosted on Even Balance's website.

General information

Call of Duty Wiki Entry
Steam Community Discussions
UGX-Mods Custom Zombies


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc 4.90.010 DRM[Note 1].
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CD key
Steam DRM v2. See below for a workaround.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Makin Day Available for free. Included with Patch v1.2. See Patches for a download link.
Map Pack 1 Available for free. Included with Patch v1.4. See Patches for a download link.
Map Pack 2 Available for free. Included with Patch v1.5. See Patches for a download link.
Map Pack 3 Available for free. Included with Patch v1.6. See Patches for a download link.

Essential improvements[edit]


Only needed for retail version. All patches must be installed in order.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg.
  3. Change seta com_startupIntroPlayed "0" to seta com_startupIntroPlayed "1".
  4. Save the file.


Delete/rename image file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename cod.bmp.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings (single-player).
In-game general settings (single-player).
In-game general settings (multiplayer).
In-game general settings (multiplayer).

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Activision\CoDWaW\players\profiles\*.cfg
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10090/pfx/[Note 2]
config.cfg is for single-player, config_mp.cfg is for multiplayer

You can force the profile to be saved into your game folder by starting it this way:
  • CoDWaWmp.exe +set fs_localAppData "%cd%" +set fs_BaseGame "%cd%" for multiplayer
  • or CoDWaW.exe +set fs_localAppData "%cd%" +set fs_BaseGame "%cd%" for single-player

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Activision\CoDWaW\players\profiles
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10090/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game textures settings.
In-game textures settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer.
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer.
4K Ultra HD
In-game AA must be disabled. Force AA externally if required.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Type /r_fullscreen 0;vid_restart into console.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use T4M.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is 4 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 85 FPS by default. Use com_maxfps 0 in the console to remove the cap.
Color blind mode
Go to Options, Player name indicator; changes to blue and orange.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Values higher than 100 introduce graphical glitches, like gun viewmodels being cut off. (This issue is even visible at 90 with a small handful of weapons, like the FG42.)
FOV is capped at 80 on the majority of multiplayer servers.[6]
  1. Download CoD-SCZ-FoV-Changer
  2. Set cg_fov to preferred FOV value. The tool has to be running during gameplay.


Works in online co-op games.
Change cg_fov using a hex editor[8]

To change fov in multiplayer open CoDWaWmp.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
Go to address 004A3240 and change 82 42 to A0 42 for fov 80 or B4 42 for 90.
(To get different values use a Floating Point Converter.)

To do the same in singpleplayer open CoDWaW.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
Go to address 004AEF40 and change 82 42 to A0 42 for fov 80 or B4 42 for 90.
(The difference is that solo and zombie map files themselves revert cg_fov back to 65
change it back to 80 on spawn or use bind W "+forward;cg_fov 80" as a workaround.)

Start maps in developer mode[9][10]
  1. Bring up the console and type devmap followed by the map you want to load (map names list).
  2. Change cg_fov value.


Has to be repeated for every map load.
Does not work in co-op modes.
Use console command (multiplayer)[11]

Use \cg_fov command.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Type exec default_controller in the console. Requires Patch 1.6.
Full controller support
Controller doesn't work in menus.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Type input_viewSensitivity in the console, with a value between 0.1 and 5.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Type input_invertpitch 1 in the console.
Additional information
Button prompts
While there are technically no button prompts, binding actions on a controller shows a colored letter instead of a proper prompt. This shows up in gameplay.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

A list of useful audio console commands was available on the Treyarch wiki
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles are shown only for main dialog. Foreign languages are ignored.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in Polish retail release.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


In-game cooperative/multiplayer settings.
In-game cooperative/multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
32 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports 4 players.

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

No subtitles[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Unhandled exception caught[edit]

Set sound quality to 24 bit, 48000 Hz[citation needed]

See Sound problems (cracking, delays, missing music/effects, etc.)

Common fix (Windows XP)[citation needed]
  1. Go to Device Manager.
  2. Select Sound, Video, Game Controllers.
  3. Disable Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio device.
Possible fixes[citation needed]
  1. Disable in-game Voice Chat.
  2. Plug-in microphone.
  3. Set compatibility mode to Windows XP SP2.

PunkBuster kicks with PB_INIT_FAILURE error message[edit]

PunkBuster has dropped support for the game; by default, every new install has this issue.
Update the pb folder[12]
  1. Download the updated files.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>. Overwrite all when asked.

Missing profiles[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Open profiles.
  3. Create a folder and name it whatever you want.
  4. Create active.txt file (still in profile folder) and inside write name of that new folder you made.
  5. Optional: make active.txt read-only.

Game unresponsive after pressing ALT+TAB[edit]

Appears to be caused by enabling 4x Anti-aliasing.
  1. In Graphics Settings, limit Anti-aliasing to 2x, or alternatively force 4x or higher externally.

Stuttering on modern systems[edit]

Game gives impression of stuttering despite a locked frame rate.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. In Graphics Settings, enable Dual Video Cards.
The game has some compatibility issues with older operating systems such as Windows 7 due to the outdated graphics stack (WDDM).
Change operating system[citation needed]
  1. Back up your files and programs.
  2. Go to Microsoft site .
  3. Select at will the type of transition to Windows 10.
  4. Upgrade to Windows 10 or reinstall from scratch.
  5. Download and install the latest drivers for your configuration, in particular the video card.
  6. Turn off the transparency of the desktop interface in the system settings in the personalization color section.
  7. You can also turn on the game mode in the system settings to ensure a higher priority of the game in automatic mode.
This action is the cornerstone of stability and smoothness of the gameplay, as Windows 10 has more advanced basic elements that the game requires.
You can also disable the function of HPET which is a technology of high-precision timer in the motherboard.
This can sometimes cause performance problems.
Disable HPET[13]

Method 1:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, enter cmd, right-click cmd.exe in the results listing and select to run the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. To enable HPET as the only timer run the command bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
  3. To disable HPET in Windows run the command bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
  4. Restart your computer.

Method 2:

  1. Search "Device Manager" on your PC.
  2. Scroll down to "System Devices" and open the sub-menu.
  3. Scroll to "High Precision Event Timer" and click it.
  4. Click "Actions" at the top of the window, and from that pop-up menu, click "Disable".
  5. Restart your computer.

Crashing while changing resolution[edit]

Manually edit configuration file[14]
  1. Navigate to configuration file location and open configuration file.
  2. Change seta r_mode into the desired resolution and save.
  3. Repeat for second configuration file (single player and multiplayer).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9g
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Bypass Steam DRM in multiplayer[edit]

Use Retail executable[citation needed]

Use the replacement executable.

Install T4M[edit]

Install T4M (Co-Op Only)[citation needed]
Retail version requires a LanFixed EXE.
Allows unlocked FOV in co-op.
Increased memory and asset limits.
Provides a native borderless windowed mode.
  1. Download T4M.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Place the files there from the RAR archive.
  4. Open the game.

Allow custom color profile (optional)[edit]

Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg.
  3. Change seta r_gamma "1" to seta r_gamma "0".
  4. Change seta r_ignorehwgamma "0" to seta r_ignorehwgamma "1".
  5. Save the file.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
1 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600 XT
Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[4] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[5]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/10090/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10090) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.