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I felt that I had to review this as Call Of Duty as a franchise is going down the toilet, already plauged by a whole army of 12 year old kids. This is in my opinion the best Call Of Duty I have ever played and will ever play.
But anwyay enough of that I have been surrounded by the genre of FPS games since I was old enough to play games. I was introuced to the first call of duty by my brother and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Once we got the 2nd installment of CoD I was itching to get back into it. I was not disappointed!
First off you are hit with the story that really sticks with you has it's twists and turns and is great. You wouldn't describe it generally as having replayability as the path is always the same with the story but it is so good you will be tempted to play it again. You start training with the Russian army, you are trained to do the basics of an FPS. Shoot, aim, throw grenades, move etc. Then German troops attack while you are watching an interrigation of a captured soldier. The story is suspense filled and I will leave you to experience it yourself, I cannot praise it enough compared to the recent Call Of Duty storylines it is #1 they seem tacked on now becuase they are working on the Multi-player much more than making the game emmersive and giving it a great story. More a meh story that is forgettable nowadays.
The game is set in the 2nd world war within three storylines (but 4 characters) You will play as a Russian, American and two British Soldiers all stationed at different places that are all unique from each other, nothing feels re-used and it is all fresh and most importantly immersive.
The gameplay itself is great and well thought out. You can change the controls to your liking if you aren't happy with the pre set but it is set out like any other and doesn't take much to get used to, still the option is there. I encountered no bugs while playing, the animation were all different and it had many of them. An example of this is the reload animation when you are out of ammo is different than if you reload with bullets left in the clip. Little things that make a difference. This game was released back in 2005 and the graphics are still not bad compared to the time! Great for the time, the effects made you feel like you were really there, the explosions the suspense when you are pinned down, the stealth aspects etc. Also on the gameplay you cannot run in and kill everything and miraculously survive (which you can do in recent installments) you have to work with your team and get through the mission with lots of teamwork. The AI is also quite intellegent considering the year. Nothing will block your way unexpectadly and annoyingly (this isnt Aliens: Colonial Marines!)
One thing that is usually not talked about is the sound in a game. The sound in this game is very well intergrated. It fully immerses you in the scenario. The explosions make your ears ring if you were anywhere near, and it is very realistic. This just helps the story, sound is a key element that this game uses well. Your character will also say thing at random intervals shouting taunts at the enemy. All involved have taunts in their own accent/language. They can be quite humourous and a nice additon to the game. When you are online you can press V, B or N to use taunts and in some modes such as 'Zombies' it opens a shop menu. I will explain more on this later.
The game also does not feel like it is a point and click and what I mean by this is that you don't feel you are just simply going from A to B, whereas in actual fact you are. It just doesn't feel like it which is hard to do with a game but it has been pulled off perfectly. Nothing feels 'recycled' and the missions aren't repetitive.
Another great feature with this game is that before you are sent off on the missions you are given a briefing on exactly what you are going into and in some cases real footage is used and can really bring across what it was really like, a warning that it can be quite graphic.
Now MultiPlayer is a big part of CoD at the moment, and can be argued the only part! But they had this since the first installment they just spent equal times on the story! But the MultiPlayer in this was great too, well set out you can choose the server, your connection and the game type. Before you get into a game it will say what game mode it is, what map and how many players are on the server/allowed on that server. There were a couple of dedicated servers to start with now it is just run by people that have bought and maintained servers. There is an anti hacking software to the game but now it is hacked to pieces on most game modes which is a shame but I have played some recently (May 2013) which were not hacked, it was a Free For All. Another great thing about the multiplayer was the mods that people created, there are many variations of game modes avaliable that people have created, you will have to download it from their server but you can go to 'All Servers' and see whatever one you want. Downloads aren't that large and don't take too long. My favorite game mode was the zombies mode. Variations of that too but basically one person starts as a zombie and everyone else is a soldier and you get a weapon of your choice and limited ammo. This can play out to be a really tense and fun experience. With the game being out for so long there are countless zombie maps made by the community ready for download that are amazing. I still can't believe people are still playing but they are! Shows how good the game is!
All in all this game was groundbreaking, one of the best of its time and its sad to see call of duty deteriorate into the crap it has but at least we have these old games to save us! Worth what you can get it for now, around £10! There is still all the features it had when it was at its height of popularity, multiplayer still active so get it while it still is! Who knows maybe I'll see you online
The fact that I still play this game says something about the game's longevity. It truly was and still is a fantastic game. Both the multi player and single player modes are huge fun to play and the visuals are not bad either. It still rates among my top games and really established the Call of Duty series, helping it achieve the level of success and popularity it currently holds.
As mentioned above, the graphics are good. It has excellent dust effects and detailed maps. If you compare it to more recent CoD titles, it doesn't fair too badly. Character models are truly amazing, the highly detailed weapons and clothing help immerse the player in the whole game experience and creates atmosphere, something not found in a lot of current games.
The storyline in single player is another very good aspect of this title. You play as American, British and Russian troops and get to fight in so many different environments. As you play, you realize how well written the story line is, it all flows and is well scripted without feeling too linear. There are a lot of different types of mission, some high explosive action packed ones and some that involve sneaking around and sniping from afar.
Multi player is equally good, if you've ever played CoD4 and wondered 'how did they ever make such a good multi player game', well this is how. It plays a little like it's successors minus the perks, with players selecting sides and weapons and fighting across varied and open maps. The scoring system is also very similar to more modern equivalents and really works well.
To summarize, an excellent title and considering it was released back in 2005, you can't really fault it. This truly set in stone the CoD series.
The first Call of Duty game was a fun antidote to the also great Medal of Honour series, and while rough around the edges, it set a good precedent for a franchise, which has now obviously flourished beyond anyone's dreams with the recently huge release of Moden Warfare 2. However, that isn't to forget the great earlier games, particulaly Call of Duty 2.
My main complaint, as is true of most of the CoD games, is that it almost caters to the casual crowd too much, because this is a very easy game that isn't going to challenge anyone. You now heal when damaged automatically as long as you stay out of the way of fire, but I must say I do like the auto-saving every few minutes, meaning there are no irritating passages to be repeated at great length.
Generally visually, the game manages to hold up quite well, but the main problem is that the frame-rate is very poor even on high-end systems, perhaps caused by their use of complicated bloom lighting and smoke effects. However, the textures are very good, as are the character renderings. As usual, also, the aural elements deliver, and the gun and explosion sound effects are excellent, as are the screams of both your comrades and the enemies.
All in all, though it might be too easy, CoD2 is a fine improvement upon the first game thanks to some thoughtful use of AI and a campaign that is very, very long compared to all the other CoD games. Visually, it seems to be a bit rickety even on refined rigs, but it's had not to admire the artistry applied, particularly to the elemental effects.
Call of Duty 2, what a breakthrough in the revolution of FPS. It certainly follows on from the award winning Call of Duty 1. With an improved graphics engine, now utilising direct x9 rendering technology you now experience life like, full lighting effects, which will immerse you right into the battlefields of WW2 combat. Take part in either Russian, German or British each with there own authentic kits and maps and missions really bring you into the battlefield of the WW2 era.
The single missions are explosive, thrilling and challenging. With an all new AI technology the characters now act due to where they are shot, they even move, hide and take cover, making the tactical experience more life like! The physics are outstanding the weapons are highly accurate and the updated graphical engine from COD1 really brings out the environments of WW2.
The online play follows on from COD 1, with the all exciting search and destroy, HQ, team death match and death match. This game makes it perfect for building those perfect online clans and communities. Which the call of duty franchise thrives on. And a new addition to COD 2 is the dynamic rain environments which bring enthusiastic gamers into the war zone environments.
All in all a tremendous game and does not disappoint from COD 1. Plenty of single player missions, online multiplayer modes, ultra realistic graphics engine and authentic WW2 weapons. You will not be disappointed.
When I got Call of Duty 2 I was pleasantly surprised by the changes made between it and Call of Duty 1, The cinematic feel of the first game was not lost in the second which is something I found to be almost unique to the call of duty games at that point.
The main differences lay in the general game play, unlike the fixed health bar and occasional med-pack of call of duty 1 call of duty 2 takes the "if you keep getting shot you die, if you take cover you heal" approach and its not all that unpleasant not having to worry about your health for a change, another thing I noticed however is that it seemed more difficult to play trough a level and taking cover becoming more essential as a result of this, so overall the realism seemed to be improved.( except the fact that you magically heal but hey in Call of duty 1 a med-pack heals several shrapnel wounds and entire clips of rifles without you ever being slowed down)
Another thing I really liked was the new system used for levels and how they were unlocked, instead of having to play a linear campaign you can play the first three Russian levels and then play the English Africa campaign before doing the last two Russian levels.
Call of duty 2 does however demand slightly more from your PC than call of Duty 1 but not so much that it slows you down any.
If Call of Duty 1 did not satisfy your craving for an almost cinematic WW2 shooter experience yet this is definitely a decent buy.
For many years I have been a fan of the First Person Shooter genre of video games, and have played many different ones. Some how I had managed to completely miss the Call of Duty range of games until a few weeks ago when I was at my girlfriends parents house. My girlfriends Dad is a big video gamer, and on this occassion was playing Call of Duty 2 on his Xbox 360. I was watching and thought it looked really good, just my kind of thing. After a while He let me have a go and despite being terrible with the controller, being much more used to using a combination of Mouse and Keyboard on the PC, I really enjoyed it.
The next day I went into town and got myself a copy of the same game for my PC. As soon as I got home, I installed it and dived straight into the action.
Starting as a trainee soldier in the Russian Army, I was talked through the techniques for aiming, firing, reloading etc and throwing grenades, and then was very quickly thrown into the action as there were German troops attacking.
This game is filled with intense war action, and at times it is really quite stressful, for example trying to progress down a street to reach an objective while being fired upon from all directions, running from cover to cover, diving down behind anything to avoid being shot, all the while grenades are flying over your head, explosions are flinging dirty and smoke into the air. It really does bombard your senses and make you think through what you are going to do and how to achieve your missions aims. This is no easy run-and-gun game and your don't stand much of a chance if you try to Rambo it (ie rushing off ahead of your squad and charging the enemy all guns blazing), you will be overwhelmed by the shear amount of fire coming down on you and you won't survive for long!
The game takes place during the Second World War and places the player in the role of four different soldiers as the game progresses. You will play a Russian Soldier - fighting in the Battle of Stalingrad, an American Soldier - fighting in Normandy and two British Soldiers - fighting in both North Africa and Normandy. The different characters and locations allows for a lot of great content in the game, with some very nicely made locations and levels, all of which have a different atmosphere and really immerse you into the action well. Despite being a fairly old game now (it was first released in 2005), the graphics actually stil stand up pretty well and certainly do their job well, The bombed out buildings of Stalingrad, the dusty desert and the country setting in Normandy all look and feel very different. The weapons are well modelled and the soldiers look great.
The sound throughout the game is really good, All the guns sounds suitably powerful, the tanks rumble nicely, explosions have real impact, and some great effects like grenades that have gone off near you leaving your hearing muffled and a ringing in your ears for a few moments. There is also some wonderful 'banter' amongst the troops with many cries ringing out which really add to the atmosphere "take that you dirty gerries" as you attack a town swarming with German troops etc etc. Some of the language is rather colourful so care should be taken when playing if there are children nearby but as with the graphics, it really does help you feel immersed in the game.
The controls can be setup as you so desire, I personally play with a standard WASD and mouse combination which works very well and allows for nice easy control. Everything felt very smooth and natural which is exactly as it should be in a game of this nature, to allow you to concentrate on the action in the game rather than having to concentrate on what button you're pressing.
The game play itself is fairly well straight from the first person shooter book of generic conventions, get from place 1 to place 2, when at place 2 destroy something, then move to place 3. All simple stuff really. However, the execution is very good indeed as there is a good variety of objectives, from clearing a town house by house, to defending a strong hold from wave after wave of enemy attack. The variety in the levels along with the different characters and locations means the game never gets dull nor does it feel repetitive as just when it starts to feel like it might do, you become someone else fighting somewhere completely different.
All in all this is a really good FPS game, with great graphics, sound and gameplay and one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the genre and hasn't given it a try.
There is also quite a lot of historical depth in this game, with actual footage and images from the war shown between levels and missions to help give background information on the context of the battles you are about to take part in. These along with the huge firefights really did make me think, how terrible it must have been to be involved in the wars where the dozens of men you've just seen cut down by a machine gun where real people, who were your friends... I've not felt that from any other FPS I've played before....
Call of Duty 2, otherwise known as COD2 is definately my favorite game out of the whole COD series. Even up to COD4, I can't comment on COD5 as I havn't played it.
Call of Duty 2 is set in WW2 times 1940-1945 where you get to play as the Russians, Americans and British. The whole game is action-packed, explosive and thrilling.
Story: You start as playing the Russians, where the game is set in the early days of WW2, ie around 1941, 1942. You have a brief practise session incorperated into the mission and have to defend your motherland from the German invaders. After the Russians you move a little forward into the timeline of WW2 where you play as the British in the African Desert. This is where your aim is to removed the Germans from Africa and push them back. All of the missions are produced around actual events in history. After your run with the British you play as the Americans where your goal is to invade France (yes you get to play in the D Day landing) and eventually invade Germany to end the war. Gameplay is pretty epic with action all round, exploding grenades, huge variety of weapons all existing in the WW2 times. Missions are long and involved and objectives are interesting.
Graphics and Sound: Well, speaking in terms of COD2 on pc, graphics are even by today's standards pretty amazing. I run the game on a geforce 7600GT and 2 GB RAM with 3.2 Ghz processor and it runs like a dream. Since the game was released in 2005, most people should have no problems running it. Sounds are great, fully capturing all the war sounds you'd expect and the game all together runs great. Also, there is plenty replay value as your favorite missions can be played over and over.
All together this is a great game, really fun and well worth its price tag. Try to pick it up if you're a WW2 FPS fan.
Call of Duty 2 or COD2 is the World War II shoot 'em up from Activision. This game can be either played on the singleplayer platform or maximise the gaming experience by playing online in the multiplayer format. Play online against people from all over the world to really enjoy this game.
The gaming throughout is fantastic and the maps are varied and well thought out, singleplayer missions are enjoyable and can be played at various difficulties, play online and you can choose the server/map to play. With endless amounts of online server/maps you can choose what type of game to play; CTF (Capture the flag) SD (Search & Destroy) DM (Deathmatch) TDM (Team deathmatch) and so on and so on....
The controls are easy to master and can be altered to your tastes via in-game menus, with other things such as screen resolution etc.....so whether your a absolute beginner or a hardcore gamer there's enough for all.
If you want to take this game even further, play it online and utilise the application xFire to keep track of favourite servers plus more.....join a clan and play online with regular freinds and clan buddies, hold tournaments and matches against other clans. Other applications can be used to enhance your gaming experience: like Teamspeak - the online way to communicate with clan members on a discreet channel, or a simlar application is ventrilo.
I love this game and have been playing it for roughly 3 years, I have clocked up mny hundreds of hours and never grow tired of fragging. Activision have brought out many more additions to the Call of Duty range, check out www.activision.com for more information.
Secound game in the series released in 2005
Taking no real risks content wise the second game in the series builds on the originals gameplay and content with improved graphics, a completely new proprietry engine and improved physics.
1.4 GHz Processor,
Intel Pentium IV or AMD equivalent,
512 MB RAM,
DirectX 9.0 compatible 64 MB video card with latest drivers
2.8 GHz Intel or AMD Processor,
1GB RAM, 8x CD drive,
Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 or greater or with pixel shader 2.0 .
Graphics: 9 / 10
Alot more graphics intensive than the first game I would recommend at least having 1 gig of ram in order to play this game well (rather than the 512mb minimum). Level of detail has improved in the models and other effects such as smoke, explosions are dramatically improved from the original.
Sound: 8 / 10
No real improvement from the first game - incidental music and ambient noise all serve to help the atmosphere of the game. Game takes advantage of new soundcard technologies for greater HD effect.
Controls: 8 / 10
Same in setup as the original game. Standard setup for most FPS.
Gameplay: 9 / 10
As before the gameplay is smooth and immersive. Physics engine increases the believability of many of the actions.
Replay value, longevity: 9 / 10
Like the first game, the single player is brilliant yet far too short. Infinity Ward never released an expansion for this sequal leaving me feeling quite frustrated. Set pieces are again impressive for both Russian and British/American campaigns.
Never used unfortunatley!
Overall rating: 9 / 10
Well this is the sequel of The Call of Duty, no doubt. But the normal reaction of consumers is that the sequel always fails to fulfill their expectations that its prequel had done. Well in this case hell no.! This game completely blew me off because of its concept, graphic and the way we are to do the teamplay. Like the previous game, this game also doesnt have a 'healthbar', which is a little weird. So as there is no healthbar, you dont have to hunt for medipacks. If you are hurt, you just have to take cover for some time. The game put us in the boots of different soilders, one after the other, and the story is take from WW2. first we start off as a private in the Soviet army, fighting against the Germans in Stalingrad and Moscow. After completing, we get the British mission where you fight in the North African Dessert. After this we get into countryside of Caen, France an then into the American campaign. You will become a corporal in the US Army climbing up the cliff faces of the Pointe du Hoc as bullets stream by.
The one thing i liked very much about this game is its graphics.! They are awesome and the rendering engine is very light and effective. The sound effect are very well thought of and if you have a good sound system, you will definitely love this game as it just creates a war zone condition wherever, whenever you play it!
This game doesnt fail to give us rush man! I get excited even if i think bout it and no doubt this game has created a benchmark in the game history.
Call of Duty 2 a first person shooter, the sequal to Call of Duty is still set in World War 2 where you fight as the allies agaist the Germans. You play as a Russian, British or American soldier during the game.
The game consists of single player and multiplayer, in the single player you start fighting on the Eastern Front and keep going all the way to Germany.
A change from the previous game is that you can now only carry 2 weapons which makes it a bit more relastic.
Again the main part of the game is the multiplayer with all the usually match types you would expect from a first person shooter game and similar to the orginal game.
The weapons are all about the same as in the previous game and the maps are pretty similar but to a very good standard again.
One major improvement on the previous game is the AI for soldiers on your side who do more than jsut get in the way as in the previous game
Call Of Duty 2 is a first person shooter for the PC.
In this game you play as three different soldiers and three different viewpoints in a world war two conflict. The gameplay of the three soldiers is absolutely similar so you don't need to get to grips with a new control scheme for every one, this keeps the game simple.
The gameplay and shooting is immensely satisfying, the weapons feel very powerful and they hits connects with your enemies well. The addition of being able to hold the gun up for more accurate aiming is a great addition and it has been copied in many newer games.
The multiplayer mode is fantastic, there are currently more people playing this than the Xbox version so if you have that it may be worth getting this to.
The PC version also has improved graphics and you can download user created modifications to add new content to your game for free.
This is a good game and should be experienced by everyone. You can buy it for around £15.00 which make it a must-have.
Call of Duty or CoD for short was one of the best First person shooter games fps available on the pc and was greatly better than fps games on other consoles such as the playstation and xbox.
With a thrilling single player spanning across many missions based on real battles of world war 2 and possibly the best online and lan play ive ever been involved in its no surprise that CoD 2 was long awaited by fans. I myself was scepticle that the sequal to my favourite fps game could live up to its predecessor and i dont think i was the only one with doubts in my head.
On first glance at the game i thought it was neatly done the graphics was up to scratch with the time, the sounds was all put together nicely with each weapon having a different sound unlike CoD 1, the gameplay was nice and the operation of play was easy to pick up and learn how to play taking all this into account within minutes of play i was impressed with the game it was however far from perfect when it was first released it was quite glitchy and some things just didnt seem right, luckily activision got right on the case with patches and this has now been fixed.
Single player - The single player mode of the game was my least favourite because i didnt find it challenging enough to meet my needs however i realise that this will vary from person to person because some people will find it harder than other people. So with that in mind heres what you get in the single player
27 missions across 3 campaigns where you can battle in real places and real battles in world war 2 also using authentic vehicles used in the war. These missions can get pretty intense and hectic as theres alot going on all in a small space. Depending on how much you play will determine how long the single player lasts you I myself have never played right the way through because I enjoyed playing multiplayer more.
Multiplayer - The multiplayer is what really makes this game stand out from the rest in terms of fps games, activision primiced to bring bigger maps into the game and they did just that some of the maps are huge and require alot of people playing to keep the map running smooth because the last thing you want is to be stuck on a big map waiting ages for the round to end because 2 players cant find each other, there are also smaller maps to allow less players to use. The die hard CoD 1 fans will recognise a few maps which have been juiced up and made better.
In my opinion this remains the best old fashioned world war fps now with the release of call of duty 4 that is a better game it is however modern weapons making it a whole new game.
I think this perhaps is the greatest PC game I have played in recent years. Most will argue that world of war craft is but personally I hate that game, if that's the case for you too Call of duty 2 might be something for you!
In the one player mode you battle though a series of missions. You play as the alliance in the Second World War. You will play as a number of people from English, USA and Russian troops. The missions you fight in have some historical truth to them. The locations and the general theme of the mission might be the same but the events that actually take place depend on you to a certain extent and so will not be fiction.
The game play is amazing. Each of the 3 different nationalities have different equipment. The guns and the grenades act and look differently. The Guns are fully accurate to the ones used in the days of the war. You will have to use Machine guns, Pistols, Rifles and sniper rifles throughout your missions. Some guns are more effective for certain missions! The actual camera angle is the same for any standard shoot em' up game. You look upon the world from the perspective of the person you are. You can se the gun and the right arm of your character. There are crosshairs on the screen to show where you are shooting. Alternatively you can look down the sight of your gun for a better shot. The controls are fully customisable for each person. The mouse is always used for aiming the gun and shooting. You can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to flick through weapons. The control system is possibly the most accurate and easy to use I have ever experienced on PC. I find a mouse the best control system for this genre of game. Even controls for consoles do not work as well.
The graphics are great. They are not on par with the new generation of games but they can still hold their own. There is a great attention to detail as most of the missions take place on free roaming maps. There is no load time when in a mission which gives a very smooth experience. The sound works well also. There is always background gunfire and explosions to add to the atmosphere. The voice acting does the job with accurate accents. The Russians do speak in English however.
The online mode is the best part of this game. It is simple to navigate into a game. There is a huge range of games where you get points for killing an enemy. Usually you will play on a team against another team. This led to clans being formed all over the globe, for instance I was on a clan with people from America and Norway. You can choose to battle other clans and the website held ranking tables of the most successful. Everything worked very well and is the best online play I have ever experienced. With the Pc it is possible to talk to your friends over the internet using a programme called team speak. This enables you to help other members of your team to tactically defeat the enemy. Unfortunately some people found you can cheat online and several hacks were made as aids. These people ruin the game and the COD administrators developed a method of finding these hackers. Also online you will find a huge talent gap. If you are new to it unfortunately it may be hard to get any better. There are many excellent (and slightly sad) people that will kill you before you have any time to get to grips with it.
With this sort of game you always have the controversy with video game violence. It isn't that realistic or gory in this game and is easy to distinguish that it is a game you are playing rather than senselessly killing people. I do not know of any circumstances that have led to this game being criticised.
So here it is, Call Of Duty 2, the highly anticipated FPS ( First Person Shooter ), sequel to the Game of The Year: Call Of Duty, now I know that there are a million and three World War 2 shooters out there but this game stands a head an shoulders above its competition providing you with a thrilling experiance everytime you load it up.
The Single Player Game:
The game is split up into two main sections, Single Player and Multiplayer, if you don't have an internet connection you will only be able to enjoy single player as there is no options to have bots in multiplayer, however the game does have LAN ( Local area network ) support so if you are into that then Call Of Duty 2 is your game and as multiplayer can be played without a CD you will only need 1 copy of the game to play on LAN with all your fellow LAN gamers.
The Single Player game has three main campaigns spanning the entirity of World War 2, the Russian Campaign, the British Campaign and the American Campaign. Each of the three campaigns has atleast three battles with each of those battles giving you two to four missions, the result is a pretty decent length game. Now although the game is of reasonable length it does not get stale half way through, like many WWII shooters nowadays do recycling the same trick over and over, Call Of Duty 2 provides you with constanty fresh and interesting objectives that range from, calling in air-strikes, riding on a gun turret, flanking your enemy, clearing a building or even driving your very own Challenger tank!
There are a few really interesting and unique things about Call Of Duty 2, the first is immediately obvious, it has no health bar. Gone are the days of hunting for medipacks! Instead when you are shot up abit your character will start to breath heavily, if you are shot more the screen will become covered in blood and you will hear your heart beating, now when this happens all you have to do is find a nice spot of cover, listen to your character pant a bit and hey presto, your back to normal.
The second great feature about Call Of Duty 2 is its atmosphere, there are many soldiers on your side as well as with the enemy so it no longer feels like your a one man army! The third thing is the amazing soundtrack, no Im not talking about a musical score ( which is present and is good ) Im talking about the voicework, the soldiers on your side are constantly in communication alerting you of the enemy positions, grenades and so forth, cursing when they are hit and celebrating when the enemy is taken down. The enemy is also in constant communication and yes the Germans do actually speak German!
The thing that makes or breaks any shooter is the gunplay, Call Of Duty 2 provides some of the best gunplay around with its fantastic shooting system. You can choose to fire your weapon normally or you can aim down its sights for increased accuracy. Although there are crosshairs they are very loose so if you want to aim precisely looking down your sights is a must. There is a wide array of weaponary to get your hands on, if it was is WWII chances are its in this game, here is a list of weapons:
Pistols: Perfect for close range one on one combat, one of your standard weapons is one of the following pistols you will sometimes be issued with one of these at the start of a mission.
- Colt .45
Rifles: The Standard issue of battle rifles, perfect for most situations, you will sometimes be given one of these at the start of every mission.
- M1A1 Carbine
- M1 Garand
- Gewehr 43
- Tokarev SVT-40
Submachine Guns: With large clips and good stopping power this is the perfect choice for taking out large groups of enemys, you will sometimes be given one of these at the start of a mission.
- Grease Gun
Support Weapons: Heavy machine guns, fantastic and gunning down hoardes of enemy units but beware you wont be able to run as fast while holding one of these. You will have to find these on the field.
- Bren LMG
Sniper Rifles: Perfect for taking out enemys from a distance, they'll never know what hit them! You usually have to find these on the field.
- Scoped Kar98k
- Scoped Gewehr 43
- Scoped Lee-Enfield
- Scoped Mosin-Nagant
Grenades: You always get a few trusty grenades at the start of each mission, the standard grenades just blow stuff up but the smoke grenade will emit clouds of smoke perfect for throwing infront of an enemy machine gun.
- M2 Frag Grenade
- MK1 Frag Grenade
- AN-M8 Smoke Grenade
The multiplayer in this game is one of its strongest features, you can take all the great weaponary from offline play and shove upto 64 players in a game for great online fun in many different modes:
Deathmatch (DM): Its a free for all, everyone vs eachother! This mode is immense fun and can really heat up if there are 20+ players playing.
Team Deathmatch (TDM): Two teams (allies vs axis) of equal size battle it out, each side using its unique weaponary.
Capture The Flag (CTF): Two teams, two flags, the objective capture the enemys flag and bring it back to your home base to win.
Search and Destroy (SD): Two teams (allies vs axis) of equal size battle it out, in this mode there are two ways to score points, either eliminate the enemy or set up a headquarters and defend it for as long as possible.
All these modes are fantastic and will provide anyone lucky enough to play this game with hour upon hour of fun. Can this ever get old!! I doubt it.
The graphics in this game are mind blowing! the character models are crisp and clean, the world is fantastic and sharp, all of the guns look glorious, the light and shadow effects are staggering, the smoke looks awesome. With so much going on screen at once I dont know how this game was made possible, every second of it is eye candy. If you expect to run this game at its best settings you better own the latest and greatest in computer technology!
1.4 GHz Prozessor (Celeron / Duron)
512 MB RAM
ATi Radeon 9200 / GeForce 4 128MB
2.6 GHZ Celeron
ATi Radeon 9550 256MB
I could play the game fine with no performance issues but I had to switch to Direct X 7 rendering in Direct X 9 rendering the framerate could get (number of times the display is updated per second) quite choppy.
Call Of Duty 2 is a gem, a brilliant game for all First Person shooter fans or World War II enthusiast, and a great game for anyone who is remotely interested in games to add to their collection. Miss this at your own peril! For those of you without a PC this game is also available on the Xbox360.
Rating: 15 BBFC (it has quite alot of blood)
Price: £20-30 at all good video game retailers
Also available on: Xbox 360. (dont confuse with Call Of Duty 2: The Big Red One)
Call Of Duty 2 redefines the cinematic fighting game. It's a complete wargaming experience with more immense, more intense, more realistic battles than ever before. Beautifully rendered graphics, dynamic lighting and shadows, groundbreaking AI, and choice-based gameplay innovations make this the most intense WWII shooter yet. Go online for Axis vs. Allies team-based multiplayer action, building on the intense Call of Duty multiplayer modes.