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      11.04.2010 00:36
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      If you're looking for a cheap 1st person shooter that's heavy on single player fun, go for it.

      Call of Duty 2 is the first Call of Duty to hit the 360, and like its successors was very popular when it was first released (2006). You might think that the following 4 games in the series are more worth your time than this one because they're newer etc. but I'd disagree.

      As far as graphics go, this game is beautiful. Unlike most launch games, this one hasn't aged a day. From exploding grenades and gunfire to character animation and lip syncing, everything looks very polished. In fact, it practically shares identical graphics to its successors.

      The campaign is where most of your time will be spent, with 10 missions, taking place across the globe (Russia, Britain and USA). Each mission is split up into chapters and can last a considerably long time to complete, but luckily it checkpoints frequently. I will warn you, however, there are a few considerable flaws in Call of Duty 2 (luckily all of these have been fixed in the newer titles).

      Firstly is the inability to pick up enemy grenades and throw them back. This might not seem like much, but it is incredibly annoying seeing your teammates (and the enemy, for that matter) doing it. Also on harder difficulties you'll be spending a fair amount of time running from grenades.

      The second problem ties in neatly with the first one: You can't cook grenades. Once you throw a grenade, you have to wait a full 5 seconds for it to blow up, which unfortunately provides the enemy forces plenty of time to throw it back.

      The third is the lack of a sprint or 'run' ability. Enough said really...

      The fourth (and final) is that at certain points of the game, the enemy have unlimited respawns, making playing a little tedious and at times frustrating.

      So ignore any reviews who claim this game to be 'realistic'. That said Call of Duty 2 is a great War game (pun wasn't actually intended) which will keep you entertained for hours.

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      04.07.2009 22:14

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      amazing game but out dated now

      This being one of the first fps released on the 360 you dont really think it will be that good because well first games to be released on new consoles never really make much out of the new hardware (halo 1 being a massive exception). This tho was good and had a great competitive feel to it. taking skill to take down enemies running at you with machines guns and you only have a sniper and there mere meters away. To the way the maps ran and the routes/ choke points in them. Everything just working together really well, ok not a massive array of weapons but who needs loads of weapons, i was happy like most pro gamers were with a simple sniper rifle. This game is still being played today its was that much of a hit, more on the pc tho but still thats sumthing. Cod4 did really kill it off but its run was good, try your look tho on xbl with this and you mite still get a game and im sure you will enjoy a hi intense match even if you only get a 2v2

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      25.06.2009 23:35
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      Highly recommended sequel to a brilliant original game.

      This is a fantastic game. Make no mistake, this is definitely in the running for the best World War 2 shooter of all time, and there is no shortage of games in that genre. The series originally began on PCs, but with this installment gained huge popularity on home consoles.

      Developed by the excellent game studio Infinity Ward, Call of Duty 2 sees the player once again take control of various participants in the armed forces of several nations duking it out in World War 2. Fighting at various points in the game as Russian, American, and British soldiers, the game unsurprisingly does not take the bold move to allow you to play as the "bad guys". Probably a wise choice on the part of infinity ward.

      This game really set the bar to a new height for all shooters which followed it, providing enjoyable and varied action throughout. Excellent graphics, sound effects, and engaging situations and characters all combine to make this game a milestone in WW2 shooting game history.

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      11.02.2009 18:49
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      A superb war game with some excellent parts

      Call of Duty 2 is my all time favourite war game. The first time I played this game at a friends house, I was amazed by the authenticity and graphics in the game. This game is based on World War II, so you battle as part of the British, Americans and Russian against the Nazis. There are some excellent missions, which are well-known such as D-Day. This mission was very enjoyable to play as it was such a memorable and amazing event.

      In the single player, you fight through several levels in Germany, France and Russia in attempt to defeat the Nazis. The gameplay is excellent and rather tactical, which requires skill. With the use of hand grenades and smoke grenades, you must tactically make your way through levels eliminating the enemies as you go. The story is obviously real as the game is based on World War II, so this brings extra authenticity to the game.

      There are plenty of weapons to use including those of the British, French, German and Russian armies such as Snipers, Assault Rifles and Machine Guns. You are quite easily killed if exposed to fire for too long so this game takes great skill to eliminate the enemies without dying yourself. On the hardest difficulty (Veteran), the game is extremely challenging - especially on levels such as D-Day where the machine guns are gunning you down constantly and literally 2 bullets will kill you.

      You can also take your skills online to face the world on Xbox Live in a range of matches including Team Deathmatch. This is quite enjoyable and very challenging too as you are playing against real people. You can get yourself a copy of this game for under £15 on amazon.co.uk - used and new. I would recommend this simply for the realism of the single player and to re-live those days of World War II as a fighting soldier.

      Thanks for reading

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        31.08.2008 14:51
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        The very best war game brings you realism and excellent gameplay

        Call of Duty 2 is the greatest war game of all time. It is based on World War 2 in the fight against the Nazi Germans. You take the side of the British, Americans and Russians throughout the game as you fight through various scenarios in a range of places from France to Russia.

        Some of my favourite levels include the D-Day one, which is a realistic remake of D-Day where you can fight through perhaps the most deadly day of them all has you fight up from the sea. The game can be played on several difficulties including Veteran, which is considerably harder requiring great skills to beat the game on this difficulty.

        The graphics are excellent as this is quite an early Xbox 360 game. The soldiers look great and the scenery is excellent - crisp and clear. The effects of guns and grenades are also enhanced by the excellent graphics. The sound is very realistic too and sounds great with surround sound speakers. The guns all sound excellent and set you in a scenario of World War 2 very nicely. The gameplay is excellent and the game has a very nice feel to it. It is easy to control the game with the excellent controls making it a great experience to play.

        As well as the single player, you can take your fighting skills online as you fight against other players from around the world over Xbox Live. You can play a variety of matches including Deathmatch, Team Deatchmatch, Capture the flag and more.

        This war game is unique to others in the way it is so realistic and really requires skill and tactics. Your team will tell you what to do such as throwing a smoke grenade when needed. Your team will work around what you do and help you to kill the enemy. This is a great game with superb graphics and excellent gameplay. The replay value is good too as it is so enjoyable to play - also on Xbox Live.

        Buy it used and new on amazon.co.uk from £13.98

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          22.08.2008 16:53
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          Love it.

          Call Of Duty 2 is a world war two first person shooter four the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

          You will see three sides to this conflict, from the Russians perspective, the British and the American. Each soldier does not play differently which means gameplay complications are kept to a minimum.

          The gun play in this game is very satisfying, one trigger will let you look down the scope of your weapon and the other trigger fires. You can also fire without looking down your scope. As well as shooting you also get to drive a tank which is a lot of fun.

          You can take this game online with the Xbox Live service and compete against the world, however as the game is older you will not find too many people playing.

          You can purchase this great first person shooter for around 10 to 20 pounds, or FPS fans should try this one.

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          27.06.2008 17:35
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          An amazing WWII FPS

          Call of Duty 2 got an impressive rating of 9 from IGN when it was released. This is a very high score and shows just how great this game is.

          It is set in WWII and as you play through the game you will experience what four soldiers each experienced in the war. In this single player the AI is very advanced, with improved graphics and a smooth game play.

          Using and changing each weapon is great fun and you'll really feel a difference with each, especially with the rifles. There are many types of weapons including sniper rifles which are my personal favourite.

          The online is also very good, with many maps and various game types to enjoy and master. The multiplayer is also great to play with friends.

          Call of Duty 2 was probably one of the most engaging FPS games of its time. The true mayhem and brutality of war is shown so realistically on COD2 and is the main reason that makes it such a great game with hours of fun to be enjoyed both offline and online.

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            14.03.2008 14:42
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            The very best war game with great realism and superb graphics for the ultimate war experience

            Call of duty 2 is the best war game to this date that really puts you through the most realistic war experience. The superb graphics and exhilarating gameplay of this game puts you in the position of a World War 2 soldier fighting around Europe including in Russia & France. This is the best call of duty game no matter what anyone says. Made by the very best, it is superior to call of duty 3 and even 4 in my opinion. It is very realistic and strategic to play.

            The single player puts you though several missions as a World War 2 soldier. You will fight in snowy Russia, also known as the cold war. You will also take your skills to France to fight in some of the most memorable battles. My favourite level on this game had to be D-Day. You started right from inside a boat ambushing the shore. You then went through an extremely realistic situation as you were shot and wounded. The screen goes blurry and you fall to the ground as a soldier comes to help you up. Realistic effects such as these occur throughout the game. In D-Day, you will then advance up the Cliffside and ambush the machine gunners. You have to work your way through the trenches and there is a bunker too.

            Germans are everywhere and you must kill them all. There are machine guns mowing you down from a distance, and they are extremely hard to eliminate. Once through the bunker, you face the hardest bit of all as you are closer than ever to these machine guns. With the realism of the game, a few hits will kill you quickly. I must have tried this level around 10 times from this one checkpoint, as it was very difficult. This wasn't even on the hardest difficulty, which is Veteran. D-Day on Veteran is the greatest challenge you will face in this game, and you need to have superb skills to conquer Dunkirk.

            Other levels include ones fighting against the Russians. You will advance through freezing conditions and you are really given the feeling of the bitter air as you can see soldier's breath. You will travel outside and through ruined houses to kill the enemy. This game is very strategic. As well as using a wide range of weapons from machine guns to rifles and snipers, you will also be in charge of grenades. There are two kinds - smoke and frag grenades. The smoke grenades are used tactically to outwit the opponent and for attacks only.

            There is superb communication in this game from the other soldiers on your team. They will help you our greatly by suggesting when to throw a smoke grenade as well as pointing out where enemies are by telling you. I think this is a brilliant aspect to the game and adds to the realism. My favourite part in Russia was when I was travelling through a pipe above an area with Russian soldiers patrolling. There were a few holes in the side, but most of it was enclosed. When the soldiers realised I was in the pipe, they started shooting it. I was amazed by the stunning effects. Bullet holes ripped through the pipe leaving sunlight gleaming through. The sunlight looked ever so real; I felt I was really in such a situation. I think the graphics in this game are superb. They are clear, detailed and of high quality. There is a bit of blood in this game as you could imagine, but it all adds to the realism.

            The sound of this game is magnificent. With a surround sound system, this game is of such realism that it is surreal! You can hear gunfire behind you and you get a much better feel of what's going on. You know where your soldiers are and where the enemies are firing from as the surround sound puts you in the position to know. The controls are excellent too. With the trigger being to fire the gun, it feels great. Top buttons also are for grenades, but it takes a while to get used to which button throws what grenade! The buttons on the face of the controller aren't used as much and may be action buttons or to change weapon.

            You can even take your skills online. You can fight through a variety of different multiplayer levels that you would have gone through in the single player. Whether you are going head to head against the other team in a death match or trying to capture their flag, it's always great fun! This game is very tactical indeed, and you must work together in both the multiplayer and single player to get through without dying. The dying is very realistic in the way a few shots can kill you. On the hardest difficulty, it is the most realistic. You will die after being hit 2 times consecutively. This brings great difficulty to completing the game on Veteran and makes it very challenging but enjoyable at the same time.

            Overall, this is an excellent game. It is available used but new on amazon.co.uk from £9.50 sold by other members of the site. This is very cheap, and you can get it for a tenna in a second hand game shop. It is well-worth the money and seems like a very up to date game with such enhanced graphics and realistic gameplay. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who likes shooting games or war games. It is of superb realism and great fun too!

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              03.01.2008 21:57

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              A must for any shooter fan

              Ive never been a great fan of shooting games, especially World War II ones, as there are so many and its hard to find a good one. However after playing the demo for this on my xbox, i thought it was great. And i havnt been dissapointed. I have not yet completed this game yet, but i thought i have seen enough to make a review on it.

              You are thrown in first of all as a Russian soldier defending the motherland. The graphics are not as as great as some 360 games, but the controls work very well, and the game has such a pleasing feel to it, graphics are not a major problem. Plus it was a launch game for the console and those can always be forgiven.

              There are a number of different weapons to choose from, and the each have sister weapon on the aposing team (English, Russian, German or American), and each has its own look and feel. My personal favourite is the snpier rifle.

              When you get into the multiplay its very fun indeed. Throwing smoke everywhere, then pistol whipping is another enjoyable option. The only problem with this is that it can be rather hard to set up the multiplayer how you want it.

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              26.10.2006 10:01
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              A very good game - but cant wait for Call of Duty 3!

              I played the original Call of Duty on my PC a couple of years ago or so, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when I wanted a shooting / action game for my 360, this was the obvious choice. Call of Duty 2 is the most popular 360 game to date, having sold over a million copies worldwide.

              For those of you not familiar with the series, Call of Duty 2 is set during WWII and sees you play the parts of the Allied forces across a number of battlefields. In the first part of the game, you play as the Russians in a city environment. The middle section of the game, you play as a British soldier across the North African deserts, before finishing the game as an American troop on the D Day beaches.

              Each of the three games sections contains a number of different missions (27 in all). Most of them are a variation on a theme (eliminate all the Germans) with objectives such as collecting documents, destroying guns and clearing passages. A couple of the levels involve driving tanks or manning machine guns on the back of tanks. Each mission starts with a short video about the war with footage from the front putting the mission into context.

              In my opinion, the game and the missions get better, the further through the game you get. This means that the Russians missions are a bit more dull than the American ones. Personally, I think it would have been better to mix the missions around a bit to add a bit more excitement.

              The final levels as the Americans on D Day and beyond are great fun. There are machine guns, trenches, snipers, enemies all around you, and you become totally immersed into playing. If only all the levels had this level of exitment,

              The graphics on this game are good. Not great but good. This was one of the very first games out for the 360, and I get the feeling it was developed without fully knowing how to exploit the potential of the 360. The graphics are note as detailed as Ghost Recon and look ordinary. Having said that, the graphics are good, but with the 360, you always expect everything to be a lot better than you would see on PC graphics for instance

              The sound is very realistic in the game, and when played with a surround sound system, you definitely get immersed in the world and actually feel like people are firing behind you and explosions going off to your side.

              The controls are simple and intuitive. The movement is straightforward and responsive. The developers have not over complicated the controls, meaning you can play for just a few minutes before you know how to do everything

              When I first got this game I played it on the 3rd hardest difficulty setting (out of 4). I found this to be challenging but rewarding, meaning I didn’t complete the game to quickly and didn’t simply walk or waltz through the levels. The D Day beaches level especially took ages and was very frustrating!

              To get your Xbox 360 achievements on your ‘Dashboard’, you need to complete each level on the hardest difficulty level., which is hard, and requires a more tactical approach rather than a ‘run and shoot’ mentality.

              Overall, Call of Duty 2 is a great game, and highly playable. The graphics and some of the missions are not the greatest, and it is not groundbreaking, but a good game non the less. Call of Duty 3 is out in November 2006, and hopefully the graphics will have improved by then. I will definitely be adding that to my Christmas list!!

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              15.10.2006 13:37
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              A fantastic war game for the XBOX 360

              If war is anything like this game then I don't want to be there! Last weekend I decided to buy an XBOX 360, which didn't come cheap. I didn't have much money left over for the £50 games so I purchased Call of Duty 2 because it was a little bit cheaper, £37.

              I had heard about Call of Duty on the TV but could never buy it for my slow laptop or PC. But now I had an XBOX 360 I could play away, so I was a happy bunny!

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              Game Background & Introduction

              Call of Duty 2 is the follow up to 2003's Call of Duty, which I never played but this game looked great on the cover so I thought I'd give it a go.

              It's set in the final few years of world war two with yourself playing as either the British, Americans or Russians.

              Each army, e.g. British, has its own campaign so your be playing so many British missions then switch to Americans instead of switching between the two ever other mission.

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              Playing The Game

              I haven't played on a console in years. In fact were going back to the days of the old Playstation and Megadrive. I've had a quick go on an XBOX at college and could never really enjoy the controls, which was one of the reasons I didn't really want an XBOX 360 but thought I should give it ago anyway.

              So you play a solider in the army. You control your solider by using the left thumbstick to move and the right thumbstick to look around. These controls take a while to get use to but an XBOX expect shouldn't have any problems.

              You can switch between two guns, which you can swap with guns you find on the ground something I wish games like Rainbow Six would do. You can also use your frags and smoke, of which you can only have 4 of each at any one time but can find some in the battlezone. If you get near to the enermy you can hit them with your gun.

              The weapons are a little limited but then again how many weapons can a solider carry? So scrap that last bit cause its just being real..

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              Missions

              There are 27 missions to play, which seem to fly by very quickly. At the start of each mission your given a task to do e.g, kill the Germans or blow up their tanks. The missions are ok but repeat a lot more then I wanted.

              Some missions are really good, like running up the beach, getting up the cliff and going crazy with your gun. But missions like that are too limited. In the trailer there appears to be a lot of action going on at once, e.g planes, tanks and soilders all at the same time. It really is more one thing at a time and planes and tanks are somewhat limited, tanks are also easy to get rid of.

              So the missions are ok but nothing great.

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              The Death System

              Death needs its own section.. hehe. Other games like Rainbow Six mean you get killed after one or two shots. With Call of Duty 2 they have a death system in place as I like to call it.

              Depending on the hardness of the game you want to play, e.g. easy, normal, hard, really hard. You can get hit a different number of times. On normal play you can get hit about 7 or 8 times.. the screen then goes red as a warning for you to stop getting hit or you die. If you get hit a few times while the red screen is up you die. The best thing to do is lay down, let the red death screen go and then attack again.

              The harder you want to play the harder it gets. So on hard you can only get hit two or three times.

              So the most fun way to play is on normal but if you want it to be a real war game play on very hard. Real soliders didn't have the choice of getting hit eight times and not dying!

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              Graphics

              I'm use to playing games like The Sims 2 on my laptop so I don't know how goods game graphics are on really fast PC's and PS2s.. but I was impressed with the graphics on this game. As said in another review I just read, in places you can find bits that haven't been done as well, but in general they are ace.

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              Multiplayer

              I was really unimpressed with multiplayer. We decided to play split screen thinking it would be us two vs some Germans. Instead we had to go around killing each other.. but we could see each other on the TV screen anyway!

              The XBOX live system looks good.. Playing with a few other people in the multiplayer maps should be great fun with options such as death match and get the flag.

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              Overall Gameplay

              It's great fun! You've got hundreds of Germans running at you on a range of levels. Some set in buildings others in fields.

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              Value For Money

              Ok this is my main problem with the game. It took me less then a week to finish the game playing around 4 or 5 hours a day or less. 25 to 30 hours is average for a game I guess but If I had paid any more then my £37 I would be in shock.. As it was I was shocked when the credits started coming up..

              Microsoft seem to sell XBOX's at a loss and therefore add like £10 onto each game to make their money back.

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              Final Thoughts

              Great game, lots of action but is limited on what you can do, e.g. not enough weapons or enough time in tanks ect.. and the game is too short.. Needs at least another ten missions for value for money.

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                28.09.2006 10:57
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                Brilliant war sim both for yourself and mates. A must buy game.

                In Call of Duty 2, you play as one of three countries, England (or rather, Britain) Russia and America. The game is set in the last 5 years of world war two. There are a variety of missions from tactical attacks, to speeding tanks accross a desert. All good fun, just be glad that it's not for real!

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                This is probably the second best "feeling" shooter I've ever played on a console. Second only to the original halo. The controls are well layed out and it responds quickly. The only issue I have is that there is an auto aim on there, which gets annoying. I haven't checked to see if it could be turned off. What you sometimes find is that you're trying to shoot an enemy soldier who is far away, when another one runs infront. You know that your squad can deal with him, but it pulls you aim in his direction, making you miss that vital shot. Other than that, everything is excellently executed.

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                The multiplayer is nice. It works well, lags very little and the best thing is, if a bullet hits it normally kills. None of that halo 2 rubish where you could empty the entire clip and they'd still be ok. And also something not present from halo 2 is the American vs England advantage. A shot does the same damage to someone in America as it does to someone in England. Where as in Halo 2, geting shot in the head 3 times by an American would always result in death, but if they got shot by us (due to lag) it didn't.

                There are the usual collection of battles to be had, Death match, Team battle and Capture the flag.

                The greatest thing about multiplayer is the Kill cam, which shows you what just happened to you when you die, from the person who killed you's point of view. So there can be no camping. Sometimes you realise just how stupid you were before you got shot, other times you realise just how unlucky you were. It's great.

                There's also a decent community playing this game to boot, most rooms I've entered have been people having a laugh and a joke. It's been great! Just a few rooms I've had people swearing and complaining. I've had one person call me a hacker because I was kicking their butt. But all they have to do is watch the kill cam and it will prove that it was just skill/luck that kept me alive.

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                The levels are well designed. Plenty of variation, all though the insides of buildings to look a little plain - but that's because there are so many of them. It ranges from snowy fields, to demolished urban cities, to rural farmyards and sea side cliffs. They are easy to navigate, and well thought out. Plenty of multiple paths too, meaning you can play through the game in different ways, or move to flank your enemies/get to a better position.

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                I played the game through on the second difficulty setting. It wasn't hard, but there were some points that you'd die on a few times. Testing out the hardest mode (the mode you get achievements for) made me realise that this game could potentially last you a long time. On the second difficulty, the game lasted around 10-12 hours. On the last difficulty, the levels can last about 3-4 hours a piece, depending on how good you are.

                The game has multiplayer though, so overall life off this game is probably a couple of months.

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                The graphics are well done, but nothing to spectacular. Though in some of the later levels there are some cool lightning effects. I've caught the game skimping out in a few places though, and i've even seen it "spawn" an enemy. Litteraly, a German just popped in to view one time. From no where!

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                Great! The guns sound good, you're team mates talk to you properly and the voice acting is nice to boot! Well done on the sound! Someone with a suround sound system needs to tell me if that works too!

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                The game is very enjoyable and well worth a price tag of around £35 to £40. Do not buy at full price. No one should pay £50 for a game. Ever.

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