Excerpt: It seems as though we have been at war in WWII games for longer than the real war. When the first Call of Duty came on the market, it was one of the best WWII FPS games in a category that was already overflowing with games. It had a great single player campaign, gritty and hectic combat, amazing sound effects and a very enjoyable multiplayer. If you were a fan of the original game, you will be pleased to know that Acitvision has brought all of those aspects to COD2.
Excerpt: It's rare that a game turns out exactly as you'd hope it would. Niggling problems or totally bizarre design decisions nearly always mar an otherwise great game. Call of Duty 2, however, is exactly how I envisaged and hoped it would be. While not doing anything revolutionary, it offers the most thrilling and atmospheric World War II experience ever found in a videogame.
Excerpt: Call of Duty 2 is one of the most anticipated games of 2005, and it doesn?t disappoint. Building upon the already huge Call of Duty franchise with a new engine, great looking new graphics and new AI, the game is set to be one of the best games of the year. Call of Duty 2 is set in WW2 and allows you to play through previously unseen battles from 1941 through 1944. You can play as the Russians, the British or the American forces.
Excerpt: Call of Duty 2 is the most amazing looking WWII game to date, and that is saying something. I am not referring to just how clean the graphics look either. Call of Duty 2 blends style and substance to create a very immersive FPS experience. At one point you may be admiring the huge, finely detailed landscape, only to have your world thrown into chaos.
Excerpt: Developed by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty 2 is in every way a sequel to the original. As in the original, there are American, British and Russian campaigns, set from 1941-1945 - the Russians fighting in the area around Moscow and Stalingrad, the British fighting in North Africa and Normandy, and the Americans fighting in Normandy and Germany. This time out, though, you do not have to play the three campaigns in a linear order.
Conclusion: Wrap-Up: Good and bad aside, COD2 is a good game and one you , the player, will get enjoyment out of (if your not sick of WWII shooters that is). My advice to you is wait till the price drops to something more realistic of what you’re buying. Happy Democracy/Communism defending!
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Without wishing to disrespect the actual participants, this game is still just WWII the same as it ever was. We've all seen Saving Private Ryan, all played Medal of Honour (or similar), and there's nothing new here other than in the way the experience is presented. That this audible shock and graphical awe is enough to make the experience feel fresh again is just a happy outcome.
Conclusion: Through each campaign you’re tasked with a series of mission objectives that progress to a final, intense showdown, like the Russian campaign, which concludes with a defensive mission that actually had me holding my breath. The British campaign beings with a series of counter attacks that pave the way to some really fun tank missions. But possibly the most gripping conflict appears in the American missions.