Summary: If you're into being the technology challenged Russian army, this is for you. If you like to actually have a weapon to fire, maybe not so much. I exaggerate. This is a good game with a few more hiccups than the original COD, but there are parts that are just plain awful to try to get through, and I personally got sick of constantly being part of the Russian army. Those parts seemed to drag whereas the rest was fun.
Summary: I became familiar with Call of Duty by buying Call of Duty 2 first. I then got Call of Duty and finally the expansion pack. Overall I found United Offensive too easy and less than exciting. The graphics are OK but not nearly as good as COD2. Any encounters involving smoke slow the game down considerably, even though I have a powerful video card. I breezed through the game in less than eight hours, something I have never managed before with a first person shooter game.
Summary: First of all, I want to say that I was not that impressed by the original Call of Duty. Sure, the gameplay and interface was solid, the Russian campaign was a nice escape from the norm, but overall, Call of Duty just didn't do anything revolutionary in the FPS genre. Just about everything in COD was done before by games like Medal of Honor and Battlefield 1942. Admittedly, COD did some of those things better. As for this new expansion pack, it really is not that good.
Summary: I have loved the "Call of Duty" and so I have jumped to the expansion pack. Most unfortunately even at the Green level it is too tough for those looking merely for fun. You have to be almost a "pro" or have hours and hour to be in front of your computer to have a chance to win and jump to the next level. I can not say I have loved this one and I regret I bought it.
Summary: I'm a little surprised to see some of the unqualified praise COD: United Offensive has received. I loved the original and enjoyed this expansion pack very much, but its not without its drawbacks. The AI is much worse than the original; for a game that boasts about never having to fight alone you sure do have some worthless squad mates.
Summary: Overall I felt this expansion lacked the quality of Call of Duty, at least in single player. Multiplayer I do like, Domination was great with the Jeeps and Tanks. I had to cheat past the third american mission, it was so badly designed and poorly made. I feel Grey Matter screwed up the single player of this expansion. I finished Call of Duty and this expansion became so unfair and tedious i never finished the expansion in SP.
Summary: I wanted to like this game, I really did. I loved Call of Duty and played my favorite missions repeatedly. However, United Offensive just wasn't up to snuff, missing a lot of the flavor of the original game. As other reviewers have noted, single player missions are WAY too scripted - to a ridiculous extent.
Good overall, but one shortcoming in Single Player Mode
1 November 2004
Summary: I prefer to play single player for most of my computer games. I've had too many frustrating/bad experiences with online scenarios. CoD:UOEP is a little lackluster in the Single Player area. Why? One big reason--there are far too few missions. Everything else is fine--good action and overal game tactics/strategy effects, but I got through this game FAR to quickly. I also think that CoD:UOEP could have tried to have some more stealth based missions.