Reviews and Problems with Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
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Conclusion: To call Call of Duty 2: Big Red One better or worse than the other sim-type FPS titles on the market is not necessarily fair, because there’s really nothing quite like it. The emphasis in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is on the complete experience, which just so happens to include a more scripted, movie-like gameplay experience. If you don’t like the more “on rails” M.O. in your war game, then you may want to look elsewhere.
Excerpt: This year’s round of Call of Duty games come with a split personality. The Xbox 360 and PC versions follow the format established by earlier games in the series, putting you in the army boots of soldiers from the American, British, and Russian armies during some of the most pivotal battles of World War II. The Xbox version of the game instead follows the exploits of only an American soldier, and one in a particular division of the US Army – the fabled Big Red One.
Excerpt: Right off the bat, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One may share the same numerical sign as the recently released PC and Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty , but it is an entirely different game. Big Red One instead follows the console version of Call of Duty: Finest Hour , which was released on consoles late last year. Admittedly, the series' first jump to the console world wasn't a smooth one, a problem Big Red One makes strides in correcting.
Excerpt: The Big Red One, which refers to the division’s insignia patch, was often recognized as one of the toughest and most capable divisions in World War II. It also happened to be one of the most traveled divisions, seeing combat in North Africa, Italy, Omaha Beach and Germany. Big Red One follows the historical movements of the division by placing you as a nameless private in one of its squads as you’ll go destroying airfields, escorting medics and other mission tasks.
Excerpt: Trying to be an offshoot in the Call of Duty franchise must be a very daunting prospect. For one, it’s a series that has very definite game conventions. It approaches the war from three different sides – British, American and Russian. It highlights specific soldiers throughout each campaign, grunts that aren’t necessarily high ranking in their respective armies but often have pivotal roles in different conflicts.
Excerpt: Activision's Call of Duty series has been a big hit, so it's only natural that fans are excited about Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One. Exploring the campaigns of Russia, Central Europe and North Africa, Call of Duty 2 offers a cinematic FPS experience that is intense and gritty. Smoke and dirt and explosive action makes the visuals as beautiful as they are terrifying.
Pros: ups: great graphics, sound, and gameplay; intense action
Cons: downs: can be very linear; still feels like just another WWII game
Excerpt: WWII first-person shooters are two-a-penny in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s marketplace, and with genre saturation comes the cloying blanket of stagnancy. In recent times, some games have attempted to deviate from established and stilted formulasÃ¢â‚¬â€�the most notable of these perhaps being UbisoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s