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  • Summary: Call of Duty 2 lets players experience four individual soldier stories as they overcome insurmountable odds in multiple campaigns. Players have the freedom to follow each of the four storylines through for the ultimate character-driven experience, or they can engage in the historic battlesCall of Duty 2 lets players experience four individual soldier stories as they overcome insurmountable odds in multiple campaigns. Players have the freedom to follow each of the four storylines through for the ultimate character-driven experience, or they can engage in the historic battles chronologically for quick hitting action. Infinity Ward has also expanded the scope of combat to deliver a truly realistic battlefield experience. Squads now have the freedom to take on a variety of mission objectives, on expansive battlefields that allow for multiple paths and the ability to utilize actual combat tactics like outflanking and fire and maneuver capabilities. Call of Duty 2's new engine and A.I. technology set the stage for authentic squad combat and astonishing action. Concealment can be key as battlefield smoke or even deployed smoke grenades cloud visibility. Weather effects such as the dusty sandstorms of North Africa and whiteout blizzard conditions of Russia, for example, will keep soldiers glued to their bunkers. The team has also employed a state-of-the-art Battle Chatter System that brings the action to life as squad-mates bark out context-sensitive updates in real-time to players through an advanced A.I. system. [Activision] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. 100
    Instead of feeling like a stale retread or losing steam halfway through, it manages to be a blast from start to finish.
  2. Call of Duty 2 is like a good war movie, it may not be a realistic portrayal of war but it is dramatic, compelling, and epic in scale.
  3. This is a very satisfying and enjoyable game, full of tension, chaos and war’s horror, but with an intelligent AI and terrific visual elements.
  4. 85
    I find implementing regenerating health to be a little troublesome. It allows you to experience a kind of combat only a mythical super-soldier could withstand, and in so doing, propels the game from gritty authenticity to John Woo fantasy.
  5. PC Gamer
    84
    If you're looking for a pure action game, I can recommend no better, at least not for single-player. If you're looking for the bleeding edge of digital storytelling, however, you'll find it at Valve and Monolith. [Holiday 2005, p.60]
  6. Maybe I was a victim of my own expectations, but I really think it comes down to the fact that this game is essentially Call of Duty with a few bells-and-whistles.
  7. You won't be disappointed about how great it looks or how much fun and full-on the game can be. If you frequent LAN's or enjoy slaughtering your mates (or strangers), online multiplayer is just as entertaining as the original and furthers longevity to the game once you've finished the single player campaign.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 114
  2. Negative: 15 out of 114
  1. WhateverK.
    Jan 16, 2007
    10
    Great game.
  2. Mar 8, 2013
    10
    Call of Duty 2 is the best shooter game that I have played. Why? One of the most fun and addicting campaigns ever. The levels are challengingCall of Duty 2 is the best shooter game that I have played. Why? One of the most fun and addicting campaigns ever. The levels are challenging and many times take multiple tries, but challenging games are fun. The campaign is fairly lengthy and is divided into three great sections (Russian, British, USA).The levels provide intense action, especially Pointe-du-Hoc, which is arguably, the greatest shooter game level ever. So much intensity in that level. This game still proves that WWII trumps Modern Warfare games. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2011
    10
    After many Call of Duty games, I have to say that this is still the best Call of Duty in the market. The campaign is not so full of itselfAfter many Call of Duty games, I have to say that this is still the best Call of Duty in the market. The campaign is not so full of itself like our modern CoD games, it's just a simple World War 2 shooter with you playing as the three major Allies (Russian, Britian, U.S.). The campaign itself plays out wonderfully, very fluid and memorable quotes from Price. The multiplayer is mostly why I write this review now. This has the multiplayer that the current CoD games should have sticked with. Instead of grinding your profile in order to get better weapons, all the weapons are available to you right from the start, each having their ups and downs, but a very balanced set of weapons so that you don't have to worry about a overpowered weapon (which happens a lot in the current CoD games). The original maps were very well layed out, making camping a lot less viable than in the current CoD games. Though this game is very old and not many play this anymore, I decided it would be right to write a review of my favorite CoD game and hope the best that they can bring back the way multiplayer used to be. Until then, the CSS is still very active so there's that. Expand
  4. V-Man
    Dec 19, 2006
    9
    This is an almost perfect game, as it throws in everything you would ever want from any WW2 game ever, and it is a triumph over the World War This is an almost perfect game, as it throws in everything you would ever want from any WW2 game ever, and it is a triumph over the World War 2 genre in general. It has the best levels I've ever seen, and some of the greatest graphics and execution in a first person shooter I've ever seen. The only thing I found lacking was a few features in the first 2 COD games, such as alternate fire modes, and that sort of thing. Expand
  5. Jag
    Apr 1, 2008
    8
    Call of duty 2 is a world war2 shooter developed by infinity word. As always in call of duty games you see the war from differant Call of duty 2 is a world war2 shooter developed by infinity word. As always in call of duty games you see the war from differant perspectives. first you'll be trying to retake you homeland when you play as a russian soldier Vasili Koslov. Then you take part in the Brittish Commonwelth forces in the African campain and Normandy. Than you land at Piont Du Hock with the second ranger bentallion. The single player campain is intence and engrossing however it lacked an indepth story and charicters. The game kind of seemed like a wicked insane history lesson. While I apressiate the nolage it has given me it still would've been nice to see some well developed charicters thatwould actualy have personallitys. But with of without story or charicters this game rocks. The weapons were satisfyingly authentic and a delight to use. The single player was good. But its only half the fun. The multi-player is very well done. It is fair and very fun. One thing that I'v only seen in this game is killcam. Killcam lets you see how someone killed you from a first person perspective. So now things arn't going to be as frusterating and people have second thoughts about cheating. The modes are deathmatch, team deathmatch, search and destroy, HQ.and my personal favorite capture the flag. All these modes are great and overall this game is one of my personal recamendations for world war 2 shooters. Expand
  6. MaxI.
    Nov 1, 2005
    7
    Single player: lots of fun. As Paul said, same as COD but prettier. Multiplayer: awkward. The auto-regenerating health is a genuinely Single player: lots of fun. As Paul said, same as COD but prettier. Multiplayer: awkward. The auto-regenerating health is a genuinely unattractive feature. Even though it's far more detailed and aesthetically refined than COD, the gameplay feels a bit....clunky. Even playing on a loaded server with 30 other people, the game action just isn't as HOT as COD and COD UO. Lack of new modes in MP game is too bad; a real missed opportunity (perhaps will be patched into in COD2: United Assault or whatever..fork out another $50). The new HQ mode is horrid; mashes the worst element of SD into what was a perfectly exciting game mode in COD. And what's with the total lack of vehicles? I fully expected to be able to FLY this time around, maybe a spitfire and possibly a bomber....at least in the SP mode.... Expand
  7. JakL.
    Oct 15, 2006
    0
    Even worse than the first one... another unrealistic arcade kids game.

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