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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 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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  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. The atmosphere is as thick as ever, the battles are tougher and grittier, the highs higher, the lows lower, the enemy more cunning.
  4. It's by far the greatest WW2 game to date and it will be so for a long time.
  5. Call of Duty 2 has near-perfect visuals and great gameplay, but suffers from a serious case of same old, same old. Where is the innovation? [Nov 2005]
  6. It makes no attempt to move the genre forwards and is largely a routine run and gun shooter from start-to-finish, albeit an intense one at that.
  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: 75 out of 102
  2. Negative: 15 out of 102
  1. Jul 16, 2011
    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 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
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    Fenomenalna grafika, efekti, raznolikost misija, atmosfera............................................................................................
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    My all time favourite call of duty, partly for nostalgia, mostly because this is the call of duty that separated cod from the rest of the gaming world, It was well thought out save for a couple of glitches, which actually made the game more fun to play because you could jump through a window and outside the map just for the hell of it as some servers were dedicated to nothing but this. otherwise the weapons were all laid out nicely, balanced apart from the higher capacity of one of the russian smg's and having stripper clips on the enfield rather than individual rounds like the mosin nagat or kar98k which made loading faster. after all of the call of duties being released to date, the custom maps, balanced teams and the fun I had far outweigh any of its flaws, and by flaws I mean call of duty 3,4,5,6,7,8 Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2013
    Arguably the best Call of Duty game of the series. Excellent voice acting, graphics, and overall effects that added to the realism and immersion experience. Truly an amazing game. I still remember storming the beaches of Normandy with this game. Love me some M1 Garand action, though the Thompson does the job nicely too. While very linear in progression, you can't help but feel that you're really helping to take back Europe from the Nazis.

    Additionally, the online multiplayer aspect of this game was phenomenal. I spent many hours of my fledgling online FPS career with this game (after a long hiatus from Counter-Strike made me extremely rusty) and it was a welcome substitute for CS.
  5. Nov 2, 2011
    Despite all the changes and gameplay changes since, CoD 2 still remains one of the overall best Call of Duty games to date. The Multiplayer mode offers a simplistic, yet rereshingly addictive playstyle. It's the campaign however, where COD 2 shines. Each stage (American, British and Russian) is divided into seperate acts; whilst this might hurt the storytelling side of things, each level feels unique with an appropiate level of tactical choice. The graphics and sound are simply stunning; from fighting in the streets of Stalingrad to the Normandy landings; the chaotic and confusing nature of warfare rings through every single moment without ever letting up. Overall, though fans of more open-world MP games like Battlefiled will find much to be desired here, it still offers one heck of a viseral kick for the Single Player crowd. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2013
    Great single player. An even greater multiplayer. Limitless hours of fun to be had here. There weren't any expansion packs for this game which was really a pity. But the online community has provided plenty of mods and new gametypes/modes for you to play. There were realistic mod servers where you had 1 life the entire was very intense. There were zombie mod servers that were insanely fun. Star wars name it. ANd oh yes there was a planes and vehicles mod server! very very fun. Also Normandy mods....where the allies climb the beach while getting absolutely wrecked by nazi machine guns. There are a bunch of little issues and things I didn't like about the game that prevent me from giving it a 10. It was definitely a well deserved 9/10. Expand
  7. Dec 1, 2012
    Probably the best Call of Duty game.
    Mediocre graphics and gameplay, boring story and very slow game rythm.
    Anyway, it is a very good game,
    compared to the other CoDs. Expand

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