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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
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. 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: 78 out of 105
  2. Negative: 15 out of 105
  1. MarkusW.
    Oct 16, 2006
    10
    Call of Duty 2 is in my opinion the best WW2 Game on the market. I love this paking atmosphere as in Call of Duty. The story is exciting and Call of Duty 2 is in my opinion the best WW2 Game on the market. I love this paking atmosphere as in Call of Duty. The story is exciting and the mission varied. The graphic is also good and so I think that Call of Duty 2 is good successor. I am happy, when the third part will be released. Expand
  2. YourMom
    Jan 21, 2008
    10
    Nice really good game the multiplayer is awesome and the single player has a really good story. Best WWII game!
  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. TylerP.
    Dec 8, 2006
    9
    I can't beleive anybody is giving less then a 6 on this. The graphics are great, the gameplay is fun, and different every time. The only I can't beleive anybody is giving less then a 6 on this. The graphics are great, the gameplay is fun, and different every time. The only ways it's not realistic is if you're a pansy and you play on anything but veteran. How do you know the recoil is wrong? Maybe the guns back then actually shot that way. It's not like technology was at it's best. The missions are new and full of versatility. I'm sorry if a VIDEO GAME seems like it's for kids. That IS what they were first made for, after all. I took a point off for 3 reasons. 1. No ragdolls. 2. You run into a hill that a normal human could climb, and it doesn't let you. (good news is,t ehres not a lot of those.) 3. You cant change your cross hair size or options for it. I really wanted to make it smaller, like you can do nciely in games like Counterstrike source. Hopefully they allow it on the Steam version, which I'm getting at this moment. Overall, I definitely suggest buying this game. It's worth your 40-50 dollars. Expand
  5. Jeremy
    May 9, 2007
    8
    It wasn't a bad game, but i would stick with Call of Duty United Offense if u like this series.
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    6
    Whilst the game itself it ok and the graphics were updated. No punkbuster support for 6months i dont see how this game got above 80. FeelsWhilst the game itself it ok and the graphics were updated. No punkbuster support for 6months i dont see how this game got above 80. Feels like the first cod to be more interested in the console users than the pc users...sad really. Expand
  7. JakL.
    Oct 15, 2006
    0
    Even worse than the first one... another unrealistic arcade kids game.

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