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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: 77 out of 104
  2. Negative: 15 out of 104
  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. ChrisK.
    May 29, 2006
    9
    Most players who are used to Quake 4, Unreal Tournament, and many of the face paced quick person shooters will probably dislike this and many Most players who are used to Quake 4, Unreal Tournament, and many of the face paced quick person shooters will probably dislike this and many other World War games. Despite the realism featured in Call of Duty 2, several players want more gore, more blood, more time, more... just plain more. To be more open-minded here, players will always want more and perfection is hard to achieve especially if the players aren't all the same. Call of Duty 2 single player has to be the best war experience I've had since Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Beautifully done Activision. As for multiplayer, this presents itself as one of the best challenges COD2 has to offer. It is also fun, ofcourse. At the moment, the best feeling is waiting for your enemy to turn around and blasting him away with a shotgun. Expand
  5. JonathanS.
    May 7, 2007
    8
    I wondered a bit about if i should give this a 8 or a 7, ive played this for around 1½ month, and beaten the campaign. The grafics are I wondered a bit about if i should give this a 8 or a 7, ive played this for around 1½ month, and beaten the campaign. The grafics are great and i really like the weapons and you really feel like a mortal, not like some other game where you only drop to half you health when you get headshotted by a shotgun. The game is very liner which makes it quite boring to do the same missions again, and scince there arent that many this really sucks. When you play online you will quickly find out that the punkbuster doesent always work, it doesent always kick aimbot users.expect to get headshotted by someone just jumping and looking over the wall for 0.2 sec. this can be quite frustrating. The reason i gave this an 8 was beacourse, atleast when you play veteran (expert mode), you really feel like being in a war where the germans shot at you and also hit when you look over the sandbags, so dont expect to be able to ranbo and this i really like, and i think that in every wargame it should be like that. The maps are really good and i love that you also get to be a tankcommander, so this is allround a good game but not great due to its many flaws. Expand
  6. JohnD.
    Mar 26, 2007
    6
    While the flashy graphics and new features make the game look a while lot better on the box, playing it shows how it really did little to While the flashy graphics and new features make the game look a while lot better on the box, playing it shows how it really did little to improve the experience. It makes you feel like your in a war movie, but in that lies the problem. Movies are never as realistic as they aim to be. The seriousness of the situation gets blown away by the lack of realistic weapon characteristics and unrealistic game play. You will be constantly saying "Theres no way anyone could do that in real life" However, it does appeal to those younger who either don't care about realism or are there to just play. But then it puts into question, why make a WWII game if you chose to ignore so many of the characteristics of WWII? Expand
  7. JakL.
    Oct 15, 2006
    0
    Even worse than the first one... another unrealistic arcade kids game.

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