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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: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Something special. It's a war shooter that's both intoxicating yet grisly. From the game's first moments as a young Russian soldier learning the ropes, you'll be sucked in to combat.
  2. 95
    A must have title. If this is the future of console gaming, I'm sold.
  3. I'm generally the first guy around to make fun of "another WWII-themed game," but Call of Duty 2 not only wiped that smirk off my face but turned it into a teeth-grinding, pulse-quickening, Nazi-shooting grimace. When you have to put down the controller after one mission just to gather your wits about you, you know you’ve found a great game.
  4. The environments are fantastic and smooth, the gameplay is refined, and the aggressive AI could very well have you for lunch.
  5. Infinity Ward has created a PC game for the 360 (with better graphics than the PC version to boot) and managed to include not only next-gen sounds and graphics, but also gameplay features that were basically impossible on the old hardware.
  6. An exceptional game no matter which way you cut it: intense singleplayer with stunning graphics and audio, and a rock solid multiplayer component.
  7. Of the shooters available on the 360 at launch, Call of Duty 2 is easily the most accessible and consistently entertaining single player offering, but if online is your thing you're better off considering what Rare has to offer ["Perfect Dark Zero"].

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 90
  2. Negative: 9 out of 90
  1. Jul 17, 2011
    The First great Shooter for the Xbox 360? You bet your whole 120 million dollar mansion it is. Not only that, but out of all the games in the Call Of Duty Franchise, this is the best. No, that's underestimating it. It is the ULTIMATE Call Of Duty Game to have. It is Infinity Ward's Masterpiece. Call of Duty 2, best played on the 360, is a testament to the modern day First Person Shooter. Unlike the original Call Of Duty, Call Of Duty 2 takes us to places in the war more epic and diverse than the Original. Normandy, the greatest and most gruesome battle of the War, is portrayed in CoD2. North Africa is portrayed in CoD2. Moscow is portrayed in CoD2. Stalingrad is portrayed in CoD2. It is an amazing experience. Not only that, but multiplayer is kick-ass awesome aswell. Very rrare in the Call Of Duty series a GREAT CAMPAIGN and GREAT MULTIPLAYER. Only two other in the Call Of Duty titles achieve this. Well done, Infinity Ward! Expand
  2. MikeS.
    Dec 17, 2005
    The stunning visuals and audio compelles you inside the realism of what ww2 was like !
  3. NateC.
    Feb 24, 2007
    Best first person game in this generation and best World War II game. I got the game in February 2007 and went through it in about a week. You just can't stop playing it. My first game for the 360 was Call of Duty 3 so obviously the graphics on Call of Duty 2 didn't amaze me as much as others. The game is intense, exciting, and rewarding. Oh and of course the ability to fight in Stalingrad and at Pointe du Hoc. Expand
  4. RonnieC.
    Dec 16, 2005
    It sounds corny, but this game is so real that at one point I actually froze up with fear, my mind panicing as I was pinned down by Germans in a bombed out building. I was actually afraid for my life as people were screaming and my buddies were getting shot right beside me. I've never had a game do that before, and I've been playing shooting games since Duck Hunt. Expand
  5. TylerG.
    Aug 15, 2006
    Awesome Game. Great Graphics. Even better sound and gameplay. All this game need to be a perfect 10 is a lower price.
  6. Sep 14, 2014
    Don't get me wrong, this is a fairly good game. It's not quite what I understand the later CoD games are (the first 2 are the only ones I've played), in terms of a cinematic presentation. However, what it does, it does well: provides a very solid and enjoyable, albeit derivative, campaign of running various linear missions during World War II. The graphics are fairly good, though some textures are a little low res. However, it's a fairly fun game, and though there's not too much variety, it's fun nonetheless. Expand
  7. Andrew
    Dec 5, 2005
    ive got a copy of this on the PC and the 360 version is terrible. for a consol that is supposed to be the next gen in home entertainment this is just a rip of, yes the frame rate is smooth but it just looks so empty and bland and some of the effects like the heat haze are just embarrasing. i feel so ashamed. so far there has not been one decent game released on this hyped up consol. i will be selling my 360 on ebay in time for xmas so some mug can give me £700 for it ,at least i will be getting some enjoyment from selling it,more than ive got from its games. Expand

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