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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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  1. Positive: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. 100
    A freakin' work of art. It is, without a doubt, the best-looking console game to date, and the most psychotically intense World War II shooter to boot.
  2. A fantastic PC title that didn't get watered down in the conversion to console. If this is the future of console gaming, I'm sold.
  3. It is a finely tuned work of art with so much research and attention to detail incorporated into it that action gamers will become totally immersed in the unrelenting experience of brutal combat.
  4. Even if you're getting a little sick of the WW2 shooter genre, I'd suggest you give it a shot, as its gameplay is the right mix of fun and realism and the multiplayer modes are plenty of fun.
  5. A nine-hour, tension-filled rollercoaster ride. [Holiday 2005, p.66]
  6. The impressive presentation and intuitive gameplay make a surprisingly enjoyable WWII adventure, despite this being a member of a tired genre.
  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: 80 out of 93
  2. Negative: 9 out of 93
  1. Jul 17, 2011
    10
    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 theThe 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. RyanG.
    Jan 5, 2006
    10
    Extremely good graphics. Portrays WWII perfectly. Very exciting to play. Online play is unbeatable.
  3. MichaelR.
    Oct 1, 2007
    10
    Its the greatest war game ever made.The graphics and the AI were great.The game is intense from start to finish.Its very difficult and very Its the greatest war game ever made.The graphics and the AI were great.The game is intense from start to finish.Its very difficult and very fun to play in Hard mode.The level design have great details. Expand
  4. EsbenP.
    Dec 21, 2005
    9
    The visuals are stunning and give you lots of WOW effects. The best part of the game are dramatically good. I missed more magnificent scene, The visuals are stunning and give you lots of WOW effects. The best part of the game are dramatically good. I missed more magnificent scene, but the ones which were, were awsome! the critics have also requested a better physical engine, that's right, they need to improve on that point. Expand
  5. RedXIII
    Oct 16, 2006
    9
    Wow this is the best first person shooter I have every played the single player campaign is just amazing, graphics awesome, many difficulty Wow this is the best first person shooter I have every played the single player campaign is just amazing, graphics awesome, many difficulty levels, from rookie to veteran suitable for all skills, sound is awesome, the quotes whenever you get killed are a nice touch. overall almost perfect FPS, except the online play sucks that is the only reason stopping it from getting a 10, hopefully they fix it in COD3. Go buy this game. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2012
    8
    As one of the early Xbox 360 games, Call of Duty 2 was alot of fun and had nice graphics. COD2 is probably one of my most favorite WW2 basedAs one of the early Xbox 360 games, Call of Duty 2 was alot of fun and had nice graphics. COD2 is probably one of my most favorite WW2 based games of all times and it is alot of fun, shooter fans def. check it out. Expand
  7. Andrew
    Dec 5, 2005
    0
    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 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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