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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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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. PC Gamer
    84
    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: 83 out of 118
  2. Negative: 15 out of 118
  1. JasonC.
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    I bought this game back in December 05, I am still playing the multiplayer game. This game absolutely rocks, highly recommended.
  2. Jun 28, 2016
    10
    Amazing military game play, gorgeous environment in the era of WWII, wonderful graphics
    for single player it contains four individual
    Amazing military game play, gorgeous environment in the era of WWII, wonderful graphics
    for single player it contains four individual campaigns, split into three stories, with a total of twenty-seven missions.Each story concerns a World War II soldier overcoming the odds in the war
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  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. MarkM.
    Apr 30, 2007
    9
    People are too uptight about realism in games. Even the most realistic to life games have their flaws. Wether its the game itself or thePeople are too uptight about realism in games. Even the most realistic to life games have their flaws. Wether its the game itself or the players themselves. The true fun in this game is all about the action, and that it isn't so complex to figure out. Don't get me wrong a game of Red Orchestra is fine now and then. This games strength is the map design. People who think technically about the balance between war torn realism and balanced map gameplay, probably agree this game does very well. Most important, is the amount of fun it is to play a multiplayer. Sure, you can have fun playing Red Orchestra also. But you'd have a longer time getting used to the controls and gameplay style. Not to mention its growing popularity makes for more challenging players. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    8
    Very intense fun gameplay, definitely better than all the newer CoDs. It has features that are finally being presented again in Ghosts, suchVery intense fun gameplay, definitely better than all the newer CoDs. It has features that are finally being presented again in Ghosts, such as the lean feature.
    And surprisingly the graphics still hold up quite well today. I'll even go ahead and say this game has better textures than most modern games.
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  6. Godebrandt
    Sep 4, 2006
    7
    I think 7.5 is a more than fair score for CoD2. What CoD
  7. JakL.
    Oct 15, 2006
    0
    Even worse than the first one... another unrealistic arcade kids game.

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