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Call of Duty 2 (Xbox 360)

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MobyRank
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MobyScore
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall MobyScore (36 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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GamesFirst!
The WWII FPS genre is starting to wear thin. At this point, only the best of the best become worthy of our attention. Call of Duty 2 is one of those games. It is an example of perfection of craft. The folks behind Call of Duty 2 should be proud of themselves. Intense barely begins to describe the experience. If you have a 360 and don't own this game then you are missing the keystone of the X-box's fledgling library.
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EmpireOnline.com
Aside from these tweaks, though, it’s Call Of Duty business as usual, the perfectly-balanced, beautifully-realised skirmishes thrusting you into the heat of battle and offering a real sense of what it was like to take part in this decisive conflict.
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Snackbar-Games.com
COD 2 has an Xbox Live feature that I have yet to check out. They have slayer, team slayer, and CTF. The online experience will definitely make me keep this game and not trade it in once I beat it. Overall, I have really enjoyed playing Call of Duty 2. If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed game to pick up for the new Xbox 360, I definitely suggest COD 2. The graphics and computer AI are great, and there are enough missions to really keep your attention. I'm glad that I decided to pick up this game as my first 360 game.
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Game industry News (GiN)
I admit to being biased. I've been waiting for this one for a while. And I told Breeden that I was in charge and I got to review this one. Sometimes it's good to be the king, baby. CoD2 is definitely the king as well. They get a perfect score!
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Game Shark
As stated before, this game is just a ton of fun from the first training mission as a Russian to the final defeat of the Germans at the end of the American campaign. As you play the game you just can’t help dropping your jaw in amazement at what you’re seeing and getting to do. This is the game you want to pull out and show when one of your non-gaming friends asks, "So what is so great about the Xbox 360 that you waited like an idiot in line 12 hours to get it?" Seeing Call of Duty 2 will shut them right up. And while the Xbox 360 may not yet have a true killer app game that will single-handedly sell systems, Call of Duty 2 is pretty close.
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GamePro (US)
Much has been said about Call of Duty's graphics, gratifying gunplay, and overall sense of absolute destruction, but what really sets this WWII series apart from the rest of the pack is its in-game pacing. From the start of the Russian campaign in 1941 all the way to end of the American's drive over Germany, Call of Duty 2 reaches several crescendoing peaks that, once completed, result in a much needed exhale.
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Game Informer Magazine
Developer Infinity Ward did a lot of things right with the first Call of Duty, especially in terms of cinematic presentation and intense action. In a lot of ways, it was the best wartime FPS of its time. Call of Duty 2, whether you play it on a gaming PC or the Xbox 360, is to is predecessor as the 360 itself is to the NES. Everything that makes war games entertaining - the feeling of defending freedom, the immersion in a warzone and the glorious thrill of being a hero - is done far better in this title than in any before it. Quite simply, this is the best WWII game ever made.
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PGNx Media
Call of Duty 2 had very lofty aspirations to meet as the second game in the acclaimed series. The game certainly hits all of the bullet points and goes above and beyond each one. Infinity Ward took the bar, threw it up, and jumped over it when it was still in the air. The game, developed at the same time as the PC version, matches that version in nearly every department for those with high-end PCs and excels it for everyone else. Call of Duty 2 is definitely one of the most impressive – visually and otherwise – Xbox 360 launch titles.
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Mygamer.com
Call of Duty 2 is a perfect game for FPS fans that are lucky enough to own a Xbox 360. Even if you are tired of WWII games, give this one a try. You may just find your love for this mostly exhausted sub-genre renewed. For those doubters of the power of the 360, consider those doubts squashed. This is only a launch title and it looks and plays perfectly. Call of Duty 2 is a true gamer’s dream. This is a title where every aspect of gaming comes together seamlessly to make an instant classic and quite possibly the best Xbox 360 game on the market right now.
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GamingTrend
What can I say? I sound like a raving fanboy when I talk about Call of Duty 2, and for good reason. It was worth the wait from the original to this one: it represents 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. Go buy this title right now.
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XboxZone (Australia)
Overall Call of Duty 2 is by far the best Xbox 360 title, if not the best depiction of World War II to date and is definitely a must for fans of first person shooters who enjoy high quality action in all its realism. Call of duty 2 provides you with action packed, intense warfare as you clear out buildings, disarm tanks, clear out flak crew, secure significant towns, participate in tank battles as well as reconnaissance missions all done along side your fellow soldiers. Call of Duty 2 really puts you in the shoes of the soldiers feeling every bit of struggle and intensity. If you manage to finish the game on the hardest level (veteran) which takes approximately 10 – 15 hours depending on your style of play you would have earned each and every achievement and is definitely a gaming experience you wont forget.
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Wonderwallweb.com
The only down side to the game is the Online game play, some of the games I have been on have been so laggy that they are unplayable. But a new patch has been released that has pretty much solved this problem but you still get the odd lagfest occasionally. As long as you find a good UK server you should be absolutely fine. Another problem that has been fixed by the patch is the ’save game bug’ unfortunately this is a little late for me when I lost some of the Russia saves, now I have no evidence to back up my achievements.
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Game Vortex
The Call of Duty series hasn’t seen quite the success on consoles as it has on the PC. This makes Call of Duty 2 that much better of an experience. Not only is it one of the best WWII shooters to hit the market in recent years, it is also one of the better launch titles on the 360. Unless you’re only interested in run-and-gun shooters, Call of Duty 2 is an experience you won't soon forget.
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VGcore
Call of Duty 2 is a game everyone who has an Xbox 360 should own. It not only offers the best A.I. to be found on the 360, but the most realistic war recreation to date. Don’t let the not so next-gen graphics and laggy online (which will probably be fixed) push you away. You’d be doing yourself a disservice. Suit up solider!
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Entertainment Depot, The
Call of Duty 2 has some faults, and your tolerance for even more WWII might be much lower than mine, but it’s such a wild and intense adventure that I can't help but recommend it anyway. This is the best first-person shooter on the 360 by far, and a fine title all around. Infinity Ward delivers in every area, and they do so with such intensity that I don’t see how it can be matched by their contemporaries.
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Extreme Gamer
Overall Call of Duty 2 is a fantastic effort, and worth the cash to own this one outright. There are plans to release an update to a bug which (in some cases) erases saved data and fix some lag issues, and Activision says "we [Infinity Ward] are aware of the issues at hand," and the hope is that an online lobby update or matchmaking/party forming will be included and or planned for the near future.
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Kombo.com
Call of Duty 2 was definitely calling for the Xbox 360. In this franchise, this particular title has to be one of the best. It has intense gameplay and will get heads turning and gamers wanting to play more. It's so pretty that it’s fun to just simply watch it rather than play it. Activision and Infinity Ward deserve a round of applause for this ultimate WWII first-person shooter. Also, let’s send out a nice dose of love and respect for real WWII veterans. Believe me, this isn't some small-fry army men shoot 'em up type of game. This is a jaw dropping experience that you’ll want to play as soon as possible on the 360.
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Gamers' Temple, The
The multiplayer action is pretty exciting and its probably the best of the Xbox 360 launch shooters. One really cool feature of the multiplayer mode is the “Killcam”. This will replay your death for you so you can see just who shot you and how they did it. It’s a great feature and an effective learning tool for those looking to better their game. I also like the way smoke grenades work as a nice counter to snipers, although I’ll bet you sniper players out there will beg to differ.
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Deaf Gamers
There may be no Halo 3 for the Xbox 360 launch period but FPS fans needn't worry because Call of Duty 2 is one of the best console FPS games I've ever played. From start to finish the action is thrilling and the experience is unforgettable. Everything about the game oozes quality. The controls feel superb, the graphics are remarkable for a console launch title (seeing as console launch titles never manage to fully utilise the hardware as console hardware is rarely finalised until late on in a launch titles development), and the missions are challenging yet thoroughly entertaining. Launch titles are rarely anything special but Call of Duty 2 is a cracker and is simply a must own for anyone with an Xbox 360, who is in anyway interested in FPS games.
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Video Game Generation
That's not to say that the game is perfect, because the problems I outlined above are very real. But taken on the whole, Call of Duty 2 is an incredible experience. Look at it this way. There is a mission in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike, Bunker Hill Redux, that I thought would never be topped for its hectic and intense nature. Taking place entirely in the black of night, you first sneak through the forest taking out near-invisible enemies before you meet up with the rest of your squad. Then, you defend a bunker with barely any cover against a torrent of enemy soldiers and tanks for what seems like an eternity. Here we are a few months later, and almost every mission in Call of Duty 2 is more frantic than that mission was in its very best moments.
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Call of Duty 2 may not feel like a brand new experience if you have played the original but I am confident that it will fit perfectly into your Xbox 360 launch plans if you want a realistic first-person shooter. It allows up to eight player on Xbox Live and sixteen players on System Link. If you do happen to have Xbox Live (which I hope every Xbox 360 owner at least attempts to get), go immediately to the �headquarters� mode and play that to death. I will be there waiting for some new opponents. Until then, look at the fantastic screenshots and picture yourself running through the smoke as you hunt down Nazis.
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Game Chronicles
With more campaigns and the larger and non-linear missions and objective structure, Call of Duty 2 is easily the best FPS game you can currently play on the Xbox 360. 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.
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Gaming Target
An amazing single-player experience is put together with a multiplayer section that doesn’t have the features it should, but the game’s quality still shines through, brightly.
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Xbox Exclusive
I can't think of a better game war FPS that makes use of every aspect possible. The screams of fellow comrades, to the entire feel of the game (and of course to the graphics), make this one heck of a way to start your 360 gaming with. Call of Duty 2 is war at its finest. Multiplayer in Call of Duty 2 is “off the hook” in plain words. It's intense, non-stop, even with only 8 players. There's no other way to put it, this game is amazing, and it's the most realistic war game to date. Call of Duty 2 is the best Xbox 360 launch title.
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Console Monster
Frankly, nothing competes with this game. Everything is spot on, from the graphics to the gameplay. The Audio is simply stunning and deserves some serious credit from Infinity Ward. Even the Multiplayer experience is better than I was expecting. This is one of the best games out for the Xbox 360. Period.
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GameZone
Stunning graphically, a pleasure to control with the 360 gamepad, Call of Duty 2 is an amazing example of precisely what gamers can expect from the machine. While this may be one of the first titles out of the bag, it clearly sets a high standard for other titles to follow.
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Worth Playing
Even though the multiplayer has some major issues, Call of Duty 2 is, overall, an outstanding title. The single-player experience is worth the price of admission alone and must be seen to be believed. The multiplayer, despite its problems, is actually quite fun when it works. This makes COD2's problems all the more unfortunate, but if you have the patience, you can still have a good time with it. If you are one of the new Xbox 360 owners out there, Call of Duty 2 is one of the must-have titles for the system.
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Planet Xbox 360
It says a lot about the success of a game, when I feel is saddened after a comrade falls to the ground. I know that sounds weird, but that’s what the game did to me. I found myself going out of my way to protect each and every teammate. Start to finish the game was an experience, a very tiring one at that. I had to take breaks because each mission took so much out of me. Infinity Ward did a great job of capturing the feel of such an awful and devastating war. It is easy to dedicate hours of your life to playing Call of Duty 2, and when you do, you won’t be disappointed.
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Cheat Code Central
Call Of Duty 2 is a great addition to your budding Xbox 360 but if you've already got the PC version happening then there isn't any reason to defect, especially since the online component of the PC version works like a charm. Armchair soldiers of all ages (this game is rated T for Teen) will dig its white hot, white knuckle single player intensity and owners of HDTV's and Dolby 5.1 will be in WW2 heaven. Sure beats playing with those green plastic army men out in the sandbox.
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The Video Game Critic
Still, Call of Duty 2 is still a smart purchase on the strength of its excellent single-player mode.
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Lawrence
Like its predecessor, Call of Duty 2 is worth playing at least once to extract those great scripted memorable moments and share with your fellow gamers. Not to be a broken record, but it's the best Xbox Live game for 360 right now and it's an easy justification for your hard-earned dough.
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GamersReports
So, is this game worth owning if you have played the PC version? Yes, for sure. The beautiful presentation, the 5.1 surround and the fact that Activision will surely add downloadable maps and/or modes make it worthwhile. If you have not played the PC version then that goes double. The single player mode is great, and combined with Xbox Live replay value, it makes this title one of the best Xbox360 games available now.
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DarkZero
Call of Duty 2 may not feel like a brand new experience if you have played the original but I am confident that it will fit perfectly into your Xbox 360 launch plans if you want a realistic first-person shooter. It allows up to sixteen players to take the battle online and delivers on all accounts a satisfying WWII shooter. If you do happen to have Xbox Live (which I hope every Xbox 360 owner at least attempts to get), go immediately to the ‘headquarters’ mode and play that to death. I will be there waiting for some new opponents.
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Gaming Age
So Call of Duty 2 is not without complaints, minor blemishes really. It's for that reason and that reason alone that it doesn't receive the superlative ranking. It is still by far an excellent game and plenty worth the cost. You get the single player, the gamer points and an online mode that for first person fans will hold its value for quite some time.
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Gamer 2.0
CoD2 for the Xbox 360 scores a direct hit in the console market. While the game will be nothing new to PC gamers, for console gamers the experience will be something fresh. The main thing holding the title back is the small amount of online players. Furthermore, the game still is a WWII FPS, which we have seen plenty of in recent years. However, the mix of spectacular graphics, marvelous sound, and solid gameplay easily make CoD2 one of the Xbox 306’s must have launch titles. If you are a FPS fan at all, it would be silly not to pick up this treasure.
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XboxAddict
Overall, I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with Call of Duty 2. I love the campaign; I love the look, the sound, the feel. The Xbox Live component is great – again – when it works, but I just feel like Activision could (and should) have waited another month or so to fine tune things to make them near flawless. This is the best game on the Xbox 360 right now in my humble opinion, but I fear that another game might quickly take its place that offers some of the things that this game is lacking, i.e. co-op, both online and split-screen, in addition to a more controllable Xbox Live experience through the ability to host your own games and invite only your chums. Hopefully we’ll see some patches or some added functionality through downloads, which would make this the best tactical shooter I’ve ever played. Only time will tell.
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Atomic Gamer
Call of Duty 2 is a great launch title for the Xbox 360 and is generally satisfying and fun all the way through. 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. There are several first person games that have launched with the Xbox 360, and if I had to pick one that the most people would enjoy the most, it would be Call of Duty 2.
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ZTGameDomain
To be honest I have never been a huge fan of WWII games, in fact aside from the recent Brothers in Arms series I have found most of them drab and repetitive. When I first heard that Activision was bringing CoD 2 to the Xbox 360 my initial impression was, oh great another war shooter, and then I played it. The pure adrenaline rush that you get from any level in this game is amazing, the mission structure actually keeps you entertained, and the presentation and top-notch AI really draw the player into the game world. Anyone who owns an Xbox 360 should be required to own this title, there is a reason it was the number one selling launch title. Everything about this game screams quality and I do not hesitate when saying, that this is by far the greatest WWII shooter ever conceived, buy it now!
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Boomtown
Call of Duty 2 is probably the best launch title for the Xbox 360, with killer graphics, intense gameplay and a solid, if slightly small multiplayer element. Even though you might be fed up with WWII FPS games, Call of Duty 2 will easily carry you into the next generation of gaming.
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AceGamez
Call Of Duty 2 is a great title to help usher in the next generation of gaming. The impressive presentation and intuitive gameplay make a surprisingly enjoyable WWII adventure, despite this being a member of a tired genre. This game clearly sets the standards for what a next generation first person shooter should be like and this is definitely a must have for any Xbox 360 shooter fan.
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Console Obsession
It does everything you’d expect from a game of its type, and does it all very well indeed. Call of Duty 2 is quite simply one of the most immersive and impressive games on the 360 in its infancy, and without question, one of the finest First Person Shooters we have ever played.
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Gameplanet
Call of Duty 2 is one game you should add to your Xbox 360 collection, even if it is just to show off its capabilities to others. Its intense campaign and equally intense multiplayer experience will have you coming back again and again.
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TeamXbox
Unless you are completely opposed to war and/or war-related media, make sure you pick up Call of Duty 2 when it’s time to nab your pre-ordered 360. Maybe the early GOTY claims for Call of Duty 2 aren’t so far-fetched after all.
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Yahoo! Games
When it comes to separating the wheat from the chaff, Call of Duty 2 is at the top of the heap. For players who still enjoy storming the beaches, the single-player experience of Call of Duty 2 does everything right. Yes, it's a World War II shooter, but it's not just any WWII shooter -- until there's a revolutionary leap in the genre, this stands as the most polished, intense, and atmospheric war shooter for the living room, bar none.
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GamersMark
With all the "me too" shooters that flood the videogame industry, Call of Duty 2 is a very refreshing experience that should not be passed up. Fans of the previous game will feel right at home with this sequel and newcomers to the series will be pleasantly surprised. The game’s cinematic feel and atmosphere is unrivaled by any World War II shooter and there are only a few other shooters on the market that can compete with the quality gaming experience that Call of Duty 2 offers. Call of Duty 2 is quite possibly the very best games the Xbox 360 has to offer at launch.
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TalkXbox
In a launch chaotic with filthy ports that were pumped out quicker than a mounted machine gun spews forth rounds, there is a light, and that light is Call of Duty 2. It couples some extremely well executed facets such as its great sense of realism and lovely visual effects, with its rock solid presentation. In return, Call of Duty 2 is a must-own launch title. You’ve waited long and hard for your Xbox 360, you owe it to yourself to experience this game. Unless you hate first-person shooters, you will not be disappointed.
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Xbox2news.com
Call of Duty 2 really shines as a great Xbox 360 launch title. The look and feel of the game really put you into the middle of WWII. Sure the game is available on PC but it isn't on any consoles. They could've taken the easy route and put Big Red One on Xbox 360 but they were smart. The graphics are impressive and shows the potential of future 360 titles. And while online play isn't the best currently, it is still fun when you get in. This is a highly recommended title to pick up with the Xbox 360.
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Inside Hotwire 3D
Just like the original, Call of Duty 2 delivers an unforgettable audio experience. The single-player mode is very active, frantic, and intense, which is what a world war game should be. Explosions have table-shaking bass and rifles shoot with a loud bang among others. The sounds in multiplayer, however, can get pretty quiet in small matches. The more players join in, the greater sounds of battlefield come into effect. The voice acting is done extremely well across all three campaigns and the dialogues are good. Call of Duty 2 is the number one World War II shooter available for Xbox 360. The single-player is fantastic and the multiplayer is awesome! If you're a fan of the original COD or like war games, this is a must own!
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Totally Gaming Network
Overall, we think that Call of Duty 2 is a really solid game, and recommend it as a first buy for new Xbox 360 owners, but there is still room for improvement, particularly with Xbox Live mode, where some features such as leaderboards and visible rankings are missing.
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PlayDevil
In the end, Call of Duty 2 is a must have game for any Xbox3 60 owner. With its stunning visuals, excellent gameplay, and amazing audio track. Each in its own right help propel this game into the top echelons of the WWII shooter franchise. With such an excellent game as this out there there is no doubt a lingering anticipation for Call of Duty 3 is due out November 2006. Though until then COD2 will easily help tide you over, for this game was strong coming out at launch and continues to go strong today even a year later.
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HonestGamers
Of all the launch titles, Call of Duty 2 stands as being the most memorable. If a game can be rated by the number of moments it carries, then Infinity Ward's next-gen debut would be a sure fire classic. Even genre staples such as the D-Day landing at Normandy continue to surprise, thanks mostly to some creative development and a fresh new perspective. Be it the awesome visuals, inspired gameplay, or simply a desire to learn something new about history, this Xbox 360 launch title has what it takes to impress. It treats its subject with enough respect to win over all but the most ardent of nay-sayers, and there's no greater recommendation than that. Authentic, realistic, atmospheric, and most of all, immersive. Call of Duty 2 is the reason you bought an Xbox 360...
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Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Call of Duty 2 is an exceptional game no matter which way you cut it: intense singleplayer with stunning graphics and audio, and a rock solid multiplayer component. Forget about the Xbox version, this is where it's at. The three campaigns are all great fun with enough variety to keep you from getting war-weary, thanks to a great combination of scripted sequences and expansive level design. Multiplayer is nothing new, but the netcode is great so if you've got a decent broadband connection, you should have plenty of fun lag-free games. Bottom line, soldier: if you're looking for the best FPS on the Xbox 360 so far, then move out and commandeer a copy ASAP!
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Official XBox Magazine
Still, most will gleefully revel in the frazzling frenzy of this digital incarnation of the Second Great War. Just make sure you know a good cardiologist before you get started.
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Video Game Talk
Call of Duty 2 is the most infectious video game I've played in the past couple of years, first-person shooter or otherwise. Although the single player campaign can easily be hammered out with a weekend rental, leaving more casual gamers better off hitting the video store instead of forking over sixty bucks, Call of Duty 2 is a heavily polished, painstakingly accurate WWII shooter and my pick for the best of the Xbox 360's launch titles. Very, very highly recommended.
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Game Over Online
If you can look past the thin multiplayer component, the questionable decision to let player's health regenerate, and the fact there's not a lot of replay value in Call of Duty 2, you'll find a very worthy successor to the franchise. The singleplayer campaign is one of the most intense and exciting I've played in quite some time. So, as long as you haven't grown tired of the genre, I highly recommend Call of Duty 2. It's the most polished of the Xbox 360 launch titles and is easily one of the best World War II shooters to date.
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DreamStation.cc
In conclusion, I love Call of Duty 2. The single player is one of those games that grabs onto you and doesn’t let go. The multiplayer online is not too swift, but when you CAN get into a game w/ your pals (use split screen until then) it’s a blast. Do I think it’s worth the extra $10 for the 360 version? No – not if you have a PC that has some horsepower, but if you don’t have that PC, then this is a must-have title for the 360.
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XBox Front
Call of Duty 2 für die Xbox 360 ist ein Must-Have. Damit könnte ich eigentlich das Fazit schließen. Durch die Parallelentwicklung ist der Konsolentitel für mich sogar die bessere Wahl. Grafisch und akustisch packend, spannend in Szene gesetzt und für jeden Shooter-Fan mit dem richtigen Schwierigkeitsgrad. Das lineare Missionsdesign tut der Spannung keinen Abbruch, sondern forciert die Geschwindigkeit und die Atmosphäre nochmals. Alles in Allem: Call of Duty 2 ist ein Must-Buy.
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Deeko
All in all, Call of Duty 2 is everything a person can ask for in a war-based first person shooter: Precise control, plenty of action, great visuals and sound, and a musical score that compliments the action throughout. So keep your boots dry, load you magazine, and get out there soldier and start shooting!
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
It's hard to find things to dislike about Call of Duty 2, which is certainly the launch title that makes a $400 game console feel worthwhile. The only thing holding it back is the genre. Even if you swore off D-Day levels for the rest of your gaming life, rest assured Call of Duty 2 deals with that scenario in an original way too. You don't truly own an Xbox 360 nor have you come close to experiencing a war from your home until you have this game.
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GameCell UK
Call of Duty 2 is the best launch game I’ve seen or played and a good contender for Game of the Year. No other FPS has made me embarrassingly duck to avoid bullets (on a pod in Gamestation, too) or thrown so much at me at once again and again. CoD2 could only be more immersive if it came with a German WWII veteran that shouts “Granate!” and then throws dirt at you. This is as close to perfection as I’ve seen in a videogame and it’s quite simple: if you have a 360, buy this game. Now if only Microsoft got around to letting more of us enjoy their new console…
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GameSpy
No matter how you feel about the WWII shooter genre as a whole, there's no denying that Call of Duty 2 is one of the finest FPSs ever created. Thanks to a combination of sharp visuals, teeth-rattling sound effects, and tricky enemy AI, you'll be on the edge of your seat from the moment you're dropped into combat until your dying breath. While there are still a few kinks to be ironed out on the online multiplayer side of things, you'll still have a great time playing with your friends.
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GameDaily
"Port, port, port." This was a friend of mine who was discussing with me the Xbox 360 line-up for launch. He did this the other day, looking over titles and occasionally skipping over things that he felt offered innovation. "Perfect Dark looks good," he said, then moved right down the list. "Port, port." I decided to bring up the argument that, while a game may be a port, it could be improved for the 360. He retaliated quickly. "Yeah, but beneath the surface it's still mainly the same game you played over on the PS2 or Xbox.
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1UP
At Microsoft's last console launch, the shot fired across PC gamers' bow came from the muzzle of a plasma rifle. There was Halo, the game that began life as the next big PC thing, definitively establishing shooter credibility for the brand new Xbox. While the WWII period arms may not have quite the same flash, Call of Duty 2 rings out with a blast every bit as deafening. The series that reinvigorated PC shooters its first time out trumps its own triumphant return to that platform by giving its most rousing performance yet on the new 360 -- and, like Halo before it, sets the standard for a new generation.
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IGN
If Call of Duty took the World War II first-person shooter down the path of heavily scripted, audio-intensive battles the likes of which no one had ever played, Call of Duty 2 is a case study in the amplification of that same fierce intensity. Infinity Ward has approached World War II from the perspective of the average soldier doing nothing more than completing his given mission. And yet as a result of their renewed efforts, the LA-based developer has brought a piece of the war into the living room that's so intense, loud, and rocking, that I had to stop every so often just to calm my own nerves.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Met uitzondering van de beperkte al dan niet online multiplayerwedstrijden is Call of Duty 2 alles wat je van een eerstepersoonsshooter mag verwachten. Je krijgt een heel gevarieerde campagne, schitterend beeld en geluid en een knappe – zij het niet echt vernieuwende – gameplay. Tenzij WOII echt jouw ding niet is, moet je deze shooter gewoonweg hebben.
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Game Freaks 365
If you are looking for a good launch title to pick up for your 360, Call of Duty 2 should be your first look. Without a doubt, it is the best looking, playing, and sounding game on the consoles so far. Even though the World War II genre is over used, Call of Duty makes you want to play it all over again even though you know what happened by now. Until Gears of War or Oblivion come out, this could be the closest thing the 360 gets to a must have game. Enjoying the experience won't be difficult as the fun will keep you occupied for a long time.
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XBox Evolved
Call of Duty originally ran on the Quake 3 engine when its roots were seeded in the PC community. I still remember the day when I first played Call of Duty in 2003. The passion and dedication of Infinity War certainly was clear. It was so clear that when one of my squad mates went down, I felt the need to get retribution on their behalf. Moments this gratifying were experienced all throughout Call of Duty was a one in a life time sensation when you compare it to the other World War II shooters.
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Jolt (UK)
Regardless of the multiplayer experience, Call of Duty 2 is certainly the best shooter and arguably the best action/adventure game currently available for the Xbox 360. Admittedly the game’s next-gen appeal is questionable since it shuns flashy graphical effects in favour of immense detail and smooth action, but the fact alone that it can stand alongside the PC version looking none-the-worse for it speaks volumes about how far console gaming has come. If you’re looking for a bit of everything in your next Xbox 360 game, then Call of Duty 2 shouldn’t disappoint.
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Game Captain
Call of Duty 2 ist ein interaktiver Kriegsfilm ohne große Gameplay-Innovationen, aber mit nahezu makelloser Präsentation, abwechslungsreichen Kampagnen und wirklich mitreißender Atmosphäre. Die Entwickler liefern für Microsofts Konsole im Prinzip das selbe Spiel wie auf einem High-End-PC ab - Lediglich die nun auf acht Teilnehmer beschränkte Spielerzahl im Onlinemodus ist da etwas schade. Spaß macht aber gerade auch dieser Mehrspielerbereich natürlich trotzdem und selbst auf längere Sicht dürfte die Motivation nicht so schnell verfliegen. Wer noch nicht genug vom World War II- Szenario hat, macht mit dem Kauf von CoD 2 also absolut nichts falsch.
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GamesFire
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One konnte uns voll und ganz überzeugen und ist seinen Preis allemal Wert. Wer auf Zweite-Weltkriegs-Shooter steht und das Ganze möglichst realistisch erleben möchte, kommt an diesem Meisterwerk wahrlich nicht vorbei. Nach dem weniger gut angekommenen AddOn Call of Duty: Finest Hour hat es Activision nun geschafft, das Call of Duty-Szenario auf der Konsole zu etablieren.
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GameSpot
When a game is announced for both the PC and consoles, the question always arises about what's different between the two versions. Did any compromises have to be made on one platform or the other? Did something get lost in translation? As it turns out, the recent release of Call of Duty 2 on the PC turned out to be a very accurate preview of what Xbox 360 owners could expect to get from next-generation shooters. Almost everything that makes the PC version one of the year's best shooters remains intact on the Xbox 360 version of the game, which looks just as good and actually runs smoother than all but the most beastly of gaming PCs. If not for the online multiplayer that's limited to eight players, the Xbox 360 version probably would have been hands-down better overall.
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GameCola.net
I have a hard time finding a whole lot wrong with Call of Duty 2. It’s certainly one of the finest FPS I’ve played, and can sit proudly next to Halo 2 and Half-Life on the shelf. Even if you don’t give a rat’s ass about Brokaw’s "Greatest Generation," Call of Duty 2 is worth it.
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Xboxdynasty (XD)
Call of Duty 2 lässt Euch das Blut in den Adern gefrieren. Eine dichte Atmosphäre, abwechslungsreiche Missionen und eine unglaubliche Grafik machen diesen Titel trotz schwächen im Xbox Live Modus zu einem der Top Titel für die Xbox 360.
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HardGamers
Call of Duty 2 est sans l’ombre d’un doute l’un plus beaux jeux à la sortie de la X360. Sa supériorité graphique de sur la version PC est la preuve de ce que la X360 a dans le ventre. Non seulement les graphiques sont là, mais le "gameplay" l’est aussi. Malgré quelques défauts, les développeurs ont pu recréer l’ambiance de la guerre à merveille dans la musique et les effets sonores. Dorénavant, les FPS sur la nouvelle console de Microsoft devront être comparés avec Call of Duty 2 qui prend une bonne longueur d’avance comme le jeu le plus important du lancement de la Xbox 360.
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4Players.de
Atmosphärisch ist CoD 2 genau wie der Vorgänger ein Musterspiel, auf den hiesigen Schlachtfeldern rummst und kracht es unentwegt, fette Explosionen, noch dickere Rauchwolken und Tonnen von heißem Blei verleihen den Gefechten einen ungewohnt beklemmenden Touch – der durch das arcadige Lebensenergie-System zwar leicht gerade gerückt wird, aber man kann Infinity Ward zumindest nicht vorwerfen, nichts Neues versucht zu haben. Denn der Rest des Spiels ist in seiner Basis noch genau das Gleiche wie vor zwei Jahren: Mission an, viele Gegner tot, ein paar Objekte gesprengt, Mission aus. Beeindruckend in Szene gesetzt, noch beeindruckender akustisch untermalt, aufregend designt. Der beste WW2-Shooter unserer Zeit.
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contactmusic.com
Apart from the lacklustre online option Call of Duty 2 is everything you can possibly hope for in a WWII first person shooter. The campaigns are varied enough to keep you wanting more and the AI are intelligent enough to give you a hard time when the going gets tough. If you have an Xbox 360 you have to own this game, its going to show off the potential of your shiny new console as the gameplay together with the amazing sound and visuals create an intense and completely gripping experience.
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GamesCollection
Doveva essere il Marzo del 2008 quando il Federico Salerno di Gamescollection.it mi spedì una copia di Call Of Duty 2, senza neppure farsela pagare. Un atto di cavalleria che mi consentiva di scoprire uno sparatutto di grande spessore. Ne seguirono interessanti deathmatch e grasse risate verso gli americanacci che si mettevano a piangere quando perdevano. Sentitamente ringrazio con la promessa di ricambiare, un giorno, il servigio resomi.
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X-Power
Afrondend moet ik gewoon opmerken dat het lang geleden was dat ik een WO2 shooter had gespeeld. En misschien is het net daardoor dat Call of Duty me zo aangenaam verraste. Dit is zeker niet het meest originele spel op de markt, en mensen die geen zin hebben om nog maar eens de held te spelen in Wereldoorlog 2 kunnen dit spel beter gewoon vermijden. Maar fans van het genre, of mensen die gewoon één van de beste Xbox 360 games van het moment in huis willen hebben, moeten zeker en vast geld opzij leggen voor Call of Duty 2. Zeer geslaagd… al hoop ik dat Infinity Ward voor hun volgende spel een origineler thema kiest.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
A launch game all 360 owners should consider. An unforgettable single player experience that gets better the further you go. You can make this a 9 if the online multiplayer is fixed.
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X-Box Gamer
Call of Duty 2 frappe fort, très fort. Son entrée se fera sans aucun mal remarquer parmi les softs du line up de la Xbox 360 et nul doute qu’il séduira bon nombre de Gamers. Ces derniers auront vu juste car le jeu des studios d’Infinity Ward convint plus qu’honnêtement sur le plan graphique, en tirant parti des capacités de la console, assure sur le gameplay, grâce à l’adaptation au génial pad de la 360, et surprend au plus haut point sur une incroyable bande son. Cependant les lacunes du mode Live empêchent ce Call of Duty 2 d’atteindre la perfection dans son domaine mais ne blâment pas le fait qu’il reste un très bon investissement.
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Xbox Gazette
Call of Duty 2 s'impose donc comme une expérience à vivre en solitaire. Mais quelle expérience! Jamais jeu de tir à la première personne n'avait réussi à rendre l'action aussi prenante. Plusieurs passages des missions marquent l'esprit par leur intensité ou leur originalité. On pense aux missions dans Stalingrad et Moscou, à la prise puis à la défense de la colline 400 (chaaaargeeez!), aux passages dans les tanks ou encore le débarquement à la Pointe du Hoc, épiques, et à toutes une séries d'instants où le taux d'adrénaline grimpe en flèche. Les quelques défauts du solo sont très largement éclipsés par ses énormes qualités. Call of Duty 2 remporte une ribambelle de médailles pour cette campagne aboutie, longue et prenante mais déserte rapidement le champ de bataille du Live.
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JustPressPlay
Call of Duty 2 is a truly impressive World War 2 game, one thatshines above just about any other game in its category. I was impressedby the IQ of the AI, the intense gun battles, and the atmosphere thatthe developers gave this game. There are some flaws, but there alwaysare. However, the details in this game balance out any imperfectionsthat I found along the way. With a more robust Xbox Live interface (andmaybe 16 players), this game could have been pretty darn close to aperfect ten. However, there’s always a third installment.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Il est vrai que dans le fond, on est toujours face à du Call Of Duty, avec ses fondements un peu primaires et une certaine redondance dans l'action habilement masquée mais Infinity Ward a su remettre le concept au goût du jour. Alors que bon nombre de joueurs commençaient à se sentir lassés des FPS à grand spectacle dont ils n'étaient précisément que des spectateurs, Call Of Duty parvient à vous scotcher au pad. On se souviendra de la baffe de Medal Of Honor : Débarquement Allié, Call Of Duty 2 renoue avec cette agréable surprise depuis longtemps oubliée. Un pur jeu pop-corn, mais un bon.
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MS Xbox World
Call of Duty 2 is a breath of fresh air for first person shooters and whilst it does not re-invent the wheel it does offer a full on experience that never falters from start to finish. Players can get the full on war experience right on their Xbox 360 and in the comfort of their own home with a game that teaches you a little history as well as testing your combative skills. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the game and I must admit I started playing on Veteran difficulty after a while as I found this mode to be more real. I cannot stress enough that the single player is an experience that shouldn’t be missed by fans of the genre. Although the game could probably be completed in a rental period on easier settings I have no doubts that this game is one title that many players will want to replay over and over. A great game and a great launch game as well.
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Armchair Empire, The
Call of Duty 2 is a very solid launch title for the Xbox 360 but there’s still room for improvement, like some kind of enveloping physics engine. The action is good, the animation smooth, and the smoke grenades (still) smoky. Good stuff.
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
True story: Almost every time I played Call of Duty 2, about 30 minutes in, my eyeballs would start to hurt. Nothing so serious that I stopped playing, but definitely distracting. At first I had no idea what was going on; I'd never had this happen with any other first-person shooter...I wasn't sitting too close to the TV...the room wasn't too dark...suddenly, I realized what it was: I wasn't blinking. I was so wrapped up in Duty's intense firefights that I wasn't blinking enough to keep my eyes moist.
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Gamesmania
Ich hatte mir von Call of Duty 2 ehrlich gesagt mehr erhofft, die Neuerungen sind an einer Hand abzuzählen, die Spielzeit ist erneut unerhört kurz und die Präsentation der Story absolut lieblos. Was ich allerdings besonders schade finde ist die langweilige zweite Hälfte der Solo-Kampagne, nach den wirklich furiosen Einsätzen in Russland und Tunesien muss ich mich erneut durch die langweiligen Landschaften der Normandie kämpfen, die mir schon aus Brother in Arms und dem ersten Call of Duty zum Hals heraushängen. Würde das Spiel die Klasse der ersten vier Spielstunden über die ganze Kampagne hin aufrecht erhalten können, stände als Wertung unter dem Test sicherlich eine 90 %. Doch bei aller Kritik, auch Call of Duty 2 bietet letztlich gnadenlose Kriegs-Action, die man als Fan des Vorgängers einfach gespielt haben muss. Mit dermaßen fulminant inszenierten Schlachten, verpackt in eine erstklassige Grafik, kann sonst kein aktueller Weltkriegs-Shooter aufwarten.
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Xbox360Achievements
A great war game but one that will probably be so frustrating after your first foray on Veteran that you’ll never play it again, the online mode was hampered by problems upon launch and the introduction of two sequels since then has reduced the community to practically nil. Worth picking up though for a solid solo experience..
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Edge
Thanks to the crisp allure of HD and the innate joys of new hardware, Call Of Duty's time is now, if ever. Its strengths are derived largely from its technology, fresh as it feels on Microsoft's own, though the intensity of the experience, the quality of its 5.1 sound and its context-sensitive squad chatter deserves not to be understated. For those who can tolerate having their brain beaten numb by it, the game entails often enthralling, occasionally even aweinspiring sights and sounds. But little is there that's new compared to much that needs renewal.
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videogamer.com
Call of Duty 2 is a thoroughly entertaining and immersive experience from start to finish that hardly ever skips a beat. Vehicle sections could have been left on the design room floor, and the multiplayer mode doesn't have the lasting appeal of Perfect Dark Zero, but these are minor quibbles. If you've got an Xbox 360 you'd be a fool to miss out on such an involving first-person shooter.
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GamerDad
Call of Duty 2 is one of the better shooters of the year. The developers created a graphics engine that is not as modern or advanced as some in terms of graphics details or lighting, but is superb at creating great-looking large scale battles full of enemies without sacrificing performance. The game may not reach the heights of the original, but it is a very good game in its own right and well worth the price for any shooter fan.
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Video Games Daily
Without wishing to disrespect the actual participants, this game is still just WWII the same as it ever was. We've all seen Saving Private Ryan, all played Medal of Honour (or similar), and there's nothing new here other than in the way the experience is presented. That this audible shock and graphical awe is enough to make the experience feel fresh again is just a happy outcome. Call of Duty 2 offers many H-Hours and D-Days of worthwhile Fritz-fighting, boche-bashing, Jerry-popping play.
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Gamestyle
Gamestyle really wants to give Call of Duty 2 a nine out of ten score; the single player is a phenomenal first-person shooter, standing firmly shoulder to soldier (sorry) with the best of the genre. However, its sorely under-developed multiplayer aspect has definitely let the side down, like a soldier who's lost his big toe in the war. Sure he doesn't need it, but it’d feel awfully nice to have it.
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Game XC (GXC)
The single player campaign will take some time to complete, about the same length as most FPS games. Once you play through the campaign, a lot of gamers (like me) will play through them all again on veteran difficulty to claim their gamer points. Unfortunately, the online gameplay is lacking on the Xbox 360 and connectivity issues make it a pain to enjoy. While the campaign does take a fair amount of time and could be played again at a harder difficulty, there really isn’t much else running for COD2 in terms of longevity. However, for some gamers, they will find their dollars worth through the sheer action, fantastic audio, and crisp visuals of the single player campaign, regardless of the multiplayer issues. While we wait for more action/FPS titles to arrive on the 360 in 2006, COD2 might be your ticket out of the waiting room.
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FOK!games
Call of Duty 2 brengt de sfeer van de Tweede Wereldoorlog op een spectaculaire manier over door intense gevechten met overweldigende geluidseffecten en aardige graphics. Sfeer is dan ook waar Call of Duty het van moet hebben. Het is gewoon duidelijk een verbeterde Call of Duty 1, waarbij het eigenlijk nergens echt grote stappen voorwaarts maakt. Gelukkig was het eerste deel heel goed, dus zijn ze met deze formule eigenlijk nergens de mist in gegaan. Het is alleen jammer dat ze er niet het maximale uit hebben gehaald. De graphics kunnen stukken beter en er wordt absoluut slecht gebruik gemaakt van alle opties die Xbox Live! kan bieden. Dit wordt dan ook hopelijk opgelost met een mooie patch, maar daar valt eigenlijk nog weinig over te zeggen.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
For those who are starting to burn out on war games, Call of Duty 2 isn't going to change anything. For the video game warmongers who need to bolster their XBox 360 collection, it's certainly worth looking into.
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Gaming Nexus
One of the best FPS games I've ever played on any platform. Call of Duty 2 is one of the few launch titles that really takes advantage of the 360's hardware. The excellent single player is tarnished by the buggy and laggy multiplayer side though.
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Gamezine
C’est à peu près tout ce qu’il y a à dire sur Call of Duty 2, d’un classicisme presque navrant. En résumé, ce n’est pas le renouveau du genre, et encore moins le chef-d’œuvre tant plébiscité par la presse soi-disant spécialisée. Le jeu reste incroyable techniquement, très immersif, mais il reste un peu trop classique pour être indispensable.
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Game Revolution
With most current-gen systems featuring between one and two thousand World War II games, we were hoping the Xbox 360 would duck the blitzkrieg and take us boldly into brand new conflicts. For its staggering price and futuristic promises, we don't want World War II on our Xbox 360, we want World War X. But that's not how console launches work, and instead of the freshest of the fresh, we're forced to make do with the portiest of the ports.
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Gamekult
Avec de si beaux ingrédients, la sauce prend assez facilement et les amateurs de ce genre de FPS, où l'impression de participer à un film hollywoodien prend le pas sur une retranscription fidèle de la guerre, seront aux anges. Plutôt réussi graphiquement sans être bouleversant pour de la Xbox 360, le jeu souffre cependant de quelques défauts plus ou moins graves, dont un certain manque de variété et des blessures bien étranges. Identique, graphiquement et en termes de contenu, à la version PC (mais à un prix supérieur de 10 euros tout de même), cette mouture constitue une adaptation fort réussie et sans aucun doute l'un des meilleurs FPS de lancement de la nouvelle console de Microsoft, si ce n'est le meilleur.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Playing PC ports on a console is usually a fairly wretched experience that requires huge reserves of forgiveness and goodwill, but not in this case. At least, not when the huge-value system you're playing it on kicks your beige box into next year.