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Call of Duty 2

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Call of Duty 2 is an installment in the series of war-themed first-person perspective shooters. The game is trying to recreate the big military operations of World War II (Defence of Stalingrad, invasion in Normandy and German-British war in North Africa).

Developers from Infinity Ward divided Call of Duty 2 into three campaigns (Russian, British and American) and put into the game a lot of new features (e.g. no health indicator, option to complete mission objectives in different order). Expanded multiplayer modes are also available.


  • 使命召唀2 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 콜 였브 λ“€ν‹° 2 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 88% (based on 144 ratings)


Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 150 ratings with 5 reviews)

Really good, but not perfect.

The Good
CoD2 returns us to the frontlines in WW2 with a wonderful atmosphere and a nitty-gritty feel that has attributed to making this series stand head and shoulders above a sea of other WW2 themed games.

The controls should be very familiar to players of the original CoD for the PC, allowing for seasoned veterans to jump right into the action, yet simple enough to be learned quickly by the novice. The scalability for system options allows this game to utilize the power of modern PCs, all the while making the game beautiful and responsive on older PCs as well. The graphics are excellent.

There are a few improvements over the original CoD. For one, you do not have to play through an entire campaign before starting a campaign for another nation. In the first CoD you had to play all of the American missions, then British, then Russian, with the final missions being a mish-mash between the various groups. With CoD 2, you begin with the Russian campaign but at some point can unlock the British campaign. At this point you can continue playing the Russians or switch over to the British for a change of pace. Of course, the outcomes are pretty linear but you have the chance to change things up a bit.

Another improvement is the ability to throw grenades while staying armed with a firearm. In the first game, you had to switch weapons over to grenades and then back to rifle. In CoD2, you have a button assigned for grenades, meaning you can throw, fire, throw, fire. A small touch that's a big improvement in gameplay.

Furthermore, the scripted events are much better than in the first installment. For example, with the Russians we blew up a large building. The whole thing went down beautifully, and as the smoke and dust approached us, all of my comrades started coughing and choking from the dust. Very nice touch.

Also, there is quite a bit of chatter. Your computer controlled teammates will tell you exactly where the enemy is hiding out. "There are Germans by those barrels to the south!", or you might hear "Fascists in the house upstairs to the north!". Pretty cool.

The Bad
While there are several improvements over the original CoD, I have to say that I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. The voice acting is sub-par, and most of the accents are terrible, taking away from the immersion. Some of the Russian voices sound like teenagers from NY joking around, while at other times you'll hear a Russian or Brit speak without any accent at all.

On top of that, there is way too much chatter. Everybody on your team, along with the enemy is screaming this and that all the time. It gets a bit repetitive and tiring. Think about having 3 radios, one tuned to rock, one to hip hop, one to country and crank the volume on all three and listen to the noise. It's something like that.

This game isn't as hardcore as the first. It seems like a softer experience. I feel more that I'm playing an FPS shooter rather than feeling like I'm really playing a part in a big live battle. It's hard to put my finger on it, but it seems to lack the meat and potatoes that the original had.

The weapons are less convincing than the original. Some weapon sounds have been greatly improved. The SVT-40 now sounds like a real gun when being fired. Crank your speakers up and your neighbors might call the police. On the other hand, most of the other weapons feel weak and fake. Recoil on some of the weapons is either unrealistic or non-existent. Firing the Mosin-Nagant, a very powerful rifle by any standard, makes a 'pop'. It feels like a BB gun. The PPsh is too easy to control, and the Lee-Enfield is too accurate and too powerful. Most people may not care about these things, but hardcore players will notice.

Furthermore, there is less distinction in the noise that the weapons make. For example, in the first CoD, if a weapon was being fired but you couldn't see it, you could still determine exactly which weapon it was by the sound. This was a great tool in multiplayer when sneaking around. In CoD2 however, most of the weapons are indistinguishable from one another. Often the German, Brit, American, and Russian weapons sound the same. There is some distinction as with the SVT-40, but otherwise not much.

The multiplayer just isn't as fun as the first. As mentioned before, it lacks the meat and potatoes feel of the original. It seems softer, less intense, and just quite simply not as fun for me. Smoke grenades, while more realistic, is not good for gameplay. Grenades smoke too much and often choke up the battlefield. You sometimes feel like you're running around blind.

Also, while the graphics are better than the original, for some reason it's hard to distinguish a player's alignment from a distance just by sight alone. The uniforms tend to resemble each other due to the drab colors used and you often find yourself shooting your comrades in single player mode.

The Bottom Line
If you were a fan of CoD, I'd still recommend this title even though I feel like it is a step backwards from the original. Even though I'm a bit disappointed with CoD2, it is still better than any other WW2 game out there. Recommended.

Windows · by D Michael (221) · 2006

My first Call of Duty experience & thumbs up on this older game

The Good
An old game I got from a friend and which plays only on my XP laptop. This is a fun and fast paced FPS which was greatly inspired by SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and BAND OF BROTHERS. Even some of the dialog is lifted directly from the movie/HBO pieces.

I didn't care too much for driving the tanks but being a military grunt was awesome. Get used to higher ups ordering you to always be on point or do the impossible because, well, it wouldn't be much of a game if you got to hang in back.

Lots of replay for this game allowing you to choose the scenarios at various difficulty levels, too. Barriers and peeking around corners are vital towards your survival. On another note they actually take the time to detail how it was back in the day so you get introductory clips in black and white. Not bad for those who know little about WWII.

WHEN PLAYED: July and August 2010; PLAYING TIME: 15 hours; REPLAY VALUE: B plus to A minus; OVERALL GRADE: A minus.

The Bad
Mostly technical. I hated not being able to play it on my Vista desktop and had to do it on my laptop XP but that's not the fault of the game.

The Bottom Line
Assuming you have the platform for it this is an admirable WWII FPS. Enjoy!

Windows · by StorytellerShannon (14) · 2011

Excellent world-war-two shooter, though not as good as the first.

The Good
The game looks fantastic, even with low detail settings - it's very scalable, and can run on older machines. The sounds are just awesome - if your windows aren't shaking from all the mortar fire, then your speakers aren't loud enough! The combat chatter that both friends and enemies will shout really adds to the atmosphere, and the weapons look and feel highly realistic. This truly feels like a war.

The Bad
There just aren't enough missions. Just as the game feels like it's reaching its climax, it stops. Multiplayer is also somewhat flawed.

The Bottom Line
This is a very awesome World War 2 shooter, and in my opinion, is the standard by which all further WW2 games should follow.

Windows · by wildweasel (36) · 2006

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1001 Video Games

Call of Duty 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German versions

In the German version terms like "Nazi" or "Kraut" and all mentions of Hitler, Stalin, Rommel or the Third Reich were removed. The intro movies with real-life movie material are slightly re-cut and all swastikas were either removed or replaced with iron crosses. A detailed list of all changes can be found on schnittberichte.com.


One of the tank commanders in Call of Duty 2 is called Greta Garbo, after the famous Swedish actress.


Call of Duty 2 was the first Xbox 360 game to sell over one million units in the US.


  • Computer Games
    • March 2006 - #7 PC Game of the Year in the 2005
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #5 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – #3 PC Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Xbox 360 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2005 – PC FPS of the Year
    • 2005 – Xbox 360 Shooter of the Year
    • 2005 – Best Sound of the Year (PC)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #3 Action Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)

Information also contributed by Maw and PCGamer77.

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Game added by UV.

Macintosh added by Andy Voss. Xbox 360 added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Kabushi, Solid Flamingo, fourzerotwo, lee jun ho, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, FatherJack, Kennyannydenny.

Game added November 23rd, 2005. Last modified September 23rd, 2023.