Call of Duty 2

aka: COD2
Moby ID: 20150
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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.

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  • 使命召唤2 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 콜 오브 듀티 2 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 88% (based on 143 ratings)

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Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 162 ratings with 5 reviews)

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

You are called to duty!

The Good
>>> Gameplay (Rating: 8/10)
The story-line brings you through the Russian, British and American campaigns. Each time you switch to a new campaign, you play as a different character. It's a cool way to play and they've got some neat new guns I've never seen before.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Rating: 9/10)
I absolutely loved all of the things that the AI said! They would run around shooting, while taunting the enemy. "You poor fascists came all this way just to die!!" They also had a great variety in the intelligence of the AI, the privates weren't too smart, but the captains and such were very smart; this was great to see.

Graphics (Rating: 8/10)
Stunning detail here. Their was a guy standing next to me and he stepped in front of the window to see if it was clear (how stupid); he was immediately shot in the head by an MG42 that flipped him over! It was awesome to watch; the ragdoll physics of this game make all of the shots different and it sure is nice. You could also see that a lot of detail was put into the soldier's faces; their faces looked quite real. There was also a part early in the game, in the Russian campaign, at which we blew down a large building; the graphics from the explosion were amazing! Smoke and debris were everywhere. Speaking of smoke, this game has the best smoke grenades of any game ever! If you throw a smoke grenade, you cannot see through it at all; these are the best smoke effects I've ever seen.

Audio (Rating: 9/10)
Great sound effects and I loved all of the different voices they used for the AI.

Multiplayer (Rating: 10/10)
Although I only ever play Deathmatch, I am extremely pleased with the Multiplayer in this game. I could sit there and play multiplayer for hours. Yes, it's just your basic Deathmatch, but the areas they've got make this fun.

The Bad
>>> Gameplay (Rating: 8/10)
The story-line was all that immersive; it was good, but I'd say it could've been somewhat more immersive. I would've been much more "in to" the game if I hadn't had to keep switching characters each time I played a new campaign, but that definitely made sense. You play a Russian in the Russian campaign, British in the British campaign and American in the American campaign.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Rating: 9/10)
Some of the AI were stupid, but some of them were very smart. Nothing I didn't like about the AI.

Graphics (Rating: 8/10)
Some of the explosions, such as the first one in the game that blew up a vehicle, we're very unrealistic. Flat fire (a technique known as billboarding) flew up into the air. I said to myself, "No way is that next-gen graphics." Many times layers of flat fire will be used and it can look realistic, but this didn't.

Audio (Rating: 9/10)
Some of the sounds seemed to have come from earlier versions of Call of Duty or some other game; I've definitely heard these old sounds in other WWII games.

Multiplayer (Rating: 10/10)
Nothing I didn't like about the multiplayer.

The Bottom Line
>>> Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Oh yeah, buy it. It's a great next-gen game with graphics like you would not believe. As I said, the story isn't incredibly immersive, but single player was still really fun to play. Multiplayer is definitely awesome. So what are you waiting for? Go get it!

Xbox 360 · by Alex Barberi (8) · 2006

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 (222) · 2006

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Trivia

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.

References

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

Sales

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

Awards

  • 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)

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Game added by UV.

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

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Game added November 23, 2005. Last modified May 19, 2024.