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Call of Duty is a first-person shooter set during World War II and the first title in a long-running series. It is also the first game by development studio Infinity Ward and in some ways builds upon Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, a similar title a part of the team had been working on at 2015, Inc. before forming a new company.

Players experience the battle in Europe during World War II in different campaigns divided further into missions. Unlike MoH: AA these are not only presented from the view of an American soldier, there is a British and a Soviet campaign as well, each focusing on different parts of the battle. In total there are 24 interconnected missions to play to get to Berlin. In each campaign a different perspective is offered, starting as an American Paratrooper during D-Day, progressing to assume the role as an English Special Forces commando, and finally as a Russian tank commander. Some missions are played in solitary fashion, but in most of them the player is part of a larger group with computer-controlled team mates.

Most of the combat is infantry-based, but some is also set between vehicles or tanks. Multiplayer modes include death match, team death match, behind enemy lines (where the allies are outnumbered) and two objective-based modes: retrieval, and search and destroy.

The later-released console version Call of Duty Classic is a reworking of the original game with enhanced graphics.


Call of Duty Windows Intro movie
Call of Duty Macintosh Outskirts of St. Mere Eglise, France  June 5, 1944 2330 hrs - just hit the ground an army of one
Call of Duty Windows After you die in the game, a remarkable quote about war appears on screen.
Call of Duty Macintosh Title

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Alternate Titles

  • "使命召唤" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "MOH Killer" -- Working title
  • "COD" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Call of Duty Classic" -- Console title
  • "Call of Duty 1" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Martins, Evans and Alexei: WWII Heroes Windows vicrabb (7290)
Addictive arcade style shooter that is sure to satisfy Windows Jason Appleby (8)
Excellence. Windows kbmb (435)
Very, very good. Windows Tomer Gabel (4634)
A fantastic trip into a horrible world Windows Mattias Kreku (439)

Critic Reviews

GameZone Macintosh Nov 20, 2003 9.4 out of 10 94
HardGamers Windows Jan 06, 2004 91 out of 100 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct 30, 2003 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Nov 03, 2003 87 out of 100 87 Windows Nov 07, 2003 17 out of 20 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Games ( Windows Nov 15, 2003 78 out of 100 78
ZTGameDomain PlayStation 3 Jan 20, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Games TM Windows Dec 03, 2003 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Windows Nov 14, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

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

Enemy at the Gates

When the battle on the Russian front starts, the first few missions are almost identical to the scenes in the movie Enemy at the Gates.

German version

In the German version all terms like "Nazi" or "Kraut" were replaced with a simple "Deutscher" ("German"); "Wehrmacht" is replaced with "German Army". All swastikas (besides a few smaller ones on uniforms which were missed) were either removed or replaced with iron crosses.


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2004 - #6 Game of the Year 2003
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Shooter of the Year
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Best Sound of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #6 Game of the Year
    • 2003 – PC Game of the Year
    • 2003 – PC FPS of the Year
    • 2003 – PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2003 – PC Action Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2003 - Best Sound of the Year (PC)
    • 2003 - Best Level of the Year (PC, for Pegasus Bridge)
    • 2011 – #12 Top PC Game of the 2000s
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2005 - #20 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Cameron Rhyne, Daniel O' Donovan and PCGamer77.

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