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Category Description User Score
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Critic Reviews

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VGcore (Jul 28, 2006)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is the ultimate World War II experience on the Xbox console. The gameplay is extremely fun, varied, and action packed. Graphics are overall well done, featuring many special effects and nice realistic environments; however, nothing there is astonishing. Audio is top notch, and multiplayer adds to the replay value. If you don't plan on getting an Xbox 360 anytime soon, this is definitely something you should pick up. If you are planning on picking up an Xbox 360 soon, wait off on this and pick up Call of Duty 2. Overall, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is a blast from start to finish and money well spent.
Cubed3 (Nov 28, 2005)
All in all Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is the best 3rd party fps on the GameCube. Buy it and you'll be thrown into a war torn world where your only friend is your gun and your family is your platoon, so pick up that rifle and go give jerry a damn good thrashing!
N-Zone (Jan 07, 2006)
Gigantisch - das beschreibt die Inszenierung von Big Red One wohl am besten. Zahlreiche gut gescriptete Ereignisse, ununterbrochene Action, viel Abwechslung und eine technisch gute Umsetzung des interessanten Szenarios zogen mich bereits nach wenigen Minuten ihn ihren Bann. Daran Àndern auch schwÀchere Spielelemente wie zum Beispiel zu lange, eintönige Baller-Passagen oder auch die sehr konsequente Abfolge von Scripts nichts.
Spielerischer Höhepunkt sind die EinsĂ€tze nach dem D-Day, dessen Daten ihr sicher schon auswendig im Schlaf aufzĂ€hlen könnt. Zusammen mit Dutzenden Soldaten stĂŒrmt ihr eine von den Deutschen gehaltene Stadt. Hier wird aber auch deutlich, wie limitiert eure Handlungsmöglichkeit trotz Grafikbombast und IntensitĂ€t sind. Dass die Wege mehr als fest vorgegeben sind, daraus sollte man Big Red One keinen Strick drehen. Selbst Call of Duty 2 auf der Xbox 360 und dem PC kĂ€mpft noch mit diesem Problem. Das geradezu martialisch hagelnde Stahlgewitter in diesen Szenen macht einiges wieder gut. Wer noch keine Surroundanlage besitzt, sollte spĂ€testens jetzt darĂŒber nachdenken!
Game Chronicles (Nov 07, 2005)
Deploy, fight, sacrifice, and prevail. This is what the Big Red One does. It’s their job to overcome any obstacles. Excellent sounds, graphics, and gameplay are rooted in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Realistic sights and sounds coupled with replayability follow the groundwork laid out by the Call of Duty legacy. Worth more than a simple rental, you will get caught up in the lives of your squad as you progress from Africa to Germany.
Game Shark (Nov 18, 2005)
If the only platform you have is the GameCube then I highly recommend picking this game up, otherwise pick it up for the Xbox for multiplayer via Xbox Live or on the PS2 via the broadband network adapter and GameSpy's console matchmaking multiplayer service. In the end The Big Red One is the best shooter you can get for the GameCube this year.
NGC Magazine (Dec, 2005)
While replay value may be somewhat limited, there's plenty of sweaty-palmed, death-dealing fun to be had while it lasts. Recommended.
Gamer 2.0 (Nov 17, 2005)
All in all BRO is a great game. The sound and graphics alone make this title worth checking out; the only problem is that it does little to innovate. The whole game, while exceptionally well done, is just more of the same old WWII action that we have already seen a hundred times before. If the developers would have been able to come up with one great innovative game mode, or some unique feature of some kind, the game would be near the top of the FPS heap. As it stands, BRO is just another well-made WWII shooter that does nothing to stand out from the crowd.
NintendoWorldReport (Dec 05, 2005)
Overall, while the main thrust of Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is probably the most polished and enjoyable WWII experience on GameCube, its lack of replay value may still only warrant a rental.
1UP (Nov 02, 2005)
You don't have to already be a fan, though, to appreciate the game, and that's a big part of its appeal. It's pretty easy to jump in, grab a gun and start starring in your own WWII movie mowing down Nazis. By the time you've made it to the German border you'll have many memories of your heroic moments, but, more importantly, you'll remember your time fighting as a part of the Big Red One.
IGN (Nov 01, 2005)
Call of Duty 2 is a heavily scripted first-person shooter that throws approachability out the window in favor of more stylized moment to moment wow scenes. These mostly work throughout the course of this meticulously planned title, but sometimes the feverish pacing and ridiculous sense of urgency all the well-meaning events create fall victim to a few old trappings.
HardGamers (Nov 28, 2005)
Bref, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One est un jeu honnĂȘte, mais qui ne se dĂ©marquera pas comme le font ses confrĂšres sur PC. Le jeu mĂ©rite plus une location qu'un achat, surtout sur Gamecube oĂč il n'y a pas de multijoueurs. Correct, sans plus, ce qui est dommage, car on s'attend Ă  plus d'un Call of Duty, encore lĂ , ce dernier n'a jamais livrĂ© la marchandise sur consoles.
4Players.de (Jan 12, 2006)
Das Spiel ist in jeder Hinsicht handwerklich sauber, atmosphĂ€risch wie immer top, die Steuerung geht flott von der Hand. Aber frische Ideen werdet ihr hier nicht mal mit der Lupe finden, es spielt sich wie jeder andere Medal of Duty-Ableger: man trĂ€gt dieselben Uniformen, man benutzt dieselben Waffen, man besucht dieselben bekannten Orte – alles wirkt bekannt, schon mal gesehen, schon mal gespielt. Selbst die Musik kommt nicht ohne das scheinbar unvermeidliche Trompeten-Solo aus, außerdem ist das Ganze wie gewohnt relativ kurz; mehr als acht Stunden sollte man fĂŒr die Kampagne kaum brauchen. Danach wartet der etwas zusammengeschustert wirkende Mehrspielermodus, der mal wieder die GameCubeler außen vorlĂ€sst. BRO bietet genauso viel oder genauso wenig wie jeder andere WW2-Shooter, den man kennt - es hĂ€tte geholfen, wenn einige Verbesserungen des großen Bruders mit der 2 drin wĂ€ren.
Tanks control admirably, and bombing runs in a plane are handled in a unique and enjoyable way. Big Red One still packs a punch...it's just not as powerful as it precursor.
Game Over Online (Dec 12, 2005)
Overall, you might want to give Big Red One a rental unless you’re a serious WWII fan. While the gameplay is adequate and the concept behind the title is a solid one, the brevity of the single player campaign and the drab multiplayer, along with some quirky features makes Big Red One a game to check out first before you buy it.
GameZone (Nov 11, 2005)
The taste that is leftover from my experience with Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One is actually decent. Sure there is no online, multiplayer, and drawbacks on the graphics but that didn’t stop me from playing the campaign of The Big Red One. The campaign holds up the title for the short run you’ll play it for but once that run is over, you’ll wonder what left is there to do with a FPS with no multiplayer.
The total lack of soul in Big Red One, along with the irritating level design, are simply too much for the technical excellence embodied in its smooth framerate, and slick graphics to overcome. If an average, run-of-the-mill shooter can convince you to drop $50, then you won't be disappointed here. For FPS fans looking for something new and interesting, this would be a good title to skip.
Worth Playing (Dec 19, 2005)
Overall, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is a fun FPS that had a lot of potential. The diversity of missions provide a nice break from most embattled hiking trips that other shooters offer. Compared to the previous console installment of the Call of Duty series, it is definitely a large improvement, but it must improve dramatically to come even close to the quality of its bigger brothers on the PC or Xbox 360. The campaign was short, the turret and tank missions felt tacked on, there was no multiplayer mode, the save points were very sporadic, varying difficulty levels were present, and the A.I. was abhorrent. Otherwise, CoD2:BRO is an enjoyable killfest, if you want a very linear, playable movie.
GameSpot (Nov 07, 2005)
Overall, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is still a worthwhile first-person shooter. The game has made noticeable strides over the previous Call of Duty game on consoles with an interesting, but short, campaign. While the game has its moments, particularly with the turret shooting and vehicle portions, Big Red One still falls short of the standard the series set for itself on the PC because of pedestrian sound effects, poor AI, and a lack of intensity in the infantry combat. The multiplayer action on the Xbox and PS2 is also only serviceable, so it's worth a bullet point on the back of the box...and not much more. Unless you're a hardcore WWII game fanatic, Big Red One's probably only worth a rent.
All in all, I found Call of Duty 2: Big Red One to be enjoyable in short spurts. If played for too long, I found the game to be rather tedious and repetitive, but in short busts (about one mission per seating, I would say) the game can provide fun.
Game Revolution (Nov 17, 2005)
Perhaps the most irritating thing about World War II games is the fact that none of them are bad. If they were all terrible, people might stop buying them and publishers might find a new war to obsess over. Alas, there's always something to recommend in each one, and indeed that's the case with Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. This game's single-player campaign is a decent diversion and serves up a relatively well-produced version of the PC series.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 21, 2005)
Call Of Duty : Big Red One se montre bancal à bien des égards. Son IA à l'ouest, son action mal balancée ou encore son level design d'un autre ùge concourent à alourdir un style de jeu qu'Infinity Ward a pourtant su revitaliser sur PC. Les amateurs inconditionnels et absolus du genre sauront sans doute s'en satisfaire, pour les autres, vous trouverez mieux.

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