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Game Chronicles (Nov 07, 2005)
Gritty realism aside, no other game has ever grabbed me from the opening level and captivated my interest from start to finish like Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. I literally played this game until I was too tired to play anymore, went to bed, got up, and played it some more. There was one night where I even dreamed I was playing the game. If you are looking to play one of the most engaging, educational, and entertaining games of the year...yes the YEAR...then Big Red One needs to be in your permanent Xbox collection. It's a ride you won't soon forget and you might just get a whole new appreciation for what a few thousand men did for this country sixty years ago.
PGNx Media (Nov 02, 2005)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One succeeds in providing an interactive version of a quick-paced high-intensity action movie. The singleplayer missions are very intense and show Call of Duty’s intensity at its best. The action is simply top-notch for most of the game although there are some low points that sparingly appear. The multiplayer portion of the game isn’t quite as exciting, but it is pretty functional. Overall, the development combination of Treyarch and Gray Matter Studios helped the console series quite a bit.
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is so much fun and so well made that it completely obliterates the insultingly awful Call of Duty: Finest Hour. This is the game that war gamers have wanted on a console, and it delivers the thrills and entertainment in ways I did not think possible. Regardless of the graphical hiccups and outright stupid AI, this game provides a roaring fun time, and it should absolutely be checked out. Everything that the Call of Duty series does right is well represented, and this game takes things a step further by keeping the focus on one group instead of three separate ones. As a result, the player will remain immersed start to finish and fighting alongside your fellow foot soldiers has not felt this good, or fun, in a long time.
XGP Gaming (2005)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is easily one of the better war stories told on the Xbox.
Big Red One doesn't just do everything you'd expect from a WWII game, it does everything better than any previous WWII game. Striking visuals (it's not at all grey) and ear-piercing sounds make the action intense, engaging and very cinematic. If you buy one more WWII game for Xbox, make sure it's this one. You won't be disappointed.
VGcore (Nov 16, 2005)
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.
Just when I thought you’d had a gutful of WWII shooters something this good comes along – a polished and highly playable game with an engaging storyline – the only other WWII game I’ve played that’s this good is its 360 brethren, but this Big Red One (brought to you by the guys who did the Spider Man games!) actually eclipses it at times in terms of settings and level design, and shows that there’s plenty of life in the old Xbox yet. The Big Red One gets a big silver 9 out of 10.
GamerDad (Mar 07, 2006)
The content pretty much speaks for itself. World War II made heroes of men, but many more ended up in unmarked graves. Parents have to decide how to approach this type of game on their own as recommendations can only go so far.
TeamXbox (Nov 02, 2005)
To call Call of Duty 2: Big Red One better or worse than the other sim-type FPS titles on the market is not necessarily fair, because there’s really nothing quite like it. The emphasis in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is on the complete experience, which just so happens to include a more scripted, movie-like gameplay experience. If you don’t like the more “on rails” M.O. in your war game, then you may want to look elsewhere. But if the first CoD title gets the gaming Bronze Star in your book, then Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is like more of the same, with a bit of extra depth and variance. Sure, some areas could have been cleaned up in this follow-up, but there are enough positives in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One to outweigh the few suspect tidbits.
eToychest (2006)
In all, Big Red One is great example of how to design a console FPS, as well as an overarching example of how to orchestrate and direct a World War II game – a genre that is beginning to feel a bit stale if it weren’t for particular titles such as this one. The graphics are far from superior, but the environments with the ambient noise and activity allow for a unique experience which other action-oriented war titles have not been able to completely or adequately emulate. As a whole, Call of Duty is still one the best examples of a series which makes you feel like you are a part of the war rather than the most important member of the war, which is perhaps the game’s biggest draw, and rightly so. If anything, Big Red One’s quality testifies to the developer’s abilities to bring gamers into an authentic war setting and suspend their disbelief in an extremely engaging fashion.
XBox Front (Nov 13, 2005)
Call of Dut2 The Big Red One macht vieles besser, als noch der Vorgänger. Diskussionen über einen möglichen Genrekönig werden mit Sicherheit geführt werden. Insbesonder deshalb, weil die letzten Medal of Honor Titel doch eher schwächelten. Wie auch immer: Wer neben den Standart-WWII Szenarien auch mal an weniger bekannten Schauplätzen kämpfen will und auf kompromisslose Action steht, sollte zugreifen.
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 fall victim to a few old trappings.
Call of Duty 2 isn't the greatest shooter on the Xbox, but it is a great pickup for fans of the series and the WWII genre. The campaign lasts about 15-20 hours and he fun throughout. Even if that doesn't interest you, the multiplayer options will keep you coming back for more on PS2 and Xbox Live. There are many World War II shooters out there and Big Red One ranges near the top. If you are a fan of shooters, you should easily enjoy this one.
Next Level Gaming (Nov 02, 2005)
While not perfect, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is a worthy sequel for the first Call of Duty. Treyarch left some things out that I have seen in other games. But it's still got a hell of a story, looks great as most Activision and Treyarch games do, and it's fun online. I would put Call of Duty 2: Big Red One below Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, but above Battlefield 2: Modern Combat. Maybe not the must have that the original was or the PC/Xbox 360 game is, but certainly worth a look.
Kombo.com (Dec 01, 2005)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One establishes the Call of Duty franchise as legitimate on the current generation of game consoles. With a fairly entertaining, though disappointingly short campaign, the game makes a great rental title to play to kill off a boring weekend afternoon. Should you purchase the title hoping for a great online title, you'll likely walk away disappointed. You'll most likely enjoy Big Red One more if you rent it. If you decide after then you enjoy the online multiplayer, then by all means, give it a purchase.
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is a massive improvement on the lacklustre 'Finest Hour', and provides a solid, highly enjoyable singleplayer campaign. It's highly scripted and quite linear, yet this makes it an even more intense experience that does a pretty good job of conveying the highs and lows of war. Following in the real-life footsteps of America's Fighting First from Africa to Hitler's doorstep is a great touch, and the focus on historical battles and locations adds an air of authenticity to this otherwise Hollywood experience. If you're looking for a fun, accessible WW2 game to play on your own, or a bit of diversionary deathmatch on Xbox Live, then sign yourself up Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, soldier!
MS Xbox World (Nov 14, 2005)
There are a number of WWII inspired games on the market and Call of Duty 2 puts the player right into the heart of the periods combat. There’s a lot to like about the game and not so much to dislike other than the graphics being a little simple and the game play being a pretty linear scripted experience. Call of Duty 2 on Xbox is a welcome addition to the first person shooters on offer and whilst it doesn’t do anything radically different from what we’ve seen before; remains an intense and exhilarating ride across Africa and Europe. The game is fun and well worth a play if you are into all things war.
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One isn't the first (and it certainly won't be the last) WWII first person shooter. It doesn't push the genre into new territory, but the single player campaign is a blast. Worth a rental for shooter fans, though hardcore WWII action buffs will find enough in the stock footage and developer interviews to warrant a purchase.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 18, 2005)
This is a fine swansong for a generation of consoles. It seems very doubtful that a better FPS will come out before they fade into obscurity. It's a fine, fine shooter, capturing a micro scale in a macro story, with a remarkable capacity for maintaining alert attention. It doesn’t do justice to its namesake’s remarkable emotional honesty, but it does more than enough to be worth your while checking out.
1UP (Nov 02, 2005)
It's just not fair. Through no fault of its own Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is inevitably going to be compared to its namesake, Call of Duty 2, available on Xbox 360. But (unlike some early 360 games) that game isn't just a dressed-up version of this current generation one. No, it's next-generation from the ground up. Not exactly what you'd call an even match-up, but that just seems to have fueled the competitive fires. In some ways Big Red One even manages to out-Call of Duty the sequel proper before succumbing to its technical limitations.
GameZone (Nov 10, 2005)
Call of Duty 2 is one of the first multiplatform titles that has been developed for both current and next-generation systems (a little something called the Xbox 360). Although it may seem obvious on what Call of Duty version you should buy, the Xbox 360 game is actually a completely different title compared to the Xbox version (a brilliant idea by the developers to expand the game to the next-generation system without foregoing sales on current consoles).
4Players.de (Jan 12, 2006)
Das Spiel ist in jeder Hinsicht handwerklich sauber, atmosphärisch 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 trägt 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 für die Kampagne kaum brauchen. Danach wartet der etwas zusammengeschustert wirkende Mehrspielermodus, der mal wieder die GameCubeler außen vorlässt. BRO bietet genauso viel oder genauso wenig wie jeder andere WW2-Shooter, den man kennt - es hätte geholfen, wenn einige Verbesserungen des großen Bruders mit der 2 drin wären.
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.
Extreme Gamer (Nov 18, 2005)
COD2: BRO needs to be seen as a blend between entertainment and gaming to get the most out of the experience. It's not perfect, but Call of Duty's 2 cinematic, action packed missions, and authentic settings will keep you intrigued while the ride lasts.
Jolt (UK) (Dec 27, 2005)
No matter how much fun the Call of Duty games are on PC – and now Xbox 360 – the series was horribly sullied by last year’s console effort, Call of Duty: Finest Hour. While there can be no doubting that the series has more than surpassed the ailing and gangrenous remains of the once respected Medal of Honor franchise, the first outing for the series on consoles was a bland and underdeveloped mess. It was plagued by muddy visuals, a below average multiplayer mode and badly designed, unmemorable levels built specifically to be as tired as possible… it was only just better than Medal of Honor: European Assault.
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.
HardGamers (Dec 23, 2005)
Pour conclure, il faut bien avouer que ce jeu m’a laissé sur ma faim. On voit que le style commence à être usé. En d’autres mots, j’ai personnellement trouvé que Call of Duty 2: Big Red One ne se démarquait pas vraiment des autres jeux de tir à la première personne basés sur le thème de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Le jeu n’est pas mauvais en soit, mais l’accumulation de nombreux petits défauts le rend sans saveur, voire inintéressant. J’hésiterais donc à recommander l’achat de ce jeu qui ne saura vraiment plaire aux inconditionnels de la série Call of Duty ou aux fidèles des jeux de tirs à la première personne basés sur le thème de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Il s’agit tout au plus d’une bonne location, mais vous aurez rapidement fait le tour.
The Next Level (USA) (Nov 23, 2005)
If it had weighed in at half the price, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One would have been a lot easier to recommend, and far easier to forgive its short-comings. What's here is fun, but it just doesn't last long enough to justify full price, especially not $10 extra for the hand full of movies that make up the Special Edition, interesting as they are. As it is, it makes a decent hold over until CoD fans can get their hands on a Xbox360 (or a gaming PC) for the true sequel. Just don't expect a big bang out of Big Red One.
GotNext (Nov 23, 2005)
If it had weighed in at half the price, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One would have been a lot easier to recommend, and far easier to forgive its short-comings. What's here is fun, but it just doesn't last long enough to justify full price, especially not $10 extra for the hand full of movies that make up the Special Edition, interesting as they are. As it is, it makes a decent hold over until CoD fans can get their hands on a Xbox360 (or a gaming PC) for the true sequel. Just don't expect a big bang out of Big Red One.
GameDaily (Nov 17, 2005)
Still, if all you have is a current generation machine (or your xbox 360 reservation is somewhere into 2006), Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One is still a very worthy pick. It has acceptable multiplayer options, presentation that will really draw you in, and surprising gameplay that shows that Treyarch is certainly up to task with a game such as this. This war is definitely worth experiencing, even if a certain retelling out there is a little more detailed. But, hey, the story still jars you, don't it?
3DAvenue (Jan 23, 2006)
In conclusion, this is a valued addition to the Call of Duty series and if you like war based games then this will not disappoint. Personally I would’ve liked some variation on the route and have control of what weapons and when to use them, but with all the different array of weaponry at your disposal it is a minor consequence.
GameSpy (Nov 23, 2005)
Call of Duty: Big Red One is the perfect rental game; a bit too brief of a single-player experience to truly merit a purchase, but thoroughly enjoyable if you have an interest in WWII history, or are intrigued enough to check out another developer's take on the genre. The game is polished, and delivers a satisfying journey while it has you, but loses you with an all-too short experience. Perhaps it would have been a good idea to use some creative license and add a boss at the end, like Hitler's Brain? It's worked before.
GameSpot (Nov 07, 2005)
Though Call of Duty 2: Big Red One shares its name with another game released on the PC--and soon to be released on the Xbox 360--you shouldn't confuse the two. Big Red One for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube is an entirely different game from the PC and Xbox 360 versions. While it's a definite improvement on Activision's last Call of Duty game for consoles, Big Red One still doesn't do quite enough to distinguish itself from numerous other World War II first-person shooters.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 24, 2006)
As far as war games go, Call of Duty is one of the best-loved series by PC gamers and console gamers alike. However, just getting the experience of being down in the trenches as an Allied soldier sometimes isn't enough, so Activision recruited Treyarch and Grey Matter studios to tell the story of the First Infantry Division as they fought at the forefront of every major military action in the European Theater of World War II. This is the behind-the-scenes story of Call of Duty 2: Big Red One.
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. Unfortunately, what it lacks in replay value and online play leads to a solider a bit too thin for his britches. Will this war never end?
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 âge 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.
X-Box Gamer (Feb 11, 2006)
Très classique, ce Call of Duty 2 : Big Red One n’offre rien de très innovant. Globalement, il s’agit d’une suite sans grande surprise du déjà très moyen Le jour de gloire sorti il y a plus d’un an déjà. Comme son prédécesseur c’est sa linéarité et l’IA des ennemis qui font de lui un jeu trop moyen pour mériter votre attention. Et puis, n’oublions pas qu’un certain CoD 2 sévit actuellement sur Xbox 360.

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