Call of Duty 2
ALL-NEW, UNPRECEDENTED ENHANCEMENTS FROM
STUNNINGLY realistic graphics to seamless gameplay, groundbreaking A.I.,
and choice-based gameplay innovations. Beautifully rendered snow, rain,
fog, and smoke, combined with dynamic lighting and shadows make this the
most intense WWII shooter to date.
Activision have brought
one of the most realistic and entertaining WWII first person shooters to
the most powerful gaming console on the market at the moment... the XBox
360 and needless to say, this is probably the best damn first person
shooter that I have ever played on the console world.
New conflicts and enemies: Call of Duty 2 brings you bigger
battles, with more tanks, troops, and explosions on-screen, and bigger
scope, with a wide range of locales and environments across the European
Theatre. Fight "The Desert Fox" across the scorching sands of North
Africa as wave upon wave of tanks clash in the desert. Use
rocket-propelled grappling hooks alongside your Army Ranger squad to
storm and scale the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc against a relentless German
counterassault, and slog through urban chaos as a tank hunter in
Enhanced squad support: The dozens of Allied soldiers surrounding
you are fully aware of the changing situations around them, and will let
you know using an all-new, context-sensitive battle chatter system. They
will draw enemy fire, lay down cover for you, use foxholes and moving
tanks for cover, and warn you of incoming enemy troops and hostile fire.
Choice-based gameplay: Play through missions in the order you see
fit. Will you decide to play first as a sniper or as a tank commander?
Itís your call. Open-ended battlefields allow you to individualize your
tactics and choose the order in which you complete your objectives.
Multiplayer mayhem: Go online for intense Axis vs. Allies
team-based multiplayer action, building on the hugely popular Call of
Duty multiplayer modes.
One of the things about
Call of Duty 2 is that like the first game in the series you are not
just the one guy the whole way through. You get to experience different
aspects of warfare and the machinery and weaponry that various units
used during the Second World War. From the halls of Montezuma to
the shores of Tripoli to the Battle of Normandy, this game will take you
to just about every historical important setting of World War II.
Interestingly enough you
get to play the part of a Russian serviceman holding off the German
offensive. Itís an interesting viewpoint and one that I had not taken
part in before. Itís after the Russian operation that you get to take
part in the Western Offensive. Apart from the US and the Russian
military, gamers will also experience the British Forces to truly make
this title stand apart from its predecessors.
One of the new things in
the game is that you need to really pay attention to is the screen at
all times. Why? No more health bar thatís why. Your only hints to your
health is the sounds that you make and your vision which ultimately
greys the screen out. Clever stuff and you have been warned.
Weapons and control of
them is easy in the game and there is probably a learning curve of about
10 minutes, 15 if you have never played a first person shooter before.
It is simple to pick up and a heck of a lot of fun, albeit it quite
intense fun. Apart from the easy to master gameplay, the developers have
also added a variety of realistic settings to the game such as localized
battle chatter that enhances the realism of this game. Match with
realistic artificial intelligence and this is probably the closest many
of us to get to a real war... without leaving the comforts of our homes.
One of the first things
that you will notice is just how good the game looks. Everything seems
to be thought of, even to the point of actual damage occurring when
being shot at to the environment around you. It is simply incredible and
really makes you feel a true part of the action. Follow that up with
some of the canniest AI that you can possibly hope for and you will feel
like you are a part of some of the greatest campaigns of WWII. The XBox
360 version is on par with the PC version (graphically), however the
beauty of the XBox 360 version is that you don't need the latest and
greatest PC to play this title because not only does this title remain a
steady frame rate but it's extremely enjoyable to play. With release games like this, Activision have truly
set the benchmark of things to come. Highly Recommended!