Call of Duty 2: Collector's Edition
With the recent
onslaught of CoD titles out lately, itís easy to get confused between
The Big Red One, CoD 2, and CoD2 on XBox 360 for our US friends. Call of
Duty 2 is for the PC and by gosh itís a worthy successor to the
There are so many games flooding the market today in
this genre, it was interesting when CoD launched to see how it would
fair against the all encompassing Medal of Honor series. This game had
the fans in the grip of itís hands and I must confess to thinking there
was no way that punters would take to a second title. But they did! So
fortunately we have a follow-up of the same calibre.
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
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.
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.
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.
I can heartily recommend this title and will do so
now: Get It! Something to appreciate, and this is my only complaint is
that it really wants you to have better than average hardware to run as
nice as it deserves. So an upgrade might be in store for some of you to
get the most of the game.
For the rest of you, what are you doing still reading
this? Get out there and get this title now.