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Call of Duty 2 (PC)

/ Nov 2nd, 2005 No Comments

One of the most popular WWII shooters ever comes back for more with the release of Call of Duty 2 for the PC. This time around there are improved graphics, improved AI, and entirely new missions presented in similar fashion. Call of Duty 2 is similar to the first, however, PC shooter fans should have a field day with the amazingly rendered graphics, and the well crafted story that unfolds as gamers experience WWII though four different individual soldier stories to overcome the odds and take down the Nazis.

Graphics

The term “blow you away” almost couldn’t be used more literally than with Call of Duty 2. Modest PC owners beware, it’s time to upgrade. Extreme PC owners rejoice – this game will challenge your system with stunning graphics, detail, and mobs of AI-enhanced characters. The environments of CoD2 (call of Duty 2) are richly detailed, and even a place conceptually drab like the sand dunes of Africa have been presented in a lively and fun fashion. Easily the most “fun” of all the graphical events are the explosions, which are breathtaking to say the least. When it comes to graphics, this game is one of the best to date for PC gaming – all you need is a top-flight PC with an amazing graphics card.

Sound:

One thing that really made the original so popular was the amazing sound effects and proper use of surround sound stereo. There’s no doubt that this time around the same amazing sound effects are back. People yelling, screaming, running, dying, shooting, blowing up … whatever – it’s all around you and it all sounds real. It’s definitely not for the little ones to be experiencing or for those of you with heart conditions. It’s scary, immersive, and undoubtedly impressive. Awesome sound – period.

Gameplay

Many that play Call of Duty 2 will inevitably come to the conclusion that the game plays much like the first, but with big improvements to the graphics and AI of the units. The game is presented in similar fashion to the first, where you get to play as various characters involved in the war on different fronts and battle your way to winning the war. The game, however, does not prevent you from playing through one campaign – you can hop around as soon as you unlock other campaigns (which doesn’t take too long).

There are 10 total missions in the game, and if played on easy or regular mode should take you between an hour to an hour and a half to get through each. There’s a lot of autosaving through the game because dying is fairly realistic – and this time there’s no health bar. When you are wounded you act it – from seeing “red” and your sight losing its power to limping around and breathing heavy. The good news is that there’s plenty of health packs and ammo to pick up between autosaves that the game doesn’t become an exercise in simply surviving to the next milestone. The missions are rich, fun, and very exciting – especially the mission where you land in the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, where you have to avoid getting shot (unfortunately everyone around you seems unlucky) while being ordered to climb the cliffs to take out the people shooting down at you. Call of Duty 2 is a thrilling ride and continues to capture what was so popular about the first game – fun and exciting missions, great graphics, impressive artificial intelligence.

Multiplayer:

One great value of the game beyond the single player campaign is the robust multiplayer modes. There’s the standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the flag modes, with new modes such as “headquarters” also available for people to experience. It seems everyone in the universe can be playing in one of these multiplayer modes at one time – certainly more friends that any of us here have! All in all the multiplayer modes bring a great experience outside of the fun of the single player modes and bring a tremendous longevity to the title.

originality & overall impressions

There will be people that criticize the game for being “yet another WWII shooter” and not being radically different from the first. However, although this is true to a degree, the improvements in the game and new stories, along with the new and varied missions add up to a new and rich gameplay experience. We loved the new environments, the storyline, and the missions – all original and fun to play.

Overall, Call of Duty 2 for the PC is an awesome live action shooter-adventure that engrosses gamers into the WWII experience better than ever before. The graphics are jaw-dropping, the sounds is amazing, and the missions are varied and fun to play. Although the task of making a sequel to such a popular game seemed almost impossible, CoD2 has pulled it off very nicely. Top scores for graphics and sounds, and high scores for gameplay and longevity – all adding up to a very solid title for you FPS fans.

OVERALL SCORE: 92%

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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