The sequel to the blockbuster Call of Duty puts players in the shoes of three different nations (Russia, United States, and the British) as they all battle one common enemy: The Nazis. From the Battle of Rommel, D-Day, the Battle for Stalingrad and beyond, fight the good fight to defeat the German war machine.
Absolutely mesmerizing. Plain and simple. Naturally, this beats the Medal of Honor line of games, or any PS2 and Xbox graphics to begin with. Explosions, gunfire, blood and gore all collaborate here in this awesome package of a game. There’s many perks about the graphics in Call of Duty 2 such as when you throw out a smoke grenade, it immediately grows into a huge fog that completely obscures everything in its radius. There are many epic battles to be witnessed throughout the game that are nicely done and present exquisite realism. Compared to the D-Day battle in Medal of Honor: Frontline, the D-Day battle here is actually more realistic and loads more fun.
The gameplay in Call of Duty 2 doesn’t actually stray too far from that of the original game. There’s four modes of play which range from Easy, Normal, Hardened, and Veteran. The latter of which will require multiple, multiple tries in order to beat a mission as it will take about three shots and you’re dead. The enemies here are relentless, I often found my own intelligence challenged a few times because the enemy AI had already thought of what I was planning. Thankfully, the allied AI is just as perfect, your squad mates work together as a team and help you do the work – Lead these guys to a room full of twenty or so nazis and they will take out about 11 of them. Not only that, your buddies are just as vulnerable on the battlefield as you are, if you have a buddy who’s a pretty good sharpshooter, he could be gone in an instant.
Compared to the Medal of Honor games, Call of Duty 2 is pretty open-ended in its environments, allowing you much freedom to complete a mission on your own terms. Is your team stuck defending a battlefront? You can find a shortcut around the enemies and lead the way in on them. There’s many moments like this throughout the game. All characters (minus the enemies) are given names, including the tanks themselves. Speaking of tanks, there’s a lot of tank action in this game, you even get to drive in one alongside a battalion of allied tanks.
I myself was a newcomer to this style of control mechanics so it took me a little getting used to. See, the first person shooters from the Xbox, PS, and PS2 consoles didn’t use the shoulder buttons for shooting but that’s the choice given here. All in all, it only took about ten minutes to get the hang of it. The right shoulder trigger fires, A button is for jump, right thumb-stick aims, X reloads, Y is weapon selection, left shoulder trigger zooms, B is for crouch, and left thumb-stick moves you around. It’s a bit different from the standard first person shooter like I said, a few examples being Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and pretty much the first few Medal of Honor games.
If you’re looking for a realistic and nitty-gritty approach to World War II, then I would highly recommend Call of Duty 2. This is a first person shooter that truly encourages a non-linear approach to its objectives and presents a magnificent AI system. This sequel is but one magnificent entry in a very successful video game franchise.