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★★★★☆

“Finally, Call of Duty 2, the sequel has been released...”

Written on: 19/05/2006 by Palcon (1 review written)

Good Points
Sound

Graphics

Improved AI speech features

Semi-non linear

Bad Points
New health system makes game reasonably easy to hardcore gamers

Can be choppy depending on computer system

General Comments
Finally, Call of Duty 2, the sequel has been released to one of the best WW2 games.



As expected, it follows a similar path of the introduction movie and first title screen, with a familiar interface that many Call of Duty veterans will recognise.



What will differ (firstly) to its big brother, is that the main chapters are set out (albeit, revealed as the player progresses through the game). This is to give the game its semi- non linear character. I say semi-non linear because it is still a case of progress through the levels, though now the player has a choice of advancing chronologically (i.e1942 to 1943) or following a character/nation throughout their battles on the game. As always,a realistic training mode is compulsory, featuring USSR conscripts



However, once the player enters the game, the real downfall is that it has a new health system, whereby once you get hit, waiting a few seconds will get you near fully recovered. Even on veteran difficulty, i found this made it too short. However this is a subjective view and the experience may differ for others.



A major improvement is that the artificial intelligence now speaks to each other (which are not scripted) to give orders and warnings and this improves on the realism of the whole game.



The graphics have been tweaked up too and thus explosions and the rifles themselves look far more superior than its predecessor.



As for the multiplayer, well the whole experience has gone down since United Offensive (CoD's expansion pack) which allowed Tanks an Self propelled artillery to be played against each other. No more and thus it feels like the producers have let the customers down.



So to conclude, It is a very fun game, but it can be short. Depending on the graphic settings gameplay can be choppy. A user friendly training and improved graphics makes this game great fun, and although the multiplayer has gone backwards, it is still fun.