Call Of Duty 2 is another installment of Activision's cross platform WWII FPS. Call Of Duty 2 marked the first time the full game was released on console alongside PC. At the helm was Infinity Ward who made the Medal Of Honor games when they were good.
Taking a similar stance to other Call Of Duty games you will experience the game from a number of different prespectives. The missions are based over three campaigns involving Russian, British and American soldiers. In this most of the time you will face ordinary combat but you do get to control some vehicles as you progress. The objectives are somewhat limited but Infinty Ward does manage to convey the horrifying aspect of War throughout the entire game. You won't be alone and will have squadmates by your side but it turns out they're not much use. The A.I on your fellow soldiers is very poor so if you're hoping for help in a firefight you're not always going to get it. On a number of occasions after elimiating a number of enemies and hiding in cover your teamates will litreally watch you die. Considering the enemy A.I is generally good and can be quite aggressive at times the balance isn't fair. COD2 does have four difficulty settings and maybe on the lower ones you can get away with it but when a few good shots will have you killed on the higher settings it can become very frustrating.
Which leads to the checkpoint system which isn't the best as the checkpoints are spotted in awkward places. Graphically this is still one of the best looking games you can buy for your Xbox 360 everything from explosions to gunfire is well detailed. This is backed up by some good voice acting and great sound in general throughout the entire game that further immerses you in the atmosphere.
There's not really much more to say about Call Of Duty 2 because you've probably done it all before. While Infinty Ward have got some things right these little annoying flaws really detracted from my enjoyment of the game. I thought this may be a bit better than the watered down ports that have been released in the past on previous consoles but this is the same in many ways. Call Of Duty 2 is a game that will test your patience more than once but if you can look over the cracks you may be able to get some enjoyment out of it.
6 / 10