Call of Duty 2 Reader Review
Picking this up after Call of Duty 4 I was curious to see the similarities between the two and whether World War 2 fatigue has really set in over the gaming world.
Structurally it is very similar to Call of Duty 1 and 4, with three or so chapters in the storyline and three different characters to play.
Sadly the Russian campaign isn't quite up to the visceral standard it was in the first game, but its still damn good. The British campaign is excellent and, as well as showing that Africa is a much underused location in war games, it's by far the best chapter in the game. The tank levels are reasonably entertaining and are mercifully short, keeping the pace of the story going.
Once the game moves to Normandy it maintains it quality for the first level, but just falls short of hitting its top gear. That's not to say its bad - if anything Call of Duty 2 still provides thrills two years on and is well worth a play through - it just lacks a final level on par with the first game.
Much like Call of Duty 4, the length is perfect for short gaming sessions. Six hours to complete is about average on the normal difficulty setting and the storyline(such as it is) progresses briskly.
Graphically it's starting to look it's age in places but not enough to detract from enjoyment and as with most visceral shooters - it's not the graphics that are important, gameplay rules here! Kudos goes to the end credit scene - I wasn't expecting anything at all but it had me gripped from beginning to end and I actually cheered out loud at the end. Only Portal has come close to an end like that.
8 / 10