Call of Duty delivers the gritty realism and cinematic intensity of World War II's epic battlefield moments like never before - through the eyes of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes from an alliance of countries who together helped shape the course of modern history. Play through the chaos of battle as part of a well-trained squad, that lays down covering fire and pulls its wounded to safety. In addition to authentic squad movements and tactics, each soldier's distinct personality and training comes out on the battlefield.
One of the ways that CoD exceeds MoH is the idea that for the majority of the game you find yourself fighting as part of a squad. With the exception of one or two levels (such as the dam level, and boarding the Tirpitz) you find yourself fighting alongside your team-mates, laying down covering fire, lobbing grenades left right and centre or manning heavy artillery pieces and driving tanks. It's so much more realistic and makes you feel you are right there in amongst the action. It's also more realistic in the way you can only carry 2 weapons at a time (usually a rifle and a MG) plus your pistol and grenades. Selection of weapons is good with all guns having different characteristics, some you'll prefer over others.
Favourite levels include defending Pegasus bridge as a Panzer division and a platoon of German soldiers advance upon you; being a raw Russian recruit scrambling under heavy enemy fire into the ruins of Stalingrad; and the climactic struggle to take Berlin.
Overall the graphics are beautiful, the sound immersive and the gameplay stimulating, so much so that as soon as I completed it the first time, I went straight back and started the game again. And I've not even tried the multiplayer yet!
The graphics are good, the game is fun to play but it has some flaws which means it can never be a 5 out of 5.
First of all, this game is no different than Half Life, or any other good FPS from the last 10 years accept the location has changed and the graphics have improved. But considering games from circa 2001 like Operation Flashpoint and Deus Ex were doing non-linear levels to their games (and in the case of OFP completely non-linear) it is dissapointing that COD couldn't be like them.
Also the AI is..... well poor. Your team mates at times are idiots. They fail to cover you at the most crucial times. A lot of the time you get the feeling you are playing on your own rather than in a squad.
Another thing is that considering you play American, Russian and British soldiers, would it have been that hard to put some German missions in, just to see what it was like from their perspective?
But of course this is Hollywood FPS, and you only play the good guys!
From what I hear the on-line multiplayer part of the game is excellent and has a big fan base. As I don't play on line I can't comment on this.
If you are looking for a "let's slaughter germans" type war game which involves a little bit of thinking (only a little mind) then this is a lot of fun and thoroughly recommended.Read more ›