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"Call of Duty 2": Big Red One Official Strategy Guide [Paperback]

BradyGames
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26 Oct 2005
"Nothing in Hell must stop the First Division!”  Experience the adrenaline rush and harsh realities of war as never before, players get to know their squadmates, and fight alongside them through an epic story during the most harrowing moments of WWII. As a part of America's most decorated and heroic fighting unit, The Big Red One, players will work together with their squad to accomplish a variety of combat missions spanning North Africa, Italy, and Nazi-occupied Western Europe.  This exciting game has a wide variety of missions on land, sea, and in the air, with the aid of over three dozen authentic American, Italian, French, and German weapons. Charge into battle together as Allied and Axis planes duel overhead, artillery explosions shake the ground and choke the air, and bullets and shrapnel streak past.  Players can also go online for intense Axis vs. Allies team-based multiplayer action on Xbox Live and PlayStation2 Online.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games; 1 edition (26 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744006341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744006346
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.3 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This guide is divided into three sections: Boot Camp, Walkthrough and Multiplayer.

Boot Camp: starts with a useless introduction to Fox Company. The section on Weapons of WW II is more interesting as it lists all weapons in the game and which levels each are available.

Walkthrough: This is the largest section (p21 - p118) which explains each level of the single player game. It seems to strike a useful balance between text and graphics (and all screenshots are clear and accurate).

Multiplayer: The last dozen or so pages are devoted to the multiplayer game - which for most of us means on-line play. This is perhaps the most useful section as it explains the ranking system, map specific weapons and special `abilities' (like Health Packs which will heal you or your buddies, or the infamous Air Strikes options).

In the end, the presentation of this strategy guide is amongst the best I've seen: the numerous pictures are good but balanced with enough text. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this guide is that it somehow captures the atmosphere of the game. A notable achievement indeed!

Conclusion:

The Boot Camp section can easily be ignored.

The Walkthrough is not much help if you're stuck, and even if it was, it would only shorten an already short game!

Multiplayer is the most useful section, but it's also the shortest.

The presentation of this guide is top quality, but I fear that CoD2: BRO is not really complicated enough to need a guide.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As useful as an empty ammo clip 23 Nov 2005
By Joseph Boone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Since I had never played a WWII shooter before, I thought it would be a good idea to pick this up when I bought Call of Duty 2. I've gotten hooked on strategy guides in recent years anyway and generally find the maps and other info very helpful. Unfortunately, the Call of Duty 2 Official Strategy Guide is the first one I've ever purchased that I consider a total waste of money.

To begin with, the game itself is actually very straightforward and easy to figure out. The strategy required to finish a given scenario is generally obvious. While I often died during missions, I knew what to try next in order to succeed.

On those few occasions when I felt more challenged, I found the book to be no help at all. They tend to give a very general walk through of the mission along with maps that were very difficult to follow. There was never enough detail to be of any real help. In the end, I figured out how to survive and complete all of the missions on my own just as I would have without the book.

In the final analysis, this book will not justify the money you would spend on it. Call of Duty 2 is challenging in its own way, but it is not a game that demands a clue book. The manual itself is attractive but is ultimately filled with useless filler. Save the money and use it to buy the expansion pack for Call of Duty 2 that will doubtless be released in the coming months.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty strategy is very good! 20 July 2008
By R. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A well laid out book, explaining most that is needed.
Would benefit by having all the keyboard basics in there as well.

But is very very good for understanding the basics of the strategy.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alone, only a modest help 10 July 2008
By ohsolomia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The two discs of the game contain no documentation,
the slim folder you get with the game, you knew before you opened the box.
Almost, but not exactly useless.
Many of the important parts of setup are not explained.
This is advertised as the oficial guide.
Offers decent graphics and maps, but really needs decent walkthroughs and setup help.
Theirs are vague.
Especially since the game's AI makes each game somewhat different
When paired with the online walkthoughs it makes a useful resource.
Online text, this guides pictures, maybe even a YouTube video guide
and you have a decent resource.
By itself it doesn't support it's retail price, but was a value, used.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COD 2 Bradygames Guide 24 Feb 2006
By Martin T. Foley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This guide helped me to really enjoy the game. I have several Bradygames Guides and all are first class.
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