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Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One (PS2)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2006
This game brings a new defintion to WWII games as it's simply stunning. The wholve visual content of the game is superb and the tension-full atmosphere it creates is electrifying. So why have I given this game only 4* instead if 5? Here's why...
Although this game hits really high notes their are a couple of down notes to it aswell. Firstly the game-span - at only 13 missions the game doesn't take long to complete; however the temptation to go and do it all over again is unbearable as even though it's got all old news, the excitement of each mission is fantastic; whether it's racing past a German ambush on a half-track, landing on Omaha Beach or even flying in a B-24 Liberator (!), every level has it's own interesting twists to make this game replayable.
Next, the AI of your team is quite poor. Mainly because they seem to do crazy things like to be more interested in standing in the doorways of rooms full of enemies getting shot at, than actually go in and do what they're meant to. Also they completely abuse chances to take cover as they seem to stand in the middle of an open space - making an easy target - than scrambling to find a rock, crate, impact hole etc. Now although these are quite minor points it does have an effect on the whole game.
Now for the game itself. You follow the foot steps of one American soldier as him and his squad (really no more than about 5 at any given time) trek through Africa, Italy, France, Belguim and Germany, all the way to Hitlers front door and winning the war. AS in the previous CoD, you can only carry two weapons at a time (I prefer an M1 Garand and a Thompson) but you kept the chance to yield and fire many other weapons through out the game. You build a strong bond for your squad as you fight with them through the hard times and they save you're skin many times. It's actually quite a shock when a couple of them die in cut scenes as its completely unexpected. Overall the surface of this game is actually fantastic.
I got it on Christmas Day and I had completed it by Boxing Day because of the shortness of it but I am still finding it pleasureable to play it over and over again. Unfortunetly, there is no multiplayer which is a slight down side (we all know how satisfying it is to search for your opponent *freind* for ages, before smacking a clunk of lead in his brain).
Overall the game is worth the money and few will probably pick up on these minor downfalls. I'm clearly just fussy hey? Still though, its worth the money if your'e a true war game fanatic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2005
this is clearly the best war game of all time! The last one was good but this is way better. There are so many more things you can do. What ever you do, GET THIS GAME!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2005
This has to be the definitive WWII shooter for the PS2. It is infinitely more realistic than Medal of Honor but without the aiming frustrations of Brothers In Arms.
The game is quite cinematic in feel and it's almost like watching a classic war film. As the game for the main part tends to focus purely on the American First Infantry Division, you get a real sense of continuity and also empathy with your squad mates.
For the main part it is historically accurate and does convey a believable sense of gritty realism. No one man armies wading in here and winning the war single handed, you need to use cover and your fellow squadmates carefully or you will die very quickly.
The gameplay is intuitive and the levels varied and well thought out. Also the replay value is quite high as you will want to come back to missions time and time again to perfect your technique and also because the game is so enjoyable to play.
I haven't played online yet and so cannot really comment on how good this aspect of the game is.
To summarise, if you like WWII shooters then COD2 - The Big Red One should really be at the top of your Christmas list!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2005
This game is awesome,never before have i played a game that drags you in pushes you through and hell and gunfire then spits you out with bullet grazes and blackened faces,i have played many games within this genre but no other re-creates the horror and bravery in which young men had to stand together and overcome such odds a game i still play over again because of the thrill,when you buy this game and you should be sure to play the game on medium or hard level or it could take you a weekend to complete and believe me you need to saviour this game because you cant put it down when you finish it you ll wish you do it all again AWESOME
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2005
Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One is one of the best First-person shooters I know, probably second only to Killzone. It is very similiar to Killzone in that it delivers a very hectic and disorganised fell to the gunfights. Just like in Killzone you find yourself forced to take cover and work strategically with team mates (it also has good computer a.i.). At the same time you get the feeling of adrenaline fueled mayhem that you would assosciate with a life-death situation. On many occassions you find yourself firing into air hoping to hit something out of shear panic and desperation. The ability to look down the barrel of the gun is one thing it does have that Killzone did not. Being able to use the iron sight makes aiming far more realistic and ultimately more satisfying when you kill the Jerries/Italians etc. The many different levels, including tank missions, flying missions and the ordinary on foot missions provide a far more varying experience than say Medal of Honour which has long since lost its crown as king of the FPS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2005
this has everything, blood, fantastic scenery, great shooting gameplay, and it is also quite challenging (if you play on hard mode), bu the big flaw is... its too short! i had just comepleted a level and there was a movie afterwards all about the allied assult on germany, and i thought thats my next level, but then the credits popped up. slightly dissapointing becasue this one would of been a classic. my recommendation is to rent it
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2006
Big Red One, I had my doubts. Just another WWII shooter? but it has a tried and tested formula and manages to be a solid and fun shooter. It doesn't do anything revolutionary, but the gameplay is extremely addictive and the graphics are above average. It's a bit on the short side though, with only 13 levels,but it has 3 difficulty levels, so I found myself trying to beat the game on hard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2007
Having recently bought and played through all the Call of Duty games for PS2, I would rank Call of Duty 2 a very close second to Call of Duty 3. Now that Call of Duty 3 is all the rage, this game has somewhat fallen into the shadow. However, I feel that it is almost as good as CoD 3.

The gameplay and graphics may not be quite as good, but the way you get to know your sqaud and the good campaign makes up for this. Despite the fact that it is quite short, you can come back to the campaign again and again.

Overall, great fun!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2006
I bought this game 2 weeks ago, and since i put the game in my console i couldnt turn it off it was full of missions and good gameplay and intresting charactors on your big red one team.

The graphics are pretty good much better then call of duty finest hour. This game has brillant levels and different places you travel lsuch as france, Italy and even the heart of germany.

The omah beach level is fantastic has plenty of action in it.

The ai in other soldiers are a bit dumb though and the way the game ends is disapointing.

But apart from that call of duty 2 : big red one is a brillant game plenty of action a definate for all the ww2 gamers out there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2005
Had I been writing this a few years ago I would have had no hesitation in awarding Call of Duty 2 a full five star rating. Call of Duty 2 is a competent WWII shooter, more Competent than the last two installments of the MOH franchise and for a long time, since the appearence of Call of Duty (I'm sure I speak for most gamers) I have been looking to Call of Duty to pick up the baton which MOH dropped when Rising Sun was released. I can't help but feel a little dissapointed though that COD2 has failed to build on what was a good platform. Most of the innovations (gun sighting etc) have become standard in WWII shooters, as have machine guns, flak guns and artillery pieces. These are all again included in the package but the envelope pushing seems to have ground to a halt. The only new feature I have come across so far is the level where you are a gunner/bombadier aboard a flying fortress, and this felt like a pointless side show, only being tenuously linked to the main plot. The plot itself is non-existent with you simply being a soldier campaigning with the 1st US infantry, no playing as a British or Russian soldier as in COD1. Another bugbear of mine is your squad-mates. These too have become standard issue in WW2 shooters and can vary between being an integral part of the game (Brothers in Arms) or more often just a nuisance. In COD2 you are unable to command your squad and they conform to the latter, infuriatingly frequently getting in the way of your line of sight so you have to move to a more exposed position.
All in all COD2 feels more like an expantion pack, something like GTA london was to GTA1 and not a sequel. COD2 feels tired compared to games like Brothers in Arms, even the levels have become monotonous, beaches, hangers and warehouse/supply depots. One WWII shooter too many for the PS2, Time to move on to the next gen.
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