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A New Type Of Gaming,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Game of the Year Edition (PC) (Video Game)
This is a game that should set targets for developers. Forget that Americanised turd of Medal of Honor, this is what you should splash out on.
Call of Duty introduces a new kind of war gaming. Compared to the lone wanderer of other first-person shooters, you are just one (admittedly very skilled) member of squad. This approach immerses you in what really feel like full-scale battles. But what you have to love about this game is that it borrows so heavily from the films all war buffs love. The final battle in Saving Private Ryan is similar to an earlier level in the game. Other levels could be lifted right out of Band Of Brothers and, later on in the game, when you play as the Russians and British, there are missions which loudly pay tribute to films like Enemy at the Gates and The Longest Day.
I think this is a breakthrough in gaming to have. For once we don't just have to play as an American in Normandy. Sure, the paratrooper operations in Normandy are compelling enough to play but have sadly become cliched through Medal Of Honor. But Call of Duty introduces a mother load of variety: you will defend Pegasus Bridge with a company of British paratroopers - this was a real battle and is the same as the location in Normandy. You'll have a dramatic opening to the Russian campaign in a steamer crossing the Volga river as in Enemy At The Gates. Wicked. Then, later on, you have the chance to defend the legendary "Pavlov's House", another real occurance that took place in Stalingrad.
The weapons are actually good in this game. You don't just use a Thompson and M1 Garand all the time. You see a wider selection: the British Sten and Bren guns, the Russian PPsH S.M.G, the German Panzerfaust and you'll see plenty of anti-tank rifles scattered around on some levels. It's one of those games where you can only have two guns with you at once which makes it so much more real and gives some suspense when you, say, have to leg it for some more ammo stashed by your quartermaster in a ruined house.
Admittedly, there are some Medal Of Honor-esque levels. In one particular mission you have to blow up a damn and kill Germans by the hundred. Sadly, these missions just aren't as fun as the others. But when you are engaged in an epic battle, it's refreshingly immersive and there's a novelty fighting alongside your comrades.
The Germans are for once not immaculately uniformed. They're as scruffy as your own men so you're not fighting the stereotypical soldiers with the jackboots. However, it would be nice to see a game be made where for once you are a German fighting in Stalingrad or Normandy because it's more original and I think would attract quite an audience. Some of what I've heard happen in war to German troops is as interesting as any other record of war experiences.
Anyway, a game with fantastic atmosphere and environments, as well as missions that borrow from films. What more could you want? If you're a WW2 lover or even general war buff, this should be bought because of the originality and historical atmosphere.
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2010 10:12:43 BDT
Mr. M. D. Schofield says:
This review is for the original Call of Duty, and yet has appeared as a review for Call of Duty 4, which was released some 4 years after this review was written...
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