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Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One (GameCube)

Platform : GameCube
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Platform: GameCube
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0009RW86S
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm ; 136 g
  • Release Date: 18 Nov. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,486 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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There will probably never be a definitive World War II action game, for the simple fact that so many new ones are released each year. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One should certainly be the last word on the current console formats though--which means something at least.

Rather confusingly this has nothing to do with the subtitle-less Call of Duty 2 on PC and Xbox 360. Whereas that game has the usual mix of three different nationalities of soldier to control, Big Red One has you playing the same soldier throughout the whole game. You do get to do quite a bit of sight seeing though with missions in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany.

The Big Red One of the title is the nickname of a famous American infantry division and by sticking with them throughout the whole game you do get a much better sense of camaraderie than previous Call of Duty games. Unfortunately it also means that the game seems perilously close to the already excellent Brothers in Arms, except without the strategy bits.

No war game ever seems to do its action quite like Call of Duty though and the set pieces here tread that difficult line between cinematic bombast and harrowing realism perfectly. Big Red One won’t have the same impact on the gaming world as the first Call of Duty games, but it nevertheless looks like having a very good chance of being a better game. --Harrison Dent

This preview is based on an incomplete version of the game; features or problems mentioned above may not appear in the finished game.

Manufacturer's Description

Experience the adrenaline rush and harsh realities of war as never before, get to know your 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, you'll work together with your squad to accomplish a variety of combat missions spanning North Africa, Italy, and Nazi-occupied Western Europe.

The hallmark cinematic intensity of Call of Duty returns with a more complete gameplay experience than ever. Experience 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 you and your squadmates. Experience war-torn Europe and Africa, from the blistering desert expanses of Tunisia and Libya to the beautiful yet deadly countrysides of Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany.

Live a soldier's story, deeper than any you've experienced before: You are thrust into the role and story of a member of The Big Red One, America's most heroic and decorated infantry division. Experience the camaraderie of a single tight-knit army squad, bound together through the chaos of battle over the course of the entire game. Yes, you will suffer casualties; but you must not suffer defeat.

Know your squad like never before: Through all-new AI and animation, your allies (and your enemies) just got a lot smarter. Your squad will now make better use of environmental cover and tactical Maneuvers, such as flanking, envelopment, and fire-and-maneuver behaviors. Hear your allies reacting to the events on the battlefield with contextually accurate battle chatter.

Online Multiplayer Action: Go online for intense Axis vs. Allies team-based multiplayer action on Xbox Live..

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Brilliant game. I have all of the MOH series on the cube and I think this game is not a 'same old, same old' at all. It's in a completely different league. The use of a multitude of vehicles is great and the level where you are inside the bomber, firstly controlling the front gun then crawling along to the ball gun on the underside and finally making your way to guiding the bombs onto the ships below, how is that possibly not different from everything else on the cube? The graphics are far superior than any of the MOH games, also Big red one, is far more intense in it's levels and objectives that have to be achieved. Good effects like when you are caught next to a bomb blast you are temporarily stunned are nice features. Level select option available for this cube version so that's always a plus feature. Auto save is good to have too. The sound effects are well done and you'll find that you are encouraged to advance forwards on missions rather than sitting tight and killing everyone in sight before getting up as unless you advance forwards then the waves of enemies will never stop appearing, it took me several minutes to figure out why, but I think that is a good feature, you have to take risks and launch yourself into situations.

There are downsides to the game though, albeit only one, but it's a huge annoyance that ruins the aspect of 'a quick go for a bit of fun' and that is the intro scenes. There's no doubt that they are really good and you can look 360 degrees as the character as part of the scene, some last 15-20 secs and others you can be sat waiting for a couple of minutes - no problem you may think, but no, it's a feature of the game that you have to sit through these scenes everytime you start a level, whether you've played it 600 times before is irrelevant.
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Have you played Call of Duty: Finest Hour? Or any of the Medal of Honor games? Then you've been here before and Big Red One will hold no surprises for you. However it is a pretty decent WW2 themed shooter, probably the best one so far on the consoles although none of them are that great. Some of the levels here a pretty cool, especially the street-fighting ones and one level where you take the role of a gunner on a bomber shooting down German fighters is fun. But some levels are a bit of a snore, especially early on in the Africa campaign.
Overall good fun but we're still waiting for the "must have" console WW2 shooter.
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