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Though Call of Duty 2: Big Red One shares its name with another game released on the PC--and soon to be released on the Xbox 360--you shouldn't confuse the two. Big Red One for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube is an entirely different game from the PC and Xbox 360 versions. While it's a definite improvement on Activision's last Call of Duty game for consoles, Big Red One still doesn't do quite enough to distinguish itself from numerous other World War II first-person shooters.
No, it's not a brand of chewing gum. Big Red One is the US Army's 1st Division.
The subtitle, Big Red One, refers to the United States' Army's 1st Infantry Division, whose exploits are chronicled in the game's 13-mission campaign. The unit became known as one of America's fiercest and most courageous fighting units in World War II, serving tours of duty in North Africa, sweeping up through Italy, landing on Normandy, and pushing across the European continent into Germany. Big Red One's campaign follows this chronological path, putting you in the shoes of a fresh-faced private in Fox company. Over the course of the campaign, you'll participate in a number of different missions, such as capturing airfields, clearing out villages, and assisting other units in battle.
The game mixes things up a lot, having you at various times driving tanks, manning the mounted guns of marine landing craft, shooting down aircraft from antiaircraft guns, and even operating the turret guns and bomb bay doors of a B-24 Liberator. You'll also use binoculars to help spot for artillery or navy ships so you can rain the hurt down on tanks and other hard targets. Yes, the pathways are linear and scripted, as in all the other Call of Duty games, but the variation in the mission types helps keep the game fresh and interesting, instead of just having you on foot shooting guys with a rifle the whole time. The fun doesn't last long, however, as most people should be able to blow through the campaign in seven or eight hours.
Despite the brevity of the single-player campaign, Big Red One seems to have all the elements of a great shooter. It's got varied mission types that take you across several different settings, from the deserts of North Africa, to house-to-house fighting in the deep snows of Germany in early 1945. You'll use weapons from a wide variety of different national arsenals--including American, of course, German, Italian, and even French ones (as you fight against Vichy France's forces in North Africa). The game even manages to remind you of the grander scale of the war from time to time, as you'll see numerous other craft making the marine landings with you at Sicily and Normandy, in addition to dogfighting aircraft in the sky and other infantry running about. Where Big Red One seems to let you down is just in the basic nuts and bolts of the feel and interface. For one thing, the weapon handling just seems off. It's possible, for example, to snipe from long distance with submachine guns, as the first bullet is always dead-on. If not for the fact that rifles have slightly more power, there would really be no reason to use them because of how abnormally accurate the submachine guns are. More importantly, though, is that the game just seems to lack the visceral intensity that made Call of Duty so popular on the PC.
You don't just get to shoot Germans this time, as French and Italians find the business end of your gun as well.
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If you love a variety of battles, this is the game for you. Get to know your fellow comrades as never before. Experience the chaotic intensities like no other infantry division in every harrowing conflict imaginable. Be prepared to become a member of our allied forces-make the imaginable become reality.
I like this game. I could say love but that would be extremely overrating it. The game itself sounded cool when I bought it. My birthday is in November so when this game came out I was like damn this game sounds awesome! I played the first Call of Duty and beat it. I thought that the first one was pretty good and was a pretty good game. I don’t play online or anything because I have dial up on my computer but I still like to enjoy the regular gameplay. So I took a trip down to my local Walmart and had a decision to make. Whether to get the regular Call of Duty 2: Big Red One or to get Call of Duty 2: Big Red Once Collectors Edition. So after about 2 min. of consideration I decided to buy the collector’s edition for $10 more. I thought it would come with more levels or something but to my surprise it came with nothing really extra. Just a few more movies and like I wanted to pay $10 extra for a few little movie clips. Anyway I played the game and played and played and after about a month I beat the game. The game wasn't that hard I only got stuck in one spot. The challenge was most of the time getting killed and starting over if I wasn't at a checkpoint. So let me tell you a little more about the game
Game play- 9... Though the game needs to be longer which makes the overall go down, so I'll give it a 7
The game play is great. It's smooth and makes the game fun. Obviously you’re killing Nazis and trying to win the war. The main problem with this game though is the shortness of the game. The game is like 12-15 levels long. I forgot the exact amount but it doesn't really matter. The game needs to be longer PERIOD. No one wants to play a short game. Once I finished the game it kept me wanting more. So I had to give the game play a 7 because of the shortness of the game.
The same as the first COD. (Call of Duty, for all of you who haven’t gotten the hint already) The controls are very easy to use and you'll have absolutely no problem using them. There pretty basic and I don’t know how you could mess up after you've played at least one level of the game, and if you've played COD: Finest Hour then your already a pro at the controls.
What can I say? They’re just not as good as the Xbox 360's. I don’t want to say that COD: Big Red 2 is better on the 360 because I haven’t played it on there but the graphics sure are. The PS2 version does a good job trying to compete though and I was very satisfied with them. They were great in my book.
The main problem I have with this game is how short it is. Like I said above it leaves you wanting more. I was ready to whoop some Nazi but and then the game was over. I was like "What? The game cant be over already!" Though it was and I was surprised. This game would get an easy 9 if the game were to be a few levels longer. It's a fun game don’t get me wrong but it'll keep you wanting more. I really suggest you play this game though. I would not buy it in my opinion. It's not really worth buying. Theres no multiplayer to play with your friends, though you could go online and play. But I'm pretty sure not a whole lot of people are online sense this game came out a while ago. Though I could be wrong. So my suggestion to you is to really play this game and get the feel of it and then decide if you want to buy it or not.
Cinematic Intensity as Never Before on Consoles 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; you must not suffer defeat; know your squad like never before through all-new ai and animation, your allies 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 and Playstation2 online
Having played and enjoying the first Call of Duty game on the Playstation 2, I was psyched to play the second in this series. My motivation was furthered by the Greatest Hits pricing ($19.99).
CoD2 is by far the best WW2 first person shooter I have played to date (having played many brands). The graphics were stunning and choice of vehicles proved top notch. Many of the battles quickened my pulse and immersed me completely into the action. Buildings exploding and bullets flying just over my head. One feature I really enjoyed was commanding the gun turrets aboard an airplane and a tank. That was very satisfying. The ground and tactical battles were my favorite though.
The only problem I experienced would have to be my fellow soldiers A.I. They were often in my way and would tend to shoot into walls. They must have been shooting blanks because it seemed as though they never took down any of the enemy troops on their own.
If I could give this game a 4.5/5, I would. I enjoyed it that much.
Call of Duty 2 is a very realistic first-person shooter game. You play as part of the first infantry unit as you try to stop the Nazis. This game puts you right in the middle of the war and is full of lots of action. There are only 12 missions in the game but all the missions are pretty long and have lots of objectives to complete. And the missions are all very differnt - from storming an enemy stronghold, to repelling enemy attacks, to driving tanks, or to dog fights in an airplane. The only thing this game is missing is multi-player modes. Bottomline: Great game. If you like first-person shooters then this game is definitely worth buying.
HORRIBLE! I've played all of the first person shooter games: The Medal of Honor series, the first Call of Duty, even those of the playstaion 1 series. And this is the worst! The graphics are pathetic. Trust me, the graphics for Medal of Honor for playstation 1 are better! The missions aren't new or challenging. When the enemy attack, they come at you one at a time. Yeah, right. I was so disinterested, I quit after the second mission and plan on getting what I can on EBAY. Thanks God for EBAY! Not a realistic game at all. Call of Duty 1 is awesome, so I don't know what happen. But I would bet that their is a different group of people that did this game because its HORRIBLE!
I want to start off by saying that I have not had this much fun playing a WWII shooter since MOH Frontline.
-Audio is fantastic, guns sound great, shells and artillery sound real and the addition of the Band of Brothers cast as the voice overs really add an additional dimension to the game.
-The game tells a great story and you really find yourself caring for your teammates.
-Unlike the Medal of Honor series, you really feel like you are a part of something bigger as opposed to a one man army against Germany. For example, you might see soldiers in the distance clearing a house, or assaulting German position.
-The game is rather linear, with little room to explore or take different routes to complete the objective.
-Graphics are good, but not great. The environments are good to look at but definitely show the age of the PS2.
-This game is a little short with 13 to 14 missions and the game seems to be over before you know it.
Overall this game is a must buy for anyone that enjoys the military game or shooter genre. From being an ordinary foot soldier to driving a tank to being a gunner in a bomber this game will give you a variety of ways to experience WWII.
I bought Call of Duty 2 about a month ago or so. Fun to play had played the first call of duty and liked it so I bought the second one. You could tell they had goten better graphics and play action for the characters. Only issue was that it was dark in some areas of game play which made it difficult to see the bad guys and shoot them. More weapons available for the player but you could always use more weapons when playing war games.
this game is crazy its actually like your in the battles from the north african desert to the beaches of normandy there is not one WWII game out there that its better than Call of Duty 2 has amazing graphics an very acurate in terms of what weapons you can use