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Wonderful experience!

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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Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (PlayStation 2, 2005)

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 onlineRead full review...

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Good solid first person shooter game!

I enjoyed the game a lot. I just started playing the series in order and this was a nice sequel to the first game. The controls haven't changed much since the first game making them easy to figure out. A+Read full review...

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GREAT PRODUCT

GREAT item will have many many months of pleasure with this play station 2 game. plat station 2 is the best game system ever made

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Awesome Product !!

I love this game its one my most favorite of the call of duty series this was my first call of duty ive played back then and i still love it today i would highly recommend this game to the fans out there !!!Read full review...

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Great graphics and action packed

My son is a big fan of the call of duty games and this one was definetly one he loves. My son has just started summer vacation and this kid is constantly on the game loves it so much only breaks he takes are to eat and sleep. Definetly a game i would recommend for all ages, graphics are great and its storyline is pretty interestingRead full review...

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Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (PS2)

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.
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What A Game! I am so pleased with this purchase.

This game is amazing. I had no idea that the game would be as good as it is. It's so good that I am limiting myself to how much I play it, because I don't want to finish the game right now. I bought the game to pass time, but the minute I turned it on I was hook. The graphics and everything else about it is so amazing. Also, I think I really appreciate it more due to the fact that I have some knowledge about The Big Red One. It was a reading/movie viewing assignment for a class that I took, and I just thought it would be cool to play a game that I know everything about. Just knowing so much about it makes it that much better, because I know that it's just not a game, but it actually follows history, and it covers so much details. This game is a must have. I have not played many war games, but I know that this game has to be in the top list of best war games. I love everything about this game and could talk about it for day's, but some things are best kept unsaid, so that it surprises someone else with its quality. I dislike nothing about the game, but I am afraid that it will soon be coming to an end. This game makes me feel like I am an actual soilder in the war. Big Red One, a must have...Read full review...

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Great product

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.Read full review...

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Great first-person shooter game

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.Read full review...

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