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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Call of Duty 2

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Activision logoNamed Xbox360 Game of the Year, Call of Duty 2 seems like it would be a game worth buying. It's a World War II first person shooter played from the often forgotten Russian point of view. It sounds exciting and perhaps even shows a side of the war never before shown in a video game... and in Xbox360 High Definition to boot. Does Call of Duty 2 live up to the expectations? In a word, yes.

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Game Informer calls it “the best WWII game ever.” It was named the Xbox360 Game of the Year. Judging from the accolades, Call of Duty 2 must be something to behold... and it is. Never before could I feel bullets whiz by my head and actually see them coming. Never before did a camouflaged German sniper blend in with the snow so well. Never before could I see one of my comrades make a small mistake and pay for it dearly with brutal realness. Never before could I actually get dizzy from spinning my character in circles. Yes, all of these things were a part of my gaming experiences with Call of Duty 2 for the Xbox360.

The story line of CoD 2 is very similar to those of other World War II games before it. You fight the Germans, try to take strategic checkpoints, and take out those who stand in your way of survival; all of which are part of trying to win the war. Everyone these days knows the outcome. The Allied Forces (led by America and Russia for those history buffs at home) win the war. There's no alternate ending here, so sadly the game is predictable in that way. However, one intriguing difference from any WWII game I have played was the fact that the main character (your character) is Russian. What, no Americans? I could not have been happier with the change of pace. Not only does it provide the gamer with a different side of the war (the Russian front), but it gives the gamer a new outlook on the effects of the war.

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