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Call of Duty 2: Big Red One review

Rrring...Rrring...Hello, Duty? Why yes, we'll be right there! Let us just switch off our brains first...

Pros

  • Graphics occasionally impress you
  • The voice acting sells the story
  • Derogatory names for Nazis

Cons

  • Bugs occasionally lock up the action
  • The AI lacks intelligence
  • Too much of the bland African desert

When gazing out over the smoking expanse of World War II shooters, it takes a really special title to catch your interest. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One takes a fairly competent bayonnette stab at it, but these soldiers could have used a little more time in training.

CoD2:BRO's story centers around the exploits of the First Infantry Division--the legendary "Fighting First," who were sent to the war's hotspots before anybody else--but the vague plot points don't grab you until well into the game's middle. A fairly accurate depiction of the events of World War II as seen through the eyes of the United States' burliest division, BRO takes players through some of the unsung locales ordinarily glossed over by most titles. Fighting more than simply Nazis, you and your fellow troops trek ploddingly through Africa, through black-shirted Italy, and into annihilated France.

More Info

GenreShooter
DescriptionSlow to get going, but when it hits, it hits big ... especially during the Italian campaign.
PlatformXbox, GameCube, PS2
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating15
Alternative namesCoD 2
Release date18 November 2005 (US), 18 November 2005 (UK)