Another bad WWII shooter released on a console! What else is new?
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Call of Duty did very well on the pc and so Activision decided to make a Call of Duty game exclusively to consoles. Unfortunetly they made a big deal of the game, but it was just an average WWII shooter. It was not as good as the pc Call of Duty. This is the same case with Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Activision said they worked so hard on this game and so on, but again the pc version turns out to be better. Even though its not the same game. So why? Why does it have to be so poor? I mean, half of the guys who made the pc version made the console version. The other half were there to help out, but still no excuse to make such a poor game. Let me just tell you that this game is not worth buying at all.
The campaign of this game is so horribly thought out. Playing in North Africa and in Italy most of the time is just not fun. It's too desert-like. You are basically part of this group of men called the Big Red One. Elite soldiers called to help out the British fight off the Africa corps. That's basically it, besides going from North Africa to Italy, there's nothing special about the story. Now the campaign length is pathetic. You can finish the game from 2-3 hours easily. And it's not like you can do anything different to make it longer since Call of Duty games are very linear. You basically have to follow scripted AI the whole time or else there will be invisible walls or just places impossible to go. It's like you have to listen to a private even though you're the sarge. Weird huh? Well, there's more. Other then the fact that the game is basically desertish, the level design also gets very familiar and boring. You will not find true European whether in this game.
To be honest, the gameplay isn't bad at all. The problem is that its just plain. It's like any other Call of Duty gameplay. Arcade-like, run and gun. You don't have to find cover if you don't want to. The scripted AI try make it seem like you really need it even though just being out in the open isn't enough for the enemy AI to shoot correctly at you. As I mentioned before, the gameplay is linear. You can't go to curtain places because you're not suppose to. The tank driving is just as boring as the first Call of Duty game for the consoles. I understand that tanks are suppose to be slow, but they shouldn't be that annoying to control. It's like even though you're in a tank you're the most vulnerable guy. They guys with ant-tank weapons can easily kill you just because the tank is almost uncontrolable. Bottom line, gameplay is good but still has problems.
Whether you agree or not, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One has probably the best graphics for a WWII fps game on consoles. The weapons are very detailed, and the textures on the enemies to your fellow comrades. It's all precisely detailed. Though the texture for the environment is horrible. When you are walking in the desert, it doesn't look like you're walking on sand. It just looks like some blurred texture on a surface which is the big problem with WWII games on consoles. It's unfortunate that this is as good as it can be for the current gen consoles, even though it's not even close to the highest standards of the Xbox. It looks like a ps2 game being played on an Xbox. Still the graphics are best I've seen in consoles(for a WWII fps). Saying that, the graphics can get glitchy. I saw this one AI soldier standing on a tank and the tank is driving. It was obvious that he wasn't suppose to be on it since it was spazzing out. Trust me, this game has just as much glitches as the Call of Duty game that came before it. Nothing more to say other then I'm disappointed with the graphics, because I know it could've been better and Activision just wanted to release it around the release of Call of Duty 2 on pc, or around Christmas.
The controls are confusing. If you're like me and used to playing Halo 2, it will take you some time to get used this. I don't understand why developers don't give the same options as the pc to change and make your own controls. Anyway, the controls are as follow: A = Melee, B = Crouch, X = Grenade, Y = Stand/Jump, Black = Pick up/Use object, White = Reload, Right Thumbstick = Look around, Left Thumbstick = Move around/click to sprint, Right Trigger = Shoot, Left Trigger = Aim, Back Button = Mission objective/Scoreboard, Start Button = Pause/Options, Directional pad = Up, Down - Switch Weapons, Left, Right - Lean. That's it, try getting used to that and play Halo.
The sound is good. Nice music, very dramatic and nice weapon sounds. The voice-overs are realistic and the whole game feels like a hollywood movie all because of the sound. Its good but not great. Sometimes, the soldiers will just say the same thing over and over again. Always room for a improvement. Though overall the sound is pretty good.
Basically the reason to own this game will have to be the online because the online is always fun to play. Basic gamemodes are available: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Domination(king of the hill). As fun as it gets, you will get tired of it and probably only play fro about 5-10 minutes a day. The online could've been better, like downloadable content and more options. Unfortunetly the online is as basic as online multiplayer can get. Especially for an fps game. It's up to 16 players and can get pretty laggy at times.
Do not buy this game! Rent it! Even if you do have online, you won't want to touch it after a week or two. With very short campaign mode, and no multiplayer split-screen, this game is definetly not worth 50 dollars. The current gen is almost over and I don't understand why they didn't give it their all and worked their butts off since it will be the last Call of Duty game availabe on current gen console. This game is just disappointing at most. Not even close to the pc versions, it's not even close to worst WWII fps on pc released in the last two years. Don't make my mistake and buy this game.