Amateur Encyclopedia Bombastica: Call of Duty 2

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Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

We started with Quake 4 on this quest to look back at the beginning of this generation to see how far games have come. Now lets look at the 360 version Call of Duty 2. This Call of Duty is probably my favorite WWII COD, if not my favorite in the whole series. It's also one of the first examples of playing a console version of a PC shooter without making a lot of technical sacrifices.

You can find my Quake 4 video here.

@stevenbeynon

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#1 Posted by Justin258 (14374 posts) -

I just watched a little bit of your Quake 4 video and this one seems like a massive improvement. Keep up the good work!

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#2 Edited by Church069 (254 posts) -

Call of Duty 2 was the first game I got for my 360 and I remember being blown away on how it looked and played. I would like to see WWII as a setting be revisited again. Especially with the new hardware coming up. Not really sure on how it would play though. I wouldn't want an arcade like shooter set in that time period again.

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#3 Posted by Kierkegaard (708 posts) -

You did a great job of combining historical information about the game and your opinion of it. Informative and engaging. I also like keeping to the GB method of no cuts in the video. Gives a real impression of the game. Well done. Keep it up!

I think the thing to pay attention to going forward is picking levels that are representative of the game. With only 15 minutes to show it, choosing a D-Day level here was a great way to show us what COD2 was about for you. So, keep that up with the other games. Looking forward to more!

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#4 Posted by MrSpaceMan (120 posts) -

Great video. You must have some good equipment cause it looks and sounds pretty professional. Good commentary too. Do Kameo next

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#5 Edited by jimmy_p (279 posts) -

Ah yes, back when Call of Duty was actually good... Second best WWII shooter, second only to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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#6 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

I just watched a little bit of your Quake 4 video and this one seems like a massive improvement. Keep up the good work!

Thanks! The audio problem was odd because the sound levels I see weren't indicative of how loud or quite I actually sound. Plus I just figured out how to easily manipulate the audio levels in my editing program.

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#7 Edited by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I remember the flip phone version of CoD II fondly. It was a top down class based squad shooter. It kind of controlled like ass but for the cell phone technology of the time it was pretty impressive. Unfortunately my PC was able to run the demo of CoD II but could not run the retail game. I was one graphics card tier short. So basically my experience with CoD II is a mix of the PC demo, the phone version and that 5 hour Tournament TV that gamespot hosted.

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#8 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

Call of Duty Finest Hour was my first Call of Duty game too, heh. I too remember being blown away by how great this game looked when it came out, and it's probably my favorite WIII game. The mission structure was pretty much the same throughout, but the overall package is just so damn solid.

And you're right, it would be awesome to see a D-Day mission with current technology.

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#9 Posted by Darson (529 posts) -

Your next step is to make a real sick-ass flashy intro that's about 45 seconds long with lots of 3D effects and shit music that will fill me with so much rage that I will get tired of skipping it every time I watch your damn videos and then I will unsubscribe because that will show you!

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#10 Posted by myketuna (1881 posts) -

This is pretty cool. I forgot to check out your Quake 4 video, so thanks for reminding me by making a new video.

@darson said:

Your next step is to make a real sick-ass flashy intro that's about 45 seconds long with lots of 3D effects and shit music that will fill me with so much rage that I will get tired of skipping it every time I watch your damn videos and then I will unsubscribe because that will show you!

I'm hoping it's a Linkin Park track over it.

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#11 Edited by Ramone (3080 posts) -

That was cool, I will now subscribe to your channel.

Not to be a creeper but where in the US are you from? I'm British and I find it difficult to place certain accents.

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#12 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

@ramone said:

That was cool, I will now subscribe to your channel.

Not to be a creeper but where in the US are you from? I'm British and I find it difficult to place certain accents.

Ohio, which is in the Eastern part of the country.

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#13 Edited by PillClinton (3551 posts) -

Nice work. I remember seeing early screenshots of the 360 version in like, EGM or something, and being completely blown away at the lighting and photorealism of a console game. How far we've come, on the same damn machine to boot!

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#15 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

I remember the flip phone version of CoD II fondly. It was a top down class based squad shooter. It kind of controlled like ass but for the cell phone technology of the time it was pretty impressive. Unfortunately my PC was able to run the demo of CoD II but could not run the retail game. I was one graphics card tier short. So basically my experience with CoD II is a mix of the PC demo, the phone version and that 5 hour Tournament TV that gamespot hosted.

That is probably the most unique COD 2 experience.

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#16 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

Call of Duty 2 was the first game I got for my 360 and I remember being blown away on how it looked and played. I would like to see WWII as a setting be revisited again. Especially with the new hardware coming up. Not really sure on how it would play though. I wouldn't want an arcade like shooter set in that time period again.

Company of Heroes 2

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#17 Edited by GERALTITUDE (5719 posts) -

Really enjoyed this duder, thanks. CoD2 is still my favourite in the series. Watching you run the DDay level instantly brought me back to Allied Assault on PS2.

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#18 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

@greggd said:

@church069 said:

Call of Duty 2 was the first game I got for my 360 and I remember being blown away on how it looked and played. I would like to see WWII as a setting be revisited again. Especially with the new hardware coming up. Not really sure on how it would play though. I wouldn't want an arcade like shooter set in that time period again.

Company of Heroes 2

If he's like me I'm wanting a more story-oriented WWII game, not an RTS. But yes, it's good to have a new game coming in that setting.

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#19 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

@greggd said:

@church069 said:

Call of Duty 2 was the first game I got for my 360 and I remember being blown away on how it looked and played. I would like to see WWII as a setting be revisited again. Especially with the new hardware coming up. Not really sure on how it would play though. I wouldn't want an arcade like shooter set in that time period again.

Company of Heroes 2

If he's like me I'm wanting a more story-oriented WWII game, not an RTS. But yes, it's good to have a new game coming in that setting.

I dunno, there was quite a bit of story in the first game.

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#20 Posted by pyromagnestir (4452 posts) -

Just as amateur porn is the truest and sincerest form of the art of fucking on camera, amateur bombasticas are the truest and sincerest form of the art of playing video games while talking about them into a microphone. Do it for love, not money!

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#21 Edited by cloudnineboya (990 posts) -

brought back good memories of playing the multiplayer so much fun ,snipers only!!!

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#22 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

brought back good memories of playing the multiplayer so much fun ,snipers only!!!

I really wish I could've played multiplayer for the video. I played several matches the day before I recorded not having any issues finding people.

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#23 Posted by MrSpaceMan (120 posts) -

@cloudnineboya said:

brought back good memories of playing the multiplayer so much fun ,snipers only!!!

I really wish I could've played multiplayer for the video. I played several matches the day before I recorded not having any issues finding people.

I just tried to get in some multiplayer and found matches. You must've had some bad luck.

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#24 Posted by RavenX302 (326 posts) -

Still my favorite call of duty, but after I beat it on Veteren.....I never want to see that fucking game again.

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#25 Posted by Scroll (627 posts) -

That was pretty fun to watch, I'd be hesitant to moan about you getting lost in this video and in the Quake 4 one because I am sure I'd do the same under the circumstances.

As for a new world war 2 game, I'd love to see Bohemia have a crack at it after finishing Arma 3, that level of detail and accuracy on a massive scale would be fantastic. Dice would do a good job going back to their roots as well.

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#26 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

Still my favorite call of duty, but after I beat it on Veteren.....I never want to see that fucking game again.

Yeah, fuck this game on veteran.

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#27 Posted by HandsomeDom (20 posts) -

Maybe I'm just ridin' high on nostalgia but this was probably the most fun I had in multiplayer with any Call of Duty. Or maybe I have just been getting worse at CoD since then.

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#28 Posted by citizencoffeecake (1325 posts) -

Dat graphics! Good video man.

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#29 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

Dat graphics! Good video man.

Still looks totally ok especially considering it came out 8 goddamn years ago.

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#30 Posted by civid (846 posts) -

Wait so F.E.A.R 1 wasn't a launch game? That came before Condemned didn't it?

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#31 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

@civid said:

Wait so F.E.A.R 1 wasn't a launch game? That came before Condemned didn't it?

The first F.E.A.R came out on the PC a month before the 360's launch and eventually was ported later.

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#32 Posted by yukoasho (2248 posts) -

I'd love to see what you think about CoD3. I personally preferred it over 2, for the same reason I tend to prefer Treyarch's games over IW's. The characters and stories in 3 were much more engaging and felt more like a WW2 battle, even if 3 and Big Red One took their cues from 50s and 60s WWII films. That said, Call of Duty 2 holds up damned well. It's a very fun game and, save for the frame rate issues, could easily be placed aside modern games. And I don't mind the shooting gallery thing, as it's a whole hell of a lot better than spending a damned hour looking for the red keycard.

As for WWII games, I agree that there's plenty of life left in the setting. The problem is that there was just so much focus on Normandy that we got sick of it. That's another thing I liked about Treyarch, using less traditional game settings, such as the Falaise Gap in 3 or the extensive Russian march to Berlin and the Pacific Theater in World at War. We need to stop using the Normandy landing and look at other points in the war that would make for fine gaming experiences if WW2 is to be a setting that people can play without being tired of. Seriously, the Normany landing was becoming Hoth for a while there.

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#33 Posted by isomeri (2772 posts) -

That was a great video and I think it's a pretty neat idea to go through the entire 360 launch lineup. I think that I agree with you on Call of Duty 2 being my favorite game of the series.

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#34 Posted by TruthTellah (9809 posts) -

This video has convinced me that there needs to be a next gen WWII game. It's time!

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#35 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1849 posts) -

I remember having sooo much fun with this game. Except for when I wanted to try and complete the achievements for the game. Then I was having a frustratingly good time.

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#36 Posted by JayDee (446 posts) -

cool video duder.

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#37 Posted by me3639 (2006 posts) -

Nice Job. Brought back memories of beating the game on veteran difficulty, the re spawning, the grenades...the horror....the horror.

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#38 Posted by csl316 (13921 posts) -

Good work, CQC Steve. COD 2 back then was easily one of the most intense experiences I had. I remember my hands sweating at the end of most of the missions. Must've been that impressed by the frame rate or something.

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#39 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6421 posts) -

I remember my first "next-generation" Call of Duty game being Call of Duty 3 and being absolutely floored by the smoke screen.

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#40 Edited by core1065 (642 posts) -

@ravenx302 said:

Still my favorite call of duty, but after I beat it on Veteren.....I never want to see that fucking game again.

Yeah, fuck this game on veteran.

Agreed!

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