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Call of Duty 2 [Mac Download]

by Aspyr
Platform : Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Rated: Teen
67 customer reviews
Metascore: 86 / 100
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Platform: Mac Download | Edition: Standard


When the original Call of Duty was first released, the had a big impact on both consumers and critics alike, and it quickly rose to become one the top games in its class. Call of Duty did this by having well-designed campaigns and an intuitive feel, complemented by immersive sound effects and an enjoyable multiplayer option. Call of Duty 2 not only stays true to these strengths but has improved upon many other aspects of gameplay as well. If the original Call of Duty left you wanting more, this sequel will more than satisfy your hunger.



Fight off waves of invading German troops and Panzer tanks in Moscow. View larger.


Race around in your own tank with others at your side in North Africa. View larger.


Scale the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc with the Army Rangers. View larger.
Just as in the original, Call of Duty 2 has you working your way through WWII across three interwoven campaigns. As a private in the Russian army, you will fight off waves of invading German troops and Panzer tanks in Moscow and Stalingrad. Once you finish the Russian campaign, you'll go up against Field Marshal Rommel's troops in the deserts of North Africa. As part of this campaign, you'll race around in your own tank with others at your side, and later you'll be tasked with calling in air strikes against enemy tanks. The final campaign has you in the role of an American corporal in Europe, but unlike most WWII games, you won't perform a D-Day landing on Omaha or Utah Beach. In Call of Duty 2, you have to scale the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc with the Army Rangers amidst a hail of artillery and machine gun fire, giving you a true appreciation of the time-honored saying, "War is Hell!"

Call of Duty 2 is a thinking-gamer's first-person shooter of medium difficulty. While there are many reflexive elements, the game quite often requires you to consider the tactics of the situation in order to survive. While you can probably blow through the game in 10 hours on the regular setting, the more difficult settings require you to be much more thoughtful about your approach to the different scenarios. Your teammates in battle neither finish your fight, nor simply provide enemy fodder, while the enemy AI (artificial intelligence) is quite clever. If you are too meek, you will find yourself pinned down by aggressive fire while the enemy lobs grenades at you until you're decimated.

Unlike the its predecessor, Call of Duty 2 doesn't give you a health bar. Instead, as you are hit by more and more fire, your screen grows increasingly red around the border, and your character begins to grunt and pant. This is your signal that it's time to find some cover in order to recuperate before you continue. Another major improvement is the enhanced smoke grenades, which not only look great but can


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Platform: Mac Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B004YNIJ7U
  • Release Date: May 21, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,085 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Russell Dicker on September 6, 2006
Platform for Display: MacEdition: Standard
Call of Duty 2 was a lot of fun as a game, but there were a number of disapointing aspects to the implimentation that stopped it from being a 5 star experience.

First the gameplay:

I really enjoyed not needing to search for health packs all the time and the generous restart points. It made the gameplay much more fluid and helped to avoid getting frustrated.

The missions were about the right level of difficulty and were very clear about the goals. There were rarely points where I was confused about where I needed to go or what I needed to do. My favorite levels were the tank missions in the desert and the assault on Hill 400.

Sound was ok, but I didn't find it to be anything amazing. Graphics on the other hand were beautiful. I was able to play at 1050 x 1680 with anti-aliasing at 2x and only really experienced any slowdowns when I needed to run through smoke.

Implimentation problems:

The game trapped and ignored the Command-Tab keystroke so you couldn't pause the game, switch to a different application and come back. This became frustrating if I got an IM while playing and wanted to quickly see what it was. The only way to do this was to get to a known save point and quit.

It also took control of the second monitor, but would only allow it to be blacked out. Once again the ability to context switch would have been nice. The game should have either used the second monitor (e.g. expand the person locator, show ammunition status, or mission status) or it should have left it for the OS and allowed context switching.

Beyond that, I was quite satisified and am looking forward to CoD3!

My system was MacPro 2.6 with 2G RAM and 2 x Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David on January 5, 2011
Platform for Display: MacEdition: Standard
Update #2: Have OS X 10.7 or later? Don't expect this game to run properly. Apple killed off the "Rosetta" in OS X 10.7, which is why I still haven't upgraded OS X as of the end of 2012.

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Update #1: I have gotten the game working after hours of online research looking for a fix. The fix I found was buried in an online discussion board and is very simple. Basically just right-click the COD2 application icon and "Get Info". Click the option that says "Open with Rosetta".

I wasted hours to get the game to work as it should have from the start, so the 2 stars still remains appropriate. I don't intend to buy any Aspyr games in the future since I don't want to deal with this sort of hassle.

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To prospective buyers: if you have a relatively new Mac, don't expect the game to work.

I got about 5 hours into this game (D-Day), and then it would refuse to stay running for more than 5 minutes at a time. I had some minor issues with it crashing during the first five hours, but the crashes accelerated so much that it now crashes at the Main Menu before I can click anything. I uninstalled (including removing hidden files) and reinstalled to see if that would resolve the issue (at least temporarily). It didn't.

I am on a new MacBook Pro (2010). The computer's speed is more than adequate. However, the computer's video card isn't listed on the back of the case, so my guess is that this is the update that prevents the game from being playable on my Mac.

Five years ago -- while this game would still run on a new computer -- I'm sure it would have been great (I'd like to see the second half of the game). However, it apparently no longer works on the newest Macs, so buyer beware.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Gonzales on August 17, 2006
Platform for Display: MacEdition: Standard
Recently made the switch to Mac- played this on an intel imac 20. Its my first made-for-mac game. No technical/performance issues whatsoever (didn't use multiplayer features). Even tried setting all gfx options to highest possible settings- still no problems.

As far as gameplay- I don't typically play shooters, but enjoyed this game. Excellent gfx & sound. I liked the very quick restarts at the last auto-save point whenever you get killed. The length of each level within a mission is fairly short: minimizing the amount of do-overs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 4, 2006
Platform for Display: MacEdition: Standard
I love this game. I got it 2 days ago and I have already gotten up to Hill 400 in the American Campaign. So I just started and I am so addicted to it I almost finished it in Regular Difficulty. Its great fun and great squad-based action. Not to mention terrific graphics. Much better than the old COD. 100X better than Medal of Honor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Chilcott on January 13, 2008
Platform for Display: MacEdition: Standard
I owned the pc version of this before I purchased the Mac version. The Mac version seems to be smoother and with less problems than the PC version. So, if your a Mac user, don't be afraid to purchase it!
The simulation is great and very realistic. If your running surround sound, you will hear the sounds of gun fire off in the distance which adds to the realism of the game.
Not only is this a great simulation, it also seems to be historically accurate. The weapons, uniforms, and artilery are very accurately recreated.
I would definitely buy this again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Patters on February 20, 2007
Platform for Display: MacEdition: Standard
Call of Duty 2 is a fun game. The weapons are not high tech but shows what was used in WWII. I enjoyed the different missions that the game posed. The only draw back is that I have a G4 and the game runs very choppy.
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