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Call of Duty 2 - Mac

by Aspyr
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac
Edition: Standard
  • Medium difficulty, WWII first-person shooter for Mac with well-designed scenarios and an intuitive feel
  • Wily and aggressive AI creates both challenging enemies and well-balanced supporting soldiers
  • Fight alongside the Russians, British, and Americans against the Germans in three interwoven campaigns
  • Standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture-the-flag, and search-and-destroy, and new "headquarters" multiplayer modes
  • Game auto-detects widescreen ratios and includes many performance-tweaking functions

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Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: May 22, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,504 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: Mac | 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 be used effectively in battle to obscure your path from tanks or machine-gun nests as you make your way to an objective.

While Call of Duty 2 has received an ESRB T (teen) rating -- meaning there are no gratuitous blood and guts splashing all over the screen -- this is still war, and there are enemies that will try to drag themselves to safety after being hit, only to be bludgeoned to a screaming death by your fellow men-at-arms. And like its older brother, Call of Duty 2 offers the standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture-the-flag, and search-and-destroy multiplayer modes. However, this version offers a new option called "headquarters," which most closely resembles the "crazy king" version of king-of-the-hill in Halo 2. Shifting headquarter points appear and must be captured in order to start building points, only to be overrun by the other side in order to halt that point gain. This version of the multiplayer mode is not only extremely fun, but it requires teams to adapt on the fly.

Unlike the original, in this sequel you can skip forward from one mission to the next once you've cleared a campaign. The game also auto-detects 16:9 and 16:10 wide-screen ratios, as well as the sometimes tricky 5:4 ratio for LCD monitors. As the user, you can make use of a good set of performance tweaking functions, or you can allow the game to determine the optimal ratio, based on your system. With the addition of actual war footage as introductions to each campaign, and famous war quotes at the end of the scenes, Call of Duty 2 has everything you need to lose yourself in the middle of the biggest war in history of the world.

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Call of Duty 2 redefines the cinematic intensity and chaos of battle as seen through the eyes of ordinary soldiers fighting together in epic WWII conflicts. The sequel to 2003's Call of Duty, winner of over 80 Game of the Year awards, Call of Duty 2 offers more immense, more intense, more realistic battles than ever before, thanks to the stunning visuals of the new COD2 engine. Call of Duty 2 provides an amazing experience with all-new enhancements, ranging from stunningly realistic graphics to seamless gameplay, a new engine, groundbreaking AI, and choice-based innovations that allow players to experience the closest thing they’ll ever get to real warfare. Beautifully rendered snow, rain, fog, and smoke, combined with dynamic lighting and shadows, make this the most intense WWII first person action title yet.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, but some implimentation problems September 6, 2006
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By David
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
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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Original Review:

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great game August 17, 2006
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Of Duty 2 IS AWESOME!!! July 4, 2006
A Kid's Review
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better version than the PC version. January 13, 2008
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
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
4.0 out of 5 stars I Really Enjoyed The Game February 20, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor download version of a great game
Considering the age of this game, it should run as smooth as silk on modern graphics cards.
The fact is it has enough bumps and stalls in game play to make it barely playable,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Jahn
1.0 out of 5 stars Worked great for two weeks then froze when I double clicked ...
Stopped working for some reason... Worked great for two weeks then froze when I double clicked on the icon and it started up. Still does. Great if it doesn't break down though.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Clifford Oakes
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
would not run smoothly on MacbookPro retina
Published 3 months ago by Vaughn O'Halloran
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
stops and studders, running on a fairly (less that 2 years old) iMac. tried all settings, old graphics compared to what's out there now.
just a waste of 15 bucks.
Published 6 months ago by Glen H Martin Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
The only reason I don't give this a higher rating is that while playing the game, the video goes awry. This does not make play impossible, but does take away from the the fun. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Me Back
A classic, but still one of the best. I can count on it for new action every time I play it.
Published 7 months ago by Ronald T. Roseborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
I bought this game to play on my Macbook Pro. It works great, and it is really fun. The graphics are not the best, but it is an old game. Overall, a great game for the price.
Published 9 months ago by Aricka
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible wish I could give it 0 stars
Games freezes 3 minutes into it and restarts my new iMAC. Don't waste your money or time, a real shame since i enjoy the mac downloads.
Published 9 months ago by Callie Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, great price
Great game, it was dirt cheap on Amazon too.I think I paid like $6 for it or something, and it is just as good as the day it came out.
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