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About the Product
- 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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to download another program to get it to work, but very pleased with the product.Published 6 months ago by W. Waite
this game is asome probley one of the best games for the mac ever !Published 11 months ago by Tradd Edwards
I played this and got PTSD. Glad I finished it. Can't do it again. I would suck at real combat.Published 14 months ago by A. LEE
Tried to play it on Mac OSX 10.9.5. Very choppy, would not recommend for newest MacsPublished 21 months ago by yvonne curley