Call of Duty 2

Ok, I just got my blood pressure down enough to type this out. I must say well done. It was hard to put it down and realize four hours had passed.

Call of Duty 2 is not a game for all Macs though. Requiring a G5 or Intel 1.8Ghz or higher, an Ati Radeon 9600 or GeForce FX5200 or higher, and 512MB of RAM means this game is just that intense. Aspyr has al the requirements, so I won’t bore you with details. On my Dual 2.5Ghz G5 with the ATI 9800 I had no problems running it at full resolution on a 23″ display. Oh, and I have OS X Server running on there as well! If you’re wondering if your system can support it, here is Apple’s specification database.

The game starts you out fighting for the Russians and gives you a quick introduction. There’s no time for training, because the Germans are advancing on your position quickly. Before you know it, you’re lobbing grenades and capping facists from all directions.

If you played the original CoD and it’s expansion pack, you’ll find all the things that bothered you about that release are gone. There is a grenade indicator now, giving you a psuedo-radar view of where the explosive is and as long as it’s behind you everyone is safe.

The AI is vastly improved too. For example, one of my commrades ran in front of me and ducked under my line of fire while I covered for him. Your team will also scream at you when moving in their line of fire. Running and shooting is much more difficult too, as your weapon will strafe from the center. In the original game, I found myself able to knock people off fairly easily while running. This caused me to take more risks and use the butt stock of the rifle more than ever. Also if you attempt to advance the line and you’re the first out, a flurry of covering fire and screams to ‘cover him!’ come from behind. Of course, it’s not perfect and I was accused of betraying the motherland more than once.

The ‘g’ key for grenades is a blessing and a curse (I ended up assigning right mouse button to it.). The ‘f’ key is the default for trying to use or pick up an item. On more than one occasion I ended up blowing away my team while trying to pick up a weapon or repair some cabling. Such is the fog of war…

I have one question for Aspyr though. The box I recieved is about the thickness of Texas Toast, and the contents are unjustified for it. What is going on there? The manual is as thick as the DVD the game is on!

I’m very happy with this game, and I look forward to closing this browser and getting back to it. Maybe you’ll see toadkicker out there playing, come join in!

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