Call of Duty 2

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Set during World War 2, Call of Duty 2 is the direct sequel to the first mega-popular first person shooter Call of Duty. After being announced in April of 2005, the game was released first on Microsoft Windows PCs in October of that year.

Set during important battles during World War 2, the single-player campaign has players take on the roles of American, British, and Soviet officers as part of the Allied offensive against the Axis forces.

New features in COD include regenerating health through rest and avoiding incoming fire, as well as a streamlined HUD that features icons that alert players of important battlefield situations. While the health bar has been removed, the display will change depending on the player's current health level (including an increasingly loud heartbeat, if the player has taken serious damage).

Plot and location

The Story Campaign for Call of Duty 2 is divided up into 4 mini-campaigns that follow 3 different stories set in the World War 2 era. Players will take control of Private Vasili Ivanovich Koslov during the Battle of Stalingrad, Sergeant John Davis in North Africa and later in the Battle of Normandy, and Corporal Bill Taylor during D-Day.


In Call of Duty 2, Players can carry two firearms at any given time. These can be swapped with other weapons found in the battlefield. By choosing the iron sights, players can aim their guns more accurately. There are also fragmentation and smoke grenades that have become a staple for modern first person shooter games.

Players can also take control of weapons emplacements such as heavy machine guns and flak cannon platforms. At one point in the campaign missions, a player can take control of a tank.


The COD 2 HUD features a compass, which indicates where allies, enemies, and important markers for missions, such as defensive positions or enemy artillery and armor that must be destroyed using explosives.

Players can be instantly killed by lethal damage, such as those received from explosives and tank shells. If the player in Call of Duty 2 takes critical damage, the entire screen will turn red, with the audible sound of the player’s heartbeat getting louder the closer they are to death. However, a player can recover health by avoiding damage for a period of time.

Visuals and other features

Multiplayer for Call of Duty 2 could be set up for up to 64 players for Windows PC. Xbox 360 could handle up to 8 players on Xbox Live. Out of the gate, there are 14 multiplayer maps (4 of which are remakes from the first Call of Duty).

Players can choose from either Allies or Axis forces, each side with their own loadout of map-dependent weapons and equipment. While all Axis player avatars will be similar, Allied player avatars can be from the American, British, or Soviet armed forces.

Call of Duty 2 lacks the feature of drivable vehicles and base assault modes. These were introduced in Call of Duty: United Offensive, but Call of Duty 2 feels more like a throwback to the original Call of Duty by not including these modes. Interestingly, the campaign does feature missions where the player takes control of a tank.

COD 2 features Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Headquarters, and Search and Destroy Modes for multiplayer games.

Owners of Call of Duty 2 can also get DLCs of Map Packs, including the Bonus Map Pack, Skirmish Map Pack, and Invasion Map Pack. COD 2 is the first in the series to have DLCs of any form.

Release Date

Oct 25, 2005

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TEEN: Blood, Mild Language, Violence

System Requirements


  • CPU: Pentium IV 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1700+ processor or higher
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • GPU: 3D hardware accelerator card required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB hardware accelerator video card and the latest drivers
  • HDD: 4.0 GB


  • CPU: Pentium IV 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1700+ processor or higher
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • GPU: 3D hardware accelerator card required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB hardware accelerator video card and the latest drivers
  • HDD: 4.0 GB

Interesting Facts

  • The end credits calls back to the original Call of Duty with the “No cows were harmed in the making of this game” disclaimer. This is a reference to the appearance of dead cattle seen during the missions set during the Battle of Normandy.
  • The story line of Call of Duty 2 is set between the years 1941 and 1945.
  • There are four separate campaigns in Call of Duty 2. Each is split into three stories.
  • Call of Duty 2 contains four individual campaigns that are split into three stories. Overall there are 27 missions.
  • There are a total of thirteen official maps and three of these are remakes from the original Call of Duty with numerous other modified maps.
  • Infinity Ward released Call of Duty 2 Radiant in April 2006. It was a tool that allowed players to create their own multiplayer or single-player maps.

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Cheats support




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Third/First Person

First person

Game Engine

IW engine v2.0

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