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Ron Ridley Auto Care Mall

  Call of Duty: United Offensive
(Single player review as I don’t have high speed access as of yet.)

I looked foreword to playing this all summer as I enjoyed the original Call of Duty.

It came on 2 cds and installed cleanly – didn’t seem to affect other programs or drivers on startup or shutdown. Some games mess up your desktop or make your computer sluggish after you quit them – like Medal of Honor – Pacific Assault – more about that in its review.

On the first startup it complained about a virtual drive program on my hard disk and demanded that I remove it before I could play the game. I don’t know which program it was complaining about – possibly Nero – so I downloaded a “no cd” crack and continued playing the game. I found that to be annoying. At least it could have clued me into which program it was complaining about.

Anyway, I was able to turn the graphics up to Very High and they were superb. Even at Very High the game ran smoothly on an ATI 9600XT – 3 gig P4 with 1 gig of ram.

The playing of the game was a little different from the previous version in that it was total action and you didn’t have any time to think – just react. Sometimes you had to die and as you did so you would look around to try and figure out what was expected of you and or where you were being shot at.

There were three scenarios. 1. US at the battle of the Bulge. 2. British in a flying fortress and then on the ground as a surviving parachuter after your plane goes down. Lastly a Russian soldier – just trying to survive in the trenches, with tanks and lastly in an extremely intense battle in Kursk. There were 13 Single-Player missions.

I found the game quick to reload after getting killed; graphics were good with only one enemy sticking through a door.

There was only one annoying timed session where you have to kill numerous enemy soldiers with anti tank weapons in a specific time. I finally had to jump that session as the old reflexes aren’t what they use to be.

In all I would say it is a must have add-on and rate it a 9 out of 10.

Review ID Number: 30
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Review Date: 2004-11-29
Reviewer: John Mitchell
Rating: 9 out of 10
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