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  Call of Duty

No one soldier or nation single-handedly won the war. For the first time, Call of Duty™ captures the war from multiple perspectives, through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers. Battle through 24 missions spanning 4 interconnected historical campaigns. Take on mission objectives ranging from sabotage and all-out assault to stealth, vehicle combat and rescue. Authentic weapons, locations, vehicles and sounds of war all contribute to the realism, immersing you in the most intense World War II experience yet.


For the last few months I have been really getting into the online first person shooter genre of games and when Call of Duty arrived in our office I jumped at the chance to give this game a shot (Pun intended). Call of duty is a can be played in either single player mode or multi-player mode online or over a network. I have really given both methods a good going over in this one. (translated means I have been playing the game at work alot, but its not often you get to shoot your boss and keep your job at the same time)

Single Player Mode
Even though its called single player, working together with your virtual squad is key here. You'll take on Nazi forces through 24 missions in 4 interconnected campaigns. I currently have reached level 14 and with any luck will complete all 24 missions. Not only do you have the opportunity to eliminate enemy forces with various guns and explosives, you will also have the thrill of driving through past the enemies in a jeep or engaging in intense tank battles. Each level and campaign all nicely tied together to create a compelling storyline.

The graphics and sound in the single player mode is simply incredible! Many of the games I have played of this type have had kind of squared graphic look to the characters, but Call of Duty is about as real as I have seen. The highly detailed characters and scenery combined with the fantastic sound of gun fire all around give you the feel of actually being there.

Generally I prefer the online multiplayer mode of these types of games, but I would have to say that Call of Duty has done what it takes to give even the multiplayer fan what he/she needs to enjoy this game.

Multi Player Mode
A great selection of maps to play is the high point of the myultiplayer mode. Each map being highly detailed and well thought out providing a map for any style of play that you prefer. Several different modes of play including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Behind Enemy Lines, Search and Destroy and more also give the user plenty of options to find the maps and style they like best.

Although I was unable to test the online game using a dial up connection, it worked great and seemed to be in total sync with other players using a Cable and fibre connection. But then again, if you are intothese games, chances are you will have high speed internet anyways. Technically I certainly didn't find any serious issues.

I felt the online gameplay in Call of Duty didn't grab me and make me want to play for hours and hours like some other ones have. It seemed to be missing a purpose or reward for accomplishing something. Regardless of map or gamestyle the novelty seemed to wear off quicker than some others.

Of course we had to test it on our internal LAN here in the office as well. This was the fun part! There is nothing like spending some quality lunch hour time shooting the office network technician in the back only to be shot up by your boss seconds later. The feature of seeing a replay of yourself getting shot from the view of the shooter is kind of neat as well.

Setting up a server to play on wether it is for Internet play or LAN play was very simple, probably the easiest and most reliable I have seen yet.

In the multiplayer mode area of the game, I feel it loses a few marks in the Internet play, but gains some back on the LAN play. What the game lacks in Internet play it certainly makes up for with the personal aspect of the LAN.


If you like the single player first person shooters, this game is the best of bunch I have seen. If your preference is Internet multi player, then you may be a bit dissapointed. The Internet play is certainly well done, but just didn't seem to leave me with that rush that some others have let me experience. Mainly because of its lack of goals and rewards for success.

A solid 8 out of 10!

Review ID Number: 47
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Review Date: 2003-12-04
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 8 out of 10
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