Monday, May 10, 2010
Top 50 Games - 44. Call of Duty 2
Now I'm no WW2 buff, but I'll be damned if this game doesn't feel authentic. It's experiences like these that prove why video games are such a superior medium; it's much cooler to storm the beaches of Normandy yourself than to watch Tom Hanks do it. When one of your comrades tumbles down off the same cliff you're scaling as MGs sing their battle tunes and artillery whistles its distinctly sharp note, you're convinced of the power that new Xbox 360 holds. One of the most amazing early showcases of HD gaming, Call of Duty 2, with its refined controls, silky animations, acoustic bombast, and jaw-dropping smoke effects, actually managed to reinvigorate World War II games. Well, maybe that's not true, because almost all subsequent Nazi shooting galleries felt utterly unnecessary. That's not so much a reminder of how yawningly prevalent those games are as it is a testament to Call of Duty 2's immersive power.