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"Those who have enjoyed long such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them."

Call of Duty 2 is the second entry in the Call of Duty series, developed by Infinity Ward and released on October 25,2005 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360, the latter notable for being a launch title. It is a direct sequel to Call Of Duty 1.

Like its predecessor, the game features 3 single-player campaigns set during the War in Europe and Africa. For the Red Army portion, you play as Pvt. Vasili Ivanovich Koslov of the 13th Guards Rifle Division during the Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad. The British campaign is divided into two stories. The first focuses on the exploits of Sgt. John Davis, an infantryman attached to the 7th Armored Division from El Alamein all the way to Normandy. The second, meanwhile, tells the story of Tank Commander David Welsh, the commander of a Crusader Mk. III tank during the advance into Libya in 1943. And finally, the American campaign focuses on Cpl. Bill Taylor of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, during the Normandy campaign as well as the Battle of Germany.


Of special note is that this is the first Call of Duty game to introduce the Regenerating Health mechanic that would be a staple of later entries in the series. It is also the first Call of Duty game to use the in-house IW engine, rather than a modified Quake III: Arena engine like its predecessor.

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Call Of Duty 2 provides examples of:

  • Advertised Extra: The US Army Rangers. While they're featured heavily on the boxart as well as in promotional material and even on the main menu and loading screen, they only have about 7 missions total. The Allied faction with the most focus is in fact the British, with a total of 13 campaign missions.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The Soviet campaign ends with Vasili, Volsky, and the other Russian soldiers firing on the retreating remnants of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad, with the heavy implication that they're going to chase them further into the city.
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  • And This Is for...: Lt. Volsky during the final portion of the Soviet campaign gives a long rant full of this to the Germans during a brief Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Anti-Air: The Flavierling 38 returns from the first game. And like before, it's often placed when German planes are about to attack your position.
  • Anti-Armor: The 88mm flak gun returns from the first game. And like before, it's placed where German tanks or armored vehicles are going to be used against you and your squad.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Germans have the Sdkfz 251, which can be a pain to deal with thanks to its mounted MG42. The British, meanwhile, have the Universal Carrier which, while not as glamorous as its German counterpart, is certainly useful for bringing in reinforcements quickly.
  • Badass Driver: Zig Zagged Trope for MacGregor in the two times you ride captured German vehicles with him. On one hand, he's terrible at handling German vehicles and reading their controls, but he does manage to drive competently enough to actually get you and Price through German lines alive in one piece both times.
  • Battle in the Rain: "The Crossroads", "The Tiger", and "Approaching Hill 400" all take place in the midst of a rainstorm.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The American campaign ends with Pvt. Braeburn KIA, but McCloskey, Taylor, and Randall survive the Battle of Germany, with the latter even receiving a Field Promotion.
    • The British campaign ends with Price, Davis, MacGregor, and the other British soldiers of the 7th Armored successful in holding back a German armored attack on their positions, but their attempts to push into Caen are for naught, as the division has suffered heavy casualties and must regroup and reorganize.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: A rare action is when you or your allies manage to shoot the primary weapon off of a German soldier. When this happens, they'll immediately pull out a Luger and continue firing back at you.
  • Butt-Monkey: MacGregor in the British campaign, who is often on the short end of Captain Price's orders, and especially when driving German vehicles.
  • The Cavalry: During Hold the Line-type missions, your squad will often be relieved by reinforcements, usually allied tanks or air support.
  • Chummy Commies: Compared to the first game, which depicted the Red Army as a mix of this and Dirty Communists, 2 depicts them in a much more positive light.
  • Communications Officer: MacGregor from the British campaign and Braeburn from the American campaign are your squads' respective radiomen, and as such they're often providing vital intel during a mission.
  • Crew of One:
    • Davis and Taylor can man crew-served artillery pieces all by their lonesome.
    • Averted with Welsh, where you can clearly hear other tank crew members doing their jobs over the radio.
  • Cool Plane: The Germans have the Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber, the British the Spitfire Mk. IX, and the Americans the P-51D Mustang. All are shown performing close air support missions as well as dogfighting in the skies above the battlefield at one point or another.
  • Desert Warfare: 3/4th of the British campaign focuses on the North African campaign from Egypt all the way to Tunisia. As such, there's nothing but barren sand dunes and hills for miles on end, and tanks reign supreme.
  • Distressed Dude: The credits scene shows an American attack on a German-held town, where Captain Price is held captive.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The American campaign is the only one to end on a truly happy note, with Randall and Taylor both receiving field promotions to Lieutenant and Sergeant, respectively, and the War in Europe ending in a month or two and being pretty much won for them.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: The American and Soviet campaigns focus on elite units of the Red Army and US Army. Only the British campaign averts this, focusing on a regular Armored Division of the British Army rather than a paratroop or SAS unit.
    • The Soviet campaign focuses on the 13th Guards Rifle Division, an elite infantry division that served with distinction during the the Battle of Stalingrad.
    • The entire American campaign focuses solely on the 2nd Ranger Battalion, one of the US Army's most elite units.
  • Epic Tank-on-Tank Action: The missions where you play as Commander David Welsh have you fight Rommel's Panzers as the commander of a Crusader Tank in the 7th Armored Division.
  • Final Battle: All three campaigns have this.
    • "Comrade Sniper" for the Soviet campaign. Here Koslov, Volsky, Pavel Semenov, and several other Soviet soldiers hold back a last, desperate German counterattack in the ruins of Stalingrad.
    • "The Brigade Box" for the British campaign. Following massive losses in tanks and men trying to take St. Louet, Captain Price, Davis, MacGregor and the rest of their unit capture a German field HQ and hold back a German armored counterattack.
    • "Crossing the Rhine" for the American campaign. Taylor, Randall, and McCloskey capture an important German strongold in the town of Wallendar, Germany, and take out two German Tiger I Heavy tanks.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who's read up on the Battle of Caen will know that the city will only fall a month into the Normandy campaign, meaning that the actions of Price, Davis, and MacGregor will be ultimately for naught.
  • Fragile Speedster: The British Mk. VI Crusader tank is this. While capable of driving at extremely fast speeds in the North African desert, it achieves this thanks to having far less armor and a smaller gun compared to its German counterparts.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final American mission, you can go Tiger hunting with a German 88mm gun, instead of running up to the tank with a satchel charge.
    • Sgt. Davis gets a chance to shoot down Stukas with a Flakvierling.
  • Hold the Line: Several missions have you and your squad hold back massive German attacks and counterattacks, usually to buy time for friendly reinforcements to arrive.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Several important historical figures are mentioned or shown giving speeches during the various mission briefings, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Erwin Rommel, and Bernard Law Montgomery.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: "Hill 400" starts with the American soldiers breaking cover and charging the German position without even being ordered to, and it actually works!
  • Nonstandard Game Over: "Friendly Fire will not be tolerated!", or in the case of the Soviet missions, "You are a Traitor to the Motherland!"
    • During a British mission, a few German soldiers surrender, and Captain Price orders his men to hold their fire. Failure to do so results in this.
  • Obligatory War-Crime Scene:
    • One in the first level, no less, where Soviet soldiers torture a German prisoner for intel, and later, execute him on the spot.
    • The German defenders at Pointe du Hoc are shown gunning down a US medic, the latter of whom are supposed to be protected under the Geneva convention.
  • Old School Dogfight: During certain missions in North Africa, British Spitfires can be seen engaging and shooting down German Stuka dive bombers in the sky.
  • Outfit Decoy: During "Comrade Sniper", Pavel Semenov, one of your squadmates, waves his helmet on his rifle to spot a German sniper on the other side of the Stalingrad city square.
  • The Political Officer: Commissar Letlev from the first Soviet campaign mission, who tries his best to motivate the troops under his command with enthusiastic speeches, and will also threaten execution for anyone guilty of insubordination.
  • Product Placement: The documentary snippets for the start of each nation's campaign has the Military Channel (now known as the American Heroes Channel) logo plastered on it. Makes sense, since they provided the footage and additional research for the game.
  • Ranger: The 2nd Ranger Battalion is the prime focus of the American campaign. As such, all of the characters there are this by default.
  • Regenerating Health: The first Call of Duty game to introduce this mechanic, in fact.
  • Scenery Gorn: There's the ruins of Stalingrad, and the wrecked towns in Normandy and Germany. Both times the destruction to the buildings in these places is shown in great detail, and many of the ruined buildings can even be entered.
  • Scenery Porn: Both the North African deserts and the French countryside are shown in great detail during levels like "88 Ridge" and "The Silo". In both cases, they still look stunning even to this day.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The British campaign, despite Price and his men achieving all their objectives and holding their beleaguered position, ends with the 7th Armored being unable to break through the German defenses near Caen, despite them being sent to Normandy for that exact purpose.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few.
    • Many of the actors who worked on Band of Brothers had major voice acting roles in the game.
    • The Soviet campaign is, at least visually, heavily inspired by Stalingrad (1993). The real difference is that the focus is on the Soviets instead of the Germans.
  • Sniper Duel: A brief one takes place during the Soviet campaign level "Comrade Sniper", between Vasili and a German sniper on the other side of the city square.
  • Sniper Rifle: The Soviets have the scoped Mosin-Nagant, the Germans have the scoped Kar 98 k and the scoped Gewehr 43, the British the scoped Lee-Enfield, and finally the Americans get the Springfield.
  • Sniper Scope Sway: One of the new features of this game is the addition of holding your character's breath to briefly straighten out sniper rifle shots.
  • Sniping Mission: Several missions require you to snipe certain targets.
    • The Soviet campaign has "Comrade Sniper", where Vasili is tasked with taking out a German sniper and machine-gun nests with a scoped Mosin-Nagant.
    • The American campaign has "The Silo", where Taylor is tasked with providing sniper cover for his squadmates at the beginning, and is later tasked with taking out German mortar teams when the latter counterattack the town the Rangers just took.
      • Another mission in the same campaign is first half of "The Battle for Hill 400". This one requires Taylor to take out several German mortar teams firing on the Rangers' aid station.
  • The Squadette: Some of your ally soldiers during the Soviet campaign are women. This is accurate, since the Red Army was the only army during WWII to employ female soldiers on the frontline.
  • Storming the Beaches: The first American mission has the 2nd Ranger battalion storming the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, complete with heavy German opposition.
  • Tank Goodness: When Allied tanks are accompanying you and your squad, almost always expect them to help you out of a difficult situation.
  • Tanks for Nothing: The British Sherman tanks in "The Tiger" are practically useless against the much larger and more heavily armored German tank of the same name, and are Sitting Ducks to the latter's 88mm gun.
  • Target Spotter:
    • During the second El-Alamein mission, Davis is tasked with spotting German tanks for British artillery guns.
    • Pvt. Braeburn serves as Taylor's spotter during "The Silo", where he spots German machine-gun and mortar teams for him to snipe.
  • Urban Warfare: The vast majority of levels in all 3 campaigns take place in an urban environment of some sort. The Soviet campaign, however, takes the cake as it focuses on the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the Trope Codifiers of this trope.
  • Vehicular Turnabout: Several examples.
    • The British and Soviets are often shown using captured Opel Blitz trucks, which they use to bring in reinforcements or help evacuate personnel.
    • How Davis, Price, and MacGregor manage to escape Toujane in "Outnumbered and Outgunned", by capturing a Sdkfz 222 armored car and driving it through German lines.
  • Winter Warfare: All of the Soviet campaign levels take place in the freezing cold of the Russian Winter. As such, both they and the Wehrmacht are shown wearing thick winter clothing while struggling to continue amidst supply, ammunition, and fuel shortages.

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