Call of Duty 2 was a huge success when it was released 2005. It was one of the best rated first person shooters ever at the time. The graphics and missions were captivating so the game sold millions of copies right away. The single player campaign put you through the thick and thin that the Allies had to go through on all fronts. But where did the inspiration for the maps and storyline come from?
It looks a little familiar
World War two movies and series were popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. titles like the Band of Brothers, Enemy at the Gates, Saving Private Ryan were all works of art and movies that made a huge success. Well, they are responsible for most maps and settings in COD2 and COD United Offensive.
The most popular multiplayer map was Carentan. If you had that weird “I’ve seen this before” feeling, you were probably right. The map was designed based on a scene in Band of Brothers. The entire map looks completely the same as it does in the series. The Soviet maps were based on the movie Enemy at the Gates, even the single player missions are similar to the movie.
The expansion called United Offensive was released a year after the original game. It had completely new campaign missions and maps, again based on the Band of Brothers series. The best map is Foy, Belgium, and it looks exactly like it does on the movie screen.
Real Veterans were involved
Bringing the actual war into a game isn’t easy at all. It’s a long process that involves a lot of research, but also interviews with retired war veterans that were fighting in that war. The guys from Infinity Ward did a great job at interviewing and capturing the experiences of some of these former soldiers. Details of their stories were even incorporated into the storyline in-game.
Pushing the limits
Call of Duty 2 is one of those legendary games that will be remembered forever in the game Hall of Fame. It is definitely a game that brought new ideas to the market and raised the bar for other titles in the future.