Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 is a first-person shooter video game and sequel to the critically acclaimed game, Call of Duty. It was developed by Infinity Ward, with contributions from Pi Studios, and was published by Activision on October 25, 2005 for the PC and November 22, 2005 for the Xbox 360. Call of Duty 2 takes place during World War II and features three campaigns where the player can be a soldier for the Soviet Army, the British Army, or the American Army. There is a Zboard available for the PC version of this game.

Call of Duty 2 was the highest selling Xbox 360 launch title selling 250,000 units in its first week of availability [1].

A single player demo featuring a mission in El Daba, Egypt (entitled "The End of the Beginning") from a British perspective was released on September 26, 2005. A special DVD Collectors' Edition also exists, which includes 'making of' documentaries and interviews.

Overview

Call of Duty 2 was designed with the intent to be less linear than its predecessor, with notably more open-ended environments and less scripted events that were a prominent aspect in Call of Duty. For this, a new advanced AI-system was developed, called "Battle Chatter System" that consists of more than 20,000 lines of dialogue that your comrades and enemies use. These lines aren't activated by scripted sequences: instead, the soldiers react to the environment and use the Battle Chatter System to communicate with each other, instead of having the AI-controlled characters communicate to each other via a form of telepathy. The player will also have to cope with problems in many different ways such as flanking an enemy position.

The gameplay is also more varied. The player has to take on unique tasks, such as repairing severed communication cables in the city of Stalingrad. In addition, the standard health meter in a first-person shooter was removed and replaced with a "shock" system. The new system allows the player to take a hit or two before blood seeps onto the screen. If the player manages to find cover and stay safe for approximately 5 seconds, the soldier will then become fully healed.

The game engine is built from scratch and supports bump mapping and dynamic lighting. It features a filter to produce realistic lighting, leading to special tactical gameplay elements, such as making it difficult to shoot enemies on a rooftop because of bright light.

The game features several key vehicles and fifteen new weapons.

Campaigns

Private Vasili Ivanovich Koslov (Red Army, 13th Guards Division)

  • Battle of Moscow Dec 1941/Battle of Stalingrad, Dec 1942
  • Battle of Stalingrad, Dec 1942
  • Battle of Stalingrad, Feb 1943

Sergeant John Davis (British Army, 7th Armoured Division)

  • Second Battle of El Alamein, Oct-Nov 1942
  • Tunisia Campaign, March 1943
  • Battle of Normandy, June 1944

Tank Commander David Welsh (British Army, 7th Armoured Division)

  • Libya, Jan 1943

Corporal Bill Taylor (US Army, 2nd Ranger Battalion)

  • Pointe du Hoc, June 1944
  • Battle of Hurtgen Forest/Hill 400, Dec 1944
  • Crossing the Rhine, March 1945

Single Player

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

In the first set of missions, the player becomes a soldier on the Russian front, Vasili Ivanovich Koslov. The first Russian mission is a training mission. Simulating the poor economy of the Russians at the time, and poor training, the player is forced to use potatoes as grenades. After finishing the 'training' by beating off a German assault, the player takes part in house to house fighting across Stalingrad.

In the second set of missions, the player becomes a British soldier, Sergeant John Davis, commanded by Captain Price, whom is seen also in the original Call of Duty. The character must take over buildings, towns, and facilities and defend against counterattacks each time.

An addendum to the second set of missions has the player taking on the role of a British Tank commander, David Welsh. It is only one campaign (2 levels) long, but the player takes part in the 7th Armoured Division's advance across Libya, harrying the retreating Germans.

The final missions are American based. As Cpl. Bill Taylor the player starts off by playing a part in a World War II standard level, D-Day, except in this mission the character is not on Omaha beach, but, rather four miles west at Pointe du Hoc. The Americans have no more than twenty feet of beach to charge up before having to climb ropes up a cliff to sabotage artillery aimed at Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. On arriving at the top of the cliffs the guns are discovered to be removed, so the player has to go and find them. The remainder of the campaign sees you take part in the brutal fighting on Hill 400, and then securing the Rhine crossing into Germany. In the last scene, a Colonel promotes Bill Taylor to sergeant.

The end credits depict the dramatic rescue of Capt. Price from German hands by American soldiers and after the credits end the words, "No cows were harmed in the making of this game" appear.

Multiplayer

The Infinity Ward team has been blamed for incorrectly implementing the multiplayer aspect on the Xbox 360 version and have received protest threats from gamers.

Since November 22 2005 The Xbox 360 gamers have been suffering with Lag, the inability to bring friends into the lobby and no ability to make your own lobbies.

The Xbox 360 version can support 8 players per server. On the PC, players can join servers that support as many as 62 players.

A number of maps returned from the original Call of Duty such as:

  • Carentan, France
  • Brecourt, France
  • Saint Mère Eglise, France (Dawnville)
  • Stalingrad, USSR (Railyard)
  • POW Camp, France (only available on the Xbox 360 version)

Reaction

Call of Duty 2 received numerous perfect and near-perfect reviews from the media upon its release, as well as praise from many others. However, some reviews had minor criticisms. In general, some complained that the new health system, which allows players to regenerate health if they go under cover, makes the game less realistic than the original [2]. Others say that while the remakes of the original game's maps were interesting, the game could have had more original maps [3]. For the PC version, some said that the game's performance is occasionally slow [4]. Others, who reviewed the Xbox version, complained that the multiplayer wasn't as good as it was on the PC version because it was restricted to 8 players [5].

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References

  • ^  Duty 2 Tops Xbox 360 Launch Sales. URL accessed on December 28, 2005.

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Others, who reviewed the Xbox version, complained that the multiplayer wasn't as good as it was on the PC version because it was restricted to 8 players [5]. See article Qantas Club. For the PC version, some said that the game's performance is occasionally slow [4]. Since that time, new fleet have been given names from a specific theme:. Others say that while the remakes of the original game's maps were interesting, the game could have had more original maps [3]. This aircraft was named Iris, by the Wife of the Governor General of the time. In general, some complained that the new health system, which allows players to regenerate health if they go under cover, makes the game less realistic than the original [2]. Naming of Qantas' fleet has occured since the arrival of the first DH50.

However, some reviews had minor criticisms. Although Qantas chose neither the Boeing 777 or Airbus 340, it is rumored that Qantas is still looking into buying planes from one of these two manufacturers for the LHR-SYD/SYD-LHR non-stop route. Call of Duty 2 received numerous perfect and near-perfect reviews from the media upon its release, as well as praise from many others. In the meantime, Qantas will use its A330 on international routes to Asia. A number of maps returned from the original Call of Duty such as:. Delivery of the 787 will start in 2008, with the 787-900 coming in 2011. On the PC, players can join servers that support as many as 62 players. Qantas will use the Boeing 787 to cut travel time to Asia to less than 10 hours.

The Xbox 360 version can support 8 players per server. This annoucement came after a long battle between Boeing and Airbus to meet the airline's needs for fleet renewal and future routes. Since November 22 2005 The Xbox 360 gamers have been suffering with Lag, the inability to bring friends into the lobby and no ability to make your own lobbies. On December 14, 2005, Qantas announced an order for 65 Boeing 787s with purchase rights on 50 more, with some going to JetStar. The Infinity Ward team has been blamed for incorrectly implementing the multiplayer aspect on the Xbox 360 version and have received protest threats from gamers. The interior design for the A380 aircraft is expected to feature new seat design, special lounge areas, AVOD, internet capability, and larger entertainment screens. Price from German hands by American soldiers and after the credits end the words, "No cows were harmed in the making of this game" appear. Qantas will also make aviation history by operating the longest 500-passenger service in the world, flying between Melbourne and Los Angeles (12,749 km).

The end credits depict the dramatic rescue of Capt. Qantas intends to place the first 4 aircraft on trans-Pacific routes from Melbourne and Sydney to Los Angeles and later aircraft on services between Australia and London via Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore (ref: Airliner World, March 2005). In the last scene, a Colonel promotes Bill Taylor to sergeant. The aircraft will be operated in a three class, 501 seat configuration on international services. The remainder of the campaign sees you take part in the brutal fighting on Hill 400, and then securing the Rhine crossing into Germany. It will be the second airline (after launch customer Singapore Airlines) to receive an A380 and will take delivery of its first aircraft in April 2007. On arriving at the top of the cliffs the guns are discovered to be removed, so the player has to go and find them. Qantas has placed an order for 12 Airbus A380-800, with options for 10 more.

The Americans have no more than twenty feet of beach to charge up before having to climb ropes up a cliff to sabotage artillery aimed at Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. The QantasLink fleet consists of the following aircraft (at October 2005):. Bill Taylor the player starts off by playing a part in a World War II standard level, D-Day, except in this mission the character is not on Omaha beach, but, rather four miles west at Pointe du Hoc. The Qantas fleet consists of the following aircraft (at December 2005):. As Cpl. See full article: Qantas destinations. The final missions are American based. [3].

It is only one campaign (2 levels) long, but the player takes part in the 7th Armoured Division's advance across Libya, harrying the retreating Germans. No passengers were injured in the incident. An addendum to the second set of missions has the player taking on the role of a British Tank commander, David Welsh. United released a statement saying its flight 840 from Melbourne to Los Angeles "reported a wingtip touch with a Qantas aircraft as it taxied". The character must take over buildings, towns, and facilities and defend against counterattacks each time. On 2 February 2006, a Qantas Boeing 767, carrying 155 passengers and 11 crew, and a United Airlines 747, carrying 99 passengers and 14 crew, were involved in a wing clipping incident while on the runway of Melbourne's Tullamarine International Airport. In the second set of missions, the player becomes a British soldier, Sergeant John Davis, commanded by Captain Price, whom is seen also in the original Call of Duty. The aircraft was only 15 months old at the time of the incident.

After finishing the 'training' by beating off a German assault, the player takes part in house to house fighting across Stalingrad. Subsequent investigation found no sign of smoke or fire, and it is believed that the cargo fire sensors were faulty. Simulating the poor economy of the Russians at the time, and poor training, the player is forced to use potatoes as grenades. 9 passengers were injured and hospitalised. The first Russian mission is a training mission. The Osaka Control Tower reported seeing smoke on landing, so an emergency evacuation was declared as a precaution and emergency slides were deployed. In the first set of missions, the player becomes a soldier on the Russian front, Vasili Ivanovich Koslov. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Kansai Airport in Osaka, Japan after an indication of smoke in the cargo hold.

Corporal Bill Taylor (US Army, 2nd Ranger Battalion). On 21 August 2005, an incident occurred involving Qantas Airbus A330-300 VH-QPE with 178 passengers and 13 crew aboard. Tank Commander David Welsh (British Army, 7th Armoured Division). It also returned to service after repairs. Sergeant John Davis (British Army, 7th Armoured Division). The following year 747-300 VH-EBW was damaged when its landing gear collapsed while taxiing at Rome. Private Vasili Ivanovich Koslov (Red Army, 13th Guards Division). [2] Repairs to the nine-year-old aircraft were undertaken in China by TAECO at a cost in excess of A$100 million and it was suggested at the time that this expense was solely to avoid a hull-loss being recorded, a claim Qantas denied.

The game features several key vehicles and fifteen new weapons. [1] There were no fatalities; however, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau criticised numerous inadequacies in Qantas' operational and training processes. It features a filter to produce realistic lighting, leading to special tactical gameplay elements, such as making it difficult to shoot enemies on a rooftop because of bright light. Qantas' record in the jet era was spotless until Boeing 747-400 VH-OJH over-ran the runway by 220 metres while landing in a rainstorm at Bangkok in 1999. The game engine is built from scratch and supports bump mapping and dynamic lighting. Other fatal accidents occurred in 1927, 1934, 1942, 1943 (×2), and 1944. If the player manages to find cover and stay safe for approximately 5 seconds, the soldier will then become fully healed. One was on 16 July 1951, when De Havilland Drover VH-EBQ crashed in New Guinea after an engine failure, killing all seven passengers and crew.

The new system allows the player to take a hit or two before blood seeps onto the screen. Prior to the jet era, Qantas had fatal crashes. In addition, the standard health meter in a first-person shooter was removed and replaced with a "shock" system. However, the company's official line is that it has never lost a "jet" aircraft. The player has to take on unique tasks, such as repairing severed communication cables in the city of Stalingrad. It is often claimed, most notably in the 1988 movie Rain Man, that Qantas has never had a fatal crash. The gameplay is also more varied. There are also plans to increase services to India, by making the current three times weekly service to Mumbai (Bombay) into a daily return flight.

The player will also have to cope with problems in many different ways such as flanking an enemy position. On 30 November 2005 Qantas annouced that services to New York would go from 3 per week to 5 per week from 27 February 2006. These lines aren't activated by scripted sequences: instead, the soldiers react to the environment and use the Battle Chatter System to communicate with each other, instead of having the AI-controlled characters communicate to each other via a form of telepathy. Also in mid-2005 Qantas annouced it would increase services to Shanghai and Johannesburg. For this, a new advanced AI-system was developed, called "Battle Chatter System" that consists of more than 20,000 lines of dialogue that your comrades and enemies use. In mid-2005 Qantas announced it would recommence services to Beijing, Seoul, Vancouver and San Francisco. Call of Duty 2 was designed with the intent to be less linear than its predecessor, with notably more open-ended environments and less scripted events that were a prominent aspect in Call of Duty. The first of the 787s are scheduled to be delivered to Jetstar in August 2008.

. Jetstar, Qantas' low-cost subsidiary, will also operate 10 of the new aircraft on international routes. A special DVD Collectors' Edition also exists, which includes 'making of' documentaries and interviews. The aircraft will allow Qantas to replace their current 767-300 fleet, increase capacity and establish new routes. A single player demo featuring a mission in El Daba, Egypt (entitled "The End of the Beginning") from a British perspective was released on September 26, 2005. The 787 was chosen after a very competitive selection process in which it competed directly with the Airbus A350. Call of Duty 2 was the highest selling Xbox 360 launch title selling 250,000 units in its first week of availability [1]. On 14 December 2005, Qantas announced an order for 115 Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft (45 firm orders, 20 options and 50 purchase rights).

There is a Zboard available for the PC version of this game. In 2005, the first visit of an Airbus A380 to Australia coincided with Qantas's 85th birthday. Call of Duty 2 takes place during World War II and features three campaigns where the player can be a soldier for the Soviet Army, the British Army, or the American Army. Qantas is responsible for some of the most successful marketing campaigns in Australian history, with many advertising campaigns featuring renditions by children's choirs of Peter Allen's "I Still Call Australia Home," set to footage of breathtaking scenery. It was developed by Infinity Ward, with contributions from Pi Studios, and was published by Activision on October 25, 2005 for the PC and November 22, 2005 for the Xbox 360. Commentators believe the sale, and resultant greater Australian ownership, will free up hurdles for Qantas to expand into Asia. Call of Duty 2 is a first-person shooter video game and sequel to the critically acclaimed game, Call of Duty. By law, Qantas must be at least 51% Australian-owned, and the British Airways holding had brought foreign ownership to the maximum permissible level.

URL accessed on December 28, 2005.. British Airways' original 25% share had been diluted to 18.5% by the issue of more shares. ^  Duty 2 Tops Xbox 360 Launch Sales. In September 2004, British Airways disposed of its share in Qantas, expected to amount to A$1.1bn. POW Camp, France (only available on the Xbox 360 version). In 1993, British Airways bought a 25 % share in Qantas for A$665m. Stalingrad, USSR (Railyard). In 2003, Qantas attempted and failed to obtain regulatory approval to purchase a larger (but still minority) stake in Air New Zealand.

Saint Mère Eglise, France (Dawnville). It now wholy owns and operates JetConnect which operates NZ domestic services under the Qantas brand. Brecourt, France. Qantas has attempted to expand into the New Zealand domestic air travel market, first with a shareholding in Air New Zealand and then by a franchise takeover of Ansett New Zealand. Carentan, France. Qantas is already the second-largest airline operating out of Singapore Changi Airport, while Singapore Airlines is the second-largest operator of international flights into and out of Australia. Crossing the Rhine, March 1945. On 13 December 2004, the first flight of Jetstar Asia Airways took off from its Singapore hub to Hong Kong, marking Qantas' entry into the Asian cut-price market, and its intentions in battling key competitor Singapore Airlines on its home ground.

Battle of Hurtgen Forest/Hill 400, Dec 1944. Prior to Jetstar, Qantas had also developed a full-service all economy international carrier focussed on the holiday and leisure market, which has taken on the formerly used Australian Airlines name. Pointe du Hoc, June 1944. Qantas hopes that this move will "crowd out" the cut-price segment of the market, allowing Qantas to remain the superdominant player in the Australian domestic aviation market and one of the few profitable full-service airlines in the world. Libya, Jan 1943. The introduction of Virgin Blue, a cut-price competitor, has eaten into this market share somewhat, and Qantas has responded by creating a new cut-price subsidiary airline Jetstar. Battle of Normandy, June 1944. After September 2001 and the collapse of Ansett Airlines, Qantas held a near-monopoly on the Australian domestic air travel market.

Tunisia Campaign, March 1943. Over the years, several domestic Australian airlines have gone out of business amid complaints of anti-competitive pricing by Qantas and exorbitant prices on new non-competed routes. Second Battle of El Alamein, Oct-Nov 1942. Qantas has a reputation for being an aggressive competitor in the Australian aviation market. Battle of Stalingrad, Feb 1943. It also flies many international routes to and from Australia. Battle of Stalingrad, Dec 1942. Since the merger with Australian Airlines in 1993, Qantas has flown an extensive schedule between all Australian capital cities, as well as many regional cities and towns.

Battle of Moscow Dec 1941/Battle of Stalingrad, Dec 1942. The airline ceased operations in 1996. Several Boeing 747SP and 767 aircraft were transferred from Qantas service. In 1990, Qantas established Australia Asia Airlines to operate services to Taiwan. Qantas was privatised in 1995 by Prime Minister Keating's labor government.

Many of these routes were dropped in the 1970s following the airline slump after wide-body aircraft were introduced. By the 1960s, Qantas was operating round-the-world services from Australia to London via Asia and the Middle East and via the USA and Mexico. The network was expanded across the Pacific in 1954 when Qantas took over the operations of British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines (BCPA). In 1948, the airline took delivery of Lockheed L.049 Constellations.

Immediately after World War II, Qantas began operating Avro Lancastrian aircraft between Sydney and London in cooperation with British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Subsequent conservative governments maintained this arrangement. In 1967, the name was changed to Qantas Airways Limited. It remained an unlisted public company with the government holding 100 % of the shares.

After World War II, QEA Limited was in dire financial straits and was taken over by the Australian labor government led by Prime Minister Ben Chifley. The flights operated in complete radio silence and took more than twenty-four hours. QEA operated a non-stop flying boat service between Perth, Western Australia and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943-44. Most of the QEA fleet was taken over by the Australian government for war service between 1939 and 1945, and most of these aircraft were lost in action.

The Sydney to Southampton service took nine days, with passengers staying in hotels overnight. In 1938, this operation was replaced by a flying boat service using Shorts S.23 Empire Flying Boats. Imperial Airways operated the rest of the service through to London. Qantas Empire Airways commenced services between Brisbane and Singapore using deHavilland DH-86 Commonwealth Airliners.

Each partner held 49 %, with two per cent in the hands of an independent arbitrator. In 1934, QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (the forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited. It operated air mail services subsidized by the Australian government, linking railheads in western Queensland. Qantas was founded in Queensland on 16 November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territorial Aerial Services Limited.

. Qantas was formerly an acronym for the "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services." The company is traded on the Australian Stock Exchange as "QAN.". Qantas is the third oldest airline in the world after KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands, and Avianca from Colombia. "Qantas" (IATA: QF, ICAO: QFA, and Callsign: Qantas) is the name and callsign of the oldest and largest airline of Australia.

He is also qualified for flying the Boeing 747-400 as a First Officer - he commenced and completed his training with Qantas. Actor John Travolta personally owns and flies an ex-Qantas Boeing 707 painted in the Qantas livery of the 1960's. Its first international destination was to Singapore. British Airways used these designs on their tailfins as part of their 1997 "ethnic art" relaunch.

All three carry striking, colourful liveries, designed by Australian Aborigines. Qantas has three planes painted in Australian Aboriginal art liveries: Wunala Dreaming (Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEJ), Nalanji Dreaming (Boeing 747-338 VH-EBU) and Yananyi Dreaming (Boeing 737-838 VH-VXB). In 1979 Qantas was the only airline in the world to operate a fleet consisting entirely of Boeing 747's. Qantas Boeing 707s were nicknamed V jets from the latin vannus meaning fan.

The first Qantas Boeing 707 was delivered to the airline in Seattle on 26 June 1959. In 1928 a chartered Qantas aircraft conducted the inaugural flight of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, departing from Cloncurry. In the 1920s Qantas built a number of aircraft (De Havilland DH50s and a single DH9) under licence in its Longreach hangar. Cruising speed was 105 kilometres per hour (65 mph), carrying 1 pilot and 2 passengers.

The first aircraft owned by Qantas was Avro 504K G-AUBG, purchased for £1425. 2006/7 (Airbus A380) - First A380 will be named Nancy Bird Walton, remainder as yet are un-named however will be themed on Australian Aviation Pioneers. 2002 - Re-establishment of naming practice of fleet after Towns & Cities of Australia, celebrating Qantas' coverage of Australia. 1980s - Wildlife (Bellbird, Lorikeet and Kestrel).

1980s - Inspirational Names (Daring, Integrity, Resolute).  ???? (Flying Boats) - Capella, Carpentaria, Challenger, Champion, Calypso and Camilla. 1929 (DH61 Aircraft) - Grecian Theme (Apollo, Diana, Hermes and Athena). 34 Dash 8 (further 7 on order).

5 BAe 146. 5 Boeing 717-200 (further 4 on order). 35 Boeing 787s (on order). 24 Boeing 767-300ER (comprising 17 Boeing 767-338ER and 7 Boeing 767-336ER).

30 Boeing 747-400 (comprising 21 Boeing 747-438, 6 Boeing 747-438ER, 2 Boeing 747-4H6 and 1 Boeing 747-48E). 6 Boeing 747-338. 29 Boeing 737-838 (further 4 on order). 20 Boeing 737-400 (comprising 19 Boeing 737-476 and 1 Boeing 737-4L7).

10 Airbus A330-303. 4 Airbus A330-201.

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