Call of Duty® delivers the gritty realism and cinematic intensity of World War II's epic battlefield moments like never before - through the eyes of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes from an alliance of countries who together helped shape the course of modern history.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (512 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 29, 2003

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About This Game

Call of Duty® delivers the gritty realism and cinematic intensity of World War II's epic battlefield moments like never before - through the eyes of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes from an alliance of countries who together helped shape the course of modern history.
Play through the chaos of battle as part of a well-trained squad, that lays down covering fire and pulls its wounded to safety. In addition to authentic squad movements and tactics, each soldier's distinct personality and training comes out on the battlefield.
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.

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System Requirements

    Minimum: 3D hardware accelerator card required - 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible 32MB hardware T&L-capable video card and latest drivers*, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Pentium III 600MHz or Athlon 600MHz processor or higher for systems with Windows 98/ME, Pentium III 700MHz or Athlon 700MHz processor or higher for systems with Windows 2000/XP, 128MB RAM, 1.4GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 400MB for Windows 98/ME swap file, 600MB for Windows 2000/XP swap file), 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers, 100% Windows 98/ME/2000/XP compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers, DirectX 9.0b (included)
    Multi-player Requirements:
    • Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
    • Internet play requires 56kbps (or faster) modem and latest drivers
    • LAN play requires network interface card and latest drivers
    Important Notice: *Some 3D accelerator cards with the chipset listed here may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Call of Duty. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX 9.0b compatibility.
    Supported Chipsets
    • All ATI Radeon cards
    • All nVidia GeForce cards
    • Matrox Parhelia
Helpful customer reviews
86 of 89 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Call of Duty is very different from modern Call of Duty games. It doesn't have regenerating health, it has a different game engine, combat flows differently, and you are a regular soldier, not a super soldier or super agent.

The campaign follows three nations battle against the Third Reich and their constantly growing military. You play as Americans, British and Russian soldiers in different battles against different groups of the massive Nazi Army. As the American solider, you are fighting in France in a desperate battle to claim land and villages from the Nazi's, as the British, you go from standard soldier to SAS agent, and as a Russian soldier, you start as a lowly conscript and end as a senior soldier. In the campaign, you never feel invincible, and unlike modern Call of Duty games, you will almost always have a large amount of soldiers with you, rather than going alone or with a single invincible commanding officer. This doesn't make the game easier however, the lack of regenerating health means that it is unwise to carelessly move, especially on higher difficulties where having low health and no health kits for another mile can make the games campaign brutally difficult.

The soundtrack is a high-point for the game as well, with memorable themes. The voice acting is far from modern Call of Duty's Hollywood voice acting, but then again, it can stand with it as an equal because nearly all the Call of Duty games have bad voice acting (minus Kevin Spacey, he was the best part of Advanced Warfare of course!). The sound effects hold up to players because they were re-used for several more games, and as they stand, they aren't exactly low-quality.

Visually, the game has aged since release, with odd faces, bad animations and low-resolution environment textures. The gun models are noticeably lower detail compared to Call of Duty 2's models as well. Despite this, the visuals only get in the way if you decide to only focus on them. The engine is clearly quite old, but the game runs well on modern computers for most of the time. The only real annoyance is the lack of support for most resolutions, meaning that .cfg configurations are needed to run in resolutions such as 1920x1080.

Despite its problems, Call of Duty still stands as one of the best in the series, the game may be visually aged, it may lack the narrative focus of later games, but it stands taller because it focuses more on spectacular battles and large set pieces instead of plot and the excessive use of QTE's. I ultimately recommend this game to anyone who loves Call of Duty to see how the series should be done, and lovers of the genre as Call of Duty, and its expansion pack, United Offensive make the best the series. A stellar game, and a brilliant starting point for a series that has unfortunately lost its way.

Overall: 9
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80 of 91 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
The one good Call of duty game. 10/10
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60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
it's a 2003 game but it stills better than Advanced Warfare an the others COD games
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I played this game a long time ago, when I was just a kid. I gave it another try now, and I'm not disappointed, its still very good. Of course, the graphics are super old so nothing really nice from this point but the gameplay is still very good and enjoyable.
I forgot how hard was the Veteran dificulty in this one (newer COD's are largely easier) and it's very hard indeed.
Besides some AI nonsense, some glitch there and there, and some absurdly hard to find objectives the game is still very good.
I can only recommend, if you are not into games for the graphics, you will enjoy.

The only downside for now is the price. 20€ is really too much, it should be sold around 5 considering its age.
That said, you can get the WWII bundle and that makes it a little cheaper (still too much imho), or just wait for a deal and its all good.
I wish they would price old games sensibly because it only encourage to get it somewhere else...
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I say it's good graphics for it's time and it has a good story line but the controls are a litlle off other than that great game
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