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: Very Positive (476 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 29, 2003

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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.

© 2006 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision and Call of Duty are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

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
299 of 309 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Back when Call of Duty wasn't a joke.
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66 of 70 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Oh the best games, I would recommend this and call of duty 2 more than the current COD'S. Such a great WW2 based game.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.0 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
The game that had started one of the most successful video game franchises of all time.

In Call of Duty, you're going to experience the World War II from the perspective of three nations in three campaigns - American, British and Soviet. Each one of these feels different and overall, the game does a good job in creating a great atmosphere.

Being a somewhat old game, it obviously has its flaws, but is definitely a classic and a must-play for everyone who - even if only slightly - likes first-person shooters.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
In the original Call of Duty, you play as an American, a Soviet, and a British soldier all while facing somewhat challenging missions against enemies.

The campaigns are amazing and bring joy to play during them, and at the end you feel a burst of joy followed by sadness that this game is over. You still have big red one, call of duty 2, Call of Duty: United Offensive, and Call of Duty: World at War. Hopefully I get to play all of the listed above besides big red one very soon. This game is amazing, campaign-wise.


Not many people use multiplayer, but those who do are saints compared to the modern day call of duty gamers. 'Shame there aren't any more WW2 CoDs or CoDs with at least realistic campaigns.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
nice first cod game :D

just setting to widescreen 16:9

overall nice game :D
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11 of 15 people (73%) 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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Let me just say: memories pour back in once i started playing this, even though i played it on 360, i still just love the old classic that started it all. sadlyu, COD has sunk down to whiny little 12 year olds, and bad ports, but this just brings back the memories.

1000000000000000/10
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Fantastic game. 648628246246/10 one of the best call of dutys ever made.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
The Original and one of the best. It's been just over 10 years since I played this game last. It looks like it is running on Quake III Engine as were many games of its time. Based on WWII, you play as the Allies; US, UK and the Soviets. Use guns of the time, drive tanks, shoot with Panzers, anti tank rifles, even get shot by Soviet Sargents for running like a coward (as they were told at that time to keep on advancing, don't turn back or you will be shot) - even the fact that the soviets were either given a rifle or ammo was there! This is the Call of Duty without auto health regeneration, you have to find those health packs. Towards the end of the game, some footage is shown (although later CODs like Call of Duty: World at War has more footage). I wouldn't expect Multiplayer to exist. I'm giving a thumbs up because I like this game, liked it before too, otherwise the story is pretty short for the value for money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Call of Duty is a first person shooter set in World War 2. We start off as a simple American rookie in boot camp where we are thought the basics of crawling, shooting and reloading. Before you know it you are sent right to the heat of battle and left to fend for yourself as your allies are too busy trying to survive to help the recruit. It was a pretty cool intro that immediately reminds you that you are just a simple soldier not John Rambo. There is no regenerating health but instead you must rely on health kits to restore your health. It forces you to play much more smartly and knowing when to duck and hide while letting your allies take the fatal wounds in your stead. You are very rarely alone and will have allies watching your back throughout most of the battles.

Unfortunately your allies can prove to be just as fatal to your as the enemies. They will occasionally block your path while you are under fire and have a habit of looking into your barrel while you are trying to line up a shot. You are not allowed to shoot them since the gun won't fire when you aim at them but they somehow find ways to get killed by your bullets. They are not completely awful and will frequently save your life but they can be quite a burden at times. Later on you will also play through the eyes of a British and Russian solider which have completely different feel and take place simultaneously to the American war efforts.

Each nation has their own unique set of weapons but the Germans use different guns so you will run out of ammo and have to rely on scavenged German weapons in all three campaigns. The British campaign is the weak point of the three as you will usually be “infiltrating” some place but it always ends up with you killing tons upon tons of enemies by yourself or with a few allies which feels very out of place from the chaos of the other two campaigns. Chaos is where the Russian campaign exceeds. It is very brutal and you better pay attention to what people are saying and duck when you hear them say so or you will without a doubt die. Your comrades won't even equip you with a gun, just a round of ammo and tell you to run up a hill where the Russians are being slaughtered by the dozens. Gods help you if you stop running to collect a gun and some more ammo, they will assume that you are a coward that froze up and gun you down killing all sense of comradery between you and the people at your back.

Gun play is top notch and is very fluid. All the guns feel unique and sound very powerful. It is truly a pleasure to the ears to hear the battle around you and everything comes together to be very immersive. The Germans have far superior aim than your allies and it can be annoying how accurate they are with anything in their hands including mounted machine guns. Your allies are pretty capable when they are rushing toward the enemy but as soon as they are stationary they suddenly have the aim of a drunk Stormtrooper. You are equally as accurate as the enemy with most guns and are capable of leaning sideways without moving which is very useful. Up to two weapons of your choice can be carried along with your pistol and grenades. It does present a problem when there are tanks in the area and you are forced to carry one since your allies are always extremely reliant on you even if the anti-tank launcher is right next to them.

Graphics are obviously dated and it does not support modern resolutions out of the box. You will have to tweak the config files a bit for HD. It is surprisingly pretty tame on violence. There is no gore and the only blood is a small burst when shot that quickly evaporates. Music is great, sound effects are incredible and voice acting is pretty good too minus the Russians. Multiplayer is only played by a few dozen people and it's alright. Nothing special but it is pretty fun though expect a challenge from the veterans that still play this game. You will not be on foot throughout all of the campaign, you control a tank for a brief mission and will have to occasionally shoot out of a moving vehicle. The latter can be a bit frustrating since you do not regain health and have no way to avoid damage other than shooting them before they fire a shot at you.

This is still a great title that holds up well to this day. The only feature that would be odd to modern FPS gamers is the health kits required to survive but other than that you should be able to fit right in. All the things that make a game like graphics, sound effects and gameplay work very well with each other in this title and it makes it a immersive and brutal experience throughout. This is definitely not the Call of Duty to get if you want to play multiplayer though. Outside of the campaign there is nothing else to do and there is no incentive to replay it again so it is the type of game were you play through it once and delete it. It is one hell of a ride though and highly recommended to those seeking a single player World War 2 experience.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Good stuff.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Ok, I played all of the COD series (accept 3) and this and united offence could be very much top of my list. It is a very good game, and can still hold its ground against some of the sequels. I think this is one of those games in COD series where ACTIVISION didn't rush to put out but to perfect it. Now look at COD, a sequel every year with changes just to the story line but nothing else, love COD 1 and would recommend to any players to test their skills. OH yeah, did I mention your health does not regenerate, haha, love this game, I played this game back in 2006 and I bought it again, that's why of the low play time.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
ok, i have played this offline and non-steam. this is an old game. the graphics are old. the actul game is quite good. plenty of story missions and the multiplayer is kindov active(exept in australia) and its DLC united offensive is great.

BTW friend me if you are in australian and want to play Call Of Duty:United Offensive
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
A vintage game, yet necessary to all Call of Duty aficionados. This is genesis. This, is the beginning of the saga as we know it. If you enjoy fancy attachments and beautiful camos, then you should get this one, not just for the raw, cruel vision of war, but also to test your skills in a game where the attachments include a sniper scope (snipers only) and pretty much nothing else.

8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Classic! Still a ton of fun. Tight controls / smooth responsive gameplay. I guess it damn well better be by now.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This is patient zero, the instigator, the first born. love it or hate it, this game changed the market, enrages people on a daily basis, and steals money from every family in america. American capitalism and exploitation at it's finest. Murica!
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