Around 7+ years have passed since Call of Duty (PC) made its 2003 debut receiving a nice share of GOTY awards. Now, the game has been released as arcade games through PSN and XBLA. The only question that remains is whether it should've stayed back on PC or if the console adaptations could bring a refreshing experience.
The setting of CoD (Call of Duty) is the World War II front. With multiple areas being played by various campaigns: American, Russian, and British, you'll defiantly find a great level of variation between missions. For one moment you could be trying to hold a town from enemy forces and the next mission, you may be evading Nazis in an automobile (riding shotgun, mind you) the next.
Before starting each mission, you're greeted with a 2-page diary entry for each soldier you play as your loading screen. These play as simple loading screen but also help give you a indication as to what your mission may revolve around. Basically of the missions cover real missions from WWII such as: the taking of Berlin, Airborne on D-Day, and others.
Since this is the first Call of Duty, your controls revolve around a more "primitive" base then what you're used to if you've played a more recent Call of Duty entry. You have your assortment of weapons, strafing, and other basic FPS controls. The most noticeable change, which was personally a warm welcome, compared to CoD sequels is you have healthpacks, not regenerative health. With Veteran difficulty not allowing health packs, Veteran can offer an amazing challenge while allowing fairness when it comes to checkpoints.
When it comes to the graphics and presentation side of things, it does hold its own but nothing really beyond that. The technical side does look like a maxed out PC with 60 fps, but it still seems like polishing up things would've been welcomed to see. The sounds are still something to marvel at for that time though. The variation in sound for games back then can sound muffled, but they're good for the most part.
Overall, Call of Duty Classic is a formidable game in the arcade market but at too much expense. For an arcade game that COULD'VE been for the fans, Call of Duty Arcade really just cleans up the graphics with 60 fps and calls it a day after that. I'd certainly recommend it for the FPS fan who'd like a challenge, but other than that I'd recommend steering clear of this title or waiting until a price drop.
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Call of Duty on PC (released in 2003): 8.8 w/ coolbeans' *FresH* badge