Yesterday I started playing Call of Duty 2 Big Red One (BRO) on the original XBOX. Released in 2005, BRO was development house Treyarch’s first entry into the Call of Duty universe. You may be more familiar with Treyarch’s later, hugely successful Call of Duty titles, World at War and the Black Ops series. Let me say right off, if you are a fan of Call of Duty: World at War, then you owe it to yourself to play BRO.
Despite having Call of Duty 2 in the title, this is a completely separate game made by a completely different team. This game tells the story of a real group of American soldiers that went by the name “The Big Red One” – a title they got due to the red armbands they wore to identify their group. Unlike most Call of Duty titles, you play as the same character throughout the game (except in a few airplane scenes/missions). If you loved Call of Duty: World at War, you should like this. It really feel like, to me at least, a prototype of World at War. While more primitive than later titles for later consoles, this game feels like they just about had it all nailed down. Not as pretty as the later releases (come on, this is an old system now), it’s still gripping, and the story is damn good. Hell, the cut scenes are actually interesting. With me not being a fan of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty titles, it is nice to know that even at the beginning, Treyarch was doing Call of Duty games well.
So, if you are looking for something different to play while you are waiting for Battlefield 1 to be released (don’t lie – you know you’re getting Battlefield 1), why not look for this baby on Ebay and give it a shot. Nice bonus: it will play on your XBOX 360 (you still have your 360 don’t you?).
Check out some of my game play footage below: