Call of Duty 2Official website
The sequel of Call of Duty was released last year and features a whole new graphics engine which really put you in the middle of a war zone in all its terrifying glory. The game play is more newbie friendly with the auto-healing and easier to kill enemies, nevertheless with the difficulty cranked up you’ll have many auto-spawning foes to kill.
We've chosen to play the "Hold the line" scene which is at the beginning of the "Battle of El Alamain" level. You find yourself in the dusk racing the Germans to get hold of a little town in the desert. Unfortunately, both armies hit the town at the same time, so there is quite some chaos in the beginning. In order to have good benchmark results I started to record frames from the very first second the scene plays. You are on your way to the little town, and there are Germans on your left and right. Just let the truck driver do his work and you do yours: shoot!
Call of Duty 2 is one of the older games we tested, though it can without doubt still put enough stress on most video cards. At 1024x768 it looked acceptable though frame rate dropped back to 20FPS at times and this was certainly noticeable. The video options did not have to be turned down that much, and people who really prefer frame rate over nicer looking in-game graphics still have some performance tweaks left at the resolution we tested.
Here is a screenshot we took during our test loops:
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