All in all, Call of Duty: Classic is a lot of fun, if you can get past the annoying health and checkpoint systems. It doesnít have as many over the top set pieces as the later games in the series do, but the set pieces that are there are pretty awesome, considering the tech they had to work with at the time this game was made. The last three levels of the campaign are especially cool and provide great insight into what the creators had in mind for the series. A lot of the best set pieces in Call of Duty 2 and the two Modern Warfare games have their roots in set pieces from Classic. Plus, a few familiar names pop up in Classic, such as Captain Price, who you should have been expecting, as well as some you wonít expect, such as Sergeant Makarov, an NPC who you follow for a brief time in one of the Russian levels. Could this Makarov have any relation to the terrorist in Modern Warfare 2? Knowing Infinity Ward, Iím going to say yes.
So if you have never played the original Call of Duty, this port isnít a bad way to do so, however, due to the wacky save system, I canít recommend it over its PC counterpart. If you have a way to do so, play the PC version. If you simply must play the game for its achievements (all but one of which can be unlocked on the easiest difficulty) then at least wait for this to go on sale, 1200 MS points is quite a lot for such an old game. Altogether, I give this game a 6 out of 10
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