It was just four years after launching the original Xbox that Microsoft rolled out its vision of the future. The future was vast swathes of follow ups, sequels and yearly updates, with a smattering of half-assed original titles. Kameo: Elements of Power was the pick of the bunch. Yeah. However, those who picked up the relatively low-key Call of Duty 2, and had their new console connected to the internet, were in for a treat.
Call of Duty 2 featured an intense, slick and challenging single player campaign--fun, but nothing genuinely new. However, it was on multiplayer servers that the game really found its home. Back then online gaming was, and in some respects still is, the future of gaming, and Microsoft’s Xbox Live was a key part of that. COD 2 was the perfect game to not only kickstart XBL on the 360 generation, but to start reshaping the multiplayer shooter as a whole.