Xbox 360: Call of Duty 3

Your weapons arsenal for the onslaught is comprised of the usual range of rifles and machine guns coupled with smoke and grenades for those tough to reach machine gun nests.

Just as in the previous game you are free to scavenge both weapons and ammunition from your defeated enemies, a vital resource when you’re running low on ammunition for your M1 Garand! One area of definite improvement is in the ability to ‘cook’ your grenades before launching, effectively this reduces the fuse time and allows for some pretty impressive incendiary action. Also on the grenade front you are now permitted to throw back any potato mashers that Jerry chucks your way. With a deft flick of buttons you can now send back his messages of death but you’ll need to be quick!

As the game progresses you play through the missions as each of the four Allied forces. Your next missions after St Lo involve the British SAS and will see you getting your hands on a jeep to drive ably manned by your squad mates who will pick off Nazi’s as you race through the streets and on into the rail yard. Ever onward through the countryside and forest you are tasked with the clearing out of bunkers and destroying enemy flack guns before taking to the controls of a Polish tank to clear a path through the villages and advance ever onward towards Chambois.

The game continues at a fairly rapid rate and if you are a veteran of Call of Duty 2 nothing will really come as much of a surprise. Along the way although there is some interesting variation here and there which will certainly test your ambidextrous skills when firing the fixed mortar tubes! I completed the single player in around 7-8 hours on the normal difficulty settings. This was a leisurely romp through the game and it may take others more or less time depending upon their skill levels (I would put myself maybe just above average, but not much!) The option also exists to play on hardened or veteran settings and a run through the earlier missions on veteran certainly shows a step up in the enemies AI ability and accuracy so you should get a reasonable longevity from the single player aspect of the game.

A variety of achievement points are available during this outing of Call of Duty, nearly half of them are awarded for single player campaign play and the remainder for Ranked online play. Some of the campaign achievements are actually quite entertaining to obtain and extend your game time accordingly. You can replay missions which demand you use only melee attacks or shoot only German weapons as well as playing for some secret achievements which will test your driving skill and speed of play!