Call of Duty 2

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Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 cover
Developers
Infinity Ward
macOS (OS X) i5works[1]
Publishers
Activision
OS X Aspyr Media
Engines
IW 2.0
Release dates
Windows October 25, 2005
macOS (OS X) June 1, 2006
Call of Duty 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Call of Duty 2 at Wikipedia
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Key points

Mod friendly.
Runs well on low end hardware.
Requires manual PunkBuster update to play on protected servers.

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Call of Duty Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Call of Duty game made.
Planet Call of Duty - Very old hub for all Call of Duty games. Has mods, guides, and news on the Call of Duty communities. Hasn't been updated for a while.
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM, CD-ROM edition with 6 discs and a DVD-ROM version. Single player game doesn't launch on updated versions of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 OS (any version for Windows 10). How to Play PC Games That Require SafeDisc or SecuROM DRM on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Published by Aspyr.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Published by Activision.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Demo
The USA retail edition is a 6 CD ROM Disks, the Europe retail edition is a DVD ROM Disk.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the seta com_introplayed "1" command line argument[2]

Tweaks[edit]

There are 3 ways to insert commands.

Use the in-game console[2]
  1. Enable console in the "Game Options".
  2. Open it with ~.
  3. Type command and press Enter.

Notes

If commands aren't sticking try putting "seta" before them.
If you are in the multiplayer part of the game, you need to place a common slash / before the commands.
Use command with +set prefix as command line arguments[2]
Edit directly the .cfg files[2]

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\main\players\<user-id>\*.cfg
macOS (OS X)
config.cfg contains single player settings.
config_mp.cfg contains multiplayer settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\main\players\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game texture settings.
In-game texture settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer
4K Ultra HD
Set resolutions above 2715x1527 ingame if you encouter a crash to desktop.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Call of Duty 2 FOV Hack
Windowed
Toggle with r_fullscreen command (only in SP); for MP use CoD2MPWindowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is x8. It can be increased up to x16 with r_anisotropy
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
A FPS cap be specified using the com_maxfps command

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
On/Off toggle in "Look" settings. Can be further adjusted with cl_mouseAccel parameter.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.0; A3D 2.0 can be forced with mss_3d_provider Aureal A3D 2.0 (TM) and snd_restart commands.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Only available in China Mainland (People's Republic of China) retail release.
Traditional Chinese
Only available in Taiwan (Republic of China) retail release.
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Korean
Only available in Korean retail release.
Polish
Only available in Polish retail release.
Portuguese
Only available in Portuguese retail release.
Russian
Only available in Russian retail release.
Slovak
Use unofficial Slovak language file (Windows). Also contains localized textures and videos.
Spanish
Thai
Only available in Thai retail release.

Network[edit]

In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
64
Online play
64 Requires manual PunkBuster update for protected servers.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 28960
UDP (outbound) 20500, 20510, 28960

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Possible fixes for general crashing[edit]

Crashes when launching the game (possible fixes)[citation needed]
  • Turn Steam overlay off in properties.
  • Turn off any program that overlays a GUI in the game (teamspeak GUI overlay) etc.
  • Turn on stereo mix under recording tab in sound properties.
  • Plug in a microphone.

[edit]

The fix is to force the CoD2 exe file to only use one processor core, but that doesn't mean the problem is exclusive to multicore processors; the same thing happens even on a Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading. Note that opening the Task Manager after starting the game and setting the process CPU affinity from there does not work. We have to get a little more involved than that. One last thing: the following directions are for the singleplayer exe file. If you find you need to apply this fix to multiplayer as well simply repeat the steps for CoD2MP_s.exe.

FMV freezing[citation needed]
  1. Download imagecfg and extract it into the installation folder.
  2. Make a backup copy of your CoD2SP_s.exe since we are going to be altering it.
  3. Open a cmd window and move to the installation folder.
  4. Enter this command: imagecfg -u CoD2SP_s.exe.
  5. If it worked you should see a little report saying the affinity has been set to a single processor. The -u switch makes the application only run in uni-processor mode.

Getting automatically kicked from servers[edit]

Kicked from servers[citation needed]
  1. Turn Steam overlay off in properties.
  2. Update PunkBuster manually.

Game won't start on Windows Vista and 7[edit]

On some systems the game won't start on Windows Vista, 7 or higher.

Enable compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Enable the following compatibility settings for the CoD2SP_s.exe and CoD2MP_s.exe files: Compatibility mode (Windows XP (Service Pack 3)).
  3. Run the game (CoD2SP_s.exe for Singleplayer, CoD2MP_s.exe for Multiplayer).

Low fps when using compatibility settings[edit]

Because running in compatibility settings give DirectX some unnecessary flags, in game fps can be highly reduced on some systems.

Advanced FPS fix for when running in compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Get the Compatibility Toolkit from this Microsoft page and install.
  2. Run the Compatibility Administrator (32-bit).
  3. Select New Database (1) and press Fix.
  4. Fill in the vendor name and the program name, as well as the location of the program. Press next.
  5. Tick Compatibility Mode and choose Windows XP SP3. Press next.
  6. Untick fix DXMaximizedWindowedMode. It will give a warning, press yes to continue.
  7. Select fix DXPrimaryEmulation, click Parameters, enter: -DisableMaxWindowedMode and press OK.
  8. Press Next. After that press Finish.
  9. Press Save, select the database name and save it to a location.
  10. Press File - Install.
  11. Close Compatibility Administrator.
  12. Because it will conflict with what we removed, you should now revert the compatibility fix you did to CoD2SP_s.exe and CoD2MP_s.exe above.

Game crashes when changing resolution[edit]

In the graphics option menu, set the "Rendering Method Preference" to DirectX 9.

If the game crashes when trying to change the renderer, either modify the game's configuration file manually with a text editor or apply compatibility settings (see Game won't start on Windows Vista and 7 for details).

Another workaround is to start a new game and then change graphics settings from there.

"Failed to find Steam" error[edit]

Get the Steam.dll file[3]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Copy the Steam.dll file and paste it into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable
OS X only.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System, Speex
Multiplayer PunkBuster

Console commands[edit]

Console command Description
ai_corpsecount [1-64] Controls the amount of dead bodies on the screen.
g_brass 0 Disables the shells flying our of your gun when firing.
cg_marks 0 Disables bullet holes and explosion marks.
cg_drawFPS 1 Show FPS counter.
com_hunkMegs [80-512] More memory and faster loading times (Don't use more than half of your total memory).
com_maxFPS Adjust the FPS cap.
cg_drawFPS 1 Show FPS counter.
r_drawsun 0 Disables the "sunblind" effect.
r_lodScale [1-4] Selects the rate objects lose detail.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 1.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1700+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.6 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce 7 series
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 10.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia Geforce 7300
ATI Radeon X1600
128 MB of VRAM
Supported ATI chipsets: ATI Radeon 8500, ATI Radeon 9000, ATI Radeon 9200, ATI Radeon 9500, ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9700, ATI Radeon 9800, ATI Radeon X300, ATI Radeon X550, ATI Radeon X600, ATI Radeon X700, ATI Radeon X800, ATI Radeon X850
Supported Nvidia chipsets: Nvidia GeForce 2 Ultra, All Nvidia GeForce 3/Ti Series, All Nvidia GeForce 4/Ti Series, All Nvidia GeForce FX Series, All Nvidia GeForce 6 Series

References

  1. Call of Duty 2 Officially Announced - IMG News Discussion - Inside Mac Games Forum - last accessed on 2016-7-23
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TweakGuides.com - Call of Duty 2 Tweak Guide
  3. Steam Community Discussions - Multiplayer Startup issues