Revisit 2005 by playing 'Call of Duty 2' on your Xbox One

Infinity Ward's last World War II shooter is backward compatible on Microsoft's latest console.

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Back before Call of Duty went full-on Michael Bay, the series focused on historical conflicts ignored by the then unstoppable Medal of Honor series. Xbox 360 launch title Call of Duty 2 was the last game in the series from original developer Infinity Ward to do such. And now, you have the chance to play through the Battle of Pointe du Hoc once again. How's that? The objective-based WWII shooter is now backward compatible on Xbox One. If nothing else, it's an interesting glimpse both at how much the franchise has changed and how FPS themselves have evolved over the past 11 years. Because, even in 2005, CoD 2 was considered a bit old-school in terms of design.

The best part is that it's free -- assuming you still have the original disc, of course. Everyone else can cough up $20 for it via the Xbox Game Store. Now's a good of time as any to try finishing your run through the campaign on "veteran" difficulty, no? I can't think of a better way to prep for Modern Warfare Remastered, myself.