Almost fifteen years ago, one of the most iconic video game franchises of all time released a portable spin-off of its hit console game. That game was Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, and it was released on March 13, 2007 for the PlayStation Portable. Developed by Amaze Entertainment and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory put players in the shoes of Allied soldiers fighting their way through some of the most famous battles of World War II.
While Call of Duty: Roads to Victory was not the first portable Call of Duty game (that honor goes to 2005’s Call of Duty 2: Big Red One), it was the first original game in the series designed specifically for portable devices. And despite some obvious graphical compromises due to the PSP’s limitations, roads to Victory still managed to capture the feel of its console counterparts.
The game featured three campaigns that allowed players to Fight as an American paratrooper during Operation Market Garden, take control of a Russian infantryman during the Battle of Kursk, or fight as a Canadian sniper during the Battle for Caen. Each campaign contained six missions that were based on actual historical events, and each mission could be played on one of three difficulty levels.
In addition to the single-player campaigns, roads to victory also included a competitive multiplayer mode that supported up to six players via ad hoc wireless connections. The multiplayer mode featured four different modes of play (deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, and headquarters) and eight maps that were based on locations from the single-player campaigns.
While it may not have been the most successful or popular entry in the series, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory remains an interesting footnote in the history of one of gaming’s most iconic franchises. So whether you’re a diehard fan who remembers playing this game back in 2007 or you’re just curious about what a portable Call of Duty game looks like, be sure to give Roads to Victory a try! You might just be surprised at how well it holds up after all these years.