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  • Summary: You've been called to defend your Allied country against the Axis foes. In Call of Duty: Finest Hour, you must fight as part of a squad through the chaos of battle. Whether you play as American, British, or Russian forces, you'll discover the hardships that every unsung hero had to face during World War II. The game also features authentic weapons, vehicles, environments, combat missions, and the real sounds of war. Finally, the cinematic battlefield conflicts come to life on your gaming console. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. You won't find a better first-person shooter on the Nintendo GameCube. In fact, it's the best first-person shooter in a World War II setting this generation. Is this surprising? With the use of the original Call of Duty's play mechanics and amazing production values across the board, it shouldn't be.
  2. But for a challenge that won't be one-upped, top-quality sound and graphics and a serious, reserved tone that does honor to the people who didn't have a choice to just play the video game version, pick up Call of Duty: Finest Hour as soon as you are able. You won't be disappointed.
  3. 85
    The single-player game is short, yes, but it's incredibly epic (in the cinematic definition of the term), and multiplayer should keep you playing long after the main campaign is over.
  4. With the exception of the very first level (the Battle of Stalingrad) you hardly get the sense of urgency that you should feel while playing this game.
  5. With the lovely graphics comes lovely sound. In every respect the sound flatters the graphical side of things.
  6. A lack of checkpoints, imperfect weapon design and control along with a lack of a story that players will care for makes this the low point for the impressive franchise.
  7. 60
    With so many inconsistencies, Finest Hour just doesn't live up to its PC forefather. Alone on the consoles, this is one World War II moment that's better rented than bought.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Bob
    Oct 20, 2004
    10
    Wow finally for consoles! sweetness.
  2. BrandonJ.
    Jan 22, 2005
    10
    The best console shooter ever! Perfect in every way!
  3. Ryan
    Jan 11, 2005
    9
    Best console fps, besides halo, to date.
  4. Derek
    Dec 26, 2006
    8
    Though it's short, Call of Duty's realistic in-the-war feel and sheer challenge will appeal to WWII fans and veterans. So, what is Call of Duty? Call of Duty is a game based on World War 2. What do you do in the game? The gameplay is very fun. You can use plenty of weapons which are all different, but equal. You can snipe, man turrets, search buildings, crouch, aim, jump. But the presentation ties it together nicely. Sometimes you may get stuck due to lousy instruction, but most of the time, you should be on key. How hard is this game? You can play on 3 different difficulties. Easy. Medium. Hard. Even on easy, the game can get somewhat difficult. The challenge is what keeps the player playing this game and it doesn't frustrate you like in other games. How are the graphics? Amazing. They aren't that high def, but the graphics create surroundings that make it feel like you are actually in the war. And that is what seperates it from most games. How is the sound? Great. It uses Dolby Pro Logic II. Everything on key. Without sound, it wouldn't be a war. How long is it? Short, I admit. It is only a couple hours long. But it's difficulty and fun gameplay will leave you coming back for more. Too bad Gamecube didn't give this online play. Any unlockables? Some cheats. Movies. Photos. The small stuff. Who do you reccomend owning the game? WWII veterans who want to look back at the wars. FPS fans who want a tense experience. War/weapon fanatics. Pros: Realistic in-the-war presentation ; enjoyable gameplay ; plenty of weapons to choose from and use ; Challenging game. Cons: Slow motion moments are annoying ; No multiplayer or online play ; Short single player. Expand
  5. DJ
    Feb 10, 2005
    5
    Soooo disappointed with this title. After all the reviews, I thought it'd be a solid shooter. It's weak. terrible play control - no real feel when you are shooting at enemies. Why can't enemies just fall down and die? they flop around for 2 seconds making you waste more ammo on them. Nintendo can do better. Expand