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  • Summary: Developed by Spark Unlimited, a newly formed studio comprised of 27 of the individuals who developed titles in the "Medal of Honor" series, Call of Duty: Finest Hour is a separate and distinct game from the PC first-person shooter. It features a unique storyline, missions and battlefield environments; intense battlefield conflicts; unsung heroes fighting as part of a crack squad through the chaos of battle; playable perspectives from three different allied sides -- American, British, and Russian; authentic weapons, vehicles, environments, combat missions and the real sounds of war. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. What singles out this series from the rest is that it homes in on the sheer intensity and ugliness of war.
  2. Another brilliant PS2 first-person shooter. Boasting realism, originality and variety in equal measure - it's the premium choice for Medal of Honor fans this year. [PSM2]
  3. It's a blaster dressed in perfect olive greens that makes previous "Medal Of Honor" games seem slightly robotic and soulless in comparison.
  4. Going into and out of some of WWII’s most intense battles will keep you coming back for more. If you can get by the average graphics and a couple of A.I. wobbles you’ll have a great time playing this game.
  5. 75
    The game will take you about eight hours to beat and it will entertain you for most all of that time. Maybe it was the character jumping or maybe it was the generic feel the game puts out, but I just couldn't really get into this one.
  6. It's more than equal to any of the console "Medal of Honor" titles, although we're desperately hoping that developers will now give it some time to truly shake up the genre a little and bring some new ideas to the table.
  7. 60
    But playing this game live on the console systems lacks the finesse and speed to which you're accustomed. Lag is apparent everywhere, from watching other players float across the ground to empting an entire magazine into a foe at close range with no effect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Bryan
    Nov 17, 2004
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 27, 2005
    Best war game ever! If you want it, Get it now!!1 its AWESOME!!!!
  3. May 25, 2013
    CoD Finest Hour is the best CoD in the entire franchise! Better than CoD4 if I must add! Here's hoping that Activision will release an HD makeover of the game in the future! Expand
  4. Charlie
    Dec 2, 2004
    dont listen to the critics...they only boner over games like gta n halo 2 ...this game is great online and offline....its better for ps2 than xbox...i know single play is short...but im a big shooter fan and halo 2 was good but the critics go crazy over it n leave games like this out of duty finest hour for ps2 its a great it! Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2010
    Call of Duty: Finest Hour is a pretty cool shooter. It does have it share of problems but you do get a good size of FPS action which is really intense (intense is a good way to describe the Call of Duty series as a whole). The game is set in World War 2 and you have to shoot your way through various war scenarios and stay alive. This isn't a typical arcade shooter like TimeSplitters where you can just run and let the autoaim assist you in shooting your enemies. You definitely need to play defensively in this game or you'll die. You have a selection of WW2 weapons like the MP40 and the M1 Garand which are good to use and sound good. Oh yes the sound: This game has a really well orchestrated music and really fits with the WW2 atmosphere you fight in. The atmosphere is good and it captures the feel of being in a real war with planes dropping bombs near your position, vast number of enemies to kill and the sound of battle cries shouting around you. The game play as I said isn't an arcade style FPS. This is a slower paced game than TimeSpitters in which you should advance through the levels slowly and use your iron-sights (to increase accuracy of the weapon your using) to pick off enemies from a distance. You go though levels and using guns or grenades, you mow down the enemy and accomplishing objectives along the way like protecting an M12 or planting explosives on enemy equipment. You have a health system in which you will find med kits if you are injured or can carry several med kits to either use on your self to heal or use on your allies. There are also some tank missions in addition to the on foot missions which are fun but can become tiring. The graphics are good but it can become hard to see in dark tunnels and find threats with the dull lighting. Also if an enemy throws a grenade near you, there's no grenade icon to tell you so, you would pretty much die without knowing where the grenade was at the time which can be frustrating. Most of the levels seem to be pretty dark and it can be hard to see where you are shooting. The checkpoints are also very spaced out from each other and considering the game seems to sometimes throw waves of enemies at you, this can lead to loads of deaths and trying again and again. Despite all this, Call of Duty: Finest Hour is a good shooter and this game should not be avoided. Expand
  6. Catraven70
    Nov 20, 2004
    I enjoy playing a WWII shooter that gives you the full wartime experience. Call of Duty does just this. The controls take some getting used to but I think it's well worth the effort. Expand
  7. JohnnS.
    Dec 29, 2005
    This is the worst game ever made!

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