• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2007
Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 33
  2. Negative: 26 out of 33
Buy On
  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    60
    Tons of Nazis to shoot, but still mediocre. [Aug 2007, p.80]
  2. 60
    The game itself is a proficient attempt and honestly not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. While the multi-player is easily the most disappointing aspect of the game fans of the genre that simply cannot get enough World War II action will find enough here to warrant a weekend rental.
  3. While the game tries hard to deliver solid single player storyline and multiplayer gameplay, it just does not cut the mustard when it comes developing a truly engaging and enjoyable experience.
  4. In summation, all I can say is that, if you really want to get your hands on a WW2 FPS worth playing, get Call of Duty. Anything else will lead to, as the boys in Deep 13 used to say, “Deep hurting! Deep hurting!”
  5. Not that the game does anything bad, it is as unoriginal as you can get in this land of competition.
  6. 57
    Nothing more than a poor knock-off of Call of Duty. It’s hardly worth your time. Though, if you don’t mind the weak AI and boring level design, you can probably get a few moments of joy from Hour of Victory. Like when you return it to EB for store credit. That sure put a smile on my face.
  7. After all is said and done, this game is a step in the wrong direction and is a disappointment. For the sixty dollar price tag most 360 games retail for, I think there are much better ways to spend your money.
  8. There’s a game somewhere among the bugs and glitches that make up Hour of Victory for the Xbox 360 but you’ll never find it seeing as the entire experience feels broken and rushed.
  9. Technically unsound, with many glitches; some of them major. Playable characters with individualized skill sets is a cool concept. Multiplayer is, well, WWII multiplayer.
  10. Games Master UK
    48
    A joyless mess that would have looked dated five years ago. In 2007 there's no excuse. [Sept 2007, p.82]
  11. Could have done something really worthwhile with the genre, but... didn't. Nazi stuff.
  12. Hour of Victory feels like a chore to play. The gameplay is anachronistic and doesn't bring anything new to the genre at all. It actually feels like a few steps backwards for both the FPS genre and the WWII shooter.
  13. We know Midway has actually canceled games that didn't come up to their standards. This one should have qualified for such treatment.
  14. With this winter full of high profile shooters it's almost certain that Midway felt a summer release for Hour of Victory was essential, but what's been released is hugely disappointing - especially on a console that has been relatively dross free.
  15. games(TM)
    40
    It’s a solid FPS, but its failure to provide a truly original take on an ever-tiring genre or something even vaguely resembling half-decent AI means that it could never be considered anything better than plain average. [Aug 2007, p.114]
  16. Sporting an uninspired story, severe clipping issues and boring gameplay, Hour of Victory is one to avoid, which is disappointing because they started out with such an incredible premise and just failed to make good on it.
  17. 35
    From looking at it you'd probably never guess it was an Unreal Engine game. It lacks any real distinguishing features, struggles to run smoothly in places, and, aside from a few nice special effects, never remotely approaches the expected visual impact.
  18. Hour of Victory could have been an average game, even a good game if some time had been taken to make sure everything works.
  19. Avoid this game unless you absolutely thrive on World War II FPS carnage, perhaps rent it just to laugh and giggle at how bad it really is, then realise you could have used that rental money for something else, enjoyable.
  20. X-ONE Magazine UK
    30
    Hilariously bad. [Issue #22, p.82]
  21. Overall, this is a hugely disappointing release from Midway who had seemed to be on an upward trend over the past few years. Hopefully Hour of Victory is the exception, as this should have been binned long before arriving exclusively on the Xbox 360.
  22. AceGamez
    30
    Given twice the time to work on this, nFusion Interactive could have delivered a solid Unreal-powered shooter, but everything from sound to AI seems to have been rushed for release.
  23. Hour of Victory is simply too bad for anyone to spend their money on.
  24. Official Xbox Magazine
    25
    A sea of generic combat - you face an endless meat train of brain-dead A.I. schmucks that can't shoot straight and leave behind guns and ammo that mysteriously disappear at random. [Sept 2007, p.77]
  25. If the single-player campaign isn’t painful enough, Hour of Victory offers a multiplayer component so poorly constructed that just trying to shoot another person makes you feel as stupid and incompetent as the game’s AI. At the very most, Hour of Victory is deserving of Worst Game of the Year honors.
  26. Seven hours of virtual failure. The end result is empty, hollow, and more like a free demo download than a solid retail seller.
  27. Hour of Victory is practically broken and has no business being on shelves in its current state.
  28. Every aspect - from concept to execution - is so sorely flawed as to make even "GoldenEye: Rogue Agent" blush and to find a game so virtually meritless in this day and age is a rare thing indeed.
  29. 20
    A broken game that isn't recommended to anyone. Stay well away.
  30. 20
    Hour of Victory does stage a mini-assualt on the typical genre formula by offering three different characters. That coup, unfortunately, is put down by the sheer force of mistakes found in every other aspect of the game. Dulled-down graphics, poor framerate issues, and undesirable online play nuke this one.
  31. Edge Magazine
    20
    It’s not often that a war game captures almost perfectly the feel of walking drunk through a Las Vegas casino – that overpowering mix of randomness, mediocrity and nausea. [Sept 2007, p.94]
  32. The gameplay is broken in countless ways and the A.I. is comical at best. It's an ugly, unoriginal, inadequately tested and terribly implemented mess that has no place in anyone's game collection.
  33. Hour of Victory has so many problems that it is mind boggling. I could write another two-hundred words about how badly this game was put together but what's the point? The bottom line is that everything about this game feels unfinished.
User Score
3.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 42
  2. Negative: 29 out of 42
  1. AlexM.
    Jul 6, 2007
    1
    More like ..."hours of agony"
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    I really enjoy ww2 fps games and this was no exception. The graphics are competitive, gameplay is realistic, tactical exploitation isI really enjoy ww2 fps games and this was no exception. The graphics are competitive, gameplay is realistic, tactical exploitation is available, and there is much weapon diversity. Great game for all, especially if you enjoy Call of Duty or the like. Full Review »
  3. JohnDoe
    Feb 14, 2008
    0
    In my mind I made up so many insults to it...but really,it's just the worst game ever.Avoid,and may it be buried and forgotten.