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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 battlefieldDeveloped 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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Score distribution:
  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. Great presentation and some intense missions will draw you into the game's immersive environment and make for a very entertaining experience.
  3. The opening sequence screams "Saving Private Ryan" (or better yet "Medal of Honor") at you, as you're sitting next to several of your comrades on your way to storm a beach and capture some enemy bunkers.
  4. If there had been offline multiplayer support, the score would've been higher for the 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. 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. games(TM)
    60
    The atmosphere is electric, the sense of making tiny in-roads to solve a great problem as satisfying as it is frustrating... Spark never allows you to forget that outside the restrictive confines of the first-person viewpoint there’s a much, much bigger fight going on involving thousands of men. [Jan 2005, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. BrandonW.
    Nov 17, 2004
    10
    This is a really really fun game.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 27, 2005
    10
    Best war game ever! If you want it, Get it now!!1 its AWESOME!!!!
  3. Jun 4, 2020
    10
    My favorite COD. Played this when I was seven and have always remembered the carnage of that first mission and the fun and horror I had duringMy favorite COD. Played this when I was seven and have always remembered the carnage of that first mission and the fun and horror I had during my play through. CODS like this that show wars grit stopped at WAW and the steady decline of quality campaigns began. WW2 had decent campaign which i hope is a sign of better things to come (haven't played the new MW)) Expand
  4. BillyJoeBob
    Jan 1, 2005
    9
    It is very good.
  5. Nov 27, 2010
    8
    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 reallyCall 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
    7
    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 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
    1
    This is the worst game ever made!

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#23 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#53 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004