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Call of Duty: Finest Hour (PlayStation 2)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    In the war that changed the world, no one fought alone. Through the chaos of battle, ordinary soldiers fought - and died - alongside one another. In Call of Duty ™: Finest Hour ™, experience epic battlefield moments from World War II's most legendary conflicts including the Russian infantry charge at Stalingrad, the British PPA Commando raids in North Africa and the American-led tank charges in Belgium, through the eyes of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes from an alliance of countries who together helped shape the course of modern history.

    • Cinematic intensity of war: Play through epic battlefield moments that thrust you into the frontlines of World War II’s intense battles – with the sights and sounds of war echoing all around you. Take on the Nazi War Machine through 12 authentic combat missions through four countries across the war-torn Eastern, North African and Western Fronts. Missions range from epic battlefield conflicts featuring hundreds of soldiers to coordinated tactical assaults, sabotage, stealth, sniper and vehicle-based combat missions.
    • Brothers-In-Arms: Experience the camaraderie of a squad, bound together through the chaos of battle. Through advanced AI, your squad will act like a trained military unit, with authentic military tactics – laying down suppressing fire, providing cover fire and coordinating attacks on enemy positions. Your squad will be comprised of soldiers from a variety of backgrounds, with distinct personalities and roles to play on your missions. As you progress through the game, you’ll experience the war from six unique player perspectives and through each character’s own personal and patriotic journey.
    • Allied Front: For the first time, console players will be able to experience the war from multiple perspectives - through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers. Begin your campaign as a raw Russian conscript, thrown into the harrowing battle of Stalingrad; take on the role of a British PPA Commando – sent on daring raids in North Africa; and battle Nazi tank forces throughout Belgium as an American tank commander. Take on enemies with an arsenal of over 30 authentic WWII weapons from the Russian, British, American and German armories including pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles and grenades.
    • Xbox Live-Online Multiplayer: Go online for Axis versus Allies team-based multiplayer. Choose your side and work together with players from around the world as a team to eliminate enemies and complete mission objectives. Choose from a variety of Team-based objective games or be the last man standing in Team Deathmatch. Call out to allies or enemies with voice support.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (14628) on Sep 06, 2010.

uk.playstation.com:
    Activision forms a truly allied front in its intense World War II first-person shooter.

    After blowing away PC owners with some of the most intense and cinematic FPS action ever seen, Call of Duty comes to PlayStation 2 with all-new levels, characters and online play. Call of Duty: Finest Hour covers three Allied campaigns, and puts you in the regulation boots of six soldiers from America, Britain and Russia, each with unique skills and storylines.

    You'll participate in key moments of the Allied war effort, beginning as a Russian conscript assigned to fight in Stalingrad, and eventually taking on other roles across the North African, Western and Eastern Fronts. Epic conflicts feature dozens of soldiers and military vehicles on-screen at one time, bringing the scale of the battles to vivid life.

    Other missions will take you out of the chaos and plunge you into stealth and sniper scenarios - try to run in with guns blazing on these assignments and you'll be dead before you hit the floor. At the other end of the scale, you'll also get direct control of a variety of tanks, eliminating any need for such subtlety. Cannons and caterpillar tracks allow for damage on a major scale....

    You'll also have a chance to have your own personal finest hour when you take Call of Duty online - work with players across Europe to complete mission objectives, or engage in a Team Deathmatch and take on player-controlled Axis troops.

    • Play from multiple perspectives - Americans, Russians and the British


    • Online multiplayer - Axis versus Allies


    • Nobody fights alone - advanced AI-controlled squad members aid in missions


    • Participate in some of the most intense battles in history

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 03, 2008.

Back of Case - PS2 (US):

    THE WORLD'S DARKEST HOUR SHALL BE YOUR FINEST.



    Head to the frontlines of World War II's epic battles, including the Russian charge of Stalingrad, British PPA Commando raids in North Africa and American-led tank battles in Belgium.

    Intense battlefield moments put you in the heat of the action.

    Together with your squad, take on a variety of epic Single Player combat missions or go online for Axis vs Allies team-based Multiplayer action.

    "THE MOST FRANTIC AND REALISTIC COMBAT SEQUENCES EVER PUT INTO A GAME."
    - Game Informer Online

    "ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING CONSOLE SHOOTERS IN YEARS."
    - GameSpy

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Jul 25, 2006.

Back of Case - Xbox (UK):

    THE WORLD'S DARKEST HOUR SHALL BE YOUR FINEST.



    Head to the frontlines of World War II's epic battles, including the Russian charge of Stalingrad, British PPA Commando raids in North Africa and American-led tank battles in Belgium.

    Together with your squad, take on a variety of epic Single Player combat missions or go online for Axis vs Allies team-based Multiplayer action.

    Intense battlefield moments put you in the heat of the action.

    Contributed by karttu (4610) on Dec 09, 2005.

www.nintendo.com – GameCube:
    The Greatest Generation goes to work.

    With its strong emphasis on teamwork and service, "Call of Duty" is an apt title for Activision's tribute to the WWII generation.

    Features

    • Gritty first-person action
    • Play as multiple soldiers in Russia, North Africa and Europe
    • Historically accurate weapons and vehicles
    The game begs comparison to EA's hit Medal of Honor series. The 30-strong development team at Spark includes many MoH veterans.

    But instead of a Hollywood tale of one heroic soldier who gets involved in everything from grunt-combat to covert operations, Call of Duty takes a more realistic approach by having you fight as multiple characters. For example, in the first stage, set in Stalingrad, you play as a raw recruit, then a sniper, then a tank gunner. Each has specific skills that are needed to defeat the Nazi juggernaut.

    As you progress through your missions your superior officers bark orders, which help you navigate the chaos of the battlefield. Very realistically, you experience battlefield promotions. The recruit starts off carrying ammunition and only gets a rifle when one of his comrades falls. Then, when the recruit's sergeant is killed, the sniper takes over and gives the recruit directions to seize a bunker. But then the sniper, though a lieutenant, must follow a private guiding her through the sewers.

    Sometimes we get a glimpse of what drives each warrior in a brisk but powerful autobiographical montage. The sniper, for example, seeks revenge against the barbarians who killed her parents and destroyed her village.

    The emphasis on teamwork and looking out for each other takes on a global aspect when the action shifts to British troops in North Africa and Americans in Belgium. Just as soldiers needed to work together, so did the Allies of different nationalities. It's an accurate history lesson.

    Gameplay

    Call of Duty is full of authentic weapons and touches, like the light-absorbing tape wrapped around the sniper's rifle. Be careful where you aim: friendly fire is a very real threat in this game. Taking out a comrade, even by accident, can jeopardize your mission. Fortunately, you can choose to have friendly-fire warnings appear.

    The interface is intuitive. An on-screen compass always shows where you need to go next. Your fellow soldiers are constantly barking directions, so play close attention. Character, weapons and landscape models burst with polygons. You won't find any 2D trees here.

    Sometimes the weapons are frustratingly difficult to reload and the tanks can be tough to drive. But that's the way things were. Get over it, soldier.

    Bottom Line

    Call of Duty: Finest Hour is a sinewy WWII FPS. When you play, you'll practically catch a whiff of gunpowder.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Dec 04, 2005.