Call of Duty: Finest Hour

Common Sense Media says

Violent WWII shooter provides unique perspective.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

This is war, so that means widespread killing.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasional vulgarity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is presented as a serious treatment of the Allied foot soldiers who fought the Germans in World War II. And while players are presented with real and realistic photos and footage from World War II, it's not long before they enter an artificial representation of real places and events, but kill hundreds of fake enemies.

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What's it about?

CALL OF DUTY: FINAL HOUR casts players as soldiers fighting with Allied powers against the growing Nazi threat. By presenting multiple views from the battlefront, Call of Duty: Final Hour liberates war video games from a strictly American perspective and casts it for what it really was: a world war. Players will find it a refreshing change of pace to control characters from three different Allied countries: a Russian solider defending his native Stalingrad, a British demolitions expert fighting German armor in the African desert, and an American infantryman fighting to capture a German city.

Is it any good?

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Call of Duty: Final Hour sets itself apart from the pack by replicating, if only in flashes, the scary vulnerability and frantic rush for survival depicted in the opening scene of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." The sharply rendered environments leave players unable to easily identify threats or find safe positions to protect themselves. This war game delivers its share of fighting and killing, though the Teen rating means there is less blood or gore than in Mature-rated games. But that's little solace for a parent watching their child sit behind a mounted machine gun and mow down person after person as they jump a barricade.

Archival footage of the war and an authoritative voice over infuse a degree of gravitas to what is otherwise a relentless exercise in shooting and killing. If you're looking to mix a history lesson into you child's virtual pursuits, you could certainly do worse than Call of Duty: Final Hour. Just don't forget that history has delivered its share of violence.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether video games are an appropriate medium for learning about complex historical events. Does playing the game increase your kids' understanding of the war? Or does the game exploit and trivialize history?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 17, 2004
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Kid, 12 years old October 26, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Great Game

I'm 12 and my dad let me get this game recently and we beat the whole thing. It is a very fun game despite the violence. No matter what you hear, there is NO BLOOD. If there is, you would need a microscope to see it. It also teaches about World War II and The characters are very positive role models.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byshivanthing September 4, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
This game is perhaps one of the best shooters ever made. Period. Now, for the parental aspect. The violence is mediocre for these days. If you look at games like timeshift, it'll show violence at a 5 star scale. The language is not too big of a deal, but it is heard The good thing about this game, is it's educational value history wise, and it also gives good role models- (ie- the brave soldiers who fought WWII down to the bone.) All in all, a good game, fine for teens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old December 1, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

fine for 11+

it is hard to play and worst call of duty game yet
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value

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