Call of Duty: Finest Hour



Violent WWII shooter provides unique perspective.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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This is war, so that means widespread killing.

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Occasional vulgarity.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?


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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 17, 2004
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T

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Parent of a 9, 12, 14, and 17 year old Written byESRB April 28, 2015

Cod finest hour

its World War I first of All. And It's not violent. It's an old game. Idk why all the adults rate the fun games "not for kids". A honestly...
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Easy to play/use
Teen, 14 years old Written bygear719 July 12, 2010


This was my second Call Of Duty game and I liked it at first but I later it got really difficult. Checkpoints in this game are rare so if you mess up you may have to start back from the beginning of the level. You will have to make your TV brighter in order to be able to see anything because the game is really dark. Other than that, I thought the game was alright. This game isn't very violent and I haven't noticed any blood. The language was occasional including D-mn H-ll B-stard and one use of B-tch.
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Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old August 2, 2010

8 and up

I love this game more than ever! nothign to wroung with it
What other families should know
Too much violence


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