Call of Duty: Finest Hour

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Violent WWII shooter provides unique perspective.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 43 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

This is war, so that means widespread killing.

Sex
Language

Occasional vulgarity.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWow1234 December 13, 2019

Common sense media, back at it again with the overkill of like +18 up for games that are for +13,

Even though it's fine for tweens, don't even bother playing it, your tweens will smash the controller in frustration while they progress through an ug... Continue reading
Adult Written byReviewerWithSense October 24, 2015

Great, cinematic WW2 game

Definitely one of the less violent CoD games. There is a lot of killing but the graphics aren't great and it's not realistic or gory at all. There... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byIforgotmypassword March 23, 2020

This is a Teen (13+) rated game...

Um...Common Sense...I don’t see why you are always kind of strict on games like these, I can definitely see why Call Of Duty may be unsuitable for some but you... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEpicCoolKid15 November 13, 2016

Good but difficult

I give it the 14 and up rating not because it is violent, but because it is very difficult. The Russian campaign is fun and easy, but the British and American l... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love action

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