"Not another World War 2 based first person shooter!" the gamerholics cried out when the gaming company Midway announced their newest title, Hour of Victory for the Xbox 360. With so many World War titles being released in recent times, for example the Call of Duty and Medal of Honour series', the gaming public were gradually becoming bored of killing countless amounts of Germans; so has Midway done enough to convince the dedicated gamers to dip into their pockets for Hour of Victory? Carry on reading to find out...
As aforementioned, the game is set in the World War 2 genre; nothing new there then! So what new ideas does this title bring to the gaming world? Not a lot if being truthful. The main selling point of Hour of Victory is that the game allows you to play through the single player campaign through three different viewpoints; an aggressive machine gunner who takes no-nonsense, a sniper, and a stealth specialist. The three different soldiers allow you to adopt different tactics to take out the opposition and complete your missions throughout the game, and this adds a large amount of playability to the game. Firstly we get introduced to Ross, a hard soldier who will take no crap from the Germans; his specialities include being able to take more damage than the other characters in the game, and therefore is a good option to have during large gunfight levels, and those gamers who like to adopt the "run and gun" tactics. Ross is also able to remove certain obstacles throughout the campaign which the other characters do not have access to; pushing these obstacles out of the way with Ross allows you to take alternative paths throughout the levels, and on occasions, short cuts to your main objectives.
The sniping geniouses out there will grow fond of the character Bull; Bull's main strength during the game is with the sniper rifle, and he is the only character throughout the campaign that this weapon is accessible to. To allow the full use of the sniper, high positions are best so that you can pick off enemies below right? Correct! And this is where another of Bull's specialities comes into play. Ropes in specific positions are located throughout every level of the campaign which only Bull is able to climb; this allows you to take short cuts throughout the level and also have an advantage point to use the sniper rifle from. Pretty cool eh? Yeah I thought so too. Last but not least, we have Taggert who is a stealth specialist. With so many stealth games on the market these days, such as Splinter Cell, Taggert may become a popular player with the gamers who pick up a copy of Hour of Victory. Ross has the power to sustain damage in battles, Bull has the sniper rifle, so what does Taggert have? The ability to kill enemies via throwing knifes, or alternatively sneaking up behind his enemies and giving them a quick stab in the back. However, Taggert is only able to throw 5 knifes per level so the ammo is limited; a plus point to this is that the knifes can be picked up to use again. The throwing knife technique requires good accuracy and can be frustrating at first, and this may put a few gamers off playing as Taggert. Locked doors are located throughout the levels of the campaign which only Taggert is able to unlock; simply go up to the door and hold the X button to see an animation of the character pick locking the door and entering into the new area. These secret areas allow you to progress through the levels quicker and without taking damage, and therefore this can be an effective way to complete the campaign.
The one other original idea the game has brought to the first person shooter genre is the ability to sprint. This is easily done by holding down the left bumper button on the controller, or alternatively clicking and holding down the left analogue stick. This allows you to escape situations if you are low on health, or simply achieve objectives and finish levels at a quicker pace. A blue bar appears in the bottom left of the screen when this feature is used, which represents your players stamina levels. When the sprint technique is used, the bar gradually turns to red meaning your player is tiring and you will soon have to stop. Approximately 8 seconds of sprinting time can be used before your character comes to a halt, resulting in the stamina bar gradually increasing again. This is a nice feature that adds to the playability of the game and offers something different from the other first person shooters currently available.
Is the game challenging I hear you ask? Before you begin each section of the game, there is 4 difficulty settings available for you to choose; Easy, Normal, Hard and Veteran. However, completing the game on veteran difficulty is very achievable; five shots can be taken before your player hits the deck, whereas in other games of this genre, it takes only one or two shots before death is upon you. In contrast to veteran mode, easy mode is not so easy on certain missions. You often find yourself surrounded by enemies, which is not an easy situation to get out off, even on easy difficulty. I found myself dying on numerous occasions whilst playing through the campaign on easy difficulty and this makes me believe that although there are four different difficulty levels, the difficulty does not differ enough between them. There are two main levels throughout the campaign which most gamers will struggle with, and these are called "Maelstrom" and "Critical Mass". Be prepared to give these missions a couple of tries before being successful...
The graphics are neither abysmal nor do they bring anything new to the Xbox 360. A similar style of graphics can be found in the game Call of Duty 2, also in the first person shooter genre. Improved graphics can now be found in games also in this genre such as Call of Duty 3, and this may put gamers of playing a toned down game. The game uses the Unreal Engine 3.0, the same games engine that the unprecedented Gears of War uses and therefore better graphics should be expected of this game.
The Hour of Victory achievements consist of both single player and multiplayer achievements, and this seems to suit most modern gamers. The single player achievements are rewarded for completing the level with each of the three characters, resulting in you having to play through the campaign on three separate occasions if you require all the achievements this title has to offer. The multiplayer achievements are also simple, and include all three modes which this game has to offer. These are Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Devastation. Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag explain themselves; the unique mode Devastation is where players race to find a bomb located in the level and deliver it to their opponent's machine in order to blow it to smithereens. There are only 6 maps to play during your multiplayer career with Hour of Victory, and this seems like a small amount in comparison to other games of the genre, such as Call of Duty 4, which has approximately 15 maps to keep you occupied throughout your multiplayer experience.
Hour of Victory is a first person shooter based in world war two for the Microsoft Xbox360 console.
In this game you can choose to be one of three different characters at the start of a mission. A commando you can take more hits, the sniper to take your enemies out from a far and a stealth operative you can sneak around hide in the shadows and pick locks.
Unfortunately the gameplay is terrible the enemies are incredibly stupid, sometimes they will shoot you sometimes they will just stand there and wait for you to hit them.
The games story does not make much sense and the shooting is bad, sometimes when you shoot an enemy the bullet will get stuck or it will miss even if your crosshairs are directly on the enemy.
Even if you love first person shooter games you will not enjoy hour of victory, so don't buy it!
"hour of victory" is a solid ww2 shooter for xbox360. It's especially convincing where the three different playable characters are concerned (sniper, stealth mode soldier, "normal" soldier). It also features a very good supporting soundtrack, which is a rare find.On the down side are the graphics and at places also the AI.Overall it's an enjoyable, fast paced ww2 shooter.
The Video game Hour of Victory allows gamers to play a key role in the pivotal and cinematic battles from the European and North African theatres of World War II, using the skills and gameplay style you choose. Sneak into enemy territory as a covert operative, storm the gates as a British Commando, or snipe from afar as an Army Ranger - each character's unique attributes will be needed for the fulfilment of the overall objective. Only with all these skills working closely together will you be able to say that you helped define the Hour of Victory.