Excerpt: Are you sick of the WWII FPS genre yet? Well, Midway and developer N-Fusion certainly hope not as they put the finishing touches on their latest title Hour of Victory for the Xbox 360. Recently we sat down with the newly released demo available on Xbox Live Marketplace and put it through some vigorous play time.
Conclusion: There are some bright spots of The Last Remnant ’s battle system, but they mostly occur off of the map. The equipment customization system in The Last Remnant is pretty trick, for example. There’s a good deal of strategy involved since both enemies and individual pieces of equipment can be dismantled and used as parts that are made into much more powerful contraptions.
Conclusion: Don’t rent or buy this game. You may get some easy achievement points but going through the so called story mode doesn’t make it worth while. This game has so many problems, did they even test it? The only way to die is if you run out in the middle of ten enemies and then you may be lucky enough to live. Oh wait I forgot you do die in this game, out of no where you will fail your mission.
Excerpt: Not those pesky Nazis again! Our favourite fascist friends are up to no good again and it’s your job to stop them! Sound familiar? World War II has a reputation for being an overused source of material for games these days and Midway is doing little to dispel that with Hour of Victory . It’s fine when the games like Brothers in Arms take the genre in new directions and give it a fresh outlook, but this a poorly conceived and implemented mess.
Excerpt: When you play a World War II shooter to completion and can't remember a single standout moment, or even which order the levels came, you know something's wrong. Midway's Xbox 360 exclusive FPS Hour of Victory has tried to muscle in on the territory currently dominated by Call of Duty, but falls so far short that it's hard to know where to begin the criticism. Firstly, it would be wrong to say that Hour of Victory is utterly terrible.
Conclusion: Hour of Victory provides little unique features to the first person shooter genre and presents these with poor graphics by today’s next generation standards. The three different characters and online play help to add playability to the game, but not for long enough. I would only recommend fans of the World War 2 genre to purchase this game; even the keen first person shooter fans may be put off due to the poor graphics and poor AI seen throughout the campaign levels.
Excerpt: INTERVIEW with Patrick Home, Midway Associate Producer for HOUR of VICTORY for XBOX 360: Due Summer, 2007 GH: What type of gamer do you think will be attracted to HoV? Patrick: We think HoV will appeal to a broad range of gamers. The multiple POV’s allow gamers to play the game in the style that they enjoy. The player who enjoys intense action shooters is really going to find something they enjoy in Hour of Victory with the commando.