Hour of Victory XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.2
Graphics 7.9
Sound 8.9
Value 7.2
Distributor: Red Ant
Classification:
MA15+
Review Date:
July 2007
Reviewer:
John Williams

7.2


Hour of Victory

Hour of Victory is the latest World War II first person shooter to arrive on the XBox 360 that is set during this turbulent era by Midway Games which happens to use the Unreal Tournament 3 engine. Unlike traditional first person shooters, Hour of Victory allows you take the role of three different soldiers which include commando, ranger and covert operative with  each of the characters are integral to the storyline.

Features

  • Players can pick from a Covert Operative, specializing in stealth and sabotage; a British Commando specializing in the guns-blazing frontal assault; or an Army Ranger who specializes in sniping and demolitions.

  • Authentic Weapons: Choose from a wide selection of allied and axis weapons including the trench gun, m1 thompson, panzershrek, mp44 and colt 45.

  • Use any of the vehicles you find on the battlefield to accomplish your mission. From Sherman Tanks to the Axis Tiger Tanks to the Kubelwagons, if you can see it, you can drive it in Hour of Victory.

  • Hour of Victory blends authentic details and realism of World War II with frenetic gameplay. From the JU-88 Bombers in the sky to the Panzers in the streets, Hour of Victory bombards you from all angles.

  • Developed using Unreal Engine 3.0

Each of the characters have their own pros and cons such as the commando being able to take and give more damage, whereas the ranger allows you to access areas where the other two characters could not access, thanks to a grappling hook.

Before commencing each mission, the gamer must select the character they wish to play, however it should be noted that you can complete the game on either one of the three characters. Needless to say, the commando is by far the most superior character, however something is missing by how the characters interact with the gaming environment and the developers should have divided the game into three distinct campaigns, each suited for one character only.

The combat is Hour of Victory is relatively straight forward as you must interact with the gaming environment and basically dispose of your enemy troops before they dispose of you. What sets the title back a step or two is the artificial intelligence that ranges from poor to mediocre to decent as some enemies will just stand their waiting for you to attack. As with all first person shooter console games, the title makes use of checkpoints, so if you do find yourself getting killed, you will be conveniently restored at a checkpoint.

The title also offers a multiplayer mode that allows up to 12 players to engage in three team modes via XBox Live. Some of these gameplay modes include Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Devastation. Best described, Hour of Victory has an almost "light" Battlefield 1942 shade to it as gamers can jump in tanks and battle their way through the variety of different gaming environment. The only downside is the limited number of players.

Graphically, Hour of Victory uses the Unreal Tournament 3 engine but definitely looks like something completely different. Although the character models are quite impressive, the background environments look extremely dithered and the characters and background environments are not distinctive enough.

It's also strange when you're moving up or downhill as you do not get a sense of realism as the title has a very 2D look and feel to it. Other graphical glitches include tanks getting stuck in walls and sometimes characters overlapping into each other as if the clipping has been off.

The musical score of Hour of Victory suits the genre perfectly and is great! Match that with some professional voice acting and realistic sound effects and the title has almost everything you will find in the latest Call of Duty title, unfortunately the "shareware" feel for the gameplay and graphics slightly hampers the overall enjoyment of this title.

In conclusion, Hour of Victory has a strange and perhaps unfinished feel to the title that is definitely cashing on the popularity of the Call of Duty series, however the title feels unpolished, suffers buggy gameplay and strange looking graphics.






 
 



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