Hour of Victory

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Hour of Victory
Hour of Victory.jpg
European art cover
Developer(s) N-Fusion Interactive
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Composer(s) Jason Graves
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA June 25, 2007
  • PAL June 29, 2007
  • EU June 28, 2007
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD

Hour of Victory is a World War II-based first-person shooter released, developed by N-Fusion Interactive and published by Midway Games for Xbox 360 on June 25, 2007. A playable game demo was released on Xbox Live Marketplace on June 1, 2007. It was the first World War II game to use the Unreal Engine 3.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The game advertises itself as letting players "fight the famous battles of WWII". The game features multiple settings from Europe and North Africa, such as a nuclear reactor in Berlin, castles, etc.[2][3] Players can assume the roles of three different soldiers each with different skills: Ross, a British Commando and brute fighter, Bull, an Army Ranger sniper, or Taggert, a stealthy covert operative.[3][4] Each character also has a special skill: Ross can use his strength to push things out of the way, Bull can climb ropes, and Taggert can pick locks. Players are able to drive any vehicles they find such as Kubelwagens, Sherman tanks, Panzers, and Tiger tanks.[3] A player's health is automatically restored if a player avoids damage for a short while and stands still. A stamina meter also controls how fast a player can run. The single-player campaign lasts approximately five[4] to seven hours.[5]

Multiplayer[edit]

There are three modes of multiplayer through System Link or through Xbox LiveDeathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Devastation — and supports up to 12 players.[4]

Development[edit]

Windows version[edit]

A Windows version is on sale in Australia and the UK as of June 2008, however it is believed to be a limited run due to lack of interest in the game. The same technical issues found in the 360 version appear in the Windows version and the game has not been widely released.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 2.5/10
Official Xbox Magazine 2.5/10

The game received substantially negative reviews from critics. On the review aggregator Game Rankings, the game had an average score of 38.05% based on 39 reviews.[6] On Metacritic, the game had an average score of 37 out of 100, based on 33 reviews.[3]

In IGN's 5.7 review, they criticized the lack of originality, the multiplayer portion, and the graphics, saying, "Hour of Victory is a mediocre shooter with bad graphics and terrible multiplayer."[4]

GameSpot's review was particularly scathing, with Jeff Gerstmann scoring the game just 2 out of 10[2] (making it the lowest rated Xbox 360 game on the site to date), saying the game "is practically broken and has no business being on shelves in its current state" and "no one, under any circumstances, should play this game." As the only 'pro' in the pro and con section of the review, Gerstmann wrote, "thankfully, no one is forcing you to play this game." GameSpot went on to name it the "Flat-Out Worst Game" of 2007.[7] The game received the following 9 demerits: Bad Sound Effects, Bad Value, Busted, Broken and Buggy, Derivative, Shallow, Short, Stripped, and Weak Story.

ScrewAttack made it a SAGY nominee for Worst 360 game of the year.

Eurogamer also gave the 2 out of 10, whilst GameCentral marked it even lower, giving it only 1 out of 10. Maxim was, however, much more appreciative of the game, giving it 4 out of 5. Official Xbox Magazine UK gave the game a rating of 6 out of 10.[8]

Official Xbox Magazine rated this game a 2.5 out of 10 (a.k.a. Broken) and gave it the "Worst 'Value' of the Year" Award in the OXM 2007 Game of the Year Awards.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dormer, Dan (2007-05-29). "Hour of Victory Demo Goes 'Live' Next Week". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b Jeff Gerstmann (2007-06-30). "Hour of Victory for Xbox 360 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hour of Victory (xbox360: 2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hilary Goldstein (2007-06-29). "IGN: Hour of Victory Review". IGN. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  5. ^ Shawn Sanders (2007-09-14). "Hour of Victory review for the XBOX360". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Hour of Victory Reviews". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  7. ^ GameSpot's Best of 2007: Flat-Out Worst Game Dubious Honors
  8. ^ Official Xbox Magazine UK, August 2007, p. 80

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