Call Of Duty: Finest Hour
11th Jun 2004 | 15:02
You probably played Call Of Duty on PC - we rated it 90% last year. Now a console version of the cracking FPS, subtitled Finest Hour, is on the smoke-filled horizon. It's a whole new game with new characters and environments. To blow up, obviously.
PC Call Of Duty emphasised squad conflict on a staggering scale, while still concentrating on providing an exciting single-player experience. From our first look at Finest Hour we can confirm the same will be true of the console version.
You don't play a single character but rather hop around the Allied fronts. You'll kick the crap out of Nazis as Afro-American members of the 761st Black Panther tank division, a female Russian sniper and a good old English commando, among others.
But the varied viewpoints all witness the same thing: the harrowing horrors of war. Imagine the opening scene of console Medal Of Honor, multiply it by ten then chuck a grenade at it. You'll be shellshocked by every moment of gameplay as comrades fall, bullets fizz past your noggin, and explosions ring in your lugs.
The level we saw was set on the miserable Russian Eastern Front. We started in a scabby row boat and had to advance from the blood-red river up a crossfire-streaked urban killzone. Which was probably rubbish if you actually had to do it in real life, but feels awesome in a game. Look out for our preview in the next couple of months.