Medal of Honor Review
- Posted October 19th, 2010 at 10:29 EDT by Adam Dolge
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Medal of Honor re-enters the crowded FPS market with a modern war setting that will likely not shock anyone. While seemingly conflicted at its core, Medal of Honor is a refreshing break from the likes of Call of Duty, just don't expect it to have as big of an impact.
- The realistic war setting
- The easy to use and varied gameplay mechanics
- Despite its flaws, the multiplayer can provide a fun and fast-paced experience
- The overly scripted and familiar campaign
- The numerous visual and gameplay bugs
- The lack of overall depth to the multiplayer
In a genre inhabited by the biggest guns in all of modern gaming, it seems there is little room for a redundant and uninspired first-person shooter. There’s just too little breathing room with franchises like Call of Duty, Crisis and Halo wreaking havoc on the competition. But what happens when a beloved series is brought back to life, twisting from an old war setting to a relatively recent conflict that still presses heavily on the world? The answer is EA’s Medal of Honor, a game divided on so many levels, perhaps none so prevalent as the two developers who split the single-player campaign and the multiplayer component.
It’s admittedly taken us a while to write this review, partially because we are torn with the end result, but also because we find it hard to classify the game’s significance. Yes, Medal of Honor is a first-person shooter; it’s just a game. But on the other hand, anyone who served in the armed forces, or knows someone who has (which is likely for anyone reading this review), probably has a story or two about how the war has affected their lives. For instance, this reviewer graduated pre 9/11, and while many friends left for college, a handful went into the military because they didn’t know what else to do. Fast forward a couple years after tossing our mortarboards in the high school auditorium, and these friends found themselves in the mountains of Afghanistan, and later the deserts of Iraq. They all came home safely, but they only talk about the experience with their closest friends.
With the Afghanistan setting so prominently portrayed, it’s hard to avoid any feelings about the war, now in its 10th year. Medal of Honor games typically tell a great story and the single-player campaigns guide players through emotional and realistic battles. Gone is the World War II setting, this time replaced with the Afghanistan War, following the elite members of the Tier 1 Operator. The story of Medal of Honor is fairly basic. You are put in the boots of a few different soldiers (primarily playing as a Tier 1 Operator), and are tasked with pursuing the Taliban. The game makes attempts at politically unsettling themes, but never truly brings players into the controversy surrounding the Afghanistan war, or war in general. Many gamers will not find fault in this; after all, we play games for fun. But to some degree, not following up on the clear political or moral dilemma of our time feels like a missed opportunity.
Controversy or personal feelings aside, Medal of Honor does a decent job of capturing wartime combat. The action is varied. At some points you’ll play as a Ranger, mowing down what seems like endless combatants, and at other times you are quietly sneaking around a Taliban stronghold, firing just a few rounds of ammo to eliminate your enemies. Danger Close Studio does a great job of driving the narrative forward through some basic cut scenes, and typical action moments we’ve come to expect from FPS games (see the end of the first level and the slow-motion pistol shot). These moments are tired and we wish Danger Close put a bit more effort into the unique setting.
On the other hand, there are moments of sheer brilliance. About midway through the game, you are held-up with fellow Rangers in stone house, firing at waves after waves of enemies. As your base radios that a pickup is not possible, dramatic music ensues, and the waves of enemies only grow. By the time the battle is over, the stone house is left in rubble and you witness a friendly airstrike through the dust and smoke. These moments are not common practice in the decidedly short campaign, but when you take part in these emotional and epic battles, you feel extremely engaged.
It’s easy to jump into Medal of Honor, whether you are a veteran gamer in the FPS scene or a newcomer to the genre. The game is highly accessible, the controls are intuitive and simple with onscreen prompts frequently telling you what to do, and you rarely run out of ammo–simply hit square near an ally to get more shells. You can lean in and out of cover, a relatively ... (continued on next page)
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- 5:34am EDT - October 19th, 2010
Having played the game I can say your review is a fair one!
While the campaign is good, it's very familiar.
Nakatomi Uk | Nakatomi_Uk
- 8:16am EDT - October 19th, 2010
I call this Battlefield modern warfare 2.5 lol looks like BF2 simular story to MW2 ha ha
GrahamM23 | Darkarse
- 9:14am EDT - October 19th, 2010
You're review score is a good average.... but i think you should have scored the multiplayer and single player separately. I loved the single player missions, thought the feel of the game was a good change from COD, everything worked well, the story was good, was just a bit short is all. i would give that a 9.0 The Multiplayer? well.... along with a lot of EA games.... i cannot access the online parts... because i always get the
- 10:20am EDT - October 19th, 2010
I like the User rating HAHAAHAHAHAH!
- 11:32am EDT - October 19th, 2010
I quite enjoyed the single player and have had no real problems with the multiplayer.
- 1:40pm EDT - October 19th, 2010
Campaign was great but short, hate the multiplayer. Looking forward to Battlefield 3.
- 1:48pm EDT - October 19th, 2010
LOL how can you give this 7.5 yet you give COD games 10/10.
Do you want or should i say need down to earth folk to do unbiased reviews cause you cant help to give a fanboy review of game instead of a neutral review.
Even tho black ops is auto aim, short story and just pretty much mw2.5 im betting my house that you give it 9/10 or 10/10.
- 4:28pm EDT - October 19th, 2010
@7 - I never reviewed a CoD game. How is this not a neutral review? I don't think I mentioned CoD other than saying the FPS market is crowded. It's selling well, but probably will not sell as well as Black Ops.
- 4:50pm EDT - October 19th, 2010
Medal of Honor is very disappointing. oh well seems like ill keep buying COD games cuz they r the best so far. im also waiting for Crysis,killzone. early next year.
- 9:16pm EDT - October 20th, 2010
whats wrong with u all this games great
- 6:50am EDT - October 21st, 2010
Honestly, I picked this game up after I was done with Dead Rising 2. Hate to say it, you're giving the game a little more credit than it deserved. I for one, was PUMPED about this game, but it had a lot of shady areas to it, and some perks too. Your squad actually helps out with the missions, which is a plus. But they're very unresponsive, you gotta move ahead first before they follow, and sometimes you're chasing them down. It wasn't bad, but COD has the upper hand.
- 2:48pm EST - December 27th, 2010
This game is damn good. If u preferred black ops to this game, I seriously pity you. As a friend of many people who have actually fought in Afghanistan, they will be the first to tell you that the single player campaign is the best representation of what it is like to fight, YET. Second off, to even compare this to Black Ops is hilarious. Black ops wasted it's money on paying Kobe Bryant to advertise, and used the graphics engine from Goldeneye 64. The graphics in Medal of Honor? TOP NOTCH, not questions asked. I think you all need glasses. And multiplayer? AWESOME. Stop reading reviews and try it yourself. I have a feeling all the negative reviews are 100's of testers paid by Treyarch to rag on this top notch game. Are their problems? Sure, but to score this a 7.5 and Black Ops a 9? Dismal reviewer, you seriously need a different job. Black Ops had such a terrible campaign I didn't even finish it. I couldn't stand to be told
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