Medal of Honor Review

Medal of Honor heads onto the modern battlefield.

Review by Darren Cartledge
Published 5th November 2010

Medal of Honor

  • Developer: EALA
  • Publisher: EA Games
  • Release Date: 15th October 2010

Games developers usually create some fictional conflict or set first person shooters in a historical context. But Danger Close Games and EA have quite controversially chosen the current conflict in Afghanistan for the setting of Medal of Honor. But despite aspirations of toppling Modern Warfare 2 as the number one present day combat game, some serious bugs and flawed design decisions result in a playing experience that never lives up to its billing.

The single player campaign in Medal of Honor, plays in the same style as that of the Call of Duty games, you play the roles of three different US military personal undertaking separate missions in an operation in Afghanistan. The story is a little shallow during the opening levels, but soon increases in pace and become fairly engrossing. The game also cleverly intertwines all the different missions, adding much needed depth to the narrative. Sadly, though just as the game starts to get interesting it comes to an end and the game can easily be cleared by any experienced gamer within about four to five hours.

A.I in the game is something of a mixed bag, firstly you’re computer controlled allies are more than adequate when it comes to assisting you, so much so that large portions of some levels can occasionally feel automatic as they go through and eliminate a large number of enemies, barely giving you chance to fire your gun. However, they also make their fair share of common A.I mistakes, such as running directly into your line of fire and blocking your view of enemy troops and more importantly your bullets!

But these minor, A.I issues aren’t the bugs you have to worry about, the game is plagued with random parts failing to load, whether it be a cut-scene or actual gameplay at points in the game things either don’t load at all leaving you in a kind of limbo or take so long to load that you think you’ve missed something and start exploring to see what the problem could be, only for everything to start working again.

Playing through the single player campaign can be a little boring at times, mainly due to the fact that large section of missions feel a little too scripted, almost as if the game wants to hold your hand all the way from beginning to end, making it extremely difficult to immerse yourself into the narrative and role of a special forces operative. As you progress this does slightly improve, but you always feel as if you’re A.I companions are there to control what you are doing. There are standout moments, during the campaign which deliver an intense experience and really help portray the desperation experienced by military personal when facing overwhelming odds.

Weapons in Medal of Honor, are the usual mix you would expect from any modern first person shooter. However they do feel somewhat lightweight and have very little recoil. This means you can near enough empty a full magazine without ever having to adjust your aim. Whilst this is useful for dispatching large numbers of enemies, it does feel a little unrealistic.

Away from the campaign, you can also compete in the competitive Tier 1 mode. Here each level from the campaign mode is given a “Par” time and you compete against other players to clear that mission in the quickest time possible earning a higher place on the leader boards as you go. It’s a pretty good idea, but if you’ve played through the campaign already going over the same ground can feel a little repetitive making the whole addition feel a little pointless.

Like most first persons shooters, Medal of Honor has a large emphasis on multiplayer gaming, and this aspect of Medal of Honor was taken care of by Battlefield developers DICE and on the whole the game is very similar to what is on offer in Bad Company 2. In fact so much so, if you already own Battlefield it's almost pointless getting Medal of Honor. However, whilsdespite tihs It still seems to lack that special something that the Battlefield games have that keep you coming back for more. I would say that the game is a lot more accessible. There are no perks or kit packs to enhance your online character, so online match-ups tend to be a lot more balanced. Prolonged play online is rewarded, with unlockable weapons, attachments and minor upgrades as well as awards so you do feel as if you’re achieving something. That may sound as if the multiplayer experience if a little dull, but really it’s not, it just lacks that special something, mainly due to the fact that the regularity of action in games is spread too thin across the maps. Strangely the multiplayer aspect of Medal of Honor has a slightly different graphical look compared to the single player campaign. It’s not vastly different although lightening affects are better and annoyingly the action seems to have a strange blurred look to it.

Medal of Honor has the foundations of a top shooter and glimpses of brilliance but minor niggles and some major bugs and the constant hand holding all combine to really hinder the single player campaign. Multiplayer offers an overall better experience but compared to other shooters it fails to standout from the crowded FPS genre. A good but flawed shooter!

Review Score: 7/10

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