Medal of Honor
Reboots some times work wonders; sometimes
they fall flat on their faces. A lot of what is offered may be seen in
other games, it is almost impossible really to bring something very new
to the table. The reboot for the media watched Medal of Honor become an
intense game with fire fights that are a roller coaster ride of action
Most of our readers know about the controversy behind the game. Military
bases banned the game for a time when in multiplayer, players would be
able to play as the Taliban. Whatever side of the coin you may have been
on for this is beside the point. The military had a concern, EA
addressed it and now in multiplayer instead of playing as Taliban,
players can be the opposing force. It should also be known that
EA’s LA studio, Danger Close created the single player portion of the
game, and Swedish Battlefield developer DICE created the multiplayer
part of the game.
I like the game, as is the case with most of these adventures the single
player part of it feels a bit short. However, for your hard-earned
money, what is really the standard if anything, when it comes to length
and number of levels for a game? Medal of Honor is about what is the
norm these days for a game of this type. Which is not a bad thing; I can
say that for the thrill of the missions, when it finally all comes to an
end you really wish it had not.
Game play and structure of the way the story plays out is eerily similar
to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare style of presentation. However, with the
subject matter it is perhaps very difficult not compare the two. There
are sequences between the standard ground fighting that stand out and
break the monotony of the gun battle, gun battle and more gun battle
sequences. Such as the race in dark of night via an all terrain vehicle
(Do this with a snow mobile and the similarities start cropping up).
Though in this game it’s not a chase or running from anyone in the ATV,
it’s getting from one mission point to another. It is just as exciting
with the extreme drop off and jumps involved, and moments when you have
to come to a stop and go lights out so a patrol does not pick you up.
Now the gun battles are intense fire fights with seemingly endless waves
of enemy, they are exciting sequences, but it is nice that this is
broken up with different situations and action.
Other particularly cool moments are as a gunner in an apache gunship.
Flying low and fast over the inhospitable terrain, spotting and engaging
targets with either guns rockets or hellfire missiles are all engaging
with out the added stress of trying to fly the craft yourself. Call of
Duty does stand on its own, and rather spectacularly so.
During the single player campaign, the players find themselves back and
forth playing different characters. Either as “Rabbit” or “Deuce” they
are a pair of special ops guys, the ones that are there but not…if you
get the meaning. Then also as Spc. Dante Adams, a U.S Army Ranger, and
then as Capt. Brad “Hawk” Hawkins a Apache helicopter gunner, each jump
in the story and characters intermix and cross paths during the campaign
in one way or the other.
The jumps are welcome and break the game up in various nail biting at
times missions. From doing your best to be stealthy, to fire fights that
rain rounds all around you, to raining down the hurt yourself from the
gunner seat of an apaches chopper. Then onto sniping with a heavy sniper
rifle, assisted by a spotter the player hunts for targets on the side of
a mountain using different optics on the rifle.
Your teammates that are AI run are useful. They not only take care of
themselves but even cover your butt too. The enemies at times are tough;
at times, the bullets and Rocket Propelled Grenades heading your way
make you think, WTF? Some times, an enemy down range looks confused and
is aiming in another direction giving you the perfect chance to put them
During game-play instead of health points or a health bar, there is
recharging health of sorts. Getting wounded the screen turns tinges of
red. As you avoid damage, health returns.
Speaking of the heavy similarities to Call of Duty…not to worry though
concerning how similar the game play and lay out is, Medal of Honor
stands on its own. On the graphic front, it has its moments where it
does shine, and then there are moments that cause the frame rates to
drop and the graphics drop into a pixel mess in some areas during
explosions. Minor anomalies pop up, such as a fellow soldier’s belt kit
and pouches, being half drawn and half missing. These are not a major
problem, but they where enough to pull me out of the moment ever so
The story and the emotions that they invoke are deep at times, as fellow
soldiers are in the line of fire and even killed. These men and women of
the military go through things like this in the real world counter
parts. From whatever country military they are in. Danger Close did a
spectacular job with the story, the single player experience, and the
cut scenes that move things along.
Through out the game there are different environments from villages and
small city, to valleys and mountains, getting high up the environment
becomes more snow and wind blown. It all has a good look to it
Then there is the frantic pace of the multiplayer I had just as much fun
blasting opponents as I had at being blasted by them.
Thankfully, each weapons use in multiplayer feels unique and balanced in
the game, the play to make the experience worth your time. There are
weapons for close up and room clearing such as shotguns, long guns for
sniping, and machine guns for laying down a rain of cover for your mates
to move forward.
Multiplayer you can play with friends in quick play. There are of course
several game modes to choose. You can jump into “Any Game” dropping you
into a multiplayer game that needs a player giving you a more randomized
Players can be U.S soldiers or operatives (Coalition), and they can play
as the opposing force.
DICE has enabled a full unlock system in the game. Advancing in
multiplayer, players are able to unlock new weapons, accessories for the
guns, barrel types, and clips.
Multiplayer is a very solid piece of this game, though first person
shooter fans will be pleased with the single player experience. Reviews
are opinionated, as we all know, I am hard pressed to choose single
player over multiplayer, though the multiplayer experience does seem to
edge out the single player experience just a bit here.
With the Medal of Honor franchise being out of action for the last
several years, the reboot perhaps did not please everyone. It is a solid
step in the right direction. It has actions, it has suspense, and it has
solid experiences that bring awe as the bullets are flying. The graphic
anomalies take a bit away, but you cannot help but root for this game,
and the definite heart felt honor it seems to want to present to the men
and women in the military.
Have fun, play games…get into the fight.
United States Editor Impulse Gamer