Finally.. the Medal
of Honor series return and on what better console than the XBox 360
in Medal of Honor Airborne that allows gamers to transform into
Private First Class Boyd Travers of the 82nd Airborne division as
battles through war torn Europe from Sicily to Germany. Once again
the developers call on the expertise spokesperson for Medal of Honor
Airborne, Captain Dale Dye who has worked as a Military Technical
Advisor for the last 7 games, ensuring one of the most realistic and
accurate military games to date.
Missions in a free-roaming FPS Experience the intensity of a
cinematic, story-driven game with the freedom of NON-LINEAR
missions in a free roaming FPS environment.
The JUMP will
fundamentally affect how the game is played.
mission with a fully interactive airdrop into enemy territory.
Your landing spot can dramatically change the way each mission
is played out.
A wide variety
of historically accurate CUSTOMIZABLE WEAPONS are at your
on your personalized weapon with field modifications that remain
persistent throughout the entire game.
Medal of Honor
Airborne will present the MOST BELIEVABLE HUMANS in a game.
very latest technology to deliver truly believable humans within
the gaming environment.
The current title
revolves around the bravery of the 82nd Airborne Division who
parachuted behind enemy lines in both night and day operations in
World War II to seize or destroy key objectives and to pave the way
for larger Allied offensives.
At the start of
every mission you must first jump out of a plane and parachute down
to the battlefield, and must choose to either land in the “safe
zones” marked with green smoke or can choose to literally land
nearly anywhere on the battlefield that they wish.
Although much of the
levels involve parachuting in, once on the ground Medal of Honor:
Airborne plays much like a standard first-person shooter. You
have a fairly standard array of actions you can perform such as
sprinting, using and cooking grenades, using your weapon to melee an
opponent, and aiming down the gun's sights. When playing on the
normal or especially the expert difficulty levels the title plays
out much like a realistic shooter that rewards taking cover and
methodically moving up as opposed to blindly running and gunning.
At the start of
every mission you can choose your weapon load-out, and the choices
available expand from mission to mission. You can equip three weapon
slots, two for primary weapons and one of the game's two pistols.
The primary slot
choices range anywhere from Allied to Axis weaponry, BAR automatic
rifles to shotguns, MP40 submachine guns to Kar98k bolt action
rifles. As you use any weapon you then gain experience with it, and
at three intervals of experience the weapon gains an upgrade such as
a faster reload speed, higher damage rounds, or accuracy increases.
Medal of Honor:
Airborne does support multiplayer of up to twelve players over
Xbox Live in either objective-based or capture the flag modes of
play. Much as in the single player campaign the allied forces
parachute onto the battlefield and combatants on both sides gain
experience with their weaponry.
experience level each player has in multiplayer is separate from the
single player experience they may have gained, but like the single
player the experience carries over from match to match.
Graphically the game
is a powerhouse that makes battles seem completely chaotic thanks to
impressive explosion, smoke, and debris effects. When you sprint the
camera enters a slightly blurred shaky-cam state that only adds to
the hectic feeling as you run from cover to cover, and the viewpoint
realistically shifts as the player lands from parachuting and begins
to unbuckle his parachute and harness.
The music and sounds
are mixed very well together, with music taking a backseat to the
sounds of gunfire in normal combat and swelling when the action
reaches a cliffhanger moment.
In conclusion, Medal
of Honor Airborne pushes the genre to its next evolutionary stage
with extraordinary graphics, gameplay and sound, giving the gamer a
thoroughly satisfying and realistic first person shooter experience
set in turbulent World War II.