Despite being a bit late in jumping on the whole modern-warfare-series-reboot bandwagon, Medal of Honor aims to make modern war as authentic and realistic as possible, but did EA pull it off? Or did they spend too much time trying to top the modern shooters already in the market and — in turn — fail to properly create a name for themselves? Let’s see!
Aiming for a very realistic look at modern war, Medal of Honor takes place in 2002, focusing on groups of soldiers in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Despite a lack of overall character development and introductions, the game does manage to make you feel for these characters’ as they work and suffer through intense and overwhelming battle conditions. As you play through the game’s campaign, you’ll find yourself taking the role of several different soldiers, but still following the same single campaign arch and events very closely.
The overall visuals are nice, with plenty of action and particle effects to keep anyone happy. Some gamers might find the game to feel a bit repetitive at times with all of the mountains and caves, but it’s balanced out by several stealth, sniping and a few vehicle missions that succeed in breaking the game up enough to prevent the gameplay from becoming stale. In fact, the biggest complaint that I have against the game’s general gameplay is the fact that it can be very difficult to gauge how much damage you can take before death, but from a game that focuses on realism, this is hardly surprising.
Ultimately, it’s a solid singleplayer experience that is stressful, frustrating, rewarding and even — if you lower your manly guard — emotional. Sadly though, it’s plagued with an ending that only succeeds in making you feel like you missed something. As a result, the 4-hour campaign feels like its a mere fragment of a proper game. Despite this, it’s still a solid modern FPS experience that should not be missed.
- Graphics: 7
While nothing extraordinary, Medal of Honor‘s graphics are solid, well done, satisfying, and offers very nice performance. There are a few texture issues at times, but nothing colossal.
- Storyline: 8
Genuinely based in the reality of past events and with a huge focus on realism, Medal of Honor manages to pull you into the story despite almost zero actual character introductions or development.
- Gameplay: 6
Throughout the game’s campaign, it’s hard to shake a feeling of run-of-the-mill similarity to other modern shooter games on the market today. While it’s a solid game in its own right, Medal of Honor just fails to do anything exciting or new in this title.
- Controls: 7
By employing a standard FPS control scheme, Medal of Honor makes it easy to pick the game up without having to worry about any advanced vehicle controls or any confusing layouts.
- Lasting Appeal: 8
Most gamers will be left wanting more after Medal of Honor‘s 4-hour campaign. Of course, there’s the entire multiplayer experience that was designed by the team behind Battlefield: Bad Company 2, but because of this, the multiplayer experience doesn’t seem to try very hard to separate itself from what we’ve already experienced in BC2.
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