Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
Genre: First Person Shooter
There was a time when Medal of Honor was the go to shooter on and offline; there was also a time before Call of Duty. The latest Medal of Honor game is EA's attempt to restore the lagging franchise to it's former glory and they hired Danger Close to develop the single-player and DICE, the team behind Battlefield, to put together the multiplayer. The results are decidedly mixed.
The single player campaign is about a special forces team operating in Afghanistan post September 11th. The campaign really tries to be authentic. There's loads of military jargon and real world references but the set pieces are clichéd, the storyline hackneyed and I've played longer game demos. Still, it lets players finally lean around corners.
The multiplayer is much more satisfying. It takes the arcady gameplay of Call of Duty and mishmashes it with the tactical gameplay of Battlefield. The game places a big emphasis on ranking up and on weapon unlocks and while this may satisfy veterans - or 'tier one' operatives - it makes things very unforgiving for noobs. Prepare to die, a lot.
Considering all the hype and controversy surrounding Medal of Honour it's hard not be a little disappointed. Sure, the multiplayer is fun but so is Battlefield's, and Call of Duty's and this reboot of an ailing franchise doesn't really add anything to the shooter genre beyond another voice saying "me too".
Rent or Buy: Rent
Game Play: 3/5
Replay Value: 4/5
Reviewed By: Bryan Collins