Medal of Honor is a first-person shooter that redefines the genre. For shooter fans and modern military enthusiasts, Medal of Honor is a way to experience today’s authentic warfare, because unlike anywhere else in the world of video games, Medal of Honor can deliver intense modern warfare gameplay inspired by the actions of the elite Tier 1 Operators currently active in the military. Features include access to Tier 1 Ops and Army Ranger storylines, realistic weaponry and large-scale online multiplayer.
It’s unfortunate that “Medal of Honor,” the reboot of the 11-year-old military shooter franchise set in present-day Afghanistan, was banned from being sold on U.S. military bases because the video game’s single-player campaign is more an interactive tribute to troops fighting in the Middle East than any other shoot-’em-up.
The military authorities have decided not to store “Medal of Honor” (Electronic Arts, for the sum of Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) after demonstrations on the multiplayer mode, allowing gamers to play as combatants representing the Taliban. Last week, Electronic Arts has announced these characters would be known as the rather more ambiguous Opposing Force.
However, the turbans and improvised explosive devices remain in the multiplayer mode in Battlefield: Bad Company “developer DICE, making the name change of a concession unnecessary, especially given how integral Afghanistan and the Taliban are in the single player campaign Danger Close developer, said the point of view of four American soldiers.
For the most part of the story-driven, players switch between the game as “Rabbit” and “Deuce”, a pair of co-never-seen-or heard, taking orders directly from the top and operate stealthily behind enemy lines. Other missions find players representing Spc. Dante Adams, a U.S. Army Ranger, and Captain Brad “Hawk” Hawkins, a sniper Apache helicopters.
The gameplay solo is at its best with gunfire supported scenarios that are realistic enough for a documentary by Ken Burns war still pretty exciting for a blockbuster from Michael Bay.
One of the most tense moments involves pushing Taliban forces then approached Adams and his fellow Rangers are stuck in a building which is clubbed with rocket launchers. When you think the battle is over, a truck loaded with a bomb slams into the rickety structure.
There are similarities to developer Infinity Ward “Modern Warfare” series, which modernize publisher Activision Call of Duty “franchise. For example, instead of behaving like “Roach” on a sled down the slopes of Kazakhstan, “players guide” Deuce “on an all-terrain vehicle through a valley of Afghanistan.
But this new “Medal of Honor” is not “Modern Warfare” clone. When both “Modern Warfare” game excelled at balancing ripped-from-headlines realism to the action on-the-top, “Medal of Honor” does not have enough story and action sequences to be a true competitor for “Call of Duty”.
Graphically, it doesn’t help that “Medal of Honor” isn’t as smooth looking as “Modern Warfare,” or what’s been glimpsed of “Black Ops,” the Cold War era “Call of Duty” entry developed by Treyarch. Several target-painting pursuits and one explosive air mission aren’t enough to break up the monotonous ground battles scattered across the Afghan terrain.
The action is armed to the teeth more ardent in the multiplayer experience completely disconnected from the single player campaign (separate exes). Some players might enjoy the more minimalist approach to multiplayer, but it feels like a mish-mash of what has been seen in “Modern Warfare” and “Battlefield” – and is not as smooth or dependency whatsoever.
And there’s something a bit confusing, but not totally monstrous, playing as an opposition force.
“Medal of Honor” is not to revive the series the way “Modern Warfare” is for “Call of Duty.” Die-hard fans military shooter will no doubt need a taste of authenticity without the complex single player campaign and multiplayer skirmish mode dizzying, but everyone has to wait until “Black Ops” is served. Two out of four stars.
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