Medal of Honor

Posted by staff | Posted in XBOX 360 Games | Posted on 15-10-2010

5

  • In addition to multiplayer the game features a deep single player campaign in which players guide the storyline of multiple Tier 1 operators, as well as an Army Ranger
  • Elite Special Forces combat set across the rugged Afghanistan landscape, introducing players to the role of the Tier 1 Operators in the US military
  • Limited Edition priced at the same amount as the standard version, yet including early beta access, multiple special weapons and an exclusive skin
  • Developed by the world-class team at DICE (makers of Battlefield Bad Company 2) the game’s fast paced combat delivers the perfect mix of tactical warfare and all-out action
  • The game supports up to 24 players in online multiplayer modes

Product Description
Operating directly under the National Command Authority, a relatively unknown entity of Operators. Over 2 million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines wear the uniform. Of those, approximately 50 thousand fall under the direct control of the Special Operations Command. The Tier 1 Operator functions on a plane of existence above and beyond even the most highly trained Special Operations Forces. Their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds. They a… More >>

Medal of Honor

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To be fair I’m going to split this review into two parts. Single Player and Multi Player. Since they both run on different engines, its only fair to separate the two as far as quality and game-play goes.

*Single Player*

Game Play:

I always play my games on the hardest difficulty because I want to be challenged and get my $49-59 worth. Single player on hard is so easy, I think even the most novice player could beat it with no sweat. I beat the game in what was literally a solid 2.5-3 hours and died about 5 times. I’m no FPS guru, but for comparison it took me about 10-15 hours to beat MW2 and Reach on their hardest difficulty. I’m not a Halo or MW2 fanboy and I hate to make the comparison, but those two games on their highest difficulty have made me seriously consider throwing my XBox out the window (some of you know what I’m talking about). That’s the level of difficulty I expect from any “big name” FPS. 3 hours of game play is just insulting. It partially has to do with the A.I. The only time you’ll have trouble is when you don’t see and enemy. Other than that, the controls are great and familiar. MOH does have this feature called “Look/Lean” where you can poke your head out from behind a corner or object and lay down some suppression fire. Its interesting, but I don’t see many people using that feature.

Story:

This game doesn’t have a story line, it has a story circle. You start the game with no clear intention of your overall objective. All you know is that you’re deep in Afghanistan looking for “bad guys” and you’re there to exterminate them all and that is the cycle of pretty much 95% of the game. Now I know it’s based off a real war at real places and real events and the terrorist are the bad guys and the idea is to win, which is fine. But the overall idea of this game is just kill bad guys and keep killing them till there aren’t any left. That’s not a story, that’s a theme. This game lacks a clear beginning, middle and end.

Graphics:

It looks real, like any other war game. The daylight scenes are very detailed with the tree lines and mountain ranges. I don’t care to hear idiotic opinions about “the characters hand looked fuzzy for 2 seconds during a cut scene”. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I’ll put it like this. When you shoot people, blood spews from their exit wounds. When a bullet hits someone in the head, pieces of their skull and brain matter spray the wall behind them. I think that’s graphic enough.

Sound:

Amazing. That is one of the few things this game really has going for it. The soundtrack is pretty good to. The music from the end still gives me goosebumps.

Comments:

This game is seriously not done. The amount of glitches and A.I. foolishness is clearly noticeable at many times during the game. You’ll see enemies “gumby” their way across the opposing battlefield as you desperately try to shoot them to no avail. The only other big flaw is the automation. The game works on the premise that you have to be in a particular spot to advance your teammates to the next part of the mission. It can get rather annoying running around the map looking for that particular “pressure point”

*Multi Player*

Game Play:

Online play is fun and exciting. There is definitely a noticeable difference in the game-play from multi to single player. It is a bit slow to get going because of the limited load-outs and weapon selections that you have when you first start playing. I suppose that after you start leveling up and gaining more options this would be alleviated. I personally feel that the game plays to slow during the matches, however it has its merits. Aside from the aforementioned “glitchyness”, the multi-player is definitely a fresh alternative to the existing lineup.

Overall:

This game was probably the most disappointing FPS title that I’ve purchased. I don’t say that to be cruel, but this game feels like it was really rushed and they could have spent more time developing it. It will have its time to shine, however it really can’t stack up to its competition. I know people like to tout the notion that why does everything have to be compared with COD. Well its a FPS war game. It is only logical that you make a comparison of the two because not everyone has $60 to spend on every new game that comes out. I realize that some people have to seriously consider between the two choices. So I have to say, for the sake of clarity that this game is not as good as MW2 which was released a considerable amount of time before it.

*SYNOPSIS*

This game is not without its merits. It has many flaws, but most you can overlook. Medal of Honor does a good job of delivering a fresh multi-player layout and generally good online game play. However it has many crucial flaws that just don’t give it enough merit to stay in full rotation against its existing competition and I suspect its soon to be competition.

3/5 – Buy this game used after a few weeks or rent it. If you’re strapped for cash, I’d pass on this one. Or find a friend like me who buys all the big new titles and borrow it from him/her when they inevitably dish it for the next big title..
Rating: 3 / 5

If you liked Battlefield 2 Bad Company multiplayer, you should enjoy Medal of Honor. I really enjoy the multiplayer aspect of this game – its fast paced, somewhat strategic, the sound is fantastic (especially in 5.1 surround), and the graphics are what I would consider very good. Game play is smooth and consistent and aside from doing some minor tweaking (which all developers must do nowadays) the online experience is very enjoyable. Hardcore mode (no crosshairs or assists) is challenging in the sense that as it stands right now, I feel like it takes too many bullets to kill someone. This is just my opinion so I won’t rattle on and on about a “flawed system” – it is just the only real frustration I can think of.

Besides all that, I really get a kick out of killing the Taliban in this game. I’m sick of being placed in some obscure warzone in Russia to fight some enemy who has a nuke that they are pointing at some nearby city. This game is clearly based in Afghanistan and is set up around current events and it makes playing it more satisfying, in my opinion.

Singleplayer doesn’t look quite as nice as multiplayer, but that doesn’t really bother me – to me, the singleplayer in these kinds of games comes as an afterthought since I’d much rather kill things online with my friends. I haven’t played far enough into the singleplayer to give an honest review, so I’ll just add one later.

If you’re on the fence about this game, I’d say rent it or borrow it from a friend – you just may like it.
Rating: 4 / 5

I found this game to be quite a rollercoaster ride. And not in the fun way. The cinematics are high quality and the graphics are as well…for the most part. However, when they aren’t, they are just plain ugly. I recall a particular moment when one of your squad members were in position to breech a door. The clothing was highly detailed and textured -yet the gun in his hands looked unpolished (to put it nicely). It looked like something from straight from a game released 10 or more years ago. It was THAT obvious.

Even worse, in the level in which you ride ATV’s through the Afghan desert, you have the ability to turn on/off the headlights and your nightvision. That’s cool. What’s not cool? I found that if you keep the nightvision on when you reach the point where you are to get off the ATV, rather than stop, you the game glitches and accelerates your ATV into the ATV of your squad member. ..He then tries to mount the nearby 4 foot high wall. You are unable to move your ATV at this point. It happend this exact same way 3 times for me. It was then I discovered that it was the nightvision.

My biggest complaint is that the multiplayer is not yet working. I’ve been trying off and on for the past 2 or 3 hours and it comes up with the same message each time, “Disconnected. Connection interrupted – The EA servers are not currently available. Please try again later.”

For a game built up with such publicity and hype this is not something that should happen. Maybe by the time I post this it will be up and fully functioning (hopefully) but regardless, a game should be complete and at least relatively flaw free.

While the atmosphere it creates is rich and lively, and there are good times to be had, the bugs are far too frequent and far too obvious.
Rating: 3 / 5

I just purchased this game today and have played both single player and multiplayer and have come to the conclusion that I like this much better than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (my opinion of course) – why? See below.

The single player plays out pretty much the same as Call of Duty, you can expect a lot of action and a different variety of vehicles and weapons to use at your disposal. The key difference is you can not run out like Arnold Schwarzenegger and expect to kill everyone without dying – that’s right, this game requires you to actually use stealth and take cover instead of going Rambo on everyone (think of a cross between Rainbow Six Vegas and MW2). Now I know what you might be saying ”Hey, you had to use cover and stealth in CoD!” True, but only if it were on Hardened or Veteran mode. I found this game’s single player challenging even on Normal which is rare considering Ive been playing numerous FPSs’ since the days of the original Doom and AVP on the Atari Jaguar (Yikes, I’m old).

Now to the multiplayer and I must admit even though I like this game more than COD, I have to go through several short comings. The first of which the online customization (such as tags and emblems are apparently non-existent in this game). Also, as far as I am in this game it seems like there is not as much variety in guns as there is in COD. I also need to note that the spawn points can be irrational and infuriating at times, sometimes you will get spawned right in front of an enemy or worse an enemy sniper (never fun!). I must also note that you can not destroy buildings like you could in BF:BD or BF: 1942 which is disappointing. Lastly and sadly there is not as many ”kill rewards” (helicopters, nukes etc) as there was in MW2, you do get radar and mortar rounds but that is all I have witnessed so maybe I need to play more to see if there are unlockable kill streak rewards.

So with the multiplayer lagging behind MW2, why on earth would I say I like this game better? The first is an online player CAN NOT throw a grenade across the map unlike in MW2, and secondly the grenade launcher (I.E. ”noob tube” is considerably weaker in this game compared to MW2 which makes it harder for campers and ”noob tubers” to use it in the first place). I think I have only received one kill with the grenade launcher after using it a few times. Also rocket launchers (RPGs) are also toned down a bit compared to MW2 which makes the multiplayer you know… Fun (gasp!). That is what I like about this game is the fact that people can no longer ”noob tube” or throw grenades across the map like MW2 – you actually have to kill your opponent using bullets (MW2 players might be confused by that and may ask what bullets even are). Another great thing about this game is that an individual can not lunge at you with a knife and kill you (this is what ticked me off in MW2 is that people would run around with a knife and lock on to you and somehow plunge 15 feet killing you even though you would unload an entire clip into them). This game requires you to literally stand next to your opponent to use the knife to kill him (no more ridiculous plunging or lock on, good old fashion realistic combat). So that is why I like this game more than MW2 is that an individual actually have to use team work and has to actually shoot his gun instead of lobbying grenades from across the map or noob tubing the entire game. I also like the fact that the pistol in this game is actually strong and usable where as the COD pistol was weak and essentially useless.

In closing, I can understand the criticisms as stated above, but this game’s strengths when it comes to multiplayer and a good single player over come it’s weaknesses. If you are an avid MW2 player who ”noob tubes” or like lobbying grenades across the map – this game is not for you. If you are an old school player like me who grew up on Doom, Quake, Unreal and to an extent the first Halo then I think this game will more than satisfy you (it should also satisfy veteran players of older MoH, Rainbow Six games and Battlefield games. I would give this game a 4/5, but I am giving it a 5/5 because I think some of the reviews on Amazon have been trivial and unfair. If you buy this game expecting Call of Duty – you are setting yourself up for a let down. For those who disagree with this review, just remember ”to each his own.” Thanks for reading!
Rating: 5 / 5

First off let me start by saying if you play this game while comparing every moment to COD: MW 2 you’re going to be disappointed. While Medal of Honor is for sure a contender to the military based FPS thrown, COD: MW 2 is still the champ.

That’s not saying Medal of Honor isn’t a good game but it’s a work in progress and I’m sure the next installment will be a lot better with all the bugs worked out. Unfortunately it feels rushed as if EA was trying to beat Black Ops out of the starting gate, believing this move would increase their revenue and in turn neglecting the quality of the game. In my opinion they should have delayed the game and polished it a bit more.

There are a lot of noticeable glitches in this game which may or may not be a deal breaker for you, but honestly all things considered still playable. Overall a good game, very similar to COD: MW 2 with a splash of Battlefield Bad Company 2 and a side of glitches for desert.

Basically if you’re looking for something to hold you over while you wait for Black Ops then this would be it but if you’re looking for a successor to COD: MW 2 look else where.

Xbox and PSN gamer tags are both MikeJMele.

Rating: 4 / 5

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