Medal of Honor Review

Being the first Medal of Honor not set during past wars and setup in the present with the conflict in the Middle East, developer Danger Close had a very precarious position in the telling of the single player story for Medal of Honor. But when it came to the multiplayer, the long-standing Electronic Arts’ stable at DICE knew how to create a functioning multiplayer experience.

Taking the experience out of the past and into the present is difficult, but Danger Close developed an engrossing single player experience that had a good amount of high points with some too heavily scripted experiences.

DICE has again shown that they know how to make good multiplayer, but while it was interesting, Medal of Honor’s multiplayer did feel like another skin of the same experience in other DICE developed multiplayer experiences.

Danger Close’s single player portion of the game is an interesting one. The story unfolds through three different perspectives of Tier One operatives, Navy Seals, and Army Rangers; each with their own specialties and “abilities.”

While most of the time is spent with the Special Operatives, the Ranger portion is more recognizable to FPS players and might be more welcome than the experiences found through the others.

Since players will experience three different storylines, it is only natural that the overlap of the characters would be found at moments during the game and switching between the different areas of the Armed Forces. Much of the title is spent under cover and in silence with the third act become a summer blockbuster.

The story is passable, but there are a lot of questions and issues with some of the places where the story moves from one playable character to the next. A positive for the single player is that the game is full of great dialogue which helps the immersion of the title. The is a lot to hear and during times of the single player, listening was more important than seeing.

But visually, Medal of Honor is a good looking title on the PlayStation 3. There were issues of texture popping during early portions of levels, and while all main characters are impressively detailed, there were voice to character lip sync issues. It wasn’t annoying, but one of those little things that broke the experience. Secondary characters all have a bit of a copy-paste texture to them, but the game does well to mix up the missions to feature different visuals and not make the experience lag.

A lot of the time, players will be in the dark, so night vision is used, and the lighting effects show off some great gameplay when trying to take over positions during the single player.

Medal of Honor does have some unfortunate choke points when it comes to enemy AI being smart at times and dumb as a brick during others. Another issue is during swarm moments in the game, it unfairly places the player in the worst position to attempt to survive. It does feel that Danger Close attempted to create tension and pressure during points, but most of them came off forced and aggravating.

Along with the single player, Medal of Honor features a Tier 1 mode where players are assigned missions that have to be completed within a certain time frame. It’s difficult and made for those who want to prove they have what it takes to be a perfect digital warrior.

But most players will be jumping straight into the DICE developed multiplayer of Medal of Honor. While I enjoyed my time experiencing the multiplayer, it did feel a bit to similar to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in the initial impressions of the gameplay. With different types of classes along with a number of weapons and specifications, long term players will become impressive soldiers, but for the casual multiplayer player, the experience may become a little unforgiving.

With a good number of maps, the skilled multiplayer fans will get a lot out of the multiplayer in either faction. Though changing the default control options is imperative because with the default controls, players will control way too slowly to be helpful during matches.

Medal of Honor is a fun, compelling single player experience; though it doesn’t have the huge summer movie blockbuster feel that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had, and it is better for it. Though there room for improvement in the story of the single player, most will be jumping into the multiplayer which is a bit of more of the same. But when same is still great, there aren’t any real problems.

It’s more FPS, but has an interesting single player, and what will be great multiplayer

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