Medal of Honor Heroes 2

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Review for Wii

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It's June 6th, 1944, and the war is in your hands. Step into the boots of OSS Operative John Berg and infiltrate Normandy from behind enemy lines to undermine the Nazi regime.

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6Out of 10
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Sadly this isn't another Wii FPS to be proud of
Sadly this isn't another Wii FPS to be proud of

Sadly this isn't another Wii FPS to be proud of

Early in the Wii's life I didn't have much faith in the Wii Remote as a tool for good first-person shooters. Then Metroid Prime 3 came along and re-wrote the rule book on Wii FPS control, bringing with it hope that the genre could have success on the Wii. Now, considerably later than it arrived in the US, Wii owners have Medal of Honor Heroes 2 from EA - a game that tries to be both a first-person shooter and a light-gun shooter. Is it another FPS for Wii owners to get excited about?

In short, kind of. Anyone who played the awkward to control Medal of Honor Vanguard on Wii will be pleased to hear that Heroes 2 features a completely reworked control scheme. You use the Nunchuck to move and the Wii Remote to aim, but the key is how you can lock on to enemies using the Z button. Sadly this is only available on the game's lowest difficulty setting and doesn't allow you to aim within this locked on zone, so the game essentially becomes nothing more than pressing Z and then holding fire down. Aiming without the lock-on takes things in the other direction, with targeting becoming really tricky. Given Metroid Prime 3's rather excellent control scheme it's disappointing that Heroes 2 didn't follow suit.

With some persistence you can get pretty good with the Wii Remote controls and they really are a big step up from Vanguard. Still, is the game itself any good? Although a long way from the modern FPS experiences you might have become accustomed to on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, this latest Wii effort from EA isn't bad and benefits from being quite fast paced and action packed. Heroes 2 is more reminiscent of the Medal of Honor games on the PlayStation 2, which while dated today is acceptable on the Wii. The biggest let down is the size of the levels, which are pretty small and result in each level feeling a little like you're playing on a set rather than in a real location.

The action doesn't last very long either, with the WWII era campaign being done and dusted in no more than five hours, and that's with some fairly annoyingly placed checkpoints that force you to replay sections over and over again should you die. In an attempt to give the game appeal outside of the series' usual fans, EA has included an Arcade mode which is essentially a light-gun shooter. Using the Wii Zapper here works pretty well, with the game handling all player movement. It's a decent effort, but it's clear that the levels weren't designed to be played this way from the start.

In most Wii games you'd be lucky to get a throwaway multiplayer mode as a token gesture, hardly worth the ink used to print the feature on the back of the box, but Heroes 2 features a very impressive online multiplayer mode for up to 32 players - a number that even dwarfs most other home console shooters. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Infiltration game types are available, although plain old Deathmatch is the only game type I could get a game in - even during peak hours not many people are playing online.

Visually it doesn't impress the same way the PSP game does

Visually it doesn't impress the same way the PSP game does

How the game plays online depends entirely on the connection quality of the host and the number of players in the game. I was sadly unable to get a smooth game when more than 20 players were in the map, but when numbers dropped to around 12 things became very playable. If you can put up with some lag then the larger games are an option, but prepare for a lot of player warping.

Given that the Wii game has been developed in conjunction with the PSP version, I expected the worst visually, and sadly I was proven right. Medal of Honor Heroes 2 looks about on par with an average looking PlayStation 2 game, and certainly doesn't push the Wii at all. While this looked great on the PSP screen, on your TV things look a little drab and uninspiring.

Audio work is also solid, with the trademark Band of Brothers-esque musical score once again accompanying the action. Production values aren't nearly as high as seen in the most recent next-gen efforts, but cutscenes feature decent voice work and load times are fairly minimal. New to the Wii game are numerous motion control gameplay elements, but they aren't key to the gameplay and only really add novelty value to the experience.

Although the controls in this Wii version of Medal of Honor Heroes 2 are superior to those in the PSP version (if you can get the hang of them), I found myself having more fun with the handheld game. The small levels certainly felt more at home there and the visuals impressed compared to what else the PSP had to offer. On Wii expectations are quite rightly a fair bit higher, and while Heroes 2 isn't a bad game it fails to be the great FPS we wanted it to be.

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Che

The discussion on the poor graphics should be rephrased. Of course the graphics are inferior to ps3 and 360 but they are a hell of alot better than PlayStation 2!
Posted 23:04 on 04 January 2009
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I had the PSP version of this game and it sucked - it nowhere near as good as the first MOH Heroes on the PSP, especially online. However I just bought the Wii version of MOH 2 and it's more fun to play than its PSP counterpart, especially with the Wii Zapper. Unlike the reviewer I've not experienced any lag online and there are always plenty of people playing. This is the FPS to get on the Wii.
Posted 22:56 on 14 October 2008
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whoa i disagree entirely with this review. the graphics may not be the best but online gameplay is great. I've never had lag problems and i play in games with the max amount of people. I don't like the compaign mode but online multiplayer mode makes up for it.
Posted 01:46 on 28 September 2008
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Jerome

This is a really good game!!!
Some people cant play well, thats y they said its bad!!!
Posted 05:56 on 24 September 2008
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Joel

I've played it once and it seemed ok besides some bad graphics... however i would suggest call of duty 3 over this game.
Posted 19:38 on 19 May 2008
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Joel S

I haven't played the game, but I can't understand how one can prefer a PSP version over a console version. Let's say you are at home with a PSP and a Wii. Would you choose to play the PSP version instead of the Wii version? It's beyond me...
Posted 17:16 on 28 April 2008
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Mr. Phil

I got my Wii on the day it was released in the US and I'll admit upfront that I haven't been thrilled with it. The games I've bought/rented have had mostly quirky and down-right buggy use of the Wii controller and this fact has left my Wii in the power-off mode for the better part of 2007. I mean after all people aren't buying the Wii for it's graphics abilities, we buy it for the fun controller and if it doesn't work right it's not worth playing. Medal of Honor Heroes 2 is dead on with it's controls. I've used the zapper for the campaign mode and it's perfectly suited for this (finally a game I will play for more than 10 minutes). I think the above review is off mark and you should have given it more of an 8/10 score as has been noted in the previous comments. Just my 2 cents...
Posted 15:09 on 26 March 2008
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Andrew

Another day, another Wii bashing review.
You pro site reviewers are terrible, each and every one of you.
Posted 13:44 on 14 March 2008
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Josh

Sorry, bad review. This game is great. While i wouldnt give this game a 10(more on par with ben's 8/10). Never had any problems with lag, also plenty of servers and plenty of people online.
This and Corruption show people really can be done with FPS on Wii.
Posted 23:45 on 07 March 2008
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Chris

Has anyone used the Wii Zapper with this game? Or can you use the Light Gun for this?
Posted 20:22 on 28 February 2008
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should i get this game?? r there plenty of people online?
Posted 05:24 on 23 February 2008
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I apologise before I admit this Tom, but I agree with Polan. The game is the ultimate FPS package so far on the Wii. The controls are nearly just as good as Corruption and yes, it even "controls like a dream".

8/10, is what you should have scored it. The Online Multiplayer doesn't have any lag either. You must have a bad router if you're connection was that bad, as I've had 32 people online and had no problems whatsoever.

I'm sorry, but I'm giving into temptation to say this was a bad review. :(
Posted 13:22 on 21 February 2008
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Polan

Bad review. This game is the first complete FPS package for the Wii and it controls like a dream. It deserves much more respect than you are giving it.
Posted 09:49 on 21 February 2008

Game Stats

Medal of Honor Heroes 2
6
Out of 10
Medal of Honor Heroes 2
  • 32 player online
  • Decent controls
  • Drab visuals
  • No middle ground with controls
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Release Date: 30/11/2007
Platforms: Wii , PSP
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1-32
Rating: PEGI 16+
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