Medal of Honor Review for Xbox 360

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Dividing the game right down the middle, there's also DICE's multiplayer component. Following on from the runaway success of Bad Company 2, Medal of Honor is the developer's first real take on a predominantly close-quarters multiplayer experience. Sadly, it shows.

Adapting DICE's venerable Frostbite engine, which specialises in destructable expanses of land, to the smaller confines of Medal of Honor has opened up a world of technical niggles. Single-player features such as leaning and sliding are gone but hardly noticed. More disturbing is the hit detection, which has been improved since the oft-maligned beta but ultimately it still feels a little broken. I also didn't much enjoy the instances where I found myself stuck in occasional clipping errors, with bullets hitting walls when very close to the edges of cover.

It's hard to visualise exactly how the online community will develop after just a couple of days spent playing on the retail servers, but even from such an early stage in the product's life cycle it's clear to see what angle the game is coming from. In attempting to bridge the gap between Call of Duty and Bad Company 2, Medal of Honor is trying to capture the best of both worlds.

As is now mandatory for any online FPS, Medal of Honor sets up its own system of experience and progression, mixing RPG-like grinding and levelling into familiar modes such as Team Assault (Team Deathmatch) and Sector Control (Domination), alongside the objective-based Combat Mission and the mini-Rush intensity of Objective Raid; everything but Combat Mission can also be played on a punishing Hardcore playlist. Potential armaments are split across both factions (Rangers and OPFOR) and then divided by the three classes on offer; Rifleman is your all-rounder, Special Ops carries a rocket launcher and Sniper snipes.

Positive actions on the battlefield - killing an enemy, capturing a point, getting a sweet headshot and so on - are rewarded by points, which move you up the ranks and unlock new weapons and accessories, such as the red dot sight or another ammo magazine, to lump in a gun's rail, barrel and base slots. It'll take exactly 31,700 XP to follow these golden breadcrumbs along the 15-level journey from Recruit to Tier 1 Warfighter - and since you receive a scant 10 points for each basic kill, you can expect maxing out all three classes to take quite a bit of your time.

Whether or not you'll bother to invest that time is another question entirely. You'll probably spend most of it in Team Assault, which is already being played by twice the players of any other mode. A scant five maps are on offer here, with another three reserved solely for use in Combat Mission.

There are inconsistencies in the maps across different modes. Kabul City Ruins, for instance, encourages you to scamper around the scenery to gain tactical advantages over the enemy team - bits where you jump up on top of crates and peek through little holes remind me of the exalted de_dust2, for instance. Take that same desire to explore and tinker over to Shahikot Mountains, however, and you're left hitting your head on invisible boundaries.

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squidman

Cheers for all the comments, chaps. Much appreciated.
Posted 17:40 on 12 October 2010

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guideman62

Martin, you've just become my favorite reviewer. Excellent review. Although I agree 99% with your comments, I still give Medal of Honor an 8. MOH's Multiplayer is what I like the most. Map design is excellent overall. Comparable to BBC2 and better than MW2. Can't wait to try out the new DLC soon.

PS: Such a complete and in-depth review like that means you deserve a raise!
Posted 03:43 on 20 October 2010
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p0rtalthinker

I'd already made my decision of whether or not to get this game (which was to pass), but this was still a great read nontheless Martin :P
Posted 22:59 on 12 October 2010
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rbevanx

Good review Martin, cracking read. GT5 it is then!!!!

Might give this a whirl when I can get it cheap.
Posted 21:47 on 12 October 2010
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omfg-bbq@ Bloodstorm

Calm down now time for beddy byes.
Posted 21:44 on 12 October 2010
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Bloodstorm

Heh, i told you! I TOLD YOU! SOME SAID I WAS MAD BUT NOW LOOK AT ME!!!!!
Posted 21:43 on 12 October 2010
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Ghost_Dog

I'm still disappointed by the Frontline HD port.

Would have liked to storm the Normandy beach in 720p.
Posted 20:42 on 12 October 2010
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Karlius@ SexyJams

I wouldn't panic if it is after all 7 is still a decent score just not a must own. Which is why most of us are saying if we pick it up it'll be when it lowers in price.
Posted 20:34 on 12 October 2010
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Neon-Soldier32@ SexyJams

But, but, you'll only get one playthrough of Enslaved D:
Posted 20:33 on 12 October 2010
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SexyJams

Jesus!
I just asked for this for my MOTM game.
I've just changed it to Enslaved though now.
Hope it's not too late.
Posted 20:22 on 12 October 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Karlius

Clearly haven't understood what I have said then. Oh well.

I'm still getting it and i will enjoy it. I know i will because i didn't shoot it down straight away like others have done.
Posted 19:20 on 12 October 2010
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omfg-bbq@ reynoldio

Who sold you thoose mushrooms?
Posted 18:46 on 12 October 2010
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reynoldio@ Neon-Soldier32

Martin only turns up for the big games, he'd suck at a review for Front Mission Evolved as he wouldn't take it seriously, thinking all he has to do is turn up and you'll beat West Brom but when a team sets itself up to be solid defensively you NEED TO FIND A WAY TO BREAK THROU...

*cough*

Think I'll go and have a little rest.
Posted 18:45 on 12 October 2010
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clangod

Quote:
With any luck, no little kids will get it because "It's not CoD LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL"

Lol alright! That would actually be a big selling point for me.
Posted 18:43 on 12 October 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Im not sure what was pointed out as bad enough for a 7, or what was what was pointed out about the sound.

Nice review though, disappointing though. Although, I will wait to make up my own mind on it. With any luck, no little kids will get it because "It's not CoD LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL"

Which should make for a better online experience at least

Also, will Martin be reviewing all the big games?
Posted 18:40 on 12 October 2010
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Karlius@ Mr_Ninjutsu

To be honest you did just leave yourself wide open to it lol.
Posted 18:25 on 12 October 2010

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Medal of Honor
7
Out of 10
Medal of Honor
  • Lots of content.
  • Sound is brilliant.
  • Forgettable multiplayer.
  • Forgettable campaign.
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Release Date: 15/10/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC
Developer: EALA
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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