Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Review for Xbox 360

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Medal of Honor returns to the front lines, this time in today's war.

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7Out of 10
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Most maps are riddled with corridors that are simply too thin, and even basic games of Team Assault - played 12-vs-12 - are robbed of any potential nuance by forcing you into staccato chains of death and respawning in areas that are clusterbombs of crossfire and explosive damage. Bullets are especially deadly here, and even the lightest spray of fire in your direction will have you staring at your own demise.

Die, and you're simply told that you're dead. That's understandable, but the last few years has seen post-death turned into a mini-tutorial: Halo nudges you into the direction of the enemy; Call of Duty shows you how you bit the dust from the perspective of your killer. Medal of Honor's vanilla approach might be the purest implementation, harking back to How Things Used To Be, but when you've been blasted away six times from the same camping sonofagun, you quickly realise that these gentle post-death nudges have been added into other games for a reason.

Notch up points while remaining alive and you'll add to your score chain, which lets you choose from an offensive or defensive ability after hitting certain increments.Reaching 50 points will give you either a mortar strike or a UAV, whereas 600 treats to you a cruise missile or a massive boost to armour. By setting the barrier of entry quite high (roughly four kills depending on headshots and other bonuses) DICE ensures that games are focused on tight gunplay and solid tactics instead of cheap artillery strikes.

It's not a bad experience by any means, but it's a slightly inconsistent overall package. By attempting to be a jack of both Call of Duty's and Bad Company 2's trades, it ends up a master of neither, though its vicious gunplay and unfettered carnage will ensure it finds a solid and dependable fanbase - at least until Black Ops and Bad Company 2: Vietnam show up.

Medal of Honor's balancing act combines two developers and game engines. Lofty ambitions on both fronts are ultimately let down by very little desire to redefine the game's range or bring out the best from each engine's particular set of talents, but it's undeniable that both single and multiplayer have their individual merits. Neither Danger Close nor DICE are working to their full potential here, but underneath the hype and controversy there's a video game that's still worth a look.

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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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