Medal of Honor
Rated M for Mature
Rating 8/10 Modern shooters are now flooding the market the way WWII shooters did for so long. Medal of Honor had a big share of the market when it came to fighting back Nazi’s but is now only playing catch up in the modern warfare market. And caught up they have. Danger Close delivers a very solid shooter with this reinvention of the series.
Players step into the boots of three different soldiers throughout the course of the game which takes you through mountains, caves, helicopter flights, and midnight ATV rides. The action is very intense and the campaign feels more real than some of the game’s competitors. It’s not a simulation like Operation Flashpoint but the game does a fantastic job of making you feel like you are right there in the middle of some crazy firefights. One shootout in particular is probably one of my favorite video game moments ever. Your team has to hide in a “hut” while the enemy comes at you from 3 sides of the mountain. It’s insane but I don’t want to spoil it by saying more. Just keep shooting. You will lay down serious lead throughout the single player campaign. Fortunately when you run low, your nearby team members can replenish your ammo. That may sound great but if you are pinned down and can’t reach them, you may find yourself scrambling to pick up an previously owned AK-47 from a Talib...I mean Opposing Force member. With some of the pre-release hoopla surrounding this game about verterans not being able to watch this and people upset about calling the Taliban the Taliban, let me just reassure you that this is a tribute in every way to our armed forces. The ending of the game has an amazing note that solidifies that fact. Just a warning for those sensitive to bad language, there is a lot of it. I realize that in war you probably won’t hear a lot of “golly gee, they’re shooting at me” but I do wish more developers would put in a language filter. This game does offer a gore filter and a dialogue slider both of which will help but of course you will miss some of the story that way.
The multiplayer offers you the ability to turn down the dialogue too and you will not miss out on anything essential by doing so. Dice worked on the online portion of the game so basically it feels like Bad Company on tiny maps. While it is fun, there is somewhat of a disconnect between the single and multiplayer modes. I think the gunplay throughout the campaign (with aim assist off) was far better than the online portion which has entirely too much power given to snipers. It all works ok but I definitely wish I could have seen what Danger Close could have done rather than Dice on this one. The unlocks online are pretty cool with each class(sniper, rifleman, special ops) having 15 levels to advance through. Each level makes your character stronger so veterans should destroy the noobs without much of a problem. As a matter of fact, extra XP is given to newer players who kill someone who is level 10 or higher. It all works well but like I eluded too earlier, there is a disconnect and I actually feel like I am playing two different games when I jump between single and multiplayer.
Kind of forgotten in all of this is Tier 1 mode. In this mode you can go through all the single player missions and try to beat the par time for the level. I don’t have a lot of time into this mode yet but what I did play was a blast. It is the kind of mode that gets better if you have more friends who have played because you can not only try to beat their times but you can also see where they died on the map. When you get to their grave(marker) a notice pops up and you can press X to send them a message that tells them that you just passed them on Tier 1. It really is cool but I don’t have many friends who have played it so I guess I’ll just have to set the bar.
This game is unfortunately hampered by some unjustly low reviews(IGN whoever reviewed Medal of Honor should stick to sweeping the floor). If you like shooters buy this game. The single player campaign and Tier 1 modes are definitely worth it. The mulitplayer is passable and even with the trendy new online pass(code supplied with new game purchase) from EA and with Black Ops around the corner its still worthy of a pick up. If you just want a good single player experience you can always just rent this game or pick it up used simply for the story without worrying about the 10$ online pass. Whether you rent, buy or borrow this game you will have a blast.