Skip to navigation

Medal of Honor review

Verdict

A bland and soulless on-rails shooter that completely fails to live up to its own hype

Review Date: 10 Nov 2010

Reviewed By: Mike Jennings

Price when reviewed: £27 (£32 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
3 stars out of 6

The world of first-person shooters has a shadow cast over it right now by the behemoth that is Call of Duty. It's the Avatar of game franchises, the release you don't put your game up against - yet EA won't give up with its own Medal of Honor franchise just yet, opting for a complete reboot, shifting from gritty WW2 battlefields to the even grittier modern-day Afghanistan.

In single-player, you're quickly thrown into the midst of a plot that tackles the post-9/11 War on Terror in Afghanistan, and the opening level apes the first Modern Warfare game with a high-octane truck ride through a city crawling with insurgents. It's a bombastic opening for a game that champions its realism, yet the franchise's traditions soon come to the fore.

For starters, it's linear. While that isn't a problem in a game of well-designed set-pieces and interesting locales, MoH isn't that game. Many set-pieces lack surprise and you spend much of the game funnelled from war cliché to war cliché by way of battered streets, wrecked buildings and perfunctory turret and tank sequences.

Those war zones are packed with obvious cover even though the game lacks a real cover system, and the linear environments feel endlessly predictable. The visuals are good and the lighting effects excellent - although textures look blurred close-up - but the lack of destructible scenery means there's none of the fun of Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Medal of Honor

The brain-dead enemies don't help matters. Most just squat behind cover and occasionally pop their heads up as targets, and they're not clever enough to react to basic tactical manoeuvres such as obvious flanking runs. You'll soon tire of nipping round the side and shooting them from close range.

The repetitive on-foot sections are broken up by restrictive turret sequences. You're not able to shoot drivers or tyres for a quick takedown, and the static environments mean potentially useful explosive items serve no purpose.

The campaign isn't all bad. It rattles along at a decent pace and the iffy script is at least performed with enthusiasm, while the constant rattling and booming of gunfire and explosions makes for a suitably volatile aural assault.

Unusually, EA divvied up the development duties, with the campaign handled by veteran MoH team Danger Close and the multiplayer segment given to DICE, the studio behind Bad Company 2. It shows in the quality online: there's a trio of classes available, experience points ready to be earned, and a host of new weapons to be unlocked. It isn't as involved as Bad Company 2 and the eight maps aren't as large, but the core gameplay is solid.

A fun multiplayer section, however, isn't enough to save this big-budget yawn. Instead of the intended authenticity, Medal of Honor offers up little more than a bland and repetitive single-player on-rails turkey shoot. If you're after some real modern warfare, answer to the Call of Duty.

Author: Mike Jennings

Subscribe to PC Pro magazine. We'll give you 3 issues for £1 plus a free gift - click here
Be the first to comment this article

You need to Login or Register to comment.

(optional)

Latest Category Reviews
Adobe Premiere Elements 13 review

Adobe Premiere Elements 13

Category: Software
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £80
EaseUS Partition Master Server 10.1 review

EaseUS Partition Master Server 10.1

Category: Software
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £119
Citrix ShareFile review

Citrix ShareFile

Category: Software
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £21
DataCore Software SANsymphony-V10 review

DataCore Software SANsymphony-V10

Category: Software
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £2,104
Apple OS X Yosemite review

Apple OS X Yosemite

Category: Software
Rating: 6 out of 6
Price: £0

advertisement

Most Commented Reviews
Latest News Stories Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Blog Posts Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Features
Latest Real World Computing

advertisement

Sponsored Links
 

 
SEARCH
Loading
WEB ID
SIGN UP

Your email:

Your password:

remember me

advertisement


Hitwise Top 10 Website 2010
 
 

PCPro-Computing in the Real World Printed from www.pcpro.co.uk

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at http://www.pcpro.co.uk/registration.

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.