Medal of Honor – first look

We imagine the people who qualify to be Tier 1 Ops have lots of medals. Enough to use them as shuriken, at least. They’re so skilled and sneaky we’d never heard of them, which just makes Green Berets and Commandos look rubbish.

These guys are the best of the best, the elite storm troopers of freedom, born to be inserted into dangerous locales around the world, kill some goons and be back home for dinner and the odd spot of consultancy on EAs’ game projects, such as the relaunched Medal of Honor. Which is what we’ve finally begun to discuss.

It’s been a long time since we were delighted by Allied Assault. Far too long. Since then, all sorts of pretenders have approached the Medal of Honor throne, to tip the ailing series onto the floor, plump the cushions a bit and so usurp its place at the helm of World War II shooters. We’ve even had people being mown down in an airport with barely even enough grenades to do adequate damage to the civilians. That’s not at all honourable and it’s about time someone did something about it. EA and their Tier 1 Ops buddies are doing that.

The relaunched Medal of Honor is going to be all about authenticity and respect for the soldier, say EA. So it’s unlikely we’re going to see any bad Americans in this then, especially as it’s set in Afghanistan. So EA are perhaps wise in steering clear of the controversy bandwagon. Making light of business types and holidaymakers being butchered in a fictional airport is one thing, but it’s an entirely different kettle of fish to twang the public’s jangled nerves about the current conflict in the Middle-East.

The real Tier 1 special ops guys, drafted in as consultants, won’t stand for any disrespect of the armed forces. Scenes have apparently already been cut or altered because of this, specifically one referring to the death of a soldier. Also they’re refusing to reveal genuine military tactics (or, at least, some of them) because they refuse to compromise the position of individuals still serving in dangerous areas.

The game itself is, and let’s be frank about this, another Modern Warfare 2. Certainly EA have already spoken about how there are going to be lots of scripted moments, like when your allies stack up around a door and kick it in. That’ll all be scripted, at least until the wooden door splinters open and you get to shoot some terrorist screwballs. We don’t know if the shooty bit will be slow motion like in MW2, though.

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  • The_Tingler - March 4, 2010 6:56 a.m.

    Now that Infinity Ward have been gutted this has a real chance of succeeding. Hopefully EA will attempt to nab the now-unemployed heads of IW to help out.
  • bayssa - February 25, 2010 4:36 a.m.

    i haven't played Medal of Honor since my ps2 days either :D hope it is cooler than MW2 that i think its overrated, but when MW3 [ACTIVISION] comes out i cant wait to bought that
  • crumbdunky - February 24, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    If they learn from the arrogance, crappy divide and rule tactics and cost saving corner cutting beta and QA test free nonsense approved by the evil Activision/IW axis they should wipe the floor with MW2 which is, when you break it right down, a three year old game in a new prom dress full of glitches. IF they bring deducated servers to all platforms and test sufficiently they'll win hands down on the online performance front(aren't DICE handling the MP again?IC they are so it'll be tight anyway)-should be a great game and I don't care if they're copying a good deal of what made COD4 so good when Acti have allowed both Treyarch and IW to basically just reskin it twice already. Looking forwards to it.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 24, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    Ooohh, I want. Looks really fun, might be a replacement for Six Days in Fallujiah.
  • Migglez - February 24, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    @crazytar the good ol' days this one looks way better than airborne
  • Skykid - February 23, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Must have game, must control helicopters to blow s**t up, must blow s**t up. This game is definitly going to be worth the wait.
  • Persona - February 23, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    Airborne Destroyed the respect I had for Medal Of Honour. Unless uber-nazis with machine guns were an accurate depiction of ww2 I'd say it was pretty wacky. More Modern Shootyness. yay.
  • vogler1604 - February 23, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    wow this game looks pretty good. im shocked.
  • crazytar - February 23, 2010 4:50 a.m.

    I haven't played Medal of Honor since my PS2 days and I hope this game turns out to be cool enough for me to finally pull myself out of the MW2 hell-hole
  • Cwf2008 - February 23, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    I really hope this is better than that mess of MW2. I mean mW2 is ok but im already sick of the damn thing, even prestiging hasnt helped much
  • R-Ape - February 23, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    To be honest. I think this will be the game that will overthrow the MW2 king. With DICE doing the multiplayer, and the with the storyline actually making sense (i hope) this will be a best seller for sure. I can't wait for this to come out
  • WhiskeyBit - February 23, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    This game and Bad Company 2 will definatley be a God send. MW2 is too repetitive and over-rated.
  • Cyberninja - February 22, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    so why is this PC article in the xbox section?