Medal of Honor gameplay impressions

Or should that name be Medal of Battlefield? No that'd be ridiculous, but there are massive comparisons between this and DICE's stellar shooter that can't be denied. And not just the multiplayer, which is definitely being developed by the Bad Company team, but the single player too.

It's the sounds of bullets ringing everywhere that reminds us of it. And the way it looks too. We didn't get time to confirm this but it does look as though tech is being shared. This is no bad thing, of course.

Above: The set-pieces promise to be hard-hitting here 

Anyways, what we see in front of us is the intro mission to the US Army Rangers - you'll also play as tier 1 operatives. Here you play as Dante Adams who's part of a six-strong team to help take-out a gun emplacement that's pinning down your men in an Afghanistan wadi (read: valley).

As the team make their way up a winding mountain path they're confronted by Taliban forces firing from the windows of huts. It's here you get a sense of the intensity that Medal of Honor is capable of. You never know where the next shot is ringing from and as the team breach and clear other homes you wonder how many more they'll do before they stumble upon something awful.

Above: The Rangers make their way through the treacherous wadi

Said gun emplacement is at the top of a hill, raining hot lead down on your team. There's a gunfight with some grunts and then a surgical strike is called in to dispose of the machinegun next. It's all pretty dramatic as the rubble from the explosion comes crashing down around them.

When the dust settles, Dante moves forward with his squad to an abandon hut at the bottom of a valley. As they step closer to the door, preparing to breach, the hear a mobile phone ring and then... BOOM! the screen goes black and the demo ends. So nasty IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) are in then.

Above: We're expecting some corpses to be lined with IEDs too 

We're unsure of just how good Medal of Honor will be based off this controlled demo. It didn't really do anything new and the early enemy AI showed the Taliban standing around waiting to be shot. It sure looks pretty, almost photo-realistic in some mountainous backdrops but we're holding out hope that EA can deliver more punch to a series that truly deserves it.

14th May 2010


  • Transmatrix - May 17, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to this game. BFBC was awesome, BFBC2 is awesome, and I'm hoping DICE keeps it up with MoH. My only fear is that DICE is pulling attention away from DLC for BFBC2, and future development of new BFBC games.
  • FreekinIdiot - May 17, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    @crumbdunky Couldn't have said it better myself. The industry seems so over saturated with FPS at the moment. Saying that, it does force developers to really polish their shooters in order to stand out against all of the competition and if that means we getter better games out of it then it can only be a good thing.
  • crumbdunky - May 16, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    I like a shooter as much as the next fella but, really, even I'm getting a bit jaded thinking abvout the never ending procession of army types this year. We've barely got over MW2 and it was BBFC2 time and now we're already seeing MoH and the next COD! Add in the billion other smaller shooters plus Reach and the likely appearance of Resistance3 and KZ3 come E3 and it's staring to look a bit daft. We've also had Metro33, are getting the new game from the Frontline team, Singularity and so on, and on and on.. I don't like to moan but when you consider Gears3 and Mikamis TPS ae leading the new Third Person charge it really does seem the most crowded market in the history of video gaming. They all have pretty good MP these days, most employ co-op of some kind but the story side of things has been sorely lacking in quality(I know Mikami is going this way with Vanquish)so unless we start seeing some inprovements there I really think the whole genre's in danger of becoming one long shooty blur! You could easily spend all your gaming budget every year on new shooters and have a couple a month! Do we all like shooting THAT much as to me there's not a geat deal to choose between them all-and I'd forgotten the ore gonzo Bulletstorm, slick Brink and whatever the hell(Bodycount!?)the guy who made Black's game is called! Seriously, how many shooters will it take to satisfy both ourselves and the industry because, at times, it feels like three quarters of the games being made are either shooters or lean that way(WRPGs like AP,ME and FO3 were dressed up shooters in many respects too!)./ Christ, we're even more shooty in our stealth games these days! MGS4 was more shooter friendly and so was SC:C-where the hell is this parade going to end, or even slow down a bit? SE said that even FF13 was designed like a FPS! Will we edn up with just sports games, driving games and have RTS/RPG/adventure and action games all swallowed by the FPS? Oh well, there's always Blazblue and SF4! Unitl they add the guns, I guess! Even Nobi Nobi Boy isn't safe!
  • e1337prodigy - May 15, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    I'm hoping this is as good as Bad Company 2. I really enjoyed that game. Shame the MP never works for me. I am constantly getting messages telling me there are no servers.
  • philipshaw - May 15, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    This is looking great, looking foward to this and I hope they fix the AI problems before the game comes out
  • TyeTheCzar - May 14, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    If they can fix the AI and make it significantly different(in a good way) from Modern Warfare AND Battlefield, then EA just might reclaim the FPS crown.
  • bluscorp - May 14, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    @clovin64: Never a truer word said.
  • Clovin64 - May 14, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    After COD4 was released it seems that there have been a ton of FPS shooters featuring army grunts and special forces dudes waving around fancy high tec weponary. Most likely its that all the developers are wanting a slice of warm shooter pie (that rakes in loadsa cash).
  • bluscorp - May 14, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    wriggly: I thought they would of used the same engine. they really should of tried to make it look unique, and not battlefield: bad company 3. GRnathenirvine: I hope the story is good, and not just focused on MP. If its anywhere near as good as CoD4, i'm in :)
  • GamesRadar_NathanIrvine - May 14, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    @Wriggly True. It is the Unreal 3 engine, but it really, really, really looks and sounds like Battlefield Bad Company. It's short of polish thus far but I'm sure that it'll have a unique feel to it come hands-on time.
  • Wriggly - May 14, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    @Bluscorp They don't share an engine, MoH is the ever overused Unreal 3 while BF is Frostbite, there might be similar technology behind them, but they're not the same one.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - May 14, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Lol you used the word Wadi nice
  • bluscorp - May 14, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Has everybody seen what Activision have done, lol. . There gonna run COD that far in to the ground they'll be no way back, just like sonic.
  • pingyoo - May 14, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    Wow, that looks totally amazing! Lou
  • bluscorp - May 14, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    Looks good. You can tell that they've shared the engine though, which like you said, aint a bad thing. ;)

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