Medal of Honor: Vanguard review

  • EA's trademark intense combat
  • New cover system
  • AI that makes war hell
  • Cover-hog team mates
  • Looks like a mortar hit it
  • Too short

Medal of Honor Vanguard drops in on the PS2 and brings with it the arsenal of intensity that we’ve grown to love, (again and again). From the moment that you first land as Corporal Keegan on a beach in Sicily in Operation Husky, until the end of Operation Varsity, Vanguard ’s rifle may jam once or twice, but its clip never runs dry.

In Vanguard you take up your Garand again, this time as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, one of America’s first airborne units. EA is one of the originators of the WWII shooter (anyone remember the first Medal of Honor on the PS1?). Everything you come to expect form the series is here: realistically modeled and sounding weapons, dramatic Saving Private Ryan moments, Germans spouting… German, and combat that might give you flashbacks. While EA has included everything that it got its stripes for, we can’t help but feel like it’s just another history class.

Above: Just one of the intense battle moments.

This series has always been very linear, following a tried-and-true formula: storm an area, clear it, reach the checkpoint and repeat. It seems that EA loves this formula so much that it refuses to differ from it, to the point that this feels dated.

The developer manages to capture the fear of war throughout the game. From the danger of parachuting into enemy fire early on to the silent tension of the extensive counter sniper mission toward the end - which had us paranoidly gazing into our sniper scope - the mood of this war never lets up. It's during these firefights that it would have been nice to have the option to save anytime between floods of troops, rather than have to wait for the next checkpoint. This series has always been tough though, so most potential buyers will probably be prepared for it.

More Info

Release date: Mar 26 2007 - Wii, PS2 (US)
Available Platforms: Wii, PS2
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: EA Los Angeles, Electronic Arts
Franchise: Medal of Honor
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Violence


  • BIGGAMER - June 25, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    WTF? DECENT? HOW ABOUT GREAT!this my friends is one of the most popular titles in the series!i love the game it has great gameplay.earning the medals isnt bad either well im just sayin WHY DECENT?
  • mln12 - June 1, 2009 2:09 a.m.

    This is a good game I like the fact you can suprise attack by parachting into various places.Another thing I like is the intensity of everything.Because there's nothing like waiting outside a door tossin a grenade in at night seeing that flash and herin the screams. And then bustin in guns a blazin cutting down the survivors.

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