Medal of Honor
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Game Reviewed: Medal of Honor
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Danger Close, Digital Illusions CE (DICE)
Platform: Xbox 360 (also on PS3 and PC)
ESRB Rating: M
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Medal of Honor is the latest installment in a long line of video games sharing the same name. For this installment, players are thrust into the current combat that is taking place in Afghanistan. The player takes on the role of several characters throughout the game, but they are all from an elite class of soldiers referred to as Tier 1. These elite soldiers are sent into the front lines and behind enemy lines to complete objectives that no one else can complete.
The game itself is pretty in some respects and ugly in others. There are definitely instances in the game where I found myself stopping to look around and take in the view of the desolate wasteland that Afghanistan is portrayed as, but then there are other times when I had to stop and squint at the screen to discern the details I was supposed to see in order to move on. Overall, however, the visuals hit the mark on most occasions. As you play, you will sense the urgency of the situation and will want to keep moving, even when your computer teammates confer with each other or simply stand around waiting for you to make a precise action.
Along with the single player campaign, players have access to multiplayer over Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or online via Games for Windows. The multiplayer experience is standard, emulating the elements of previously successful games like Halo and Call of Duty. Players can join up with people around the world to engage in simple deathmatch or objective based missions, playing as either coalition forces or as “The Opposing Force”, which is the name the game gives for the online version of the Taliban.
What Parents Need to Know
Medal of Honor is a first person shooter, and as such, one can expect the types of violence that accompany such a game. In Medal of Honor, however, there has been some effort put forth to make the weapons used in the game fairly accurate. Throughout the game, the player will have access to a myriad of automatic weapons, rifles, sniper rifles, and even a laser scope to paint targets for air strikes giving the game a more realistic flavor.
Whenever enemies are shot and killed, blood will flow from their wounds. Also, especially during close quarters combat, enemies can be dismembered or decapitated. In particular, this was seen most during any situations where you are asked to storm a small room or cave. There is, however, an option in the game’s settings that will allow you to turn the gore off, but blood still occurs in some instances.
There is a great deal of language in Medal of Honor. Instances of f--k, d--m, s--t, a--h--e, and other expletives can be heard during every mission and during any multiplayer match. Also, since Medal of Honor can be played online, any player that uses voice chat could possibly use foul or offensive language.
There is no sexual content in Medal of Honor.
There is no spiritual content in Medal of Honor.
For me personally, this was not my favorite game to play. It did not pose much of a challenge and I found the weaponry and content of the story to hit a bit too close to reality. However, I absolutely loved the music in this game. The orchestration hit the emotions pitch for pitch during every mission. There are instances where the action would not be all that exciting if it were not for the music. Medal of Honor is a good, standard game, but it is not ground-breaking. And of course, as with any M rated game, its mature rating sets this game apart for a more adult audience. The aforementioned violence and language will be the biggest factors in determining if this game fits into your family’s entertainment guidelines.