The Medal of Honour series has certainly had its fair share of criticism over the years – particularly with regard to its linear level layouts. However EA LA deserve credit for at least attempting to rectify these problems in Medal of Honour: Airborne. What results is a first person shooter which, despite the fact it’s never going to compete with all those great FPS titles already on market, is on the whole quite decent.
You currently pick up a copy of Medal of Honour: Airborne for just £9.43 at the Hut. The game is going for just a few pence more on Zavvi, but after that, you’re looking at around £12.50 for a brand new copy.
At their core, Medal of Honour games are all about action. Exploring levels, strategy, problem solving etc never been much of a priority. So, in an attempt to incorporate some of these elements into the gameplay of MOH: Airborne, EA LA decided to provide gamers with the opportunity to choose their insertion points.
Now, as you float down from your C-47, you’re able to steer your parachutist into whichever part of the level you choose. If you opt to land in designated areas and you’ll get ammo and supplies, but if you choose to land on a rooftop with your sniper rifle you’ll immediately get the drop on the enemy. You might even decide to land on some unfortunate Nazi’s head…
Overall this is a nice new feature – especially since you can get a great overview of the level beforehand. However after you’ve landed, it’s pretty much back to the same old MOH gameplay. One IGN reviewer described the new feature as a bit of a gimmick and it’s not hard to see why. You quickly find yourself bogged down in corridor fire fights which offer little opportunity for strategy.
The environments are also inconsistent and annoying. As one IGN reviewer explained, there are plenty of Panzerfausts laying around but you can only blow up certain vehicles. Anything apart from a tank – like a half track blocking the road – cannot be destroyed which really makes no sense whatsoever. But all in all the gameplay is enjoyable; the graphics are nice and multiplayer is good fun. If you want something a bit more spontaneous however, you should probably look towards the Brothers in Arms series.
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