Ah Medal of Honor: Warfighter. We could have been great together, you and I. But alas, it was not to be. Mainly because you were clearly rushed, had a woefully insipid singleplayer mode, and arrived horribly broken.
Still, maybe new DLC will help mend our relationship. The Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack is out this winter, and EA have very kindly delivered a flyover video to let you all know what's in store. It'll be free for any mug eager gamer who purchased the Limited or Deluxe Editions, and has apparently been inspired by a “decade-long manhunt” in some of the world’s most dangerous places: Darra Gun Market and Chitral Compound.Click here to watch the trailer >>>
In spite of a massive day one patch, every reviewer in the industry not receiving code until the last minute directly before launch, no preview material at all in the run up to release for the singleplayer component, and innumerable other warning signs, EA were apparently "disappointed" by the critical reaction to Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
It's almost as if they didn't know.
Well as it happens, they didn't! According to yesterday's investor call, the business head honchos had been reassured through "internal testing and mock reviews" that everything was going to be just fine.Click here to read more...
Developer: Danger Close Games
Medal Of Honor: Warfighter is a lot of fun in multiplayer.
It's not particularly innovative by any stretch of the imagination, nor consistent in terms of quality. Despite a massive
ly embarrassing day zero patch, weapon damage feels inconsistent to a fault, clipping is rife, some of the Killstreaks feel notably unbalanced and the customisation menus become a nightmarish labyrinth designed to perplex and frustrate the player at every turn. Though the PC version might look rather pretty (we literally have no idea since we only received an Xbox 360 review copy - look out for a separate review or graphical comparison soon), consoles bring Frostbite 2.0 down to a decent-yet-uninspiring new low. Lacking the epic scale of Battlefield 3 and the hectic insanity of Call Of Duty, it's easy to suggest that Warfighter's multiplayer occupies an awkward and unnecessary middle ground.
However, thanks to the new focus on cooperative Fire Teams, Danger Close have managed to make the middle ground a bona fide playground for power couples.
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Why is Darren Bent in a promotional video for Medal of Honor: Warfighter? Well, we're not entirely sure. The latest trailer for Danger Close Games' authentic military FPS is a bit contrived to be frank, essentially showing the best way of silently neutralising people having a little kickabout in the park.
Jumpers for goalposts and stealthy assassinations? Oh, go on then.
Check out our recent Warfighter preview here.
Medal Of Honor: Warfighter's latest combat training trailer interviews real Seal Team 6 operators to discuss how they... operate. No fortification is too secure for these versatile and deadly combatants, who are kitted out with enough gear to breach into any situation with overwhelming force.
Danger Close seem to be seriously upping the ante this time around, both in terms of singleplayer authenticity and redesigned patriotic multiplayer that encourages two-man teamwork. We'll find out whether Warfighter realises its early potential on October 26th.
Platforms: PC (tested) | PS3 | Xbox 360
Developers: Danger Close Games
Publishers: EA Games
Medal of Honor: Warfighter looks good. I mean it really looks good. The scalable nature of Frostbite 2 is so on-song that it's retina-meltingly good. Of course, this is on PC, the folks at Danger Close want to show their game off in the best possible light, so the monster rigs are out in force.
The Medal of Honor reboot from 2010 was about two things: authenticity and identification. A real conflict, a current conflict, in terms of the Afghan setting, married to a level of research in depths few studios reach. Interestingly, it was the quieter moments from that game that rang truest. The thought-gathering sections before the gunshots and the death, seemingly outnumbered and with the slimmest chance in hell of victory. But of course that was the point: extraordinary missions for extraordinary soldiers.
The efficacy of such authenticity is somewhat debatable - one assumes that the affecting nature of that game will rather depend on how much leeway you were willing to give it in terms of emotional engagement - but the concept of making war a somewhat more personal experience, of highlighting the things at stake and what those fighting have to lose should they be lost themselves, is one to be applauded.
Of course, Danger Close are keeping the singleplayer element of heir follow up - Warfighter - under incredibly secretive wraps but, having wrested control of the multiplayer back from DICE, they're looking to ensure that the competitive side of the game is as distinct as possible. In short, they're keen to differentiate between this game that that rather large property of their EA stablemates.Click here to read more...
Like so many of the spots in EA's press conference today,Medal of Honor: Warfighter's moment to shine seemed to be a time for treading water as much as anything else. A new trailer, some more gameplay footage, a fresh chance to ogle the tweaked Frostbite 2 engine...and dear god it's a tasty-looking game.
In the extended video shown today, Tier 1 Operators land in Somalia's Pirate Town in an effort to bring order to the country's southern region.
This game continues to confound me by appealing to me in terms of concept and aesthetics, and then completely boring me in terms of execution. Hmmm.Click here to read more...
Danger Close's Medal Of Honor sequel has received its first trailer, which hammers home the fact that Tier 1 Operators are a bit on the fearsome side. Apparently, we'll soon be able to pre-order the limited edition "at no extra cost," suggesting that extra DLC will be bundled with early orders.
We've also got a few new details about the story and setting, which promises to mirror "real world events."Click here to read more...
Following on from its announcement last week, a few details have emerged regarding Medal of Honor: Warfighter, which will be developed once again by Danger Close.Click here to read more...
If you want some gritty modern day FPS action, this deal from HMV will set you right. Their price for Danger Close’s reboot is now at a fiver for the PC version, providing a surprising saving of £15 over the next best price over on Steam.
Is it worth a fiver though? The game was slightly underwhelming in the face of the hype it rode in on, but the single player is decent enough, it just wasn’t the spectacle we were hoping for. The multiplayer improves matters, and the Limited Edition comes with a few extras to help you out, but whether anyone is still playing it is a different matter. Still, for a fiver you could make up your own mind on it all. Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD!
Direct2Drive’s summer sale is still in full flow (you can catch today’s quartet of offers here) but today’s highlighted deal from proceedings is for the Medal of Honor reboot. The next best offer for this title over at CoolShop is £3.50 more expensive, and they don’t have many copies left, making this a more attractive deal. Is it worth it for £6 though? The game was slightly underwhelming in the face of the hype it rode in on, but the single player is decent enough, it just wasn’t the spectacle we were hoping for. The multiplayer improves matters, but you’d be forgiven for sticking with other franchises. Check out Dave’s review for the full scoop. Please note: this deal expires at 6pm today.
The cover of Medal Of Honor makes it look like a hybrid between Call Of Duty and Sons Of Anarchy, but sadly it's no where near as cool as that, in fact it's really just an inferior clone of any other modern warfare game that's out on the market at the moment. To be fair to it though the multiplayer's not bad and the shooting's fairly satisfying. ShopTo are parting with PS3 copies of the game for £11.86, which'll make you a saving of just over £2 on the next best offer coming in from My Memory.
Six hours, it says. That's how long it took to complete Medal of Honor, the latest game out that attempts to familiarise you with the world of Tangos going down, CASEVACS being en-route and targets needing painting with soft lambs. Or is that LAM? Can't find it anywhere online, but I'm sure that's what I heard. It's all just so confusing, even assuming you already know what all this military bollocks is. I know fire, I know what it means when they say 'evac', but the rest of it is a blur.
Independent thought isn't required in Medal of Honor though, so there's no need to worry. Do what the big boss man says, go to your location and shoot some ethnic freedom fighters/terrorists. This review is primarily focusing on the single player element, with multiplayer discussed in brief at the end. If you want a more detailed breakdown of the online elements, shout about it in the comments and we'll get on the case. For now, we're on our own, as it were.
MoH is your standard shooty bang-bang affair and that's no understatement. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to claim there's not a single element of the offline element that hasn't been directly copied or lifted from, I don't know, say, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. A name randomly picked out of the hat there. This is in equal measures bad and good, the former because you've got the constant feeling you've done it all before, a number of times. That's because you have. That feeling's there for a reason.
The latter is because Modern Warfare and it's sequel aren't bad games, so if you're going to copy something, at least copy something successful and good. It even improves on the comically hole-ridden and fragmented storyline of the second game, managing to both make sense in general and keep things ticking over. Variety is provided by switching you from Spec Ops missions through helicopter gunship on-rails sections back through US Rangers bits, all of which are extensive enough to allow you to get into them, but never too long that they outstay their welcome or become tedious. Essentially, in the broadest and most simplistic terms, if you've played a CoD or a MoH game in the past, chances are you'll get on with this.