As Medal of Honor departs from its roots of World War II it shifts the tone and mood for the entire game. After watching the “Leave A Message” trailer the summer before the game’s release it was instantly on my radar. A good game invokes emotion in the player and leaves an impact that they will remember long after playing it. Medal of Honor valiantly strives to deliver an emotional experience and although they do a lot of things very well, the game as a whole doesn’t quite measure up to other modern FPS campaigns.


The game follows eight characters for a majority of the campaign, switching between two squads of four soldiers. A few of the soldiers are very unique and by the end of the game you begin to somewhat feel for them, but even then there isn’t much depth to be explored within their personalities. Medal of Honor does a nice job with bringing out emotion during certain sequences, mainly through the subtle, yet powerful score. Instead of constantly throwing harsh, loud action music at you throughout the entire game as most shooters are accustomed to doing, what you hear is a soundtrack that makes you feel like what you’re doing actually matters. It’s the kind of music that you associate with a character dying or some other tragic event that you know you can’t avoid.


Beyond the emotional appeal of the game there are several mishaps that detract from an otherwise good experience. Although the environments are fairly rich and convincing, many of the characters and buildings are devoid of any detail or originality. That being said, the cutscenes looks gorgeous and it’s a pleasure to just sit back and watch. Gameplay wise there isn’t a lot of variety, especially considering everything that we have come to expect from the stereotypical modern shooter. With the lack of high octane set piece moments it’s easy to become bored with the repetitive mission structures.



Medal of Honor gives a good look into modern warfare and it’s very cool to be able to get a picture of what some of our soldiers really go through during their time in the Middle East. What it lacks in polished gameplay and features it counteracts with emotion and storytelling. It might not be the most finely crafted FPS out there but it provides a great departure from the average setting and thrusts you into the harsh reality of what today’s war looks like in Afghanistan.