Medal of Honor
Reviewed for: Playstation 3 and
Also available for: Windows PC
From: Danger Close/DICE/EA
ESRB Rating: Mature (blood, strong
By Billy O'Keefe
The new, subtitle-free "Medal of Honor" can signify all it wants that it's a new beginning, but make no mistake: If you've played a warfare game in the last few years — "Battlefield: Bad Company" and "Modern Warfare" most especially — then you've seen this before.
Don't automatically confuse that for a swipe against the game, which has a consistently entertaining (though rarely exemplary) single-player campaign and a strong (if loosely familiar) multiplayer component. The groundings in real-world Afghanistan give it a hook the other games lack, and while "Honor's" dabbles in fiction with its storyline, it displays a reverence for its soldiers that's eluded the war shooter genre since it abandoned World War II.
But seriously, you've done this before. "Honor" throws players into the usual FUBAR scenarios that pop up in war games with creative liberty at their feet, so expect to be ambushed a few times and pinned down while fighting a Taliban force that has 10 soldiers for your every one. Expect, also, to dodge gunfire on an ATV, man a turret gun in an Apache, call in laser-guided airstrikes, pick snipers off a mountain range and stalk Taliban in pitch blackness with the assistance of night vision goggles.