The reboot of the Medal of Honor series on the next gen consoles has been hotly anticipated for a long time and finally it has arrived. How does it stand up to the hype? Pretty well I think, there are few minor issues and maybe some missed opportunities but all in all its a success.
The location is Afgahnistan and you play as a few different characters in the armed forces, including the newly famous Tier 1.
Story begins with a group of soldiers on the hunt for an informant in an attempt to retrieve some intelligence for the CIA. They are lead into a trap and the fight begins.
What follows are a good collection of missions with varied objectives and locations. Its not a simple get from A to B shooting everything in your path game; you will have specific objectives like clearing out gun nests, sniping, raining heavy artillery from an AC130, laying waste to enemies from a helicopter.
You feel like you are part of the squad in this game. You will be givem instructions, you have a spotter when sniping and you have specific role to play in each mission.
Weapons are very effective (perhaps a little too effective for vieo games). Head shots are a plenty with the auto aiming and you get through levels without getting a scratch. In fact there is a specific mode (Tier 1 Mode) where the aim of teh game is to play through each mission without dying and you can post your times and scores on teh worldwide leaders boards.
An opportunity was missed to make this a single mans journey/story of the war. The trailer videos, specifically "Leave a Message" let us believe this could have been a very emotional story, but unfortunately for all the good presentation you simply don't care about the characters. With some different cut scenes we could have cared more and I would have liked to have seen the main character die at the end - yes I would have! This would have led us nicely into the "Leave a Message" trailer and think grown men could have cried...
All in all its a satisfying game with an expanding multiplayer and you should not let it pass you buy just because certain other shooters are around at this time.