'Medal of Honor: Warfighter'
DEVELOPER: Danger Close Games
PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts
SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3)
ESRB RATING: Mature
REVIEW RATING: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
After the "Call of Duty" series moved from WWII to modern times with excellent results, the "Battlefield" series followed suit. Now that the infamous "Medal of Honor" series has released a second mediocre modern military game, this one titled "Medal of Honor: Warfighter," it's time for the series to return to it's WWII roots.
Players take on the role of Tier 1 Operator, Preacher, as he and his team try to stop a deadly explosive substance called PETN from being unleashed on innocent lives by the bad guys. It's a simple, predictable plot that's made overly-complicated by constant flashbacks to different points in time that are more confusing than useful.
Sadly, the game play and level design are just as predictable. High-res visuals and random destructible environments can't hide the fact that most firefights feel very similar. Players guide their soldier through a quiet area into an open area and then must eliminate every bandana-wearing thug they encounter. Sometimes a foot chase breaks up the monotony, but it usually just leads to the next open area firefight!
Slogging through the single-player campaign would be unbearable if there weren't occasional levels where players get to control deadly vehicles like helicopters and machine guns mounted on boats. However, it's easy to look past the illusion of battle and realize that many of these levels can be completed without firing a shot.
Enlisting with other players to take the battle online is more enjoyable than playing single-player, but the experience is still inferior to the aforementioned modern military series'. For starters, each class has distinctive features, such as armor boost, but their upgrades are limited to weapons only. In addition, the huge number of bullets required to eliminate opponents makes the game feel very unrealistic.
In the end, "Medal of Honor: Warfighter," is both bland and forgettable.