Review by Vaughn
"A Fun World War II Game"
Intro Medal of Honor puts in you the shoes of James Patterson, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. As Patterson, you undertake a series of missions based in World War II situations. The game is a First-person Shooter (FPS), and this style fits the game well.
Gameplay The controls can take a little lit of getting used to. The C-stick can sometimes be not responsive enough, making aiming with some weapons difficult. Like most games, Medal of Honor starts out relatively easy, and gets harder as the game progresses. Personally, I enjoy playing this game quite a bit. 8/10 overall.
Story This game is a FPS. FPS's usually are not usually known for their wonderful stories, and Medal of Honor is not really an exception to the rule. The internal story for each mission is usually good, but the game lacks an overall story IMO. Each mission is usually a stand-alone story, only serving to set up the next mission. It does have a story though, and a decent one. 8/10 overall.
Graphics The graphics for Medal of Honor are pretty good. They are not as high-end as a Resident Evil game, but they serve their purpose. The graphics do not seem to push the Gamecube's capabilities, but they look good. The opening boat ride onto Omaha Beach looks quite good though. However, graphics do not make a game anyway. Overall 7/10
Sound The sound is Medal of Honor is very good. The music sets the mood quite well, and the bullet sounds are realistic. The German soldiers yell out phrases in German, and since I don't know German, very well the phrases didn't seem to get repetitive. The voice-overs are decent, even though some of the accents sound forced at times. As with most FPS's you can usually deduce where someone is shooting at you from by listening.
Replayability This game takes about a maximum of 11 hours to play through without using any help. The missions are straightforward. 11 hours is a good length for a FPS, though longer ones are not unheard of. Some of the missions are fun to play again, while you'll never want to repeat some of the others. The Gamecube version does have a multiplayer option, so this extends the replayability as well. The multiplayer mode isn't spectacular, but it is there. 7/10 overall.
Buy or Rent? If you enjoy World War II games this is a definite buy. If you are a FPS fan, I'd recommend renting it first to see if you like it. This game is definatly worth a rent if you have never played it before.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.0 - Great
Originally Posted: 11/30/02, Updated 11/30/02
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