Medal of Honor: Airborne
Review by BlueBoy675
"You will be the best that we can make you...."
"The object of war isn't to die for one's country, it's to make the other guy die for his"- General George S. Patton
The US Airborne, a unit of the military that usually doesn't get their side of the story told in most WWII games. Where would the soldiers on Utah Beach have been if it wasn't for the Airborne wrecking havoc behind enemy lines. How would Operation Husky have turned out the "sky guys" hadn't captured the village of Adante? It's about time their story is told, and that we get to see the war's major battles from hundreds of feet in the air, dropping from a plane.
In Medal of Honor: Airborne, you fill the role of Private Boyd Travers, a rookie in the 82nd Airborne Division. The games takes you through various battles of World War Two, ranging from Operation Husky to D-Day. Over the course of the games six missions, Boyd rises from a rookie, to a battle hardened first class soldier.
The locales that the Airborne drop into throughout the game range from an Italian village in the middle of the night (Husky), to a complex of tank warehouses (Varsity). The game has a "grainy", rough looking visual style that really captures the essence of war. The lighting effects in the game are simply gorgeous and as realistic as it gets, adding to the feel. Airborne has its own flair, and presents it in an excellent way.
The game has a different form of play than any other game in the series. While past MoH games would have you play through a linear level with predetermined enemies and weapon placements, in Airborne, as soon as you jump out of the plane, you're on your own. Before starting a mission, you select a primary weapon, a secondary weapon, and a sidearm from a list of authentic WWII weapons. These range from the US Thompson submachine gun, to the Springfield 03' sniper rifle. There are also German weapons including the MP40 submachine gun, to the Gewher 43 sniper rifle. The fact that the game lets you choose your own load out helps make you feel like you're in control.
Like I said before, as soon as you step out of the plane, you are in full control. You can land anywhere in the level, allowing you to start the mission wherever you want. You are given your list of objectives, and it's up to you to decide what to do next. This adds a whole new level of strategy to the game, allowing you to take on the missions your own way.
The music in the game is mostly non-existent, but when it does play, it's your typical trumpet fanfare with a quiet orchestra in the background. The sound effects, however, are top notch. The weapons are ridiculously realistic when fired, and when I shoot a German in the head, it's satisfying to hear a "katonk" sound as the bullet pierces his skull. The sounds couldn't be better.
In my own opinion, Airborne is the best entry in the Medal of Honor series. While fans of the linearity
may be turned off by the "free roaming" style of the game, fans looking for something new are in for a pleasant surprise. So are you ready to take the jump?
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 05/21/09
Game Release: Medal of Honor: Airborne (US, 09/04/07)
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