Review by velmarg
"Time to fight the good fight.."
Once in a while, a game comes along that, immediately after you beat it, the first thing you say is ''let's do that again''. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is one of those games. With an explosive and very fun multiplayer, and a single player mode that is downright stunning, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is one incredible shooter.
The graphics are quite good, for the most part. Some of the texturing is a little dull, but the player models are excellent, with good facial expressions and realistic movement. Guns look great as well, the weapon itself and the flare. Some of the outdoor environments look a little choppy, but all in all, the graphics are great.
Wow, does this game sound good. From the weapon sounds to the explosions to the Germans screaming (and in German, mind you!)... it's all excellent. Voice acting is half and half. Colonel Stanley Hargrove is voiced flawlessly, but some of your soldier buddies you fight with aren't as good (the guy that says ''Powell, check that door.'' and ''what was that? I think I heard something..'' was the only terrible one). Some of the other sound effects, such as gunfire heard far off in the distance and planes flying overhead, are perfectly executed. When they talk about awesome sound, this is what they mean.
They're your standard FPS controls. There's a reason everyone uses this control scheme. It's excellent. If you don't like it, you can change it. No complaints to be had.
The multiplayer is some of the best around, with multiple gameplay modes (Objective Match, Team Match, Free For All, and Round Based) and lots of maps to play on. You pick a server and a team, and then a gun. Guns differ for each team (the Allies and the Axis), each having their own strengths and weaknesses. This could easily put RTCW on a run for its money, and any other multiplayer FPS for that matter.
This is why everyone's buying Medal of Honor: Allied Assault; the single player is fantastic. There are 6 missions, the majority of which take place in France. You'll also be smacking the Nazis around in northern Africa, Norway, and in Germany itself. All of the missions are great, most notably the D-Day sequence. It's unbelievable. You'll really feel like you're there. The towers of sand launched into the air from explosions, the gunfire, the soldiers all around you doing everything from pulling a wounded guy to cover to having one of those breakdowns... It's all incredible. It can't be described in words; it has to be played.
You'll probably find yourself playing through single player numerous times, even after you've beat it on all three difficulties. If not, there's the excellent multiplayer mode, for which players are constantly making new maps.
You really can't go wrong with this game. Unless you're someone that doesn't like action, you'll love MOH:AA.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 10/19/02, Updated 10/19/02
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