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The Backlog Volume # 16 – Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Playstation 3 [reviewed], Xbox 360, PC, Wii U)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Danger Close
Genre(s): First-Person Shooter
Released: October 23, 2012
ESRB Rating: M-Mature

Welcome back one and all to my humble little review series, The Backlog. Today we will be taking a look at Medal of Honor: Warfighter, the follow-up to the 2010 title Medal of Honor and the continuation of the modern day reboot of the series.

While I am a fan of shooters, I, to this point, have not had a chance to play any of the reboot Medal of Honor. Obviously I did spend some time with Warfighter over the past week, otherwise why would I be writing about it, right? Have to say it was a pretty solid experience. How solid, well let’s get to it and find out.

Quick note before we dive in, I am trying out a new format this go round. Hopefully it keeps my thoughts more concise and organized, as well as making the task of writing the review quicker and easier. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions.

Graphics:

From what I can tell, the Medal of Honor series has always been pretty solid, and Warfighter holds it’s own in that regard. While not Earth shattering, every level I played was sharp over a variety of locations, settings, weather conditions and times of day. My favorite scenes thus far has to be a toss up between the beach landing/assault or gunning and driving the boat.

Shooters are not typically known for their breath taking scenic views, especially many of those set in modern day locales such as the Middle East or third world countries, but MoH is very solid and sets itself ahead of some of the other shooters I have played in recent months such as Inversion and Spec Ops: The Line which had a cartoon-ish quality to them, whereas MoH is more life like in it’s presentation. There is certainly room for games with more of the cartoon-ish style(and it worked well for Spec Ops), but with the overall realistic nature of MoH, the use of more life like visuals and grit is more appropriate and adds to the experience, just as Ghost Recon: Future Soldier did with it’s realism. However if I had to pick between the two, I would give a slight edge to Future Soldier over Warfighter.

Audio:

There usually isn’t much to critique audio wise in a shooter. Can you hear gunfire? Does it sound cheesy? What about the sounds of war? Explosions? Helicopters? Yes, they’re all there. The voice work for the main characters is serviceable. It does the job it needs to do, but as you might expect, the story does not lend itself to allow any home run performances from the voice acting side of things. It is on par with most other shooters, so pretty much what you would probably expect.

Story:

Speaking of the story, it is fairly standard for a shooter as well: some shit happens, the good guys have to go save the day, enemies/terrorists pour out of the wood work at almost every turn. For good measure, they threw a little bit of drama, such as ‘Preacher’ wanting to get out of the service to try and save his marriage. It’s not necessary, but adds kind of that tormented soul aspect that you might imagine actual soldiers go through. And then, just when they think they are finally out, some shit hits the fan and they are right back in. Again, not necessary for the game, but adds a little more realism.

Gameplay:

I feel like a parrot, but again, this is a shooter and it is what it is. The gameplay is nothing that is going to set the world on fire or blow your mind. You run around, find some cover, aim at the bad guys and shoot. It’s a tried and true formula for the shooter genre and there isn’t any need to re-invent the wheel.

The Good:

This is just a solid all around shooter. Nothing that makes exceptional waves, but it has quality graphics, the sound effects and voice work are on par with what you would expect from a current gen game, a good story, and tried and true gameplay. All that adds up for an enjoyable gaming experience.

The Bad:

Not a lot of bad to talk about here. Granted there was not much that will knock your socks off, but the only complaint I can really find is some of the levels may be a little on the short side.

Official Score:

As I’ve discussed, this is a solid game. But at the same time, there isn’t really anything new. With that in mind, I give this a 7.9 out of 10. If you’re a fan of shooters, you’ll likely enjoy this and I do think it is worth checking out, but there are other shooters that have come out and still due to come out this year that are or should be as good or better. Until next time, Game On folks.

7.9

Good (7′s are all around enjoyable, but it suffers from a fair share of issues. These are games that genre fans will enjoy, but won’t have broad appeal outside of special sales.)

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