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Medal of Honor site wants you to buy some guns


Aug 13
// Allistair Pinsof
There is a clear line between videogame violence and real world violence, but that isn't going to keep Electronic Arts from trying to cross it. EA's official Medal of Honor: Warfighter ("The most authentic shooter") site is s...
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Get a taste of Medal of Honor Warfighter's story


Aug 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
If you can look away from all of the "INCLUDES BETA ACCESS TO BATTLEFIELD 4" mentions, then you'll notice that Medal of Honor Warfighter will have a storyline. Odds are that this single-player will be far better than whateve...
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Analyst: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sales will suffer


Jul 31
// Jim Sterling
Analyst Doug Creutz has warned investors that EA's annual attempt to start a fight with Activision won't do too well this year. He believes Medal of Honor: Warfighter will lose sales due to the poor quality of the last M...
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Jimquisition: Let's end the FPS sausage-fest


Jul 23
// Jim Sterling
According to some of the biggest first-person shooters on the market, women don't exist. Men give birth to men who become manly men and shoot stuff with man-guns. However, not only is that unrealistic, it's exclusionary, sil...
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Battlefield 4 confirmed, beta offered for MOH pre-orders


Jul 17
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts accidentally revealed a Battlefield 4 pre-order bonus for Medal of Honor Warfighter this past weekend, then quickly went into denial mode. Of course, EA was just stalling until it could announce the game on it...
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Origin promises Battlefield 4 beta with Medal of Honor


Jul 14
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has let slip that players who purchase Medal of Honor: Warfighter on Origin will gain access to Battlefield 4's beta. Bear in mind, of course, that EA hasn't even announced Battlefield 4 yet. I guess this coun...
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Medal of Honor Warfighter shows off a new multiplayer map


Jul 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest look at Medal of Honor Warfighter's multiplayer shows off the new Tungawan Jungle map, based  in the Philippine jungles. There's lots of explosions, shooting, people dying -- you know, the usual. What's not u...
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Medal of Honor themed merchandise to benefit charities


Jun 13
// Dale North
Project HONOR is a program formed by Electronic Arts to benefit families of fallen special operations warriors. Elite weapons manufacturers and the EA's Medal of Honor Warfighter are teaming up to donate to the Navy...

Black Ops II: answering critics, ignoring competition

Jun 12 // Jim Sterling
"First off, if you're making a Call of Duty game, you better have a lot of strength in your conviction," confessed Mark. "There are a lot of voices out there, I think it comes with the territory. I do try to listen to as much of it as I can, but you have to believe in what you're creating.  "There are so many people that love this game, and there are its critics, and I do actually try to pay attention to the critics -- not because I'm necessarily going to do what they tell me, but because oftentimes it's symptomatic of something I might want to pay attention to. If somebody says, 'I don't play COD's campaign anymore,' I want to know why that is. It tells me at one point that they did, that they really enjoyed it. I try to glean what I can from the criticism. "Sometimes it's really well articulated and sometimes it takes a little more [to try and understand], but everyone's got an opinion, and that's fine. It's art and it's entertainment. It's mature-rated, sixty dollar content, so it's not like it's easily gotten to. You have to opt in to get it, and if people don't want it, they can voice their opinions, and we know there's a lot of people that do." For those yet to form their opinion, remaining on the fence, Lamia reiterated his belief that Black Ops II will provide the fresh take on the series that fans have been waiting for.  "If you liked or like Call of Duty but are looking for a team to mix up the formula and bring new stuff, that's been very important to us, it's something we're trying to do with this game. If you are looking for a new fresh take on Call of Duty, that's what we're doing. We're doing it not just in the campaign -- we're doing it in the multiplayer, and Zombies has [always] been pretty different, but we're opening that up. We're adding new game modes, so there's going to be some versus modes, it's going to be a bigger world. We're going for that on pretty much every front. "So for those guys who are critics of Call of Duty, I think they'll be pleasantly surprised by what we're putting on the table, and if you're a fan Call of Duty, it's great because there's enough of what you love here but there's going to be a lot of great new stuff that we're trying to push the franchise forward." Before E3 kicked off, Electronic Arts began what seems to be a yearly tradition of comparing its games to Call of Duty in an attempt to stoke some rivalry. EA is positioning Medal of Honor: Warfighter as the "only" military first-person shooter worth getting this year, and while it is not Treyarch's policy to get involved in a fight, Lamia did touch upon the comparisons, adding that he doesn't really take much stock in the attempts to compare opposing titles.  "Look, I don't think anyone's going to mistake our game for their game," he nonchalantly declared. "If you've seen the campaigns, we're doing something different. I'm making an entertainment experience, I think they're going for something different over there. Ours is a first-person shooter with military themes in it, and also a lot of other themes that we're spent a lot of time working on and developing, so it's a different game and I don't think anybody will confuse those two games when they come out, aside from some settings. "Then there's our multiplayer. I don't think anybody will be confusing that either, and I don't think anybody's going to be mistaking Zombies with anything else. Now I play all those games, and just because something's a first-person shooter and might have a similar theme, are they really the same game? I think gamers know the difference. They provide different emotional experiences. That team's going for a different creative expression." They say it's lonely at the top, and there's no denying that, for all its criticism, Call of Duty is still at the head of the pile. Lonely, perhaps, but quite confident that it still has what it takes. I'm eager to see whether Black Ops II can truly revitalize the series the way Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare did when the first-person shooter genre was in a real lull. I hope it does, because a good game is always nice, no matter what franchise name may be attached.
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It could be fair to say that Call of Duty, as a franchise, has a large target painted on its back. There's been a very real backlash from the hardcore gamer community in recent months, as the series' popularity and installmen...

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Jimquisition: GUNS GUNS GUNS GUNS GUNS GUNS GUNS


Jun 11
// Jim Sterling
E3 2012 was considered by many to be the most gun-heavy show we have ever seen. However, looking back upon the week, there really were no more shooters than usual. In fact, most of the games were featured in last year's line...

E3: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sure is a military FPS

Jun 09 // Patrick Hancock
The best part about the Fire Team mechanic is that is really works. There's an incredible amount of incentive to stick together, and doing so is crucial to the success of your team. If your buddy goes down and you avenge him by eliminating his killer, he'll respawn instantly. If you need health or ammo, you can restore both if you're near your Fire Team friend. You can also spawn on top of them when you return from death, but that's nothing new. Other than that, there isn't too much worthy of note in Medal of Honor: Warfighter. I only got to demo the multiplayer, so the single-player experience is completely unknown to me. All of the usual guns make their appearance, and each class has a unique ability they can utilize on the battlefield. The heavy gunner, for instance, can call down a drop ship that acts as a spawn point for the rest of the team, and as a turret for the heavy gunner. The sniper, on the other hand, can utilize a remote-controlled plane and dive-bomb it into enemy territory.   As I mentioned, there's nothing fundamentally wrong with Warfighter. It strives for a more authentic approach to the genre and seems to stick to that M.O. rather well. The game's visuals are also wonderful on a technical level, though there's not exactly any style or flair to them. If you were already super excited about another Medal of Honor game, then it looks as if this game won't disappoint you. If you want something new and fresh in the genre, look elsewhere.
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It hasn't even been five years since the advent of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and already we have games with incredibly uninspired gameplay and generic names to go with it. This isn't to say that Warfighter isn't a compe...

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E3: Medal of Honor: Warfighter pre-order DLC announced


Jun 04
// Daniel Starkey
It seems pre-order bonuses are becoming more and more common these days. Today, in addition to giving gamers a taste of what to expect with the latest entry in their Medal of Honor franchise, EA announced several bonuses.&nbs...
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Medal of Honor: Warfighter coming to PlayStation Vita?


Jun 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Could Medal of Honor: Warfighter be coming to PlayStation Vita? French retailer CDiscount seems to think so. The online tech store's website has  follow-up to Danger Close Games' 2010 series reboot listed as av...
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E3 screens for Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, MOH: Warfighter


Jun 01
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is demanding attention, if my inbox is anything to go by. Three separate emails, from three separate EA employees, each containing one screen for a game that'll be at E3. The three games are Dead Space 3, Crys...
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Medal of Honor Warfighter trailer is about wars, fighting


May 20
// Kyle MacGregor
The modern military shooter might be as hackneyed as one's set during World War II once were, but I've found myself oddly excited for the follow-up to Electronic Arts' 2010 series reboot. Something about Medal of Honor's aut...
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New Medal of Honor: Warfighter vid is more of the same


Apr 12
// Daniel Starkey
A new trailer for Medal of Honor: Warfighter surfaced earlier today. It's mostly gameplay, though it doesn't show anything that looks really new or unique. Still, it looks fabulous, if I do say so myself.If you haven't h...
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The DTOID Show: GDC 2012 Wrap-up!


Mar 11
// Tara Long
Did you catch today's live Destructoid Show? We're all thoroughly exhausted from GDC, but Hamza Aziz, Jordan Devore, and Conrad Zimmerman were good sports and stopped by the studio for some good old-fashioned video game disc...
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GDC: MoH: Warfighter multiplayer inspired by FIFA


Mar 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Along with the Battlefield 3 expansion reveals, Electronic Arts gave some more details on Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Greg Goodrich, executive producer on the series, came on stage to talk about how the ne...
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Medal of Honor Warfighter trailer debuts, out October 23


Mar 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Tier 1 is back as you can tell by the debut trailer for Medal of Honor Warfighter. The trailer mixes in some gameplay video while someone from one of those scary foreign countries talks about how scary the scary American sol...
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The DTOID Show: ME3, Max Payne 3, Raccoons & Balloons


Feb 26
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! In case ya missed it, The Destructoid Show was LIVE on Friday afternoon. Here's a recording of it. We talked about how Killzone 3's multiplayer is going free-to-play, how BioWare wants UK residents to petition thei...
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OXM unveils Medal of Honor: Warfighter


Feb 23
// Jordan Devore
Official Xbox Magazine has details on the new installment of Medal of Honor in development at Danger Close. Interestingly enough, DICE won't be handling the multiplayer component this time -- it's being done in-studio. On a l...
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New Medal of Honor and NFS this year, hints UK retailer


Jan 12
// Maurice Tan
Social media are hard to use, aren't they? Earlier this morning, @gamedigital -- the Twitter account for UK retailer GAME -- tweeted that "This morning we're at an EA presentation, where we hope to see some pretty cool games...
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New Medal of Honor teased on Battlefield 3's online pass


Oct 24
// Jim Sterling
Battlefield 3's online pass printout brings more to consumers than just an inconvenient input code -- printed on the reverse is an image that seems to be teasing another Medal of Honor game. It features the game's official si...
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Electronic Arts shutting down online for older games


Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
EA is performing a cull of online components for a number of older titles, including entries in the Battlefield, Need for Speed and Medal of Honor series. The most tragic shutdown is, of course, Army of Two. The dedicated co-...
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Limited Edition 8-disc soundtrack for Medal of Honor


May 02
// Dale North
Jesus. Eight discs? La-La Land Records has released an 8-disc set of music from EA's Medal of Honor series of games. Each of the eight discs have been remeasured from EA's vault, and there's also content from the co...

Review: Medal of Honor

Oct 13 // Jim Sterling
World War II just isn't cool anymore. Thanks to market saturation and the immense popularity of Activision's Modern Warfare titles, there was no way that Electronic Arts could have gotten away with putting out another run-of-the-mill title where you pick up a Springfield and shoot Nazis in the face.  So it is that Medal of Honor has, perhaps somewhat shamelessly, followed in the footsteps of Modern Warfare and dragged itself, kicking and screaming, into the present day. Trading the Springfields for PKMs and the Nazis for them thar brown people, Medal of Honor goes even further than Call of Duty in providing an authentic modern warfare experience.  Here's the only real problem ... authentic modern warfare isn't all that great, and that's why we play videogames. {{page_break}} Medal of Honor (Xbox 360 [Reviewed], PlayStation 3, PC) Developer: Danger Close, DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Released: October 12, 2010 MSRP: $59.99 Rather than simply conjuring up a fictional terrorist threat in an undisclosed middle eastern country, Medal of Honor pulls no punches with its Afghanistan setting. The Taliban are the enemy, the US Marines are the good guys, and that's all there is to it.    Medal of Honor's single-player campaign attempts to tell a story, but it doesn't lay the narrative on too thick and you'll be easily forgiven for not knowing who any of the characters are by the end of the title. There aren't really any bad guys apart from the generic Taliban forces, and there isn't really any reason for what you're doing, apart from the obvious fact that you're in a war. Which I guess is the only reason that real soldiers have.  This, however, is Medal of Honor's biggest issue. It does a remarkable job of recreating an authentic war experience, coming much closer to emulating popular FOX News Iraq footage than the Modern Warfare series has managed. Unfortunately, what is Medal of Honor's biggest achievement is also its biggest drawback. Real war isn't very entertaining from a game perspective. It's slow paced, it's disaffecting, and it's rather ponderous. Terrifying for a real soldier, absolutely, but somewhat boring for a gamer.  Medal of Honor trades out Call of Duty's over-the-top combat situations and absurd storyline for a methodical, grounded, situation-driven (rather than story-driven) approach. There are certainly some explosions and epic battles, but even when the intensity is raised, the game still feels rather muted and even alienating. This isn't helped by the fact that the game regularly halts the action in order to make you spot and mark targets, or engage in long, slow, thermal sniping sections.  Arguably the campaign's biggest failings are the moments that attempt to be emotional and memorable, but simply come off as cloying. Putting some slow string music as your squad is overwhelmed seems a meaningless gesture when you've been given no reason to feel anything for any of the squadmates. The supporting characters don't sport any personality and spend most of their time saying "Hooah," so it comes across as cynical whenever the game tries to artificially stimulate a reaction from the player, especially during the incredibly mawkish ending which feels increasingly more awkward as it lays on the military tonguebathing. This isn't to say that Medal of Honor isn't a decent game. The shooting is very tight and competent, and the gameplay is surprisingly varied, with the dirtbike and helicopter sections standing out. Several of the stealthier missions are also quite immersive and engaging, far moreso than the action-heavy sequences. The guns all have a nice kick to them and each one feels different, not to mention satisfying. Ammo is never an issue either, as you can always request some from squadmates. It seems a little touch, but it makes all the difference to the gameplay and means you can concentrate on fighting, rather than looking around for ammo boxes.  The campaign is short, taking anywhere between four and six hours to beat depending on how efficient you are, and while there are difficulty levels and a "Tier 1" challenge mode, there isn't much to return for. If you're buying this game for the single-player, prepare for disappointment. Fortunately, of course, the main focus is the multiplayer mode, and it has to be said that the action is kicked up a gear. However, the campaign's methodical approach has been traded for straight chaos, and not always the good kind. With twenty-four players on big open maps, it becomes a meat grinder the likes of which not even Call of Duty has managed. The "spawn kill die spawn kill die spawn kill die" mentality that Call of Duty perfected has been taken to an exaggerated effect in Medal of Honor, with death coming from all angles, and usually from someone you never knew was there.  Players can choose one of three classes, the standard Rifleman, the close-combat Special Ops and the long-ranged Sniper. As players earn progression points and level up, they earn new weapons and attachments for each class. It's a lighter system than Call of Duty's, but it does the job and will provide just enough depth for those looking to really get into the game.  Unfortunately, Medal of Honor just doesn't have the staying power of its rivals. Its gametypes are all fairly standard, and with such open, chaotic maps the novelty is likely to wear off rather quickly for most players who are used to more robust experiences.  I hate to say it, but Medal of Honor's multiplayer mode really does just feel like a lighter, less engaging Modern Warfare. It's enjoyable enough, and certainly has its fun moments, but it just doesn't have anything special or unique. It has the killstreaks, the fast pace, and the progression system of Call of Duty, with none of the soul. It feels like a game that was made for the sole purpose of attempting to be better than Call of Duty, and that transparency has led to a game that doesn't feel as good by a long shot.  Medal of Honor is a solid title. It satisfies and it provides a decent bit of fun, but the best you can say is that it's okay. It's not a great example of the FPS genre, it has nothing to say, and there's really not a lot of meat on its bones when you get down to the nitty gritty. If you really, really love war games and you literally cannot wait for a few weeks until Call of Duty: Black Ops is out, then this game will at least swallow a weekend for you.  More discerning players, however, might want to just wait. Medal of Honor isn't bad at all, but it simply doesn't do anything that hasn't been done better, except for create a realistic and immersive war situation Realistic and immersive war situations, however, don't make for great gameplay. Score: 6.5 -- Alright (6s may be slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.)
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World War II just isn't cool anymore. Thanks to market saturation and the immense popularity of Activision's Modern Warfare titles, there was no way that Electronic Arts could have gotten away with put...

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Military bases still boycotting Medal of Honor


Oct 06
// Jim Sterling
Despite Electronic Arts bowing to the minority and "removing" the Taliban from Medal of Honor, military base stores still plan to boycott the war-themed shooter on the grounds that it would still be disrespectful to sell the ...
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Medal of Honor PC beta now open to all


Oct 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
Were you positively aching to get into the Medal of Honor beta that has been running for a while now? Good news! Electronic Arts has opened the PC beta up to anybody who would like to play it. So, if you wanted to have the ch...
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Looks like the whining and bitching of mainstream press and the mothers of dead soldiers has finally gotten to Electronic Arts. Despite repeatedly standing by its decision to include the Taliban in Medal of Honor, the publish...

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Medal of Honor breaks pre-sell records, open beta coming


Sep 30
// Dale North
Medal of Honor comes out very soon -- October 12th -- and people are still getting their pre-orders in. EA says that the game has already broken records as far as pre-sells go, hitting the highest number of orders in the fran...

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