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Platform: PC
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Medal of Honor Beta Impressions

Takes plenty of influence from Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2 but doesn't always capture the great aspects of either game.

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Not everything in the MoH Beta is a disappointment as there are quite a few nice features that come through from BC2. The sound and explosions are still high quality, mortar strikes and rocket strikes do look very awesome from a distance. The weapon handling feels pretty good just like the latest Battlefield game. Occasional voice chatter can be overheard during gunfights with lower player counts and when performing certain actions helping you feel a bit more a part of the world. It’s nice to hear confirmation your mortar strike did some damage from an anonymous radio voice too.

Yes we won, but camping chokepoints isn't that satisfying.

With fewer players in deathmatch the games can get quite strategic with footsteps and map knowledge playing an important role. Deathmatch modes are usually less appealing to me in games but I certainly enjoyed it more than the combat mission. In both deathmatch and even during the combat mission you’ll also be back into the action in only a few seconds after dying so you won’t be waiting for very long after a tragic death.

Medal of Honor multiplayer does lack the smooth gameplay and the quick movements of Modern Warfare 2. Occasionally I got caught on small rocks or objects that should not have impeded player movement at all. It also lacks the destruction and impressive graphics of Bad Company 2. The included deathmatch map is designed well enough to provide a fairly good continuous battle throughout matches and on several replays. Sadly the combat mission map is just littered with too many chokepoints and the gameplay deteriorates with constant mortar strikes drowning out the rest of the sound and combat.

Only 10 more points before I get a Mortar Strike!

None of the problems in the Medal of Honor Beta are unrepairable; it’s just there are quite a few problems both from a gameplay and presentation standpoint. There is some fun underneath with some good strategic fire fights and mostly satisfying gun handling. Some different game modes could bring more enjoyment to the surface and a range of different maps might offer a more balanced battlefield. I’ll be following the game closely over the next three weeks of the beta period and will be waiting to see how much has changed come October.
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#7 Jul 29, 2010 21:50:33 (Jul 29, 2010 21:50)

They model it after it because its the most popular online shooter. Sounds reasonable on paper
#6 Jul 29, 2010 12:45:21 (Jul 29, 2010 12:45)

Wonder if they are gonna trickle out gamemodes for 12months.
#5 Jul 29, 2010 12:44:23 (Jul 29, 2010 12:44)

I don't understand why anyone would model a game off the design of MW2s MP.  Remove the leveling mechanic(gimmick) and you have a repetative and broken game with nill fun factor.
#4 Jul 28, 2010 04:30:02 (Jul 28, 2010 04:30)

Most of the BF games were insanely fun so players could overlook the array of bugs. I didn't really get that level of fun from MoH and yet it still has all those bugs and then some.
#3 Jul 26, 2010 11:12:39 (Jul 26, 2010 11:12)

Even with mp being the only real focus, not a single BF game has ever had a smooth launch, 1942 didn't have audio in mp till two patches in.  bc2 didn't even let you play for the first two weeks.  Dice is not presenting their games to the standard out their today.(even if the underlying design is ten times better than competition.)  Polish should be their new years resolution.  I hear this beta plays closer to a alpha with a glut of technical bugs that shouldn't be present at this point in developement.
#2 Jul 24, 2010 19:06:00 (Jul 24, 2010 19:06)

They are only working on multiplayer for this one.
#1 Jul 23, 2010 14:48:29 (Jul 23, 2010 14:48)

Dice has a bad rep for launching games in unplayable or unfinished states, so don't hold your breath for the MP to be good during the month of october, but around december they should have most the issues fixed and all the gamemodes unlocked  ^_^
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