Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Carnage, carnage, carnage. That's what you get when you open the box. Medal of Honor: European Assault may not be the most challenging game in the series, but it's certainly the most brutal.
  2. 81
    Sure there is nothing particularly inventive or innovative about the game's features, but played as a whole, the overall experience is still very satisfying. It's good despite the faults in AI, the less than attractive visuals, and an unnaturally slow beginning.
  3. The only real major problems that keep European Assault from being an absolutely stellar game like its Frontline predecessor is the fact that there is no online multiplayer and the rather short campaign mode.
  4. An honourable war game that has nothing to be ashamed of. There is plenty of killing and the action looks and sounds like the real thing. [Sept. 05]
  5. Both atmospheric and exciting, and there isn't much higher praise for a historical first-person shooter than that.
  6. There's clearly a bright future for the franchise, though it's perhaps time EA let the team take a few risks - let more folks than just Americans play - perhaps give us a choice who we want to play as.
  7. It's easy to get to grips with, satisfying to play and provokes some pastime thinking with its well-told story, complimented with old-fashioned clips.
  8. Beyond all the new stuff, MOH:EA works because it's simply well designed. [Sept 2005, p.80]
  9. 80
    A pleasant surprise. Yes, we were still creeping through bombed-out aircraft hangars and taking over bunkers brimming with Nazis, but we were enjoying ourselves for the first time in ages.
  10. The short single-player campaign really puts a damper on what would have otherwise been a terrific experience. The lack of online play is puzzling.
  11. 80
    The shifty A.I. and the blistering enemy fire aren't the only things that make Euro Assault the toughest MOH to date. Health power-ups and revives are at a premium and if you die you have to restart the mission from scratch.
  12. It may not appease the history buffs, but it will delight the trigger-happy.
  13. The nonlinear design, careful difficulty ramp, and outstanding presentation bring this one above the pack. And hey, at least it doesn't have an Omaha Beach level.
  14. 80
    The one major area where European Assault fails to deliver is on the multiplayer side of things. While there are plenty of cool gametypes, from old standards like Deathmatch to some interesting objective-based games, the only way you can play with friends is on a single TV.
  15. The Xbox shold definitely be your machine of choice this time around. The PS2 version looks noticeably worse in all respects. The choice is clear. [July 2005, p.118]
  16. The game's wide-open levels actually encourage players to explore, giving the series a fresh feel compared to past games and other World War II shooters. Unfortunately, a very brief campaign and no online multiplayer means the fun doesn't last long.
  17. A mostly successful game that feels like it's simply bored of its own existence. [Aug 2005, p.47]
  18. It’s just a shame that the fun is over a little too quickly but if you were disappointed by Rising Sun, then MOH: EA will give you new faith in a series that seems to be going in the right direction again.
  19. It was maddening to nearly finish a mission, then die and have to start over. There are no checkpoints, but that's part of this game's challenge.
  20. A definite step-up from its series predecessors, and, surprisingly, it’s a fairly decent console shooter.
  21. Electronic Arts’ decision to free the series from simply being one man on a very direct mission by creating a virtual battlefield is a wise one but one that hasn’t quite reached as far as it could. [July 2005, p.106]
  22. EA's latest in the MoH franchise adopts a more interesting open-ended squad-based shooter approach, but falls short due to a mediocre multiplayer offering.
  23. 70
    European Assault hasn't broken down any barriers or added much to the FPS genre, but the gameplay additions make it a small step forward and also a pleasant return to form for the series.
  24. The tired old Deathmatch may squeeze a few extra hours of enjoyment out of this game but it's just too generic for my tastes. An online mode would have been a much better addition and may have influenced my recommendation of a rental into a purchase.
  25. A definite improvement on "Rising Sun," but the squad control has been done better in "Brothers in Arms," and "Call of Duty" provides the same level of intensity. Instead of being a standout title, European Assault is really just another WWII shooter. [PSW]
  26. Yet another one of those blandly respectful WWII shooters, with all the reverence for history of a five-day bus tour. [Aug 2005, p.90]
  27. Long-term appeal is doubtful with only 11 missions available and a lack of online support for multiplayer action.
  28. With European Assault, EA promised to fix all the errors of "Rising Sun" and reinvent the genre as a whole. A bit surprisingly, the game does almost all of this, but for the first time in the series, the technical limits of the current console platforms negatively affect the game play. Despite these difficulties, European Assault successfully combines the intensity of "Call of Duty" with the cinematic and epic feeling of the Medal of Honor series to deliver a more open and less linear game play experience than before. [June 2005, p.68]
  29. Despite a few flaws, the Medal of Honor franchise is still on the right road. It might still be a fair way behind the excellent Call of Duty series but Activision will definitely be looking over their shoulders from this point on.
  30. I enjoyed watching the fireworks as my pyromaniac character exploded another radio tower/tank/U-boat/door, but between history class and explosions, Assault didn't keep my blood pumping.
  31. 60
    If you can stomach the somewhat random difficulty during the single-player campaign, you'll be treated to a mostly exhilarating trip through the different battles of Europe, including a virtual take on the Battle of the Bulge.
  32. Gives World War II games a bad name by skimping on the essentials - story, A.I. and multiplayer - to focus on floating icons and the art of hiding behind crates. Instead, just hide your wallet.
  33. European Assault is one of the ugliest current-gen games we’ve seen. Boring textures, a weak palette and a flimsy design ethic all round make it appear like slightly dressed up PSone data. The animation seems inspired by amateur puppetry and even the menus look like they were knocked up in the last day before submission. [Aug 2005, p.94]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. ERB
    May 2, 2014
    8
    An old game that is gold. Medal Of Honor European Assault is surprisingly a very fun FPS game. The single player is fun with very unusual mission objectives like looking for secrets and killing the different bosses per mission. The graphics are not bad for a 2005 game and the shooter itself is very solid and very new like when you are in cover you can peek from your cover to see you enemy without standing to see unlike in Call Of Duty And Battlefield. But the problem in this game is the total length in the single player. Finishing the whole single player will only take like maybe 2-3 hours and the whole story in this game is bad and forgettable but the boss battles here in this game is actually not bad in my opinion and it is actually the only thing i like in the single player. The best that the game can give you is the multiplayer. The multiplayer in Medal Of Honor is actually fun with Good maps and fun game modes. Which actually is very addicting and I played the multiplayer for like 20 hours.The game is actually good and a very classical Medal Of Honor Game. I give it an 8/10 For Medal Of Honor European Assault because of its Fun and satisfying Multiplayer experience. Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    8
    Great game, really epic missions and story, and a quite aweswome soundtrack, a little unrealistic, such as killing tanks with grenades, but still quite exicting gameplay, graphics could use a little bump. Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2012
    7
    The best Medal of Honor game I've played in a long time, but not the best FPS, despite being a few years old it still manages to be a fun time, the problem is that it is incredibly short, I beat it in one day, and after the campaign there is no multiplayer for it to fall back on, but it's fun while it lasts, the controls are great but I do recommend you turn of the vibrate function, and the sound is fantastic with an awesome soundtrack, powerful sounding guns, and great voice work, and has a surprisingly decent story backing it up, but the graphics are crappy, making it hard to pick off targets at a distance, and honestly I think Medal of Honor Frontline looked better, and the gameplay is awesome but can be frustrating at times, the cover system works fantastic most of the time, and there are side objectives to take that give you extra lives and medals, so European Assault is a good game, and a welcome addition to the Medal of Honor series, the problem is it's just way to short, and has some other annoying issues, but if you still have a PS2 and are looking for a good FPS or are a fan of the series I do recommend at least a rental. Full Review »