Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
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  1. A solid if unexciting WWII game on either platform. There’s little reason to pick up the game unless you blasted through "Call of Duty 3" and are looking for more.
  2. A good old-fashioned FPS. It looks scrappy and it's short on innovation, but the combat makes up for it. [May 2007, p.74]
  3. 72
    If you’re a Medal of Honor fan, you’ll dig this title...However, if you felt like previous incarnations of this WWII title were getting closer and closer to being dishonorably discharged, Vanguard’s paper-thin story, monotonous maps and upper-level frustration won’t have you saluting this soldier’s latest effort.
  4. Vanguard literally drops you into the middle of some truly spectacular and thrilling skirmishes but it also mixes these exciting moments with some really dull ones that slow the action down.
  5. Play UK
    71
    Medal of Honor contiues to kick ass at what it does best, but the formula has definitely started to wear thin. [Issue#152, p.76]
  6. PSM Magazine
    70
    As an FPS, the game offers steady action and decent A.I., but is often repetitious and does very little to shake the formula. [May 2007, p.84]
  7. Despite the lack of originality, Vanguard has drawn on a wealth of experience, meaning that thanks to some great level design and a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack, there is no need to rely on the wealth of triggered animated events that overwhelm Call of Duty 3 at times.
  8. The genre has moved on in terms of gameplay, presentation and even hardware, leaving Vanguard feeling like a relic from years ago rather than something to whet your appetite for EA’s next effort.
  9. Medal of Honor: Vanguard isn’t a terrible game. It’s just that the majority of the game is so mundane and average that the only part that really sticks out is the points that are below average.
  10. AI is good, but could be much better. Graphics are decent, but are exceedingly bland and unexciting. Map design is incredibly limited to the point of frustration.
  11. This is the poorest Medal of Honor yet, and we truly hope we can expect a vastly superior experience from the upcoming "Airborne."
  12. The biggest problems with Vanguard lies in its graphics and overall length. It takes only six to eight hours to complete the game on normal, and graphically the game looks like it’s seen some serious battle.
  13. Though you can get used to the sub-par controls, there’s still no real reason to play Vanguard, from the uninspired level design to the tired subject matter. Sure, it works on a basic level in that you shoot Nazis and they fall down. Beyond that, there isn’t much here to enjoy.
  14. 60
    There's really nothing here that gamers haven't seen elsewhere, and frankly, if they've never played a Medal of Honor game, they'd be better off picking up the compilation pack that contains much better installments of the series.
  15. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    That no significant improvements have been made in five years is surely the final proof that Medal of Honor's PlayStation campaign has lost its way. [May 2007, p.92]
  16. There's no great gameplay to be found in Medal of Honor: Vanguard, so there's nothing to hide those feelings of déjà vu that you'll get when you play it. Nearly everything in the game has been done before, and it has all been done better.
  17. A short, bland, and ultimately forgettable experience.
  18. With shoddy aiming, bad enemy A.I. and mission objectives vapid enough to induce a coma, the Medal of Honor series has seen better days.
  19. 50
    This is the wartime equivalent of a slow year's "Madden" update, with only the most basic changes and additions to justify a purchase. And with only the most bare bone offline multiplayer offering, even a bad edition of "Madden" has more to offer.
  20. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    Shoddy, dull, and filled with recycled WW2 content we tired of years ago. The weakest MOH on PS2: nothing more than a poor man's "Call of Duty." [Apr 2007, p.74]
  21. Edge Magazine
    50
    Vanguard simply fails to deliver the pomp and bluster or the window dressing so essential in disguising the shortcomings inherent in "Call of Duty's" framework. [May 2007, p.92]
  22. Where MOH Vanguard takes a sniper hit to the head is the game play department, which feels a bit loose and unpolished.

Awards & Rankings

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#27 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
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#10 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Oct 1, 2015
    7
    In Medal of Honor: Vanguard there are no health packs anymore, you simply take cover and wait for your health to regenerate. Your companyIn Medal of Honor: Vanguard there are no health packs anymore, you simply take cover and wait for your health to regenerate. Your company mates seem to be shooting in thin air and not hitting any of the enemies. Luckily you don't need to heal them anymore as you had to do in the previous game European Assault.

    There is now the added ability of running by pressing the L2 button, which can be handy to get to a good place for cover quickly. Also you can find upgrades for your weapon in several places around the map.

    The graphics of this game are not much of an improvement over previous instalments. Houses seem empty without any details.

    The levels are quite easy, except for the last one which can be a pain in the butt. The multi-player mode has only 6 maps and they are really small. There is the usual death match and a few variations on capture the flag.

    I rate Medal of Honor: Vanguard with a score of 7 out of 10.
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  2. Jun 23, 2015
    7
    Oh dear :/ vanguard is definitely the weakest classic medal of honor game, average graphics, average story, combined with forgettableOh dear :/ vanguard is definitely the weakest classic medal of honor game, average graphics, average story, combined with forgettable characters and boring gameplay, vanguard just isn't worth your time :/ get its xbox 360 counterpart airborne instead, vanguard is only for die hard fans of the series Full Review »
  3. Apr 9, 2014
    7
    This game is pretty neat. The graphics aren't that bad and it's a pretty good campaign story. My only concerns are that the game is short andThis game is pretty neat. The graphics aren't that bad and it's a pretty good campaign story. My only concerns are that the game is short and there's no online multiplayer. Full Review »