Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. 60
    Combined with Danger Close's fixation on delivering an experience about a war that Americans are deeply ambivalent about, and multiplayer that remains likely to incite controversy about its content after players have moved on to deeper, more engaging multiplayer options, Medal of Honor is one of the bigger disappointments of 2010.
  2. Though it may be tempting to look at its flaws and dismiss Medal of Honor as inferior to its competitors, there is a lot to enjoy here. The campaign has its shortcomings, but its unique sense of scope and well-orchestrated pacing make it an enjoyably cohesive adventure.
  3. This is not the prestigious resuscitation of the series I had hoped for. There are valiant moments of glory that shine through the debris, although they are always burdened by mechanical gameplay and shallow characters that expect you to care without reason.
  4. Paying tribute to our brave men and women in uniform-who often go through situations that are unimaginable to all of us sitting at home with controllers in our hands-is a great thing. The step that EA has taken towards establishing a precedent for exploring topical subject matter in a video game may be a small one, but it's still important. But almost everything else about Medal of Honor, while enjoyable, makes it hard to shake the feeling of playing just another military shooter.
  5. 60
    What we get is an amalgam that is best labeled "Battlefield Warfare" -- an admittedly entertaining concoction, but one that tastes awfully familiar.
  6. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor isn't the perfect marriage of campaign and robust online features, but it is certainly an entertaining, often exciting, shooter experience - especially in the multiplayer modes.
  7. It certainly offers a neat alternative to what the Modern Warfare games have going for them, but I'd hardly say that Medal of Honor is the better product.
  8. While the multiplayer has its cons, it definitely has potential to be built into something more and I wouldn't be surprised if downloadable content releases soon. The single-player campaign is enough to hold anyone through a gripping story with non-stop and fast-paced action and a trio of compelling characters.
  9. 75
    It's a mostly well-built title with seemingly good intentions, but it lacks the weight -- whether it's in the narrative, campaign length, or feature set -- to seem like much more than a quality diversion.
  10. Like Battlefield before it, Medal of Honor is an engrossing online shooter with an above-average campaign mode bolted on. As a result, it's a purchase you should only seriously consider if your console is hooked up to the intarwebs. On a wider scale though, this reboot thrusts Medal of Honor back into the spotlight, and for the first time in ages we can't wait to see where EA take the series next. [Dec 2010, p.68]
  11. It is a good game, but not the great return we expected. The multiplayer is good but lacks something more to compete with the greatest ones. The single player lacks much more.
  12. Whatever its bias or excisions, MOH rejects the sort of gung-ho globetrotting baloney seen in Modern Warfare, and makes an honest attempt not to trivialise the lives of US soldiers, creating an air of sober authenticity which is unusual among shooters.
  13. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor may not be perfect but it has more than enough going for it to live with the big boys of the genre. As a package, it's a robust offering with extremely high production values and plenty of content to keep shooter fans happy.
  14. 68
    As a whole, Medal of Honor is not a horrible game; it just needed some more time for it to truly shine.
  15. Medal of Honor's balancing act combines two developers and game engines. Lofty ambitions on both fronts are ultimately let down by very little desire to redefine the game's range or bring out the best from each engine's particular set of talents, but it's undeniable that both single and multiplayer have their individual merits.
  16. Maybe moving the Medal of Honor series to the present day is the right commercial decision, but to compete with a saga like Modern Warfare you need to develop a more compelling gameplay experience. Also the game is incredibly linear with just run and gun action for its campaign, and the multiplayer part is good, but maybe not great enough to make this a real contender for Call of Duty.
  17. A great shooter, that suffers from some technical flaws and a multiplayer without the charisma of the competitors, allthough funny and compelling.
  18. A solid FPS, but not the masterpiece that EA promised to the gamers.
  19. Medal of Honor is, simply put, a fine shooter which catapults you right into the action you're searching for. The story is good enough to keep you playing, so it's definitely worth a look.
  20. 80
    Medal of Honor doesn't really do something we haven't seen before in shooters. It is however a great game that brings us a solid experience filled with a lot of action. That is why the game is certainly worth buying.
  21. Oct 24, 2010
    70
    The comeback of Medal of Honor is more or less a success, although the game obviously is more traditional than some of it's younger competitors. The singleplayer paints a realistic picture of Afghanistan, but the scripting is pretty bad. The multiplayer is hard and fast and takes some getting used to. An enjoyable package.
  22. It manages to nail the tenets of its genre, but with few trimmings. It's so blunt in its approach that it makes many other military shooters seem fantastical in comparison. And while the level of reverence shows respect for the subject matter, it's aimed a little too squarely at military buffs. You'll feel like you're painting by the numbers as you paint targets.
  23. MOH survives its weaknesses because when it's good, it's excellent. [Issue#51, p.100]
  24. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor is a very competent FPS, but you get the feeling that was never meant to be the end all result. Medal of Honor is a game with some obvious ambitions to be great, however the overall experience is still a step or two away from reaching that level.
  25. 80
    Between sniper missions, marking targets for air support, gunning from choppers, warming your knife, close combat and laying suppression from a distance, MoH should deliver everything shooter fans are looking for.
  26. In the fight for this year's FPS crown, Medal of Honor has landed a few early punches, but not the knock-out blow.
  27. Dec 25, 2010
    86
    Some of the modes on Medal of Honor's online component are fantastically good fun. [Issue#198, p.86]
  28. It's too little, too late. With fierce competition to hinder its efforts, Medal of Honor fails to provide, both in terms of quantity and quality, an alternative of choice. It's still an above average experience, but the campaign remains stuck between the realism angle and the needed fireworks of the genre, unable to impress on either one of them, while the multiplayer sacrifices deepness and precision in order to remain more accessible and bridge the imaginary gap between Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare. No co-op, too few maps, a globally poorly designed from a gameplay and tactics standpoint, stuck on top of an otherwise good game design ; too bad.
  29. Really, the biggest thing letting down Medal of Honor is its lack of originality. This may irk the discerning gamer, who's concerned that the art form is being strangled by disreputable franchise clones, but if you're the sort of gamer who couldn't give two hoots then you'll find one of the best shooters of the year in Medal of Honor.
  30. Dec 23, 2010
    70
    Medal of Honor tries to cram in every trick it can conjure up, but ultimately fails to include the kind of staying power needed to take over from Call of Duty.
  31. Oct 25, 2010
    72
    While the multiplayer feels more like a justifying bullet point on the box for a full priced retail game, the single player experience is what makes this reboot shine despite its short length. Medal of Honor isn't something I consider a must buy but definitely deserves a once over.
  32. Another title that falls short of expectations.
  33. Good solid action, but the singleplayer campaign is way too short and the multiplayer just doesn't live up to EA's previous Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
  34. EA's move to break up the online and offline development certainly paid off in the end for Medal of Honor. It's refreshing to see two teams create a new first-person shooter experience and put so much care into each side.
  35. So yes, Honor's campaign mode is more middle of the road that we'd like. [Dec 2010, p.70]
  36. 70
    Medal of Honor certainly has some great elements and ideas but they aren't brought together in the most convincing way. The campaign lacks widespread appeal due to aspects of its realistic setup and narrative, and the multiplayer is too focused to draw a substantial crowd from the established shooters already out there.
  37. The Medal of Honor series has been a bit of a shambles ever since Medal of Honor: Frontline. The quality of this contemporary reboot, then, might surprise you. The presentation is terrific. It's a far more realistic and compelling single-player campaign than either Modern Warfare 2 or Bad Company 2; we were hugely engrossed and thoroughly recommend it. [Nov. 2010, p.60]
  38. Medal of Honor is more than just a reboot of a storied franchise. It takes the FPS genre to a whole new level.
  39. Medal Of Honor favors gritty realism-and some surprisingly moving, quieter moments-over cinematic excess, and it's all the better for the restraint.
  40. Though the setting may sound a bit edgy, in practice Medal of Honor offers a brief campaign with little story and a smattering of technical issues that range from annoying to decidedly disappointing. It also delivers a multiplayer component that feels like it's desperately trying to split the difference between Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. There are flashes of excitement peppered across the game's modes, but it's hard to get too excited about any of that when it's been done better elsewhere.
  41. I really had hope for Medal of Honor and I was excited at the prospect of Call of Duty getting some competition, but I think we'll have to wait for the ex-Infinity Ward guys to be the ones to do it. Simply put, Medal of Honor is kind of a mess, and the whole is worth less than the sum of its component pieces.
  42. For those looking for something outside of Call of Duty, this reboot of EA's venerable franchise is certainly worth checking out – just don't expect it to blow you away.
  43. For those looking for a more 'blockbuster' feel to their FPS, they might want to look elsewhere. Although the game is 'grounded in reality', it still has it's fun and offers a good variety of gameplay moments.
  44. Medal of Honor represents a decent comeback for the series, with the somewhat special backdrop of an ongoing conflict. The story is thin and we've seen most of the gameplay in similar titles before. In other words, nothing new or groungbreaking from EA Games.
  45. There's a solid single player here with some stunning set pieces and the clever Tier 1 mode will no doubt see some serious competition down the line. However, the real star appears to be the multiplayer mode, which despite limited playtesting looks to offer an entirely fresh portion of the game.
  46. 80
    Medal of Honor is the thinking man's Call of Duty. If you like shooting terrorists but felt the story and campaign of Modern Warfare 2 was too darn stupid, this is the game for you. Mechanically it's close to its competitor, but content-wise it's a class better and more thoughtful. It's an enjoyable if short experience that is bound to leave a lasting impression.
  47. Ultimately, as an expansion franchise, Medal of Honor's debut in the Modern Warfare League isn't a championship run.
  48. Jan 15, 2011
    60
    Medal of Honor doesn't become the current image of Electronic Arts – probably the most "humane" of all videogame corporations. Danger Close Games' debut reminds of a time when EA was a gloomy assembly line churning out soulless yearly sequels and movie tie-ins.
  49. Jan 2, 2011
    77
    A solid game that is not sure what it wants to be. Genre fans might enjoy what it has to offer though.
  50. Jan 16, 2011
    80
    A successful comeback of the Medal of Honor-series, which is far away from reaching the top-ranks of the shooter genre. The short amount of the single-player campaign is really annoying.
  51. 81
    A new start of the franchise. This time the game is taking you to Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban. The singleplayer is way too short, but a cool one. Besides of that you can play in the addictive and great multiplayer.
  52. MoHs singleplayer-experience can't match Infinity Ward's masterpiece, but DICEs Multiplayer part countervails that little shortfall pretty well. Bottom line: No Must-Have, but a good shooter nevertheless.
  53. EA failed to kick Call of Duty off the genre-throne but still entertains a lot with its unique shooter-experience. The pacing, feeling and presentation of the short solo-campaign is refreshingly unique. Even though some minor technical hicups and some rather frustrating sequences bothered us, Medal of Honor is an overall pleasant and exciting experience.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 110
  2. Negative: 12 out of 110
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    10
    MOH blew me away! Great story in campaign mode,a bit short, but it left me wanting even more. The multiplayer follows the Bad Company 2MOH blew me away! Great story in campaign mode,a bit short, but it left me wanting even more. The multiplayer follows the Bad Company 2 style but with an arcade feel that really fits perfectly. I'm really glad to see the MOH franchise return. I can't wait for the next installments, which I'm sure will surpass this great title. Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2010
    9
    This game deserves a Medal Of Honor for its compelling, rich story that gives respect to the soldier while making the game one of the mostThis game deserves a Medal Of Honor for its compelling, rich story that gives respect to the soldier while making the game one of the most authentic compelling modern fps shooter to date. This game will be always compared to Call of Duty since it is taking a shot at the COD franchise and the fps genre it helped to define in the late 1990's. Single player campaign is a blast, while Multiplayer leaves you wanting more but its shortcomings are far outweighed by the beautiful vistas and authenticity. If you are on the fence about this game, hit yourself upside the head and go out and buy it, you will not regret your purchase it is one of the finest fps to hit this year. Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2010
    9
    Its solid & realistic, too bad that there are too many blind COD fanboys that will smash anyhing that is not COD, I personaly had MW2 & tradeIts solid & realistic, too bad that there are too many blind COD fanboys that will smash anyhing that is not COD, I personaly had MW2 & trade it for BBC2, because I like to go for the real thing, not the COD smoke & mirrors arcade/movie feel, If you want the best of both worlds go for MOH, Its got the solid single player that is longer than MW2 & the guys at DICE did a realistic in your face Multiplayer. Full Review »