Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings
Dec 2, 2017Medal of Honor is largely a series where the actual quality is severely blurred by nostalgia - after all it's an important part of FPS historyMedal of Honor is largely a series where the actual quality is severely blurred by nostalgia - after all it's an important part of FPS history and full of memorable terrifically scored triumphs.
I'll make a bold claim, that only a few of the MoH games are terribly good, or still hold up today. Chief among those few is European Assault, a game that harmoniously blends the cinematic grandeur of the previous installments with open non-linear battlefields; implements innovative mechanics like aim tilt that compliment the slower pace of gunplay and masterfully balances full mission failure with a careful offering of resources and tools (squad management, adrenaline, medkits, revives etc..) all while packing in satisfying action, success reward and diverse objectives.
I say this because Medal of Honor Heroes, while one of a handful of games that seems to reuse at least some of the assets from European Assault, is probably the most like it in the best ways - but it's also a 'fun sized' iteration of the formula, scaled back in many considerable ways.
Perhaps the reason it's as good as it is has something to do with being an exclusive, the implication being a more than modest developer effort.
First off, considering the size of the maps the textures and geometry hold up remarkably well. Gun models look excellent through iron sights, art direction is stellar, huge numbers of enemies populate the environments and explosions occur with no hitch in performance.
Next... while missions are short, and relegated to 3 relatively brief campaigns (featuring reoccuring franchise protagonists) and laid out not totally unlike objective based deathmatches - they are certainly fun, engaging, challenging and pack a punch. Maps are open after all, with the order you approach tasks, secondary and primary being up to you entirely. Prepare to be assaulted from multiple directions if you make any footholds.
Squadplay is partially intact, interaction is limited probably because of limited inputs but they are there, (which is great) and can both kill and be killed. They'll tail you haphazardly however and putting your allies in harm's way means for the most part tackling the mission on your own afterward. Missions are shorter though, generally 5-15 minutes so the absence of revives, checkpoints, adrenaline mode and heavy squad interaction aren't really consequential and make it all the more rewarding in a smaller package.
Aim tilting is intact, and ammo is scarce enough to promote improvisation, variety and careful use. There are random health drops but personal medkits are limited so skilled progression through a map is monumental.
Separate from the campaign is a wonderful skirmish mode where you are free to orchestrate offline free for alls, choose your loadout, outfit and dial the number of bots up to 16.
It's less theatrical than its big home console brother releases, but that's to be expected. There are some black and white cutscenes and light narration to help pace the single player along. Multiplayer is no longer playable, but was great for its time. Controls are excellent. Mission ranking and stat tracking add a lot replayability.
A great package overall and probably the best FPS on a console where developers infamously struggled to make shooters work.… Full Review »
Jan 6, 2013Look past the tiresome graphics, repetitive story missions and you'll see one of the best first person shooter on the PSP. Unfortunately whenLook past the tiresome graphics, repetitive story missions and you'll see one of the best first person shooter on the PSP. Unfortunately when you review a game you need to review it as a package and so we can't forget it. Skirmish mode is a massive draw here. Difficulty here is a massive problem here(too easy). Story is great here. Graphics are **** here. Shooting has never been so good here. A good game here.… Full Review »
Apr 12, 2012Even now, when all the online servers are off, it is still a wonderful game. You can play with 15 bots on any multiplayer map. Also, aEven now, when all the online servers are off, it is still a wonderful game. You can play with 15 bots on any multiplayer map. Also, a singleplayer is a nice addition, but it almost the same multiplayer.… Full Review »