Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    91
    Medal of Honor is more than just a reboot of a storied franchise. It takes the FPS genre to a whole new level.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    It's hard to say how MOH will stack up against the competition but if you were on the fence know that there is an interesting and emotional single player included alongside a multiplayer offering that has enough modes and unlocks to keep things interesting for some time.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    The return of Medal of Honor is a success. The game looks really good, and plays even better. The single player campaign is short but really intense. The multiplayer grants tons of fun and great challenges for those looking for something less arcade than Modern Warfare 2.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    While the battle between the two modern warfare juggernauts will be settled in multiplayer, the single player stands well enough on its own to justify your purchase.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    87
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    87
    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.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    86
    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.
  8. Oct 21, 2010
    86
    Medal of Honor leaves you with a shallow taste. On the one hand, it's a very good and intense game, but on the other hand, there are so many elements you've already seen in other shooters. Moreover, the graphics really could have been much better.
  9. 85
    Intense without being brash, and focused on a tight situation as opposed to a global theater of operation, the relaunched Medal of Honor definitely finds its own voice as a military shooter. It's polished and visually appealing, while providing a little gaming perspective on a controversial military action. And you don't get that every day.
  10. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    MOH offers a welcome return of form, although totally lacking in features for the solo gamer.
  11. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Medal of Honor is a good alternative to the Call of Duty series even if it doesn't add anything new to the mix. Due to its very short single player campaign, buy it only if you're planning to spend many hours online.
  12. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    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.
  13. Oct 21, 2010
    84
    A great shooter, that suffers from some technical flaws and a multiplayer without the charisma of the competitors, allthough funny and compelling.
  14. Oct 21, 2010
    84
    A solid FPS, but not the masterpiece that EA promised to the gamers.
  15. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    It is a solid step in the right direction. It has actions, it has suspense, and it has solid experiences that bring awe as the bullets are flying. The graphic anomalies take a bit away, but you cannot help but root for this game, and the definite heart felt honor it seems to want to present to the men and women in the military.
  16. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    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.
  17. Oct 21, 2010
    81
    While some elements are fantastically executed and the main campaign is quite compelling, there just isn't enough innovation or diversity in the multiplayer or beyond the story to pry people away from its behemoth of a competitor.
  18. Oct 21, 2010
    81
    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.
  19. 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.
  20. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    It's not a bad first outing as a series reboot, but EA has a lot of work to do if they want that number one FPS spot back.
  21. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    EA tries to show the war from an ordinary soldier's eyes, something that they managed surprisingly well. There are still some Rambo-moments, but overall the pace is relatively quiet. There are some problems with too many scripted sequences, but thanks to the superb atmosphere, one can see past the misses. In addition to the campaign is also an entertaining and well-functioning online mode, which, however, might well have had a bit more content.
  22. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    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.
  23. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor is a rollercoaster. It's fast and exciting and over all too quickly, and although you're on rails, you'll want to ride it again and again...My heart wants to rate this so much higher for all the enjoyment of the first ride, but my head doesn't quite agree.
  24. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  25. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor's campaign is an exceptional experience, but the total package simply doesn't beat Call of Duty...But at least EA's getting closer.
  26. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It certainly does little to advance the theory that videogames are responsible enough to tell stories within sensitive contexts - it's compelling and enjoyable to play on a visceral level, but it's a shame it lacks the creative bravery to match the courage of the heroes it so reveres.
  27. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor's campaign is well-scripted and well-acted, and parts of it are superbly nerve-racking, but its uninventive missions and premature ending left us wanting. The multiplayer, however, is a different game. No, it's actually a different game, and it's what DICE does best.
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    The campaign is short but intense, and the multiplayer is one of the best that you can now play on consoles.
  29. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Medal of Honor stacks up with its competitors and holds its own thanks to the excellent job DICE did on the multiplayer component. Sure, the single player campaign is short, and the A.I... well it's not the brightest, but as a complete package it works.
  30. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    MoH is certainly better for its shift from WW2 to modern warfare, but veterans who recall the salad days of the series may be expecting more.
  31. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Ultimately, I think MoH is an interesting attempt to address war in a respectful way, and it should find its niche as a legitimate alternative for gamers who don't want to jump on the Call of Duty bandwagon.
  32. Bland story mode meets sensational multiplayer. If you're not online, you can safely deduct 20%. [Issue#98, p.77]
  33. Oct 21, 2010
    78
    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.
  34. Oct 21, 2010
    78
    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.
  35. Oct 21, 2010
    77
    The top strength of Medal of Honor is in the single-player campaign, and Danger Close has done an incredible job of putting together a tribute to the Special Forces community, honoring their many sacrifices. The same can't be said for the effort DICE has put forth with multiplayer, as it feels unpolished and in some regards unbalanced and unfinished.
  36. Oct 27, 2010
    75
    In the end I was satisfied, but this could have been so much more.
  37. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    Medal of Honor is just a copy & paste from Infinity Ward's series, both in experience and situations; maybe it's a bit more realistic, but it isn't fun like Infinity's games. You feel like you're playing the same game, and it's not a good thing. The best: the multiplayer mode, which takes the best features from Bad Company and mixes them up with those ideas that made Modern Warfare the best online game out there.
  38. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    Medal of Honor offers a cohesive campaign and fierce multiplayer competition for those who don't mind a little bit of tarnish on their first-person shooters.
  39. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    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.
  40. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  41. 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.
  42. Dec 25, 2010
    70
    Medal of Honor is about three years behind in all areas, which is a problem. [Issue#65, p.82]
  43. Dec 23, 2010
    70
    Between the online and single-player modes, EA's attempt at rebooting their Medal of Honor franchise after three years missing in action results in a competent game.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Oct 22, 2010
    70
    Despite its faults, or all the things that could have been more polished, there's a lot of enjoyment on offer. If only Danger Close and DICE were prepared to put in just a little bit more effort during the development process to separate Medal of Honor from the rest of the flock in this saturated genre, we could have been looking at something very special indeed.
  47. 70
    It's an inconsistent package that doesn't fully deliver on the single-player, nor distinguish itself enough in multiplayer to make it an Xbox Live contender. A real shame.
  48. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    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.
  49. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    But it never crosses the threshold into greatness, either in its visceral thrills or in its sober, but ultimately a little bland, tale of the soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan.
  50. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    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.
  51. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    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.
  52. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    All the parts for a great multiplayer experience are here – class unlocks, a variety of familiar modes, lots of guns – but they don't come together in a way that makes Medal of Honor a must-play shooter. Military buffs may enjoy the game on some level, but in such a densely packed genre, EA must try harder to stand out.
  53. 68
    By attempting to topple the genre's leaders and offering nothing new or exciting, Medal of Honor unfortunately pales in comparison to the competition. The single-player is short, but rather than being short and sweet, it's a little soulless, while the multiplayer, which is plagued by some bizarre design choices, falls somewhere between Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2, and in comparison to those two big hitters, it's clear it doesn't offer the same engaging and worthwhile experiences.
  54. Oct 21, 2010
    68
    As a whole, Medal of Honor is not a horrible game; it just needed some more time for it to truly shine.
  55. Oct 21, 2010
    67
    And to be honest, multiplayer is a lot of fun, and even though I wish it offered up something that Bad Company 2 didn't already cover, I do think it's worth checking out for people that aren't already fans of what DICE has done before.
  56. Oct 21, 2010
    67
    Unfortunately, with the issues the game has in its short singleplayer campaign and the lack of originality in the multiplayer, Medal of Honor is a decent enough shooter and reboot of the franchise, but isn't the blockbuster that EA was aiming to deliver.
  57. Oct 21, 2010
    67
    The single player campaign is a lot of fun with some great moments sprinkled in. It's really short though and some bugs crept into the product that made it a little annoying. MP Summary: Multiplayer looks good from what we've seen and could challenge Modern Warfare 2's throne if supported by EA and DICE over the long haul.
  58. Oct 21, 2010
    65
    Realistic and immersive war situations, however, don't make for great gameplay.
  59. Oct 21, 2010
    65
    It's truly a shame this game falls so flatly on its face, as there was so much potential in the title early on. Disappointingly, that potential is never realized, and Medal of Honor is just another average shooter.
  60. Jan 20, 2011
    60
    Unfinished, or at the very least, unpolished. [Issue#102, p.112]
  61. 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.
  62. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    An unremarkable and derivative first person shooter that uses the cover of controversy to hide a game severely lacking in courage and ambition.
  63. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    EA's take on the modern shooter is good but not great. The combat is genuinely thrilling, but the heavy scripting and predictable plot points leave little room for surprises. Multiplayer is fun but not different from what we're already playing.
  64. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    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.
  65. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  66. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  67. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    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.
  68. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    What we get is an amalgam that is best labeled "Battlefield Warfare" -- an admittedly entertaining concoction, but one that tastes awfully familiar.
  69. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    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.
  70. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    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.
  71. Oct 21, 2010
    55
    A new candidate for the most disappointing game of 2010, Medal of Honor doesn't deliver on any of its promises.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 266 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 124
  2. Negative: 32 out of 124
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    4
    HEADS UP: For fans of DICE style multiplayer you may be disappointed. The maps are small...most online matches involve Benny Hill style battles in which two teams circle one or two buildings for the entire match match. So far (after close to 2 hours of online play) I have not seen any vehicles, not even a bicycle. No squads thus far. I was (foolishly) hoping that the multiplayer and single player will be on separate disks but they are both crammed into one...an ill omen from the start. It saddens me to see DICE create this CoD clone. I think that maybe the DEVs thought because CoD was so popular that its multiplayer was the ideal? I would like to make the point that not everything that is hyped up and popularized should be thought of that way. You only need to research 'Pet Rocks' to understand this. That's what I think about this game thus far...this is DICE's attempt to develop their own brand of 'Pet Rock' . Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2010
    10
    This is an excellent game,for the those people who are used to the Call OF Duty series this is a welcome change.The first thing that jumps out at you is how believable they make the story seem,The sound in the game is awesome every voice chatter every footstep it's just well done,the graphics are very good the detail in things like the sand and environmental damage is excellent, cut scenes look beautiful and the characters look and behave realistic. I haven't gone online yet but it should be good nonetheless.Overall MOH does not disappoint. Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2010
    9
    The game play aspect conventionally depicts the norm of the modern day shooter. Controls are tight and responsive, with nothing new to add nor change to the FPS feel. Online play is lag free with minor freezes here and there-nothing a patch couldn't fix. The ranking from level-to-level is weak at best, but suffice nonetheless its formula is convincingly addicting given that at the lowest of level your guns are weakened by its range and accuracy whereas at the higher end of the spectrum you own pawnage amongst your enemies. If you like BFBC and Modern Warfare 1, then this game should be for you. Full Review »