Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. European Assault will not take you by the hand and lead you to the finish. You'll have to fight for every inch of ground that you gain, and you'll meet your untimely demise more than a few times. Along the way, you'll experience a gritty, raw, and realistic combat experience that will give you a greater appreciation for what veterans of World War II went through.
  2. 85
    The intros and the voice-overs of the WWII veterans is what helps bring a sense of realism to this game.
  3. The realistic feeling created in this game is something fans of war games should experience.
  4. With its wide open spaces fit for exploration and wonderfully action-packed mission scenarios, this is a first-rate game for fans of first-person shooters set during WWII.
  5. 83
    The graphics and game-play are highly addictive, figuring out the means of taking a bunker, or finding document can mean anything from a few hours of playing to a few days just to pass one level.
  6. 81
    There is nothing particularly inventive or innovative about the game's features, but played as a whole, the overall experience is very good, very satisfying. It's good despite the faults in AI, the less than attractive visuals, and an unnaturally slow beginning.
  7. 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.
  8. Both atmospheric and exciting, and there isn't much higher praise for a historical first-person shooter than that.
  9. A war game worth playing. 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.
  10. The game is really fun to play alone. The trouble is most of us spend enough time alone, and even if online gameplay is a poor replacement for having friends, it's still community and we like it.
  11. 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.
  12. It may not be perfect but it is a significant step in the right direction and has breathed life into a series that had all but died.
  13. Like all Medal of Honor games, the sound in European Assault is top notch.
  14. 80
    The characters can be a little blocky at times and the environments look a little pixelated when up close, but the environments are huge and they look like they go on for miles.
  15. It may not appease the history buffs, but it will delight the trigger-happy.
  16. 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.
  17. The game has some of the best design and feel in the business, and has the kind of balanced AI that will keep you challenged.
  18. The refinement of the adrenaline and revival systems respectively would have solidified the powerful campaign. That being said, Medal of Honor European Assault is a fun, but flawed overall experience.
  19. Your three-man team cover, flank and suppress impressively at first, but later on in the game they become more of a bind than a blessing. [GamesMaster]
  20. 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]
  21. A good step in the right direction for a great franchise. [Aug 2005, p.81]
  22. 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.
  23. A mostly successful game that feels like it's simply bored of its own existence. [Aug 2005, p.47]
  24. Yes the action is thick and fast and very cinematic yet the lack of subtlety and arcade elements really stop this game from being a true MOH game in my opinion.
  25. 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.
  26. There is support for traditional splitscreen multiplayer gaming, but this mode doesn't offer enough to make European Assault a recommended title for those looking for multiplayer action. Because of the barebones multiplayer support, European Assault does not have as much life in it as your typical shooter.
  27. An average shooter in which the presentation and education are more compelling than the game itself.
  28. Adrenaline mode is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen in a game. The very idea of an invincible soldier in a WWII game just does not make any sort of sense. The same goes for the revive feature. I know what the intent behind this was, but I would much rather use the good old-fashioned checkpoint method.
  29. In an era when most publishers are content to churn out games you can complete on autopilot, it's quite refreshing to be presented with an FPS that hands your arse back to you on a plate.
  30. 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]
  31. EA's decision to move away from the stilting influence of closely confined conflict in favor of expansive battling proves its worth in a game of high tension and prolonged immersion.
  32. For a series that started the whole World War II shooter experience, Medal of Honor now finds itself occupying a strange middle ground, neither floundering as it so obviously did with "Rising Sun," nor presenting any kind of serious challenge to the innovative "Brothers in Arms," or even "Call of Duty."
  33. For now European Assault is only for the truly hardcore MOH fan or someone who just hasn't got enough of WWII games already.
  34. 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]
  35. 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]
  36. The multiplayer is okay, with nine additional maps, but it's otherwise a fairly short adventure without much variety and, annoying as it is, you won't return too often.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. A bland, generic first-person shooter that does very little to advance the genre, and is far from worth paying full price for at retail. The gameplay and graphics fail at being interesting, and the game's only high point is its sound design.
  40. If you're just after an unmemorable shooter you can fight through that doesn't put you in the shoes of a bullet guzzling maniac, European Assault has its advantages, but to anyone who wants a decent first person shooter: abandon the Medal of Honor franchise now.
  41. 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.
  42. 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
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 29, 2013
    7
    A rather decent addition to the MOH series. It certainly has its flaws, but it was enjoyable how there were side missions that encouraged extra exploration of the levels. I felt that the squad tactics didn't quite work right, and the gameplay would have been better off without. Still worth playing if you're a MOH fan, even if it is somewhat outdated. Full Review »