You can finish the entire single-player game in a single evening, with time left over to take a dinner break, watch an hour or two of television, and then turn in early. Some demos are longer. [Feb 2003, p.75]
As I mentioned on my review about the main game, the graphics are dated, but that doesn't stop anyone that enjoyed the first game to have fun. It doesn't change anything gameplay wise, although it features new locations to fight on both solo and in multiplayer, as well as new weapons like my favorite the Sten. The solo missions are very short and you will spend around 2-3 hours trying to complete them depending on the difficulty setting you are playing on. There is one really hard and almost unfair mission where you are on a halftruck and you shoot at tanks, infantry, nebelwerfer and you are vulnerable to all of them since the health bar is not the one of the truck but yours. I used quicksave a lot to get past it at some points during my run but all in all I must have died 10 times tops. Another trick is to use the console to heal yourself but I didn't use it as I felt it wasn't that hard . I played the expansion on Normal. Gary Oldman reciting poems and letters before and after each mission is really good but not as much as Reznov in CoD but still a nice touch. It's a short and sweet treat for someone craving more of that Allied Assault gameplay...
I first played this when I picked up the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Deluxe Edition and it was part of the package.
The Spearhead expansion consists of three new perspectives. Working with the British in Normandy to assassinate a Colonel, surviving in the Battle of the Bulge with the Americans and eventually storming Berlin with the Russians. The game weirdly goes to great pains to make sure you are playing the same character across all three of these arcs which seems unnecessary.
Personally the first mission where you are air-dropped into Normandy and meet up with the British I thought was great (albeit I might be showing some bias as someone from the UK). I always find the British struggle a bit more interesting than some of the usual American viewpoints. This expansion is worth it for the first mission alone.
The Battle of the Bulge has some interesting elements but has one particularly horrendous mission where you are in a half track operating the turret. At this point you are effectively on rails and have to shoot various attacking vehicles and enemies. However, you have no way to dodge, no way to slow down and no way to heal. On top of all these you are still vulnerable to small arms fire. This is one of the few times in a game where I had to use console commands to heal myself as I was stuck for a long time getting randomly killed by various enemies.
The Russian mission has a nice section where you get to drive a T34 and hold off a counter attack. On top of all this, all the new weapons in this pack including Lee Enfield and Mosin-Nagant rifles are fun to use.
The main story mode is very short, probably only 2 hours or so long depending on how long you spend on the half-track. However, most of the original appeal was likely new skins and weapons for multiplayer. Sadly in 2017 with game spy this is moderately useless.
Oh on top of all this, Gary Oldman features as your main characters voice in the end-credits unexpectedly.
I loved Allied Assault, and when Spearhead came out many years ago I got to the store as fast as I could and bought it up. I was quickly disappointed. An annoying Battle of the Bulge level where if a single German even touched the trench you lost; disappointing weaponry; and gameplay that I completed in two and a half hours gave a very poor gaming experience. I did not enjoy this game,… Expand
SummaryThis Expansion Pack for Medal of Honor Allied Assault features nine expansive single-player levels ranging from behind enemy lines in Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge and the fall of Berlin. Over 12 new multiplayer levels including the Arnhem Bridge and the streets of Berlin. New multi-player modes emphasizing more robust team multi-p...