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  • Summary: Step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. YourStep into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. Your ability to determine your own starting point dramatically changes the way each mission plays out. View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment. Medal of Honor Airborne also features exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. I applaud the developers for not dragging the gameplay out. It's as long as it needs to be, and even if that means a little on the short side, so be it. It just leaves me wanting more.
  2. Play UK
    85
    A huge leap forward for the franchise and the best Medal of Honor in the series to date. However, it's betrayed by a complete lack of polish. [Issue#161, p.96]
  3. In spite of the glitches, annoyances, and graphics that are nowhere near PS3’s expectations, Airborne is a tremendously thrilling game.
  4. I can't lie, I actually enjoyed Medal of Honor: Airborne and if EA can keep producing more quality games like it, I may be able to endure another venture into WWII land. But if you want my advice, keep the idea; change the time line, okay?
  5. A fair presentation of a game that we’ve all played a lot of times before.
  6. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    Fo us, the downsides weigh more heavily than the ups on this one. [Feb 2008, p.80]
  7. But the game is marred with gameplay that features a number of annoying quirks, such as aim issues and lifeless artificial intelligence. Moreover, variety isn't a strong point, and the multiplayer is horrifically barebones and limited to only eight gamers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 19, 2011
    10
    One of the best games on PS3 IMHO - puts Call Of Duty to shame, but COD wins because of clever mass marketing. Some of the graphics are theOne of the best games on PS3 IMHO - puts Call Of Duty to shame, but COD wins because of clever mass marketing. Some of the graphics are the best of their time, and the gameplay is really realistic and intense at times. Glad I tried this one. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2014
    10
    Awsome!Awsome! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Expand
  3. MichelS.
    Jan 13, 2008
    10
    This game is a must have for FPS fans. I mean, fantastic graphics, intense gameplay, great online gameplay and 6 adventurous missions! Do you This game is a must have for FPS fans. I mean, fantastic graphics, intense gameplay, great online gameplay and 6 adventurous missions! Do you think this game sucks? Well, you are wrong! Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2021
    8
    This game was a nice timewalk back.

    I reminded myself how were games made back in the day. I dont want to talk much about graphics because
    This game was a nice timewalk back.

    I reminded myself how were games made back in the day.
    I dont want to talk much about graphics because i cant judge 2007 graphics in 2021, such a big progress was made in years.

    Intense gameplay, i loved upgrading weapons in combat. Suprisingly alive multiplayer, its not problem to join game in lobby. Awesome 6 chapters in campaign.

    What i hated were FPS drops in some cutscenes and missions (for example in objective achieving).
    And i was also three or four times stucked in texture so i had to kill myself. And second thing i hated were germans with Panzerschrecks.... they insta-killed me at least ten times.

    Whole campaign took me 6-7 hours so its pretty decent.
    Even in 2021 its still good.... man, this game had to be a big thing back in 2007.

    Well deserved 8/10
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  5. Jan 2, 2020
    8
    I still remember quite important anticipation around Medal of Honor: Airborne, reading computer video games magazines talking about it, thoughI still remember quite important anticipation around Medal of Honor: Airborne, reading computer video games magazines talking about it, though then it didn't made a great bang as some expected.

    Plot was definitely Airborne's weakest point. Especially if compared with its contemporaries such as Call of Duty or Half-Life: cinematic and impactful moments were not lacking, what was lacking in Airborne was characters and general plot writing. Some form of writing was there, but just enough to propose an historical pretext for the player. Because it's historical pretext that it was all about: through Boyd Travers' eyes, the player lived not Boyd Travers' story, but mostly the entire 82nd Airborne Division's history. It was not necessarily bad, but clearly this constituted more a simple context than a real plot.

    At first glance Airborne looked like a classic WWII shooter of the late 2000s. In reality, it offered several new ideas at the time: weapons could be upgraded, mostly with new components, as the player gained "EXP" points with weapons by killing enemies. Up to three upgrades were available for most weapons, and all available weapons could be upgraded at least once. Furthermore, being the protagonist a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, the player was allowed to freely parachute and land in places that offered an advantage over the position of the enemy. In some cases, this could have really made a difference. Levels were open and large and allowed some freedom to move and complete objectives in random order; a good achievement for the game in its era. Enemies had good mobility and aggression behavior. Game challenge was in fact generally good: a full frontal assault was difficult, and getting around the enemy was most of the times a wiser move. I finished the game at least twice, one of which was at maximum difficulty, and it was a satisfying as well as a demanding effort. Unfortunately despite good ideas, the game never came to shine. Furthermore, checkpoints were not always positioned in well-studied places and could lead to unnecessarily frustrating situations. Reloading the game also required always making a parachute jump again, and perhaps this could have been omitted in favor of simply placing the player already with his feet on the ground. Also longevity was nothing special: 6 missions that could last less than 7 hours, but it depended on the difficulty level too.

    Airborne was part of what can be identified as Unreal Engine 3 first generation video games. Despite this, the game had an excellent graphic quality then, and still remains appreciable today, proof of UE3's robustness combined with good optimization. Unfortunately, at least on PS3, frame rate was not always good and in some cases the game suffered from noticeable slowdowns. Particularly painful note for "Saved by Sacrifice" level: if I remember correctly, the first saved checkpoint of the level was bugged and causes a serious freeze of the console when reloading it. After the second checkpoint it doesn't happen. I don't know if this problem was also encountered on other platforms. But it certainly was never corrected by any patch.

    Medal of Honor: Airborne would certainly have deserved more attention, because it was and still is a really good game. Unfortunately, the absence of a well thought out and "original" rich plot, did not allow it to stand out among its contemporaries despite a great gameplay, not perfect, but with interesting ideas. Highly recommended for WWII shooters lovers.
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  6. Don
    Jan 29, 2008
    7
    OK...so the other two reviewers have good points. This game does not suck, however, there are some issues which prevent it from being a OK...so the other two reviewers have good points. This game does not suck, however, there are some issues which prevent it from being a "MUST-HAVE". No... the graphics don't suck but I would not call them "fantastic" (Michel you need to play some other games). This game has one foot in the next-gen door and the other foot in last-gen. Definitely a fun game but I don't imagine the online community growing strong so this is probably a rental. I enjoyed the game and if it came out 5 years ago it would be amazing. But we've come to expect a lot from our games and this one only delivers partially. CONS: framerate sometimes jumpy, aiming sometimes off (i know i hit him in the head but he didn't die), occasionally dumb AI, unpolished graphics, weak multiplayer (compared to similar online multiplayer games). pros: fun missions, open roaming so anti-linear, RUNNING (when you run there is a pretty cool effect going on), tactical landings make for fun when repeating missons. If you like war games then you should play this. I actually like it better than COD3, but COD4 blows this out of the water. I personally was getting worn out on COD4 online and this was a good, fun change, however, short-lived. There is potential in the future for MOH titles. Expand
  7. Dec 5, 2010
    6
    While the game isn't bad, it's not good either. AI is rather atrocious, it can often feel like even though you're part of a unit, the enemyWhile the game isn't bad, it's not good either. AI is rather atrocious, it can often feel like even though you're part of a unit, the enemy are only targeting you, even when there are many easier targets for them to get. They'll even be targeting you when they practically can't see you.
    The historical advancement of the game is slightly humorous. While no one is saying that it was trying to be historically accurate, it is quite funny once you start fighting super soldiers that can wield and fire while moving a MG42, and the incredibly annoying panzerfaust unit, even though since you are airborne you never get any tanks in the game, and they exist purely to make you're game experience a living nightmare.
    The controls were very unconventional and felt weird, which was quite annoying.
    The game is definitely a must buy for anyone who enjoys WW2 games, but it's not really something I'd want to play again after the first play through.
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