Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
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  1. A solid if unexciting WWII game on either platform. There’s little reason to pick up the game unless you blasted through Call of Duty 3 and are looking for more.
  2. The Nintendo Wii has yet to see a competent first-person shooter worthy of the technology but at least Medal of Honor Vanguard is a single step in the right direction.
  3. The motion controls actually feel like they were thought out, not just slapped on, and they work much better than "Red Steel."
  4. 70
    If you can live with it, and I suspect many can, you will undoubtedly find Vanguard to be an entertaining and intense first-person shooter. For me, this is just the beginning of better games to come. I don't want to choose between tight controls or good graphics. I expect them both.
  5. 70
    Is it better than "Call of Duty 3"? From my point of view, no. Simply because of its style-over-substance approach, inherent in the beautiful presentation overlaying slightly above average gameplay and not-quite-right controls.
  6. Despite the lack of originality, Vanguard has drawn on a wealth of experience, meaning that thanks to some great level design and a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack, there is no need to rely on the wealth of triggered animated events that overwhelm Call of Duty 3 at times.
  7. The control scheme is largely a mess, but Electronic Arts succeeds in giving gamers more standard WWII action gameplay.
  8. More frustrating than it is fun.
  9. The biggest problems with Vanguard lie within its controls, graphics and overall length. The Wii remote is inaccurate at hitting the head shots, and at times you’ll think you have Parkinson’s as you watch your steady real hand make the gun's on screen sights twitch and vibrate.
  10. 60
    Solid controls aside, this is still the same game you've been playing since the first Medal of Honor. It's a solid shooter with the standard cinematic presentation, but I'd probably be much more excited about it if the 800 other titles in this genre didn't exist.
  11. 60
    Not as mediocre as "Red Steel," but it doesn't seem like it's significantly better than what the distinctly average "Call of Duty 3."
  12. Nintendo Gamer
    With what we expected to be the main selling point - the parachuting - reduced to an introductory mission gimmick, Vanguard's bringing up the rear when it comes to WWII shooters. [May 2007, p.60]
  13. The motion controls end up mixed between good and bad items and the multiplayer falls short in comparison to the heavily-loaded competition on other machines. At least it wasn't another "Far Cry Vengeance."
  14. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Vanguard is lacking in atmosphere and intensity - things step up for the final level but it's too late by then. Even without a multiplayer mode, "Call of Duty 3" beats this. [May 2007, p.80]
  15. Nintendo Power
    Yes, Vanguard relies heavily on all the cliches of a World War II shooter, and what little new material it has fails to make the same impact as those now-standard genre elements once did. [June 2007, p.103]
  16. There's no great gameplay to be found in Medal of Honor: Vanguard, so there's nothing to hide those feelings of déjà vu that you'll get when you play it. Nearly everything in the game has been done before, and it has all been done better.
  17. There are about eight hours of somewhat-fun gameplay here, but given the weak multiplayer offerings, there is virtually no replayability.
  18. Vanguard just feels dated and unoriginal. Even by including Wii controls, Vanguard doesn't do anything to make the game stand out from any of the other dozens of WWII games out there, many of which are much more fun.
  19. 50
    With little innovation and generic missions Medal of Honor Vanguard isn't a great addition to the franchise. Fans of WWII titles are best off looking elsewhere.
  20. The Wii controls are simply abysmal at the worst of times and merely “okay” at the best of times.
  21. Where MOH Vanguard takes a sniper hit to the head is the game play department, which feels a bit loose and unpolished.
  22. If you’re a diehard fan of WWII shooters, particularly the Medal Of Honor series, you’ll find all the staple elements of the genre in this game. But there’s nothing fresh, inventive or particularly exciting here.
  23. 50
    If nothing else, Vanguard serves as a pretty good indication of how well suited the Wii’s control setup is for this kind of game and one can only hope that future releases, most notably Metroid Prime 3, will succeed in adding what Vanguard lacks – a decent videogame to back up the inventive controls.
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Screw fighting, I surrender--anything to keep me from wading through this awkward war game. [May 2007, p.81]
  25. A bland, thankless and unconvincing entry in the annals of WWII games.
  26. Though you can get used to the sub-par controls, there’s still no real reason to play Vanguard, from the uninspired level design to the tired subject matter. Sure, it works on a basic level in that you shoot Nazis and they fall down. Beyond that, there isn’t much here to enjoy.
  27. 40
    Yep, if it's in this Medal of Honor, it's been in one before. Only this time out it feels more like leafing through a series of postcards sent from someone playing through a real Medal of Honor game.
  28. EA has shoe-horned a PS2 game onto the Wii with little thought for what the platform is actually meant to do, and lo and behold - the result is a distinctly below average, derivative, boring and badly implemented mess.
  29. So Medal of Honor: Vanguard is just a waste of time and money. A tedious plodding waste suitable only for those absolutely desperate for another first-person shooter to play on their Wii.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#85 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. NeilH.
    Nov 3, 2007
    It is a very good game and has really good controls and the sound is amazing.
  2. JeffC.
    Jul 29, 2007
    This is an OK game everything is just middle of the road. But as far as First Person Shooters on the Wii, this game is a step in the right This is an OK game everything is just middle of the road. But as far as First Person Shooters on the Wii, this game is a step in the right direction (unlike Red Steel), Hopefully Metriod Prime 3 will set the benchmark. Full Review »
  3. RedgieM.
    Jun 27, 2007
    Short game but well thought out control concept with the Wii system. would have liked at least double the amount of levels and co-operative Short game but well thought out control concept with the Wii system. would have liked at least double the amount of levels and co-operative play rather than death matches. all in all prob the best FPS on Wii atm but i hope that changes soon for all us who enjoy good gaming. Full Review »