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In Medal Of Honor: Airborne, you'll step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division. Engage

Developers EA Los Angeles

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 will also feature exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game. Video Game Review by 1UP.com (What's this?) Editorial Rating: C+ from the 1UP Editors Learn more about this game at 1UP.com This link will open in a new browser window or tab.

It takes a better-than-average effort for a WWII shooter to even get noticed anymore. Such is the state of things for a genre that has both delivered amazingly immersive cinematic experiences but has also taken gamers back to some battles so many times that the names of obscure French villages sound familiar. More often than not, discussions of WWII-era overload come back to the Medal of Honor series. Medal of Honor: Airborne makes a solid first impression, enough so that it avoids the passing dismissal given to previous games in the franchise.

Obviously, much of this stems from the eye-catching visuals courtesy of Unreal Engine 3 (UE3). But not all UE3 games are created equal, and the development team at EA's Los Angeles studio clearly put a good deal of work into creating the art necessary to take full advantage of the engine's potential. ... » Read more Editorial Rating: C+ from the 1UP Editors Learn more about this game at 1UP.com This link will open in a new browser window or tab.

It takes a better-than-average effort for a WWII shooter to even get noticed anymore. Such is the state of things for a genre that has both delivered amazingly immersive cinematic experiences but has also taken gamers back to some battles so many times that the names of obscure French villages sound familiar. More often than not, discussions of WWII-era overload come back to the Medal of Honor series. Medal of Honor: Airborne makes a solid first impression, enough so that it avoids the passing dismissal given to previous games in the franchise.

Obviously, much of this stems from the eye-catching visuals courtesy of Unreal Engine 3 (UE3). But not all UE3 games are created equal, and the development team at EA's Los Angeles studio clearly put a good deal of work into creating the art necessary to take full advantage of the engine's potential. Details, such as discernable pieces of gear hanging on a soldier's uniform that look solid and not like a flat, pasted-on decal and piles of rubble with individual bits of debris in them, create a very believable experience. If not before then, the game's second mission, which drops you into the war-torn Nijmegen as part of the infamous Operation Market Garden (the second level of the game), surely draws you in past that point of consciously thinking about playing a game with its battered brick buildings and shutters dangling from windows here and there.


Creative level design also goes a long way toward helping get you into that state. Embracing the idea of casting you as a paratrooper, MOH: Airborne dispenses with the usual linear level design. Instead, at the beginning of each mission, you drop into an operation area. Once on the ground, you know from your briefing what needs to be done, but you chose in what order to tackle these tasks. This creates a very dynamic sense of being in an ongoing battle. For their part, your squadmates do an admirable job of figuring out your intentions and supporting your attack.

But all that work then goes for naught the minute bullets start flying. Whether under the guise of modeling real-world weapon accuracy or not, no excuse rationalizes repeated misses with scoped-in headshots from a sniper rifle. Likewise, nothing explains how short, tight bursts from a machine gun at close range sometimes cause no damage. And if part of it does involve simulating the spread from real gunfire, then there needs to be more feedback both in the aiming cursor (to give you some idea where your shots will go) and in the environment (so you can see where they hit and adjust accordingly). Making matters doubly worse, none of these issues seem to impact the enemies. The A.I. in the game mows you down with ruthless autoaim efficiency. It also apparently gets to ignore the range component of every weapon, because while you try and line up that 100-yard sniper shot, it will mow you down with wild submachine gun spray.

If any lingering doubts remained, whatever notion of realism the designers initially intended goes up in smoke as the single-player campaign winds to its conclusion. First you encounter enemies firing Panzerschreck antitank weapons at you because, well...every shooter since Quake has to have rocket soldiers, right? And of course, what Nazi-infested shooter would be complete without the obligatory freakish supersoldiers wearing ominous full-length black trench coats, who with their hand-carried MG42's can end your life in the blink of an eye?

Weapons in the game Medal Of Honor: Airborne.

Pistols M1911 Mauser C96
Assault Rifles StG-44
Bolt Action Rifles M1903 Springfield Mauser 98k
Semi Automatic Rifels M1 Garand Gewehr 43
Shotguns M1897
Submachine Guns Thompson M1A1 MP40
Machine Guns/ Support Weapons BAR MG42
Anti-Tank Weapons Recoilless Rifle Panzershrek
Grenades MK 2, Gammon Grenade Model 24

Multiplayer manages to salvage some of the promise the first few minutes of the game held. With everyone on a level playing field as far as the weapons go, the suite of tried-and-true modes stand on their own pretty well. And they get a unique twist with the spawning system that has the Allied side gaining the mobility advantage by parachuting in from above, while the Axis, spawning normally on the ground, can try and shoot the Allies out of the sky as they come down. This makes the Objective Airborne mode, where a team must simultaneously hold three control flags to achieve victory, particularly chaotic as the Allies can quickly switch their assault from one position to another as they respawn.

That might make this a nice tune-up for some while waiting for the upcoming multiplayer heavyweights soon to be released, but it comes up well short of redeeming the misguided single-player campaign.

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