Medal of Honor: Airborne

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Computer Platform: Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
Produced by: Electronic Arts
Price Range: $21-30
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Teens
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Reviewed By: Ricky Ives

Overall Rating: ★★★★½
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 3 of 5 (mild)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)

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Medal of Honor has been one of the most successful franchises, but since early 2005, some of their games, like Medal of Honor: Vanguard, are coming up quite short for expectations. EA saw this and decided to work on a WW2 shooter that would have stuff no other WW2 game saw: open world gameplay. It is one of the best games so far that I have seen, and actually prefer this one over COD4. This is the first MOH game to include a sprint feature, and when you sprint, you actually feel like you're moving. The only complaint some people may have is when you parachute, you can land anywhere, but land in a wrong spot, and you'll be dead before you can get the chute off. Also, once you land, you are guided by invisible walls that guide you towards your objective. It's not really noticeable though, unless you're a hardcore gamer. Where this game really shines is multiplayer, but then again, don't all shooter games shine in that department? When you play with other human beings, you feel like you're playing Saving Private Ryan or something. It just gets your heart pumping.


The game plot is simple: gun your way to the objective. While it may seem like any other FPS, Medal of Honor: Airborne shows you different aspects of battles. Normally, on a D-Day mission, you're storming up the beaches. Here, you land behind enemy lines, and attack them from their blind spot. This all leads up to a grand finale that even amazed me. While I won't tell you what it is, I will tell you it's worth the money.

This is a war game, and with all war games, there is killing. While this is a next gen game, the killing is actually somewhat covered. When you aim down the sight of your gun and shoot, your gun moves around so much you rarely see the body get shot, much less fall to the ground. This is a good thing since aiming is encouraged. You can fire from the hip, but your chances of hitting anything are slim to none. When you shoot someone from the hip, 1 time out of 15 will you see a blood spurt, and when I say blood spurt, I mean a weird little blood area that fans out and disappears in less than a second.

Medal of Honor: Airborne

There are VERY few words spoken that would be offensive. I just played it not even 10 minutes ago, and this is what I heard: 1 of the Lord's name in vain, 1 B*******, and 1 crap, which will be offensive to some.

There is nothing sexual in this game at all. EA is usually good about stuff like that.

Also, no occult overtones are even thought about in this game.

This game shows you how men bonded with each other, and went from hating each other to helping each other in hairy situations. There are cutscenes in the beginning that show a man disliking his Sergeant, and by the end of the game, they are “best buddies”. When one guy shows his dislike of germans (handled very well by EA) a Captain yells at him to show some respect. That caught me off guard. Usually you don't see that in a WW2 game.

Medal of Honor: Airborne

Medal of Honor: Airborne is a fantastic game that is totally under rated by IGN. If you can find it, buy it.

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Year of Release — 2007

[tags] 4.5 stars, First-Person Shooter, Xbox 360 (Microsoft), T (Teen), Electronic Arts [/tags]


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