A fair amount rests on EA’s reboot of their popular but long dormant Medal of Honor franchise; not counting the bundle in 2008, the last release was in 2007 with Medal of Honor: Heroes 2, the same time as Infinity Ward‘s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. As you probably know, one went on to insane critical and commercial success while the other received extremely middling reviews from the press—I’ll let you decide which is which.
Having gone through the paces with World World II locations and pretty much run that time period into the god damn ground, it only seemed logical that given Call of Duty’s massive success with its reboot, the Medal of Honor franchise would follow suit.
However, how similar is too similar? By my count from this trailer and the multiplayer beta that I had the flip-flopping pleasure/displeasure to take part in (why did the game literally stop each time you died?!), not much is different. In fact, the one thing I thought the new Medal of Honor had going for it was its marked realism as opposed to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s over-the-top action with the snowmobile gorge jump and (yet another) nuclear explosion, but Call of Duty: Black Ops seems to be much more grounded than the Activision franchise is used to.
Maybe this trailer can better relate what I’m talking about.
Highly trained military personnel belonging to a specialized task force with sunglasses, exploding getaways, tackling people out of windows…oh, I see where this is going. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with imitating something; the Modern Warfare entries were successful for a reason, but I was just sort of hoping this reboot really meant something different for Medal of Honor. I don’t know, maybe it’s just misplaced optimism.
I will say, though, that the DICE-developed multiplayer intrigues me. The beta had its issues, but you can tell it had promise. I really enjoyed the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 multiplayer, but I guess EA told DICE to do that again, but make it less like that and even less like Call of Duty but still make it sort of the same because there were definitely elements that felt that befuddled. Oh well, I guess we’ll find out in two weeks!
Source from Joystiq.