Medal of Honor


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 7.5

Sound: 9.5

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 9

medalofhonor1ps1.jpg (47363 bytes)Saving Private Ryan... a film that has awed a generation, taught those who were unaware, and reminded those who were there. While no video game could possibly recreate the horrors of actually being on the battlefield during World War II, Medal of Honor tries it's hardest. Those looking for a change of pace from all of those "slaughter the demon from hell" first person shooters that have flooded the market will find this not only a nice change of pace, but a decent history lesson too.

Medal of Honor wastes no time throwing players into the heart of the worlds most famous war. Missions vary from the typical run-and-shoot to the classic "infiltrate the enemies base with a fake ID and costume to shut them down" mission. This constant variety keeps the game interesting throughout it's many missions.

EA has gone all out to ensure authenticity in just about every area. Each of the game's weapons have been modeled meticulously down the finest detail. The costumes are also modeled exactly in this same way. The mission intros are filled with real war footage, spicing up the presentation and bringing an entire generation closer to a war they never fought in.

With the aging hardware, the graphics aren't expected to be expected to be Earth-shattering, but what's here is amongst the best on the console. The games environments do a fine job of recreating the battlefields of the war. It's obvious that EA and DreamWorks have a keen eye for detail.

medalofhonor2ps1.jpg (43037 bytes)Many of these intricate details are lost however thanks to the low resolution. Slowdown is occasionally prevalent if Nazi's fill the screen, even with their relatively low polygon counts. A lack of blood is a little disappointing for a game that praises itself on realism, but this helps keep the games rating at T, allowing younger gamers to tackle this excellent representation of WWII.

The music is practically non-existent, but it couldn't be any better. Kicking in only at the most tense moments, the superbly orchestrated tracks are ripped right out of a Hollywood blockbuster. The ambient sounds that fill the rest of the field are equally superior, especially the screaming guards which enhance the overall experience to unparallel levels.

This is a quality product on nearly every level and is simply a must buy for any Playstation owner. Not only is this game the best of the best as far as first-person shooters go, it's also one of the best games in any genre on the system. It's a testament to the power of video games as a medium.


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Last updated: Friday, October 07, 2005 09:10 PM