Medal of Honor


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 7.5

Sound: 9.5

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 9

medalofhonoru1ps1.jpg (35047 bytes)The original Medal of Honor was the pinnacle of first-person shooters on the PlayStation. The WWII setting combined with some some great firepower all added up to one of the more enjoyable games last year.The sequel/prequel does a fine job of keeping the feel of the original game, but this is also the game's biggest flaw.

Set before the previous game, the player controls a woman this time around attempting the same type of suicidal missions as in the first one. The enemies take a lot of lead before finally succumbing, a big change. The enemies tend to ambush the players more often in this game and are just a bit more intelligent than in the first game.

The graphics suffer from simply being on such an old console. Polygon clipping is the norm and big, nasty pixels rear their ugly head at every corner. Though a few smaller details are present, nothing stands out as being spectacular. On a side note, this is one of the best games to put into a  PS2 to see the difference its texture smoothing option can make.

medalofhonoru2ps1.jpg (30972 bytes)The sound is the high point of the game. Supporting full surround sound, the screaming Nazis from around corners sounds incredibly real. The gunfire sounds shatter the ear drums and rolling sounds of tanks simply must be heard to be believed. Combine these with the awesome orchestrated soundtrack and you have one game that definitely needs to be cranked up loud.

The games only downfall? It plays almost exactly like the first game. Nothing new has been added to enhance the gameplay and it ends up more like an add-on disc. Technically, this really isn't a bad thing, but after logging many hours on the original, this one may seem to be a bit too much.

While this is a definite must play, the original is now a bit cheaper. Since there is little difference between the two, it's down to a personal decision. Either way, you're getting one great game and the best first person shooter to ever grace the console.


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Last updated: Friday, October 07, 2005 09:22 PM