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Medal of Honor Warfighter - Xbox 360

Medal of Honor Warfighter
Game Description:Medal of Honor Warfighter tells the personal story of U.S. Tier 1 Operator “Preacher,” as he returns home only to find his family torn apart from years of combat deployment. Trying to pick up the pieces and salvage what remains of his marriage, Preacher is reminded of what he’s fighting for - family. But when a deadly explosive known as PETN penetrates civilian borders and his two worlds collide, Preacher and his fellow teammates are sent in to do what they do best – solve the problem.
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Medal of Honor Warfighter GDC 2012 Preview -- Bringing the Battlefield Home
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Medal of Honor Warfighter GDC 2012 Preview -- Bringing the Battlefield Home

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Mar 06, 2012

It’s a well-researched and rehearsed line, but it also happens to be true: Medal of Honor Warfighter is the most ambitious and expansive Medal of Honor game to date. As the developers at Danger Close told us during the game’s GDC press event, the driving force behind Warfighter’s ambitions is not only telling the personal stories of the highly skilled operatives responsible for some of the world’s most advanced military operations but expanding that narrative onto the global stage.


As such, every single mission in Warfighter takes inspiration from actual real world military events. This “ripped from the headlines” approach is what Danger Close hopes will make Warfighter stand out among the ever increasing pack of military shooters on the market (not the least of which is the studio’s close partner DICE and its Battlefield series). And this time around, there's no single event that will be driving the story, but rather multiple threads weaving together to form a more elaborate overall narrative.

Warfighter will also expand the theater of war beyond Medal of Honor's mountains of Afghanistan and into other parts of the world where the threats and violence are just as real and just as much of a danger to global stability as the groups and conflicts familiar to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of world news.

To introduce us to Warfighter’s new Frostbite 2-powered vision, EA booted up the game, and gave us our first look at an in-game mission.

Medal of Honor Warfighter

When the scene opens, we’re waist deep in water in the lobby of a spacious, seemingly high-end restaurant in a typhoon-destroyed village in the Philippines. We’ve been sent into to extract some hostages being held by a local terrorist group known as Abu Sayyaf. Working alongside Filipino special forces, our operatives have been given the greenlight to retrieve the hostages with extreme prejudice. And that’s exactly what they do.

As soon as the scene begins, it’s all out chaos. The Frostbite 2 engine does what it does best: create the sharpest, most spectacular-sounding battle scenes around. Explosions rock the space, splintering the predominantly wood frames and dividers that hold the room together. Bullets kick up water as they tear through the debris that floats all around the soldiers who return fire against enemies on ground level as well as in the rafters above. Grenades give off a deafening roar as they blast water up to the ceiling. It’s madness.

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Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Huh. This sort of all-out military mayhem sounds an awful lot like Battlefield. Doesn’t EA often refer to Battlefield as the ‘hammer’ and MOH as the ‘scalpel’ when talking about their differing stylistic approaches?” First off, very astute observation, and tying it together with the whole moniker thing was spot on. But while you definitely raise a good point, this portion of the demo, the scene detailed above, is actually the tamest part, so let’s circle back on this topic in a second.

Once our squad has cleared the ground floor, they move upstairs to clear out more enemies that continue to pour into the place like late guests at a wedding, trying to be all subtle and suave. It’s no use, though, as they are quickly mowed down and/or blown up by our operatives. Towards the end of this section, the gang regroups by a door and the EA rep driving the demo chooses the “flashbang” option to clear the next room—he could have C4-ed or kicked in the door as well. One our NPC pals cracks open the door and tosses in the flashbang, which triggers a slow-mo breaching sequence (like you’ve seen in countless other military shooters before) that results in several perfectly placed headshots on the hostage holders inside.

Medal of Honor Warfighter

With the civilians in tow, the group meets up with some extraction boats outside to take them to safety. Wait, did someone say “boat?” I sure did! And you know what that means: it's on-rails, balls-out action sequence time. Whoo-h…wait, question in the back. “Hi. Guy from earlier again. Weren’t we supposed to be seeing the ‘scalpel’ game?” Oh right. Well, here’s the thing.

When you have the power of the Frostbite 2 engine behind you, and you need to get hostages out of harm’s way, a pulse-pounding, explosion-filled boat chase through a flooded city with buildings collapsing all around you is something that just needs to happen. Sure, blasting apart entire buildings and shattering tanker trucks into hundreds of gorgeously rendered flaming pieces that rain over your head as you zoom underneath an overpass doesn’t sound very “scalpely,” but from what Danger Close seemed to insinuate from its discussion about the importance it places on authenticity and realism, this sort of high-octane set piece won’t be the norm; at least, I hope that’s the case because otherwise it would fly in the face of what Danger Close is setting out to do with Warfighter.

Aside from the gameplay demo outlined above and the choice bits about being inspired by real world events, the reps on hand didn’t delve too much more into the single-player experience. From what we saw, it looks like a less lense-flarey Battlefield 3 (although there was still some; in fact, some of the lighting and smoke effects were even better than they were in BF3, and the sound was once again just phenomenal). How Warfighter will differentiate itself from BF will be the biggest question over the coming months as we move towards the game October 23 release.

Medal of Honor Warfighter

On the multiplayer side, Danger Close was staying even more tightlipped, with the exception of making the genuinely surprising revelation that the team took true inspiration from EA’s FIFA series when crafting the multiplayer experience. Specifically, the notion of national pride and “playing for the home team.” As a result, players will be now be able to choose from 12 different special ops units from 10 different countries in multiplayer. As Warfighter executive producer Dan Greenwalt explained, “Polish kids don’t grow up wishing to be a member of the American Special Forces; they grow up wanting to be Grom commandos.” Grom being the Polish equivalent of America’s Tier 1.

This sense of elite military warfare extends to the single-player as well, since you’ll be fighting alongside the Tier 1’s of a variety of different nations as you fight to save the world yet again. And the fact that the story itself was crafted by over two dozen actual Special Forces agents while oversees and facing down death on a daily basis is sure to give the Warfighter campaign a level of authenticity and emotion not seen in other titles in the genre.

I would hope this means more “low key,” tactical missions that favor tension and precision over bomb-tastic action, but it’s the latter that seems to make the big bucks, so we’ll see how that goes. One thing is for certain though: if you like your shooters that are easy on the eyes and ears, you’ll definitely want to keep both attuned to Medal of Honor Warfighter in the coming months.

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  • jefferygaines

    I have play awesome shooters games but medal of honor warfighter will be so amazing to play.

    Posted: March 18, 2012 4:56 PM
    jefferygaines
  • jefferygaines

    medal of honor is part of my best shooters games i have play and i want to play medal of honor warfighter.

    Posted: March 18, 2012 4:47 PM
    jefferygaines
  • jefferygaines

    what new storyline we see in the game.

    Posted: March 18, 2012 4:37 PM
    jefferygaines
  • Dbunk

    Looks like it could be a good mix of action and stealth. Hope there's a beta.

    Posted: March 12, 2012 4:50 PM
    Dbunk
  • miststrike

    same gunplay as bf3. dont believe me? pause it at 0:47

    Posted: March 12, 2012 1:18 PM
  • lschlutt73

    Nothing can top Medal Of Honor AA, best MOH to date. The previous MOH was horible, i'm sure this one will suffer the same fate. EA needs to let this series die like Activision needs to let COD die.

    Posted: March 12, 2012 12:17 PM
    lschlutt73
  • Lacking_Fractal

    Yet another modern shooter with zero originality in both the gameplay and plot.

    Posted: March 9, 2012 11:22 PM
    Lacking_Fractal
  • michaelvares

    maybe they'll go after Kony in the game so everyone will shut up about it.

    Posted: March 9, 2012 2:22 AM
  • xplayfan1500

    It's become very clear now that EA is trying to do the same thing Activision has done. SInce "modern warfare like FPS" games have become the big seller in the market. EA wants to have a game to compete with COD Black Ops 2. I mean yeah your saying well duh. However it makes sense as a buisness model. It's like the Mustang vs Camero. They know that there are gamers out there that hate Call of Duty and will buy into whatever EA offers because they think it's better. Maybe they're right or wrong, it's still out for debate.

    I don't think EA cares if the game is too similar to Call of Duty. Yes this action scene described above reads like the end of MW2 or begining of MW3. An on-rails boat chase/escape. Although this may be the best one ever done because of Frostbite 2. Medal of Honor may have a much better single player story than Battlefield 3 did. Also consider what improvements can be made to BF3's multiplayer. Yeah I'm sure you can think of one or two.

    To conclude I'm going out on a limb here. I want EA to reboot the Medal of Honor games. But take it back to WW2. What your crazy, we've had enought WW2 games! But think about the original, playing a lone operative for the OSS, having to sneak through a base or ship just using a fake ID. Only having a silenced pistol with limited ammo. A thinking man's FPS, with a focus on small action scenes that have big consequences. Then maybe do like Mass Effect or Assassin's Creed. Keep the character and change the setting or story. Make the next game set in Korea, then Vietnam. I don't know exactly what stories you could do. But maybe someone could stop the pissing contest going on where Activision and EA keep trying to out do each other, graphics and action wise.

    Posted: March 8, 2012 7:55 PM
  • rifleshoot

    the problem with the last medal of honor was that it tried to do too much in one game. It tried to put in the arena-ish gameplay of COD in a few modes, and the expansive maps of battle field in a couple of others. This resulted in a game that delivered a very moderate experience with nothing special in either mode. Hopefully in this one they will choose the style of shooter they want to be and stick with it, rather than strattle the fence and end up with a half-finished game.

    Posted: March 8, 2012 4:56 PM
    rifleshoot
  • TheGlue29

    Looks like it could be compelling. However it also looks like MW2 started a now apparently blooming trend of military shooters with campains set largely in the USA. #MoHWF #Rainbow6 #Homefront #MW2&3

    Posted: March 7, 2012 10:09 AM
    TheGlue29
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