|System: PS3, X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Electronic Arts||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 19, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-12 (Multiplayer)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|SRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As engaging as the enemy A.I. is, they aren't as smart as all hell. For the most part, they do take cover and are careful to peak around corners and send a hail of bullets in your direction. But there are times when they will run at you through an open field, opting for a totally inappropriate melee attack instead of taking cover and trying to pick you and your men off from a safe distance. By the same token, the friendly A.I. will also run at them to engage in hand-to-hand combat. It's something that you'll just learn to ignore. Sometimes the friendly A.I. will actually get in your way and block your shots. That's a little bit harder to ignore.
An average gamer can blast through this in a couple of days. Fortunately, the faux open-ended gameplay will allow you to replay the single-player mission a couple more times. The ability to start your mission where you want and change the order of objectives gives you a sense of freedom. You may want to try different techniques to achieve the same objectives. And once you've exhausted the single-player mode, there is a multiplayer component that features Deathmatch and Capture the Flag-style modes. The multiplayer modes are fun, but they aren't the reason to purchase this game. I did have a bit of trouble finding a game for the PS3 at times, although that may change after the holidays. While I did experience some slowdown online, it was momentary.
Medal of Honor: Airborne is a good-looking game, but it's not amazing. It doesn't push the next-next gen envelope. It looks like a good Xbox game. The character models are well animated and look great close up. From a distance, the characters can be difficult to discern. Things do tend to look a little frenetic and messy. The guns sound great. They are loud and aggressive. Crank it up.
Medal of Honor: Airborne is definitely worth a weekend rental. There are few games that you could tackle in such short time that are of comparable quality. I applaud the developers for not dragging the gameplay out. It's as long as it needs to be, and even if that means a little on the short side, so be it. It just leaves me wanting more.
CCC Senior Writer