you run out and buy Medal of Honor: European Assault
read the rest of this paragraph. Although I recommend
playing it, I don't recommend purchasing it. It's
a relatively short campaign with no online modes.
The multi-player mode is just a standard Deathmatch
with split screens. Even if you want to experience
all of the various side quests you can always rent
the game a few weeks or months down the line when
it will feel relatively new depending on the degeneration
of your short-term memory.
previous Medal of Honor titles, European Assault offers
more freedom and exploration. It's presented in a
slightly more realistic vein although it still has
arcade elements like power-ups and an adrenaline meter.
as OSS officer William Holt, it's your duty and responsibility
to free Europe from the grip of the Nazis. Your travels
will take you to North Africa and Russia, where you
will team up with the Red Army. You will also experience
one of WWII's most famous confrontations, the Battle
of Bulge, from the perspective of the Americans. There
are four areas and 11 missions in all. All of the
locations, battles and weapons are historically accurate.
comprises most of the action. It's not all blazing
guns as there are lots of times you will have to take
cover not only to avoid being shot but also to ambush
and surprise the enemy. There isn't a lot of stealth,
only a few moments here and there. You don't feel
forced into it.
are different paths that you can take which gives
you a greater sense of freedom. The gameplay doesn't
feel as though it's entirely on rails although there
are some obvious scripted events and linear paths
which are necessary to further the storyline.
each mission there are numerous side missions. The
more you explore the more side missions you'll find.
Completing side missions will result in more medals
and power-ups. For instance, there are top-ranking
German officers that you will be required to kill.
These guys are not unlike bosses. They will take more
ammo to kill and can be deadly if you let them get
the upper hand which you can usually avoid by staying
out of open areas. These side quests are self sustaining
as you will be awarded with things that will help
you continue searching and engaging in other side
include handguns, submachine guns, sniper rifles,
grenades and bazookas. The control system is about
as easy as it gets. The aiming is somewhat forgiving
but still challenging.
new feature of the series is the squad commands. Your
guys will follow your lead for the most part and shoot
at seemingly random enemies, but they act a little
green for OSS men as they don't always take proper
cover. They will stand in the open like a sitting
duck, or is that a standing duck? It's your call if
you want to waste a med kit on them. You're not penalized
for loosing squad members, so you might just want
to save the med kits for yourself.
adrenaline meter fills with each kill. When it's full
you can release a time-limited attack that gives you
unlimited ammo and invincibility. There are times
when this is necessary as you find yourself overwhelmed
by the enemy.
Assault won't win any awards for graphics, in fact
there are some places where it gets downright ugly.
The character models look low res and they move about
as if they have really bad arthritis. The environments
are better looking but appear somewhat sterile and
not as gritty as you would expect for places in the
theatre of war. The voiceovers are fine and the music
is as good as anything I've ever heard in an epic
war movie. The weapons are tight and punchy as you've
come to expect.
tired old Deathmatch may squeeze a few extra hours
of enjoyment out of this game but it's just too generic
for my tastes. An online mode would have been a much
better addition and may have influenced my recommendation
of a rental into a purchase.