Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 Review
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 box art
System: Wii, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 13, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-32 (online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Heroes audio work fairs better than its visual presentation. Like previous Medal of Honor games, the score is appropriately rousing and heroic, and the weapons and explosive effects sound great. Furthermore, the Wii-mote ups the aural experience by channeling certain sounds directly through the peripheral's tiny speaker; shaking the controller to reload, for example, rewards you with a satisfying audio cue emitting right from the remote. Frazzled A.I. battle chatter also puts you in the moment, although repeated generic lines like "Look out, Germans!" could've been punched-up a bit. Overall, the soundtrack is paced well with the action, and popping gunfire punctuated by larger explosions provide the frantic sense that you're knee-deep in Nazis.

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The single-player campaign is short--6-10 hours--depending on which difficulty level you choose. Play on "green" mode and you'll breeze through like Rambo on Redbull, but if you dare brave the "veteran" or "hero" settings you can expect a serious fight. The length and difficulty of these modes is falsely padded by too few checkpoints; expect to ride the trial-error-treadmill in several sections until you memorize A.I. patterns and placement. This can get frustrating and feels a bit old-school, but at least the easier mode is available for less seasoned soldiers. When you've won the war in single-player, Heroes still has plenty of fight for you. An addictive "arcade" mode runs you through missions you've already completed in the campaign by moving you forward on-rails, while you shoot at German soldiers like you would ducks in a shooting gallery. It's fun, fast-paced and will remind you of those quarter-munching light-gun games from the arcade. Heroes also offers 32-player online battles. The modes and maps are limited, but we're happy to see any support--especially for an FPS-- inject some life into the Wii's online wasteland

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Despite the WWII shooter genre reaching its expiration date ages ago, Heroes offers a well-produced, refreshing experience. And while the dated visuals are as stale as ever, the implementation of the Wii controls drive the genre in an exciting direction. In fact, we enjoyed Heroes much more than the franchise's recent next-gen debut Airborne. If you can accept the console's limitations, and appreciate the novel control scheme, you'll have a Nazi-blastin' good time with Heroes epic campaign and replay-extending arcade and multiplayer offerings.

By Matt Cabral
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Step into the boots of OSS Operative John Berg and infiltrate Normandy from behind enemy lines to undermine the Nazi regime.
  • Choose to tackle all-new missions in traditional single player campaign or engage in massive, 32-player online, continuous-joining multiplayer battles where you can jump into the battle at any time.
  • Features full support of the Wii Zapper
  • Features an all-new mode designed specifically for the Wii that simplifies gameplay for players of all skills levels for easy pick-up-and-play action. This mode plays like an old-school rail shooter.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.0
    Graphics
    Not bad for the Wii, but a bit last-gen.
    4.5
    Control
    Amazing and intuitive implementation of the Wii-remote.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Appropriately epic score punctuated by tight weapon effects.
    4.0

    Play Value
    Single-player is short, but online multi-player and arcade mode are both worth checking out.

    4.0
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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