After playing the beta for PC for the time it was up I came to realize that the new Medal of Honor game is pretty fucking hard in mutiplayer. What it really made me think about was that this game could possibility have its own following to the effect like every other popular shooter out there. Halo, Counter-Strike, Battlefield, Team Fortress 2, and even go as far back as Quake. Each major shooter game has it’s own fans and its own difficulty learning curve for new comers to these games. Some are harder then others, but I think Medal of Honor could be the shooter where it takes more then skill and quick reflexes to be good in mutiplayer, but real thought into each move you do. Medal of Honor has a history of critically acclaimed good games but the last time we saw a Medal of Honor game was back in 2002 when Medal of Honor: Allied Assault came out for PC. Since then over the years the Call of Duty franchise has filled in that gap from the 1st Call of Duty for PC to today’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 set in a more modern setting. Since the last Medal of Honor game mutiplayer shooters have evolved over the years especially with the big success of Halo 2 matchmaking mutiplayer games that surpass anything on Xbox at the time and was the most played Xbox live game.
So the question now becomes, what would a Medal of Honor game be like in today’s standards? How about you take the parts of Battlefield Bad:Company 2 and add some Modern Warfare 2 into it and you got basically what the Medal of Honor mutiplayer in a nut shell. Sure this is just a vague description of what it is and I am sure it has more dept to it, but the elements of Modern Warfare 2 you can clearly see in the game. The points you gain with every kill that pops up in front of you, the upgraded weapons you can get when you level up, and different styles you can play as weather you want to play as sniper class or SMG is all up to you on how you want to play. What could possibly set itself apart from other shooters today is that even with the influenced elements of other games in Medal of Honor’s mutiplayer is that this takes more of a realistic approach then running in and getting shot a few times before actually getting a kill in the game. The learning curve for this game is pretty steep and even surpasses other hardcore shooters like Modern Warfare 2’s mutiplayer. I am not saying its better, but I am saying it has a such a high skill level you have to have to be able to survive in mutiplayer. As to Modern Warfare 2 where the mutiplayer is a bit more easier for new comers thanks to its matchmaking system. Its the classic," get your ass kick and learn from dying method,". With the time I spent with the PC beta I was getting killed more often then getting kills myself, and I been playing video games for years especially shooters.
With the help of U.S. special operation soldiers collaboration with this game they made the mutiplayer more realistic to terms of not always running and gunning is your best option. This really could be used by the military to train recruits before doing the real deal out in the battlefield risking their lives. What I think will happen is that this game will have its own fans and I think it will be around for a long time as long as EA supports it with new DLC and patches to balance out the mutiplayer. I think Medal of Honor’s mutiplayer will be the hardest to play then other shooters out there right now. I think the type of people who will be able to really play well will be the people who have lots of patients for this games mutiplayer, but we will all soon find out ourselves how the mutiplayer fares against the other shooters out there.
-by Anthony Beanes
-by Anthony Beanes