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on 14 February 2008
After owning the original Medal of Honor Heroes and loving every minute of it, I had high expectations for the follow up. Sadly Medal of Honor Heroes 2 falls short in every aspect.
The main part of the game is the single player campaign, but it is incredibly short. There is some replay value i guess for getting new costumes for online, however as the missions themself aren't as fun or imaginative as the first game. This is because there is not much variety to them at all, and the route through the level is very linear, in comparison to the original where there were more places to look around for medipacks etc. In my opinion the biggest letdown MOHH2 is the AI. They are not hard to kill, and on the harder settings they put in more enemies rather than making their shots more accurate, and this is just frustrating.
There is a good online mode in this game. Medal of Honor for PSP still gets around 100-200 players playing online, with up to 32 in one game, so as long as you join a popular game there is strong gameplay. However the online maps are the same used in the single player which I think is just lazy. It worked well for the original as the maps were more suited towards multiplayer anyway, but here it just isn't right, and there are only 7 maps anyway. In the lobby you'll see common gametypes like Capture The Flag and Team Deathmatch. Deathmatches work well on any level like before, but Capture The Flag and Domination really depend on the map, however none excel at these tactical gametypes like Medal of Honor Heroes 1 did.
There is also another thing missing in the game- Skirmish Mode. This was so much fun in the first game, where you would choose a map and weapon and get straight into a free for all game against computer opponents. This was quick action perfect for the PSP, so why leave it out??? It's a very strange ommission, and I feel for people who don't have online as without skirmish there really isn't much else to do.
The weapons in MOHH2 are the same as the first game, but this is no surprise as they are great anyway. The snipers work better too. There is good variety in the weapons, and something for everyone. However in online there are weapons that just won't do any good, like the Thompson machine gun, reliable in campaign but unplayable against other people with shotguns. The control system is the same as the original, but again this worked surprisingly well and it doesn't feel like you need a second analog stick at all. L button to scope, R to fire and the face buttons to aim.
So to conclude, Medal Of Honor Heroes 2 has nothing new to offer. It's impossible not to compare it to the first game as that was revolutionary and the best shooter for the system by far. Here the campaign is uninspired and way too short, Skirmish mode is missing, and the maps are boring. Online again is very good and runs smoothly even with 30 players in a game, but the game still doesn't give enough value at £30 when you can get the much better original for half that. I suggest Syphon Filter Logan's Shadow instead if you want lots of action with a long missions.