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Far better than reviewers claim.,
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This review is from: Medal of Honor: Warfighter - Limited Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
First things first, I'm playing this post patch, so the review will make no mention to the various issues in the published reviews because, to be frank, they're not there anymore. A lot of cynicism over the review embargo has led to some excessively negative reviews as if day 1 patching is exclusive to Warfighter. Given how many games, MW2 and BF3 included, that have had to have day 1 patches to fix last minute issues, this seems, to me, to be a ridiculous criticism. Heck, I still remember Rockstar taking more than a week to fix the completely unplayable PS3 version of GTA4 that constantly crashed and wiped it's own saves. How short people's memories are. Secondly, I'm coming to this as a fan of the last Danger Close instalment of MoH. Their campaign came across as far more personal and far closer to reality than the Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer inspired nonsense that has marred every Call Of Duty since Modern Warfare 2. Concentrating solely on a dramatised account of a real world operation paid off fantastically well. The characters were far better realised and the fate of Tier 1 operative "Rabbit" actually had genuine emotion.
So, what of Warfighter? Well, the same characters are back but Danger Close has spread the plot a bit more thinly this time. Whilst, apparently, based on real operations, the round the world tour of this campaign just feels less realistic and a little too close to CoD's nonsense campaigns of the past 3 instalments. Thankfully, Preacher, Mother and Voodoo still come across as real soldiers rather than the Rambo types of Modern Warfare, or the cardboard cutouts of BF3s awful single player mode, but it's a shame to find some the authentic feel has been sacrificed for unnecessary set pieces and a world tour that seems to exist purely to offer multiplayer map variety. But, despite that, the action, especially the guns' noise and weight, is far more grounded than CoD, the AI less thick and the trigger points where enemies are added to a level far less obvious. Where it veers into set piece ,it does look fantastic, and the vehicle sections are the best in an FPS I've ever played (not that driving actually belongs in an FPS, let's be honest). Graphically, I have no idea what game some people are playing, but the MoH I bought looks fantastic. A step on from BF3 and a whole league above Modern Warfare 3 with it's overly saturated and cartoonish look. The CoD engine, able to trace it's roots back to id's Quake, is just feeling horribly dated nowadays, and Frostbite 2 really shows that up. I won't comment on multiplayer too much as I've only had a chance to play a few games, but I'm not yet convinced of the buddy system and the slight hints of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The last game's MP, by DICE, was effectively a cut down dry run for BF3 and, while some of the spawning was ridiculous, was, again, more grounded and realistic. Squads had to cover each other and think tactically to survive, unlike CoD's run around like Usain Bolt with akimbo shotguns approach. But it seems solid, matchmaking is rapid and no connection issues so far. It certainly provides enough options to be fun, if not essential. We'll see.
So, if you enjoyed the last game, there's more to enjoy here. Perhaps a little more watered down and unoriginal, but still, in my opinion, far more enjoyable than every CoD since the first Modern Warfare. And for the people claiming it has a 3-4 hour campaign....it does have a regular and hard difficulty as well you know. You might want to try those too. It's also interesting to see that the 1 star reviewer's histories reveal them to be serial givers of 1 star and claiming they constantly throw £40 games in the bin after finishing them in 5 minutes. Don't worry guys, we really do believe you, honest.
EDIT: I've had a lot more time with the multiplayer and would give a warning to people expecting a CoD clone, as reviewers have suggested. It's not. In fact, it couldn't be further from CoD if it tried. Try running around like most prepubescent MW3 players do and you'll die in seconds, repeatedly. It's also not at all like the Battlefield series, unlike the previous outing. I'd say it's far closer to Rainbow 6 Vegas (the better first game, not the rushed sequel) with elements of GRAW2 (in first person). You need to be tactical, approach the objectives as a team and back each other up. The OCD suffering Cod crowd will absolutely hate it. Expect more 1 star reviews of people claiming they put it in the bin incoming, but if you're a grown up looking for a military sim that's more military and less Michael Bay, definitely give it a go. Graphically, the MP modes suffer compared to single player. I have no idea why. Maybe Danger Close couldn't keep the frame rate up without sacrificing texture detail? Doesn't remotely bother me as I'm actually enjoying this, instead of swearing at glitchers and hackers on Modern Warfare. The crowd that's taken it on board seem more mature and friendlier than the usual FPS bunch so I'd recommend it. Just make sure you give it time. This won't grab you immediately.
Also now played through the campaign on hard and starting Tier 1 difficulty. Still throughly enjoying it. It is a bit more Tom Clancy than I'd have liked (I fully expected Matt Damon or Ben Affleck to turn up) but it's still grounded enough in reality to be different from the competition. Ok, back to reading and laughing at all the 1 star reviewers that completed it in 5 minutes.....
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2012, 14:42:29 BST
Thanks for your review. I like it and I will buy the game sometime soon.
Posted on 29 Oct 2012, 16:39:43 GMT
MR Lee says:
Great review, well said in your edit. It's definitely not a COD and can be great fun if you do work as a team tactically.
Posted on 19 Nov 2012, 21:41:27 GMT
3-4 hours campaign? lol
some people should treat a game seriously by at least play it at hard difficulty.
Posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:22:12 GMT
C. C. Brown says:
While your review is over all very good, I do get sick and tired of reviewers constantly taking potshots at players of other game franchise. I play COD mostly, but highly enjoyed the online for both the previous MOH, Homefront and the Bad company series. I have also played, and had fun with BF3 although nowhere near the extent of the other games mentioned. I am no prepubescent kid, and I can tell you that none of my friends who play COD (and some of them only play COD) fit that category either. I just dont get the condescending tones that players of one game franchise feel are necessary when reviewing the game they like. Its totally unneeded to constantly take potshots like that. People should concentrate on the game at hand and take less time slagging off other games (and yes, COD reviews are littered with this as well).
All it ends up making me feel is that the ones throwing out the insults are no better than the people they are insulting.
Comparisons are fine, and fully understandable, but the name calling is just immature.
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