Medal of Honor: Airborne
The result is a huge jump in detail on character models, a larger draw distance and more explodey whizz-bangs (stop me if I'm getting too technical). However, it's been a long time since Allied Assault and the glory days of Medal of Honor, so can the latest episode successfully claw Ixick some ground from WWII shooter invaders such as Call of Duty?
Well, the focus of Airborne is on five historic operations, including Market Garden, the botched Allied offensive into Holland featured in the famous Richard Attenborough movie A Bridge Too Far. You play each of the two major missions in every campaign as two characters: first as ixitlifinder Eddie La Pointe, to set up communications in what will be mainly stealth missions; and second, as Private Travers, jumping into the action alongside hundreds of fellow allied soldiers.
However, what's really different from previous MOH games is that the parachute descent is completely controlled by you - if you happen to choose your drop zone on top of a high building, that's where you'll begin the mission. You can also cock-up the landing, which could mean a serious loss of health, leaving you vulnerable to attack as you desperately untangle your chute.
This non-linearity is a major departure for the franchise, and the development team has had to completely re-write the Al for both allied and enemy soldiers to help them take advantage of the terrain and changing dynamics of the missions in real-time. Levels are blimmin' huge, with three entrances and exits to almost every location, multiple pathways and the ability to complete mission objectives in whatever order takes your fancy. Hmmm, take out the sniper's nest with a gib-splattering grenade or maybe viciously garrotte the lookout? Ooh, choices, choices...
Another new feature for Medal Of Honor: Airborne is the ability to upgrade your weapon depending on your proficiency rating in the game and whether you pick up the supply bundle left by an air-drop, local resistance or stabbed Nazi. Based on actual field modifications used during WWII, the mods can include increasing the rounds carried by a machine-gun, or reducing the recoil in a sniper rifle. You'll also be able to increase your shooting accuracy through what EA are calling 'True Trigger', a targeting skill that when mastered, makes taking out any Swastika-bearing fascists a breeze. Medal Of Honor: Airborne -officially one to watch on the radar.
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The History Channel called: It wants its war back. But that ain't gonna happen in '07, as this year issues in yet another glut of World War II first-person shooters. So what's the hook in the latest Medal of Honor'? Aerial assaults.
These aren't dogfights or B-52 bombing runs, though. Rather, these are real para-chute-in-and-watch-your-feet-dangle moments while dropping into a German-stuffed war zone. The jumps are dynamic leaps out of planes and onto the battlefield, where troops--both friend and foe--relocate and adjust to your position. Airborne also offers a lot of freedom as to where you touch down; you can drop in behind enemy lines and fight back to your platoon or land near your buds and help them pave the streets with Nazi blood across the five true-to-life military aerial operations.