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Medal of Honor: Airborne - Playstation 3
- Experience real World War II combat!
- Nonlinear gameplay style lets the player start the game anywhere in the map
- Fight with an arsenal of historically accurate weapons
- Multiplayer mode for online play
- ESRB Rated T for Teen
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MOH: Airborne is an excitingly-unique game in that you do indeed get to choose where to land in the level, and then at that the entire level (for the most part) is unlocked from the start, so you may choose the order in which you do things with the initial mission objectives.
The levels vary from small town levels to a large industrial level, and are all fairly long. Overall they felt like sort of a cumulative total of all of the previous MOH games. I personally was terrible at parachuting - I found it difficult to get down, so that is something I will try to work on. It matters in the sense of if you land on a rooftop, you can snipe a large amount of Nazis before having to more directly engage.
The Nazis are fairly even in their difficulty. It is a game that allows different types of methodology in passing the levels much of the time. I tend to take a run-and-gun aggressive approach for the most part, but I found there were levels where a much slower, gradual approach with a sniper rifle was better.
One aspect you can do that I enjoyed and will lead to a good replayability factor was being able to upgrade your weapons. I felt they did this well in this game. For the most part it did not take too long to be able to do so, and what each upgrade did for the weapons was cool. Like other games I have played like Bulletstorm, if you do have a preferred way of playing FPS, the upgrade method allows you to quickly equip yourself for missions with your favorite style of weapon. I also felt like they introduced the different types of weapons and grenades at appropriate times.
I noticed some of the music (maybe all of it?) was a throwback to the original music in the PS1 game(s), which I thought was very cool. Simple, atmospheric, and nostalgic for me to those earlier PS1 games.
Main con: the CONTROLS are definitely first and foremost the big negative here. I frankly don't blame other reviewers at all for giving this game lousy reviews just because of that, though I personally got used to them. I assume this was Medal of Honor's attempt at saying, "Here we are, on the Playstation 3, look at us, we're DIFFERENT still from other FPS!"
Basically while you can change SOME of the buttons and what they are assigned to do (which was frankly the ONLY way I was able to play this game - otherwise I would've returned it and given it a 1 Star on here), your main aiming and your main firing buttons are L2 and R2, respectively. That ended up being something I found I WAS generally able to adapt to decently enough that it worked, but throughout the game there WERE occasional times I would go back to... well ANY other standard FPS controls these days and try the L1/R1 buttons when I was in a harrying situation and then would die.
I THINK video game companies have this well-figured out now: you don't MESS with the STANDARD CONTROLS for games!!! You at least have the "standard" as an OPTION, always, even if it is not the default. So this takes getting used to - AFTER you figure out a button layout for the rest of the basics you can work with. BUT you DO get used to it enough such that you CAN play the entire game and it is still worth the money. These controls did have me shaking my head a few times.
A minor, personal con: No offline multiplayer option, from what I could see. That means with the entire Medal of Honor World War 2 series (PS1 to this game), only this game and MOH: Frontline do not have it. That is disappointing to me, since it is SO fun to have a friend sitting NEXT to you and being able to either blast away at each other or play co-op against the computer.
Bottom-line: The controls are surprisingly-bad and take getting used to, but I think most people will be able to. Other then that though, for me this game is another in a long line of fun, engaging, unique WW2 Medal of Honor games. Sniping or run-and-gun, storyline, length, unique atmospheric feel, it all equals a fun game worth the price. If you enjoy World War 2 games you should enjoy this.
At first, I had no idea what the standard is for getting 4 and 5 stars in my performance. After searching online, I found out that it takes something like 150 kills to get 5 stars, and each time the player is killed, that requires 10 more kills. In order to get that many kills, however, typically requires saving the last checkpoint and then reloading it, which then returns the player to a battle segment already completed but provides more enemies to kill. Fortunately, the AI doesn't place many of them in the same place or make them behave the same as the previous times, so it takes care when returning to the same battle segments.
Parachuting into each battle has been challenging, and I haven't gotten many wings yet for landing in the "skill drop" locations, but as I play the game, I'm getting better. It appears that once the player lands in a skill drop location, a checkpoint must be reached to save it, and that requires some planning in how to complete each checkpoint while following the procedure I described in the previous paragraph.
Overall, for an old codger, this is a very good game, fun and challenging in many ways that younger players probably find easier to manage. I like the open map with opportunities to flank and get above the enemy, dropping into any area of the map, being able to select my own weapons for each battle (with the option to pick up alternate weapons during the battle), and not having to rush through as if speed is the most important factor. Since the game dates from 2007, graphics aren't at current levels, but game play is, and I can tell that I'm going to enjoy playing this game many times more, just like Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway.
This review is limited to the "campaign" or story mode. I haven't played it online (multiplayer), so I can't address that. For anyone (like me) who wants a fun game for solo play, this is a great one.
Weapons are your standard 1940's weapons (American & German), grenades, M1 Garand, bazooka, etc etc
While I do find the controls a bit awkward right now, I'm sure after some time I'll get used to them. I must say the graphics are very nice, weapons are very true to life, game play is very smooth...
Overall, great game, with HOURS upon HOURS of replay value. Remember: Each time you play, it's totally different.