Ever since Activision found mainstream success with their Call of Duty franchise, EA has been feverishly trying to play catch-up. Any franchise they already had was changed dramatically and rushed to market in order to try and compete, but EA has failed over and over again to try and sell these games opposite Call of Duty. That isn't to say they don't keep trying, which brings us to Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
The Medal of Honor series itself is a franchise with a long and storied history that reaches back to the days of the first Playstation, but its not relevant to its current iteration. What is important is the previous Medal of Honor game that came out in 2010, which was received poorly as an extremely generic military shooter. Is Warfighter more of the same, or has EA finally figured out how to compete with Call of Duty?
In short, Warfighter is once again more of the same. Every time they release a new military shooter, EA comes out and says that it will be different this time, and it never is. Every part of Warfighter's campaign feels as scripted as possible, forcing you down a bottleneck right in the direction they want you to go. Of course, it also includes the requisite on-rail vehicle sequences and the totally broken stealth sequences that seem common to all Call of Duty clones these days.
If the single player campaign was simply generic, perhaps it would be passable, but even after a massive day one patch on PS3, it is still full of infuriating game breaking bugs. The scripting completely breaks down often enough to be extremely annoying, and the stealth sequences, while not technically buggy, will often end in you killing the incorrect target through absolutely no error of yours. I'm sorry, EA, but this game is not Assassin's Creed. This is a first person shooter.
So, the campaign in Warfighter isn't fantastic, but then again, how many military shooters have a good story or gameplay in single player? What really matters is the multiplayer. Sadly, Warfighter falters once again here. Just like the 2010 Medal of Honor incarnation, the multiplayer mode in play here tries to be Battlefield and Call of Duty simultaneously, but in the process fails miserably at being either of them. Warfighter shares its slightly more janky shooting mechanics with Battlefield, while keeping in line with the scale you would expect from a Call of Duty title, making playing with other people an experience that is never terrible, but always feels lacking in some way or another.
In a world full of modern military shooters, there is never a reason to pick up anything that is even mildly mediocre, and the mediocrity here is far more than just mild. Unless you have completely run out of military shooters to play and are just dying to get your next fix, Medal of Honor Warfighter is not worth your time, and certainly not worth your hard earned money.