Medal of Honor: Warfighter PS3 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
Medal of Honor Warfighter is a first-person shooter video game developed by Danger Close Games and published by Electronic Arts, and is a game that leaves you wondering what happened? The other Medal of Honor games have at least been mediocre, and amusing to play, but Medal of Honor Warfighter just does not live up to its hype. I have found it very hard to see anything that is worth praising, but I will do my best to try.
This installment leaves off where Medal of Honor left off. You play as a Tier 1 operative named Preacher who, after years of deployment, comes back to find his family in turmoil. It also seems that the deadly explosive PETN had begun to reveal itself in all sorts of organizations all across the world. You trek across the world with your unit, stopping bad guys and shooting foreigners, just like any Medal Of Honor game before it. Although this time around the firefights are bland, the missions are boring, the story is told by a complete amateur, and the game just is not any fun.
The games' missions start you off with a single weapon, a machine gun, and as you kill enemies you are free to loot and use their weapons, from aks to shotguns. Despite this, the action is very bland, boring, and funnily dumb. Your teammates are useless, they will blindly fire at anything, be it an enemy or not, and even the enemies will fire at random into walls that are not even near you, its very sad! The artificial intelligence in this game is really lacking the intelligence part, and is an extremely big letdown.
Despite all of this, the game is at least remotely fun to play through, and if you have a couple hours to kill on a Thursday night, and have absolutely nothing better to do, you can give Medal of Honor Warfighter a go. Its clunky feel, bad gameplay, and uninteresting storyline will not be enough to keep you from putting the control down.
Now the multiplayer does indeed fare a bit better than the single player version. Players take part in a large scale global battle by selecting which country they would like to defend. There are 12 different Tier One units from ten different nations that players have the ability to select from. There is also a new interesting thing they added to the multiplayer, with each online server you visit, the game will pair you with a random buddy. You can replenish each others health and ammo, and even respawn next to each other. If your team mate avenges your death, you will be respawned immediately.
Despite being a big letdown, Medal of Honor does have a fun multiplayer to look at and play for a couple hours. So if you have some change lying around, go pick up a used copy of this game and entertain yourself for just a short while.
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.