E3 '07: Medal of Honor Airborne Updated Hands-On

We see the last level in this World War II shooter, and it looks incredible.

EA has shown Medal of Honor Airborne a number of times at this point, but it used E3 to show off a never-before-seen level in the game. In fact, it was the beginning of the last level, and it looked absolutely incredible.

Airborne covers all the major Allied airborne drops of World War II, starting with Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily) to Operation Varsity, which was a drop on Nazi Germany itself. The last level is actually the second of two levels that cover Varsity, and it's pretty insane. You start off in the belly of a US transport along with the rest of your "stick" of paratroopers when intense antiaircraft fire literally saws the plane in two. The cockpit is sawed off, and suddenly you're staring at your objective, a huge flak tower. The Germans built a number of these towering concrete fortresses to defend key cities against aerial bombardment, and it's your job to parachute atop one and neutralize it.

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As soon as you jump out of the remains of your aircraft, you have control over where you land. Our first attempt dropped us in the middle of a squad of angry Germans and we didn't live much longer after that. That's a reminder to aim for the green smoke markers that indicate safe drop zones. Our second attempt managed to land atop one of those, so we were able to get our bearings and start taking the fight to the enemy.

The visuals in the game have vastly improved since we last saw it just a month ago, and the game looked really good back then. Now it simply looks amazing, and this may sound like hyperbole, but it looks like some of the prerendered cutscenes used for other games. Since you can select your loadout going into a mission, we went with an M1 Garand, a shotgun, and a pistol, and all were put to good use against some tough enemies. As this is the last level in the game, you'll encounter the most difficult opponents yet, including black uniformed SS troopers armed with MG42 machine guns and wearing gas masks. When you see them, find some cover and start sweating.

As the Call of Duty series is moving away from World War II, this could very well be Medal of Honor's moment to shine. Airborne looks incredibly polished, fun, and highly replayable. You'll be able to get your hands on it around the end of August, when it ships for the Xbox 360. It's also coming out for the PlayStation 3 and PC.

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56 comments
obdiah2
obdiah2

This game is not for 64bit OSs. I get hang ups on Vista 64bit but it works fine on XP Pro 32bit on the same PC

tgu1jvaldes
tgu1jvaldes

ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz EA, why you dont try to do something new!!! Always the same Mier...a!! PLEASE!!!

jordanmurphy007
jordanmurphy007

why does everything around look all destroyed and yellow tinged and yet theres a picture there just hanginf butifully not even TOUCHED !!!

zznn
zznn

Great!!! How about my system,not the best. Windows XP pro and Vista 64-Bit Ultimate. Nvidia 6800 GT AMD Athlon 64-Bit 3800+ 3 Gigs of Ram,I know it's a weird configuration.

TheCrapp
TheCrapp

Hey fratos, your system is OK, i think you will play with decent FPS even with medium-high settings so don't worry about it...

fratos
fratos

Ok ... I find my self in a dilema . MOHA is runing on Unreal 3 ... wich demand a lot out of an PC. My sistem :Asus M2N sli deluxe motherboard , 2gb ram sycron 800mhz , 3500 Amd Ath. 64 and GF 7600 GT. Now , Rainbow Six Vegas wich is based on the same engine had a decent frame rate at medium graphical settings but, MOHA looks a lot better .What do you think ? will i enjoy this game at a decent FPS aswell or will i need to upgrade? if so , what would you recomend me to upgrade ? my video crad or my procesor? await your answears ... Cheers mates!

Gursewak_rules
Gursewak_rules

I thought it was going to be all about air combat and dog fights. But then again what fun would it be if you can't shoot sum people up! :D

Walterroux
Walterroux

Everyone is saying how now call of duty has changed direction and medal of honour has got the market to themselves. HELLO people, what about Brothers In Arms.

Wayward_Son_88
Wayward_Son_88

I've heard their have been some problems with the enemy A.I. But if they can get it fixed, their's a very good chance I'll get this game. I'm very excited about parachuting anywhere in a non-linear level.

zakumo123
zakumo123

Yeah.....faster they come faster i clap my hand^^

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

Why is it coming out on the 360 first?

Gleba2388
Gleba2388

It's time EA finnaly take out the Medal Of Honor franchise from the pit... Too many bad games in a row is bad for the MOH series, but who know what'll happen now? Hope they can manage it! Looking great, btw.... :)

grilawrfr101
grilawrfr101

any game is good aslong as you can bust a cap in some nazi a$$ but i do hope that this game brings the heat!

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I hope that this is as good as it looks at the moment. I was disappointed by the game medal of honour heroes on the psp.

bamaman92
bamaman92

This looks like it is going to be great. And yes... I think that if Call of Duty wants to move away from the WWII genre then Medal of Honor needsw to keep sending out those kinda games for the next gen consoles because there will be no competition and if this is any indication it appears that they will be doing a great job! Oh and by the way... I am thinking that this game is turning out to look a lot better than Call of Duty three. I am a Medal of Honor person more than Call of Duty.

obsessedwithrts
obsessedwithrts

This game is gonna be the best WWll game of all time. Non-linear gameplay means INFINITE replay value. WILL NEVER GET OLD. but it had better not be the last MOH game...i mean now that COD is goin modern EA has the WWll genre to themselves and they should appreciate it.They still have rangers infantry (more secret ops) aircraft pilots and many more...so keep em coming EA!!!! And if anyone finds out about a demo (for the 360 of course) please post it here

Pgtest
Pgtest

ANYONE knows that hardware demands for this game... Will it be VIsta ONLY or WHAT... ???? The silence can sometimes be telling.....

kittykiller897
kittykiller897

i bought the first moh the day it came out, and i loved it. i found it very intense. all of the levels had good variety. However, i have played rising sun and pacific assult and i didn't like them as much as the first. this game looks very promising though, especially if the team does well with its multiplayer aspect.

ResidentGamer4
ResidentGamer4

I hope this is good and not a piece of crap like hour of victory

macabre190788
macabre190788

My impression of the MOH games is that they throw in a supercool first level, maybe a great second level, top it off with a fun third level, before giving you a bunch of mediocre and uninteresting missions before a grand finale. This goes for all the EA 007 games as well. Then again, the last MOH game I played was "Rising Sun", and I didn't like it. "Airborne" looks promising enough though.

gahzoo
gahzoo

I hope this games turns out good.And i REally hope it has multiplayer and co-op

theG168
theG168

This game looks like it's going to be awesome, hopefully it ahs good multuplayer to back up the singleplayer. Graphics look great also...Hopefully a demo comes out soon...

Elitekiller1172
Elitekiller1172

medal of honor started it allll!!!!!!Call of duty just made took over

brilee1
brilee1

I cant w8 for this game!!!!!!! I usually play call of duty series but now that there over with WWII im goin with MoH and since this thing is different experience everytime u play I doubt ill get bored of it. I have been waiting for this for like now about 5 months. I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

enlil242
enlil242

Anybody heard anything about the Multiplayer component??? That is the only compelling thing that would make me want to get this game...

RealKilla_789
RealKilla_789 moderator

i agree now that the CoD series is moving away from WWII finallly the second best WWII franchise can shine

game_overdose54
game_overdose54

i cant wait but 1 question: WHEN WILL THEY MAKE A DEMO?! seriously, they MUST make make 1! other than that, it will stand and deliver as usual!

IllReadIt
IllReadIt

Except for the amazing graphics, they said all this about the PS2 version (Vanguard), then came out with a review stating "Nearly everything in the game has been done before, and it has all been done better." This port over will be the same story, save your money for Call Of Duty 4, or the new Brothers In Arms if you want to stick with WWII, better yet, get or keep Call Of Duty 2, it still rules as the BEST WWII game.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I really like world war 2 games and I am glad that in the absence of Call of Duty, there is a medal of honor game

cubeman
cubeman

Can't wait for this game, its going to be the best MOH probably.

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

this game looks pretty good

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Certainly hope it does a lot better than the previous game.

MoDollars
MoDollars

just one more thing, i'm abit worried if the game is gonna be short

MoDollars
MoDollars

this game looks very promising, i'm getting it for sure

rockdawg
rockdawg

When done well, World War 2 games never seem to get old--and this looks to fit that grain. But, the ETO has been pretty well covered. What about a little more in the Pacific? The last MOH did some interesting stuff in that area, but it looks like they give up expanding on it....

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

i have no idea how i can possibly afford all these amazing games, including this one, i plan on buying in the coming months

X-7
X-7

p00phead you are a poophead. I could say that about SCIFI shooters.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I will definitely get this game. I think that this would be a great conclusive title to the entire WWII genre.

p00phead
p00phead

This looks cool but ww2 games are old now

Riddle015
Riddle015

This CoD4, tom Clancy's EndWar and Brothers in Arms are all that I am going to be playing

mars188
mars188

looks great i wish they would make a war war 2 game in 1945 in to berlin itself for the last battle of war war 2 that i would buy. tired of 1940-41-42-43 been there done that. lets move on 1945 last battles