Fighting Wars in Medal of Honor: Warfighter

2010's Medal of Honor reboot was a good shooter, but it didn't set any new standards for the genre. After 18 months, can the sequel Warfighter fare any better?

The Game Developers Conference is fast becoming the place where EA unveils its marquee first-person shooter of the year. Last year, it was Battlefield 3 and a memorable 15-minute demo that gave us a first glimpse at not only the game, but also DICE's now-ubiquitous game engine Frostbite 2. Compared to Battlefield, Medal of Honor: Warfighter's unveiling this year didn't quite have the same impact, but thankfully for shooter fans, it did throw up some hints as to how it could advance the genre.

Like the first Medal of Honor, you will play as Tier 1 operatives; the difference is that this time, they will be from around the world rather than just the US. One common global terror threat will bring many different countries and forces together and, in the process, a multinational theme to the game. The other key word is "authenticity," as the team has once again worked with actual Tier 1 operatives to ensure that all the missions in the game are based on real-world events.

The story takes place directly after the last Medal of Honor, with Preacher returning in a central role. Richard Farrelly, the game's creative director, promises that the game will offer a glimpse into the personal lives of these Tier 1 operatives, including the impact their jobs have on their families. While we've yet to see how this will pan out, it sounds like a recognition of the success of such films as Hurt Locker, which pack more of an emotional punch than standard action fare.

Our demo was based on a mission in the Philippines, with the US special forces teaming up with their Philippine counterparts to take on local terrorists. The mission started in a large, open building that had been flooded with water. The section was exactly what you'd expect from a modern big-budget first person shooter: intense firefights punctuated by even more intense high-impact moments, such as explosions that tear through parts of a building. One of the more interesting mechanics was door breaching: you have the option of opening doors either by kicking them, using C4, or first tossing in a flash grenade. We saw how hostages were saved using the flashbang, with the now-obligatory slow-motion breaching sequence allowing you to pick off the dazed terrorists and save the hostages.

The demo then continued onto water, as we climbed aboard a jet boat and mounted the turret to fend off more terrorists that were situated on the roofs of houses. It was another bombastic action set piece that showed off Frostbite 2's destruction technology, particularly when one building collapsed and caused big, disruptive waves. The demo ended with the two boats being picked up by helicopter, with the operatives hooking them on as they flew off heroically into the distance.

Of course, multiplayer will be Warfighter's primary selling point for many, and Goodrich had some interesting revelations about this section of the game. He claims that they're taking a page out of the FIFA book by appealing to people's sense of national pride. There will be 12 international Tier 1 operatives from 10 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Australia, and Poland. Goodrich expects that players will want to represent their country in the game's "Blue on Blue" mode, which he says is essentially good guys versus good guys. The early trailers for the game focus on the almost superhuman abilities of Tier 1 operatives, so when Goodrich says that it will settle similar schoolyard arguments as to who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman, it doesn't actually sound that far fetched.

What we saw of Medal of Honor: Warfighter certainly doesn't break the mold of the military shooter, but some of the developer's aims look to be fairly lofty. The game's release date has already been tied down for October 23 worldwide, with the now-standard Limited Edition available across the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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61 comments
8Dark8Wolf8
8Dark8Wolf8

DEAR DICE =) we are happy gamers tnks to U. Leading the way as once IDsoftware, Blizzard and Sierra did =) keep it up >=)   COD is Dead, unless they want to buy rights for Frostbite... (*< LOOOOOOOOL

dnarox
dnarox

lol mass effect 3 - alien f***er

AloeVera4
AloeVera4

I would SERIOUSLY consider adding a "Killing Osama" scenario in there. THAT would REALLY be a terrific addition!!!!!!

shinhin
shinhin

JTF2 No Big Deal. As for illagueril1 if you did not play the last MoH your lost, I have been to the Gan and that game put me right back their. Looking forward to the next one. I have been a fan since the first one. Stay off the high ground and don't rattle the bushes.

illagueril1
illagueril1

@mhaed Well said, the best MOH in the series is the original on PS1, MOH Underground was crap, it was different, from level design, pacing etc. Second best MOH is Fronline, the first one on PS2, then then next MOH, Rising Sun, was once again crap. Then European Assualt, was crap. Haven't played a MOH since EuroAssualt, would love to get back in the series, but I jus can't see it being as good or better then BF3, so idk, have to keep on eye this one and hope for the best

MrAWESOME7
MrAWESOME7

@Nodashi No sarcasm needed my friend, not one bit at all.

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

I will pass, no matter what kind of review this gets I am getting sick of playing the same game over and over and over again.

madvibes
madvibes

Really enjoyed the campaign on the first one. Didn't really play the multiplayer. I will look into buying it. I also think it would be bad arse. If, the developers would add a special level where you can play as Seal Team 6 with reenactments in the capture or kill of Osama bin ladin.

Nodashi
Nodashi

Another shoooter being released every year... just what we need! /sarcasm, of course.

Wartotehlock
Wartotehlock

@mat989... 1: what is wrong with being a nerd? 2: I have played COD and BF every day for a week, what's your point? 3: I still think you are stupid. That is all.

mat989
mat989

@Wartotehlock I think you are a nerd that spends the whole week playing CoD or Battlefield

Mogzsnet
Mogzsnet

@maniac060 Actually if you watch the video again you'll see that when they do the quick list of Tier 1 Special Forces groups JTF-2 is in the list.

BasiK3108
BasiK3108

mass effect 4: Alien Fukr, i lol'd for minutes!

raven98030
raven98030

I can not wait for this I hope its good I will pre order it

maniac060
maniac060

Seriously, they need to add the Canadian Military in some of these games. I know we're just "Peace Keepers" but whose to say we can't shoot terrorists for fun?

maniac060
maniac060

awesome another modern military shooter full of scripted special events to add drama. @stan_boyd you talk like thats a bad thing... Im super excited, cant wait for this game and the new BF3 map packs. I love Frostbite 2 engine. Someone should use Frostbite 2 to make a zombie shooter. Just imagine the look of zombies in Frostbite 2

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

Awesome another modern military shooter full of scripted special events to add drama. Its the new CoD game sweet. end of sarcasm

DreadfulGlory
DreadfulGlory

I don't care what the rest of you fanboys think, this game looks good, thus I will buy it.

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

i don't care, i really liked medal of honor for some reason especially the campain. ill probably end up buying or renting this one.

diggyman
diggyman

eeeeeemmm... another FPS... Well I do like Frostbite 2, so... ... HOOORAY?

Wartotehlock
Wartotehlock

@mat989... I think you're stupid. That is all.

TheRooster31
TheRooster31

tier-1 was here?? i am not a fan.. so i dont understand this!!

mat989
mat989

If it's still based on WW2 or Cold War, I swear I'll never buy another fps from EA or Dice

mhaed
mhaed

I wish they would bring back Jimmy Patterson. Those were the good days.

Jakeslikescakes
Jakeslikescakes

I love killing terrorists, this game will have plenty of that

SalahDinThe2nD
SalahDinThe2nD

There is no problem in playing as Taliban . Counter Strike a very popular game ,even before Cod and it has a Croup of Eastern European Terrorist , i say what changed now????????????

SalahDinThe2nD
SalahDinThe2nD

AliRboy? agreed , but what does that mean????????????????? does it mean one of Tier 1 will be an Arab

yeah_28
yeah_28

i've had the idea of playing as different special forces or armies since a long time ago, finally somebody in a possition to make the game came up with this. Its by far the most attractive feature of this game in my opinion

patrickbomb
patrickbomb

Why does it all sound like Act of Valor...? If they take some hints from that movie this could be pretty awesome.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

@Psycold @KO1029 You 2 are right Allied assault will be ever one of the best shooters of all time.But when i bought last MOH i thought i could say that about it as well as i used to love MOH before COD but sadly i found the game was linear and it was like trying to combine COD with BF and it didn't come out good. I can't say i'll be buying the new MOH until i make sure it's really something new.

KO1029
KO1029

as long as its better than the first ill give it a try. the mp tried too hard to be like bf and cod and didnt do enough to make it stand out from those two games. and the sp... well it was just awful. I do have high hopes for this game though so dont let me down EA. P.S. MoH Rising sun is still one of my favorite games along with allied assault, it would be awesome to see them come out on the xbl market place or psn store

Psycold
Psycold

If anyone else is old enough to remember and have played Allied Assault, they would know how incredible a MOH game CAN BE, and if they played the last game in conjunction with Allied Assault, then like me I'm quite sure they felt disappointed. I appreciate that they didn't want massive set pieces like storming Omaha or anything out of COD, but going spec-ops and having every mission be silent and in the dark was really boring and anything but memorable. Also the new game was one of the most linear gaming experiences of the past decade.

AliRboy
AliRboy

YAAAY! I'm an Arabian and I understood every word said in the trailer

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

I'm glad they have a "blue on blue" option, as I hated playing as a terrorist half the time. This would imply that there is still a mode where you do (play as the "opposition"). Why split the online community like that for a game that might only have 5K players a few months after release?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Pre-order at no extra cost? Well I'm sure as hell in. I preferred MoH over Battlefield and COD (strange I know), but the gunplay itself just seemed to be solid. Better story too considering it was based on real events - Call of Duty has just become an unbelievable blockbuster franchise. I can't believe I'm saying this... but EA.... take my money :|

Gun_Chimp
Gun_Chimp

I actually am a big fan of MOH, more so than COD or Battlefield. I'll be watching this with interest, especially as I found the MP in MOH much more interesting and entertaining than either of the two FPS "kings" - COD and BF.

red666devil
red666devil

Medal of Honor, Battlefield and COD, all of the series lets me experience War and fights, upfront, which I cant in Real Life. If we all look at these games, seperately, in their own Sandboxes, there will be no fanboys anymore, and just people appreciating Games and the work done by these people. I dont see anybody comparing, LOTR and Harry Potter, so why these games. I would still go and buy this, and appreciate the War experience and knowledge these games give me.

badstyle
badstyle

"Like the first Medal of Honor, you will play as Tier 1 operatives" - I'm sure MOH1 was set in WW2 and didn't revolve around Tier 1 operatives... justsayin.

piyush18
piyush18

They are so eager to bring back this series fame as its older days... hope they succeed

BrunoFurstBrito
BrunoFurstBrito

Developers need to learn that Call of Duty is popular because of multiplayer, not the campaign. Copying those slow motion, rappeling or "un-interactive cut scenes" moments will get them nowhere. Slow motion and authenticity doesn't seem to fit together.

Lazy_Marine
Lazy_Marine

"warfighter" they really ran out of titles, v lame. Medal of honor is dead, and call of duty needs to die.

burgeg
burgeg

Schoolyard arguments about who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman are ridiculous. Unless Batman has kryptonite on him he stands no chance against Superman.