Medal of Honor Heroes 2 First Look

EA's next Wii-based World War II shooter will go back to the roots of its series for narrative inspiration.

While the first Medal of Honor: Heroes was designed specifically for the PSP, Heroes 2 will be hitting both the PSP and Wii. The two will be largely different games, but we got a chance to check out Heroes 2 on the Wii for the first time at EA's Summer Showcase. We were surprised to see the designers are scaling back the series' typically bombastic action and combat elements in favor of a covert mission more in line with those of the first couple of Medal of Honor games. Specifically, you'll play as Lieutenant John Berg, an OSS officer who you'll play as through an eight-level covert mission. Unlike recent MOH games, which sent you all over the European theater, Heroes 2 will take place entirely in one geographical area of the Normandy region, allowing the designers to focus the story more tightly.

There will be three modes in Heroes 2. The campaign mode is a traditional MOH experience, where you'll run house to house through bombed-out streets, completing objectives and competing for the best medals in each stage as you carry out your overarching mission goals. The arcade mode will take you through those same eight levels, but the game will play out here like an arcade light-gun game because your character will move on a rail without your input, and you'll simply have to gun down enemies from place to place as you go. Finally, there's the multiplayer mode, which will support up to 32 players (which is an awful lot for a Wii game). This mode will contain deathmatch, team deathmatch, and a capture-the-flag variant called infiltration. The game will use the EA Nation interface for friends and matchmaking, rather than Nintendo's unwieldy, arcane friend-code system.

We got to check out the campaign mode, which seems like it will do some interesting things with the Wii Remote. You can play with the standard Wii Remote-and-Nunchuk combo or the forthcoming zapper peripheral. In both cases, you'll use the Nunchuk analog for movement and the Wii Remote for aiming as per standard Wii-based first-person shooter controls. The core gameplay here should be familiar to those who played MOH: Vanguard on the Wii (or a number of other Wii-based shooters, for that matter).

Heroes 2 is doing some interesting gesture-based things. For instance, when you fire a pump-action shotgun, you need to pump with the Nunchuk to chamber a new shell. You can opt to have the game automate this one, but others will be required. When you need to fire a bazooka, which is a shoulder-mounted weapon, you'll need to actually raise the Wii Remote (or zapper) over your shoulder to fire; the game will look for input indicating you've got it in the right position. Another section had us using the Wii Remote to wave a mine detector around to get across a mine field; the only feedback we had as to the location of the mines came through the Wii Remote's vibration and some minor aural feedback through the speakers. Lastly, we got to jump on a big German artillery gun, which had its own set of controls. To rotate the gun around, we had to make a cranking motion with the Nunchuk to turn a crank on the weapon. Then to fire it, we had to "pull" the Wii Remote similar to the way we'd pull the firing lever on the gun itself.

EA says it's putting all its effort into making Heroes 2 the best-looking Wii shooter it can and that all the people who are assuming (and posting on forums) that the game is simply ported up from the PSP version are flat-out wrong. Heroes 2 is due out in the first week of November, so we'll bring you additional details before then.

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53 comments
rouguesquadron
rouguesquadron

It had better be a lot better than Vanguard, otherwise EA stands to lose a lot of money on this game.

phillepino
phillepino

WOW..... 32 people.... better not be laggy x] hmm.. i wonder if this can compete to halo 3.. Mann.. this is gonna be awesome!! definitely getting it! no friend code, no hassssle. Just plain BOOM-HEAD-SHOT kinda game! woooo! Go EA!!! Anyways... great games coming out this november... Medal of Honor 2 Batallion Wars 2 Link's Crossbow Training [wii zapper] Ghost Squad Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles maybe... just maybe Super Mario Galaxy... not much of a fan of Super Mario games.. i prefer.. Paper Mario and Old School Super Mario Bros. Side scrolls

mikeisaniceguy
mikeisaniceguy

can't wait to get this game. online will be fun. 32 freakin people. sweet

mikeisaniceguy
mikeisaniceguy

i can''t wait until november cause thats the day so many good games come out. for example mario galaxy, smash brothers brawl and this sweet game.

alex20077
alex20077

This is going to be really cool. Especially that shotgun pump action thing. It brings you into the game a lot more than just using a reload button.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

This could be the first ever big online hit for the Wii! I would love this game if it had an objective mode for online! Oh well mabe when Nintendo launches it's new Wii Ware channel we will get free game content to DL!

Sajo7
Sajo7

Looking good.

Ordonian
Ordonian

Using the Wii Zapper will be fun.

wiirdawgs
wiirdawgs

This game looks great. And rouguessquadron MOH:vanguard wasn't a travesty it was just not as good as it's predeccesors

rouguesquadron
rouguesquadron

After the travesty that was MOH: Vanguard, EA has a lot to prove before I'll even consider buying Heroes 2.. If EA hopes to succeed with this game it need to be 100% better in the gameplay, story, and multi-player, plus the game needs to be much longer compared to Vanguard.

ookami-gamer
ookami-gamer

this game looks iffy to me. i dont usually play MOH games or war-type games, but i like shooters. the multiplayer online and the rail shooter has my curiosity peaked. i will wait for the review on this game though. if its 8+ i will buy ^_^;;

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

this game will rock, they said they would be pushing 60 fps with 32 players online so we can exspect 30-50 fps which is great. I would like to try the wii zapper. I thiink the arcade mode is neet but it will only be good with co-op.

XAF1
XAF1

The gester-based controls on this scares me a little bit. I wonder how responsive they will be and complicated to pull off? If they can keep the controls usable and up the graphics to at least look like or at least a little better than something from the last gen Xbox then this game might sell very well. Also I have extreme doubts about 32 player multiplayer mode on the Wii as most of the time it is a problem on other more powerful consoles. This will be interesting to see how it plays out. I own a Nintendo Wii and if the game is any good I'll buy it. If not, I'll keep waiting for games that look and control as nicely as Metroid Prime 3.

nathris
nathris

For those commenting on the graphics, I'm pretty sure all GS's screens are from the PSP version. If I had a Wii I'd get this just for the rail shooter, the 32 player multiplayer is just an added bonus.

ookami-gamer
ookami-gamer

wiisbetter omg you are taking the article out of context. they said its an aweful lot because this will be among the first of the wii games. dont take things outta context. and the friend code system sucks. plain and simple. everyone knows that.

wiiisbetter
wiiisbetter

Zeekeal you are right!It is a game news site but gamespot keeps showing that hates Wii.(also check the new metroid prime's review where gamespot says that its not much different from the other games--->yeah right :p) I will show you: 1)"there's the multiplayer mode, which will support up to 32 players (which is an awful lot for a Wii game)" awful lot?Isnt that your opinion?Maybe others want 40 players and think that 32 players isnt enough?And why you say FOR a Wii game? 2)"rather than Nintendo's unwieldy, arcane friend-code system" ok so I dont like the code system either but just say rather than Nintendo's arcane friend-code system!

Gally66
Gally66

the online aspect better be good

wii-g
wii-g

THEY REALLY COULD HAVE DONE BETTER!

Dark_Link142
Dark_Link142

Sounds decent. The online sounds good and the campaign seems ok. The graphics are pretty good but seem like they could do better although the 60 FPS is great.

Routerreandy4
Routerreandy4

it's gonna suck. all MOH games have sucked since MOH: frontline

kdc720
kdc720

I think this is the first time I have seen blood in an MoH game.

Nova_Mongoose
Nova_Mongoose

That vid looks pretty lame. C'mon EA! I believe!!!

kfd_05
kfd_05

i can't wait to get this game ! 32 player online is going to be awesome ! SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET !

haggard_korn
haggard_korn

sounds good, i hope the multiplayer is fun

The_Consequence
The_Consequence

Wow. I keep reading this because despite GS's crappy article, it sounds fricking awesome.

freeload
freeload

If they are seriously doing all they can to make it the best looking shooter then surely they will be at least adding in some better real-time lighting. I mean other older FPS war games on Wii had better real-time lighting than is currently in this game...

flameboy118
flameboy118

looks good much better than vanguard

zetas14
zetas14

its been stated that it will run at 60 frames at all times, including multiplayer, and the speed and sensitivity of the aiming is fully customizable

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

they don't mention the sensitivity or comfort level of aiming with the wii remote. IGN pretty much based its article on those things.

petercaviar01
petercaviar01

dude the graphics look great but i dont like the sound of the bullets whzzing by you sound sounds terible but im still gonna get it got me excited even more

captainfork
captainfork

TRUTH: 32 players is a lot for the Wii. So far, at least. TRUTH: Friend codes are unwieldly, whether you like them or not. FALSE: This article is slamming the Wii.

Zeekeal
Zeekeal

This is a video game news site, news is supposed to be unbiased so whats with gamespot hatin on wii? " Which is an awful lot for a wii game" and "rather than Nintendo's unwieldy, arcane friend-code system" I don't like friend codes either but i'm not a news reporter so i'm allowed to express my opinion. These gamespot editors keep putting there personal feelings in these news articles and express them as fact, gamespot really needs to stop it.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

It looks better in motion than the screens. If it can support 32 players online, that would be great for the WIi. Perhaps we will FINALLY receive a very good Wii FPS game.

pooladden
pooladden

lookk good even if it is an other ww2 game it looks good , you know the plot but its a dam well plot plus 32 online omg!! thats insane

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Isn't this just another WW2 FPS like all the others?

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

i believe it will be a very good game.if it has good controlls and a good online mode i will get it.

captainfork
captainfork

Looks good so far...my hopes are up.

waza000
waza000

cool sounds good ... but all those gesture, they better work hard on that because if it's half-done a simple gesture like the bazooka if done wrong could ruin an whole game

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

Sounds great, too bad I don't have a Wii :( graphics looks nice too

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

ya stay on your part of the site a part in which that is for a wasted opertunity console i still cant believe i payed 600 $ for the thing oh wait it was only a ps2 replacement lol . i wonder how much ps4 would cost if it will be over 1000 like i think i will never get one again, and this game is gonna rock online more then that airbourne bs

XGxAxMxExRX
XGxAxMxExRX

lastroxas are you asking if it has online co op or just co op?

lastroxas
lastroxas

does it have online co-op like2-players in 1 system