Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Multiplayer Hands-On

We blasted through a few online rounds of EA Canada's latest entry in the venerable World War II series.

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The online-shooter category may be dominated these days by the Xbox 360 and, to a lesser extent, the PlayStation 3. But that hasn't stopped Electronic Arts' studio in Vancouver from bringing frantic, large-scale action to the Wii and PSP with the forthcoming Medal of Honor Heroes 2, which is due to hit both platforms in the second week of November. The game supports 32 players in-game across six maps, which are set across a number of World War II-esque strongholds and crater-pocked battlefields. We went a few rounds online with both versions to see how things are shaping up.

On the Wii, the game has a pretty robust control model that seems as if it will afford you precise shooting when you get past its learning curve. You move with the analog stick and aim with the remote, as per most Wii shooters. You can also go to a view that zooms in through your weapon's sights, and when you're in this view you can twist the Nunchuk left and right to subtly lean in those directions, which will naturally come in handy for firing around corners. In the single-player campaign, you'll have a powerful melee attack that requires you to thrust both controllers forward simultaneously. That attack is still available in the online mode, but as you'd imagine, it can be hard to pull off while you're engaged in a firefight. So the designers have also added a weaker one-button melee attack that won't kill in one hit but is much easier to execute.

You'll get an exceptionally large crosshair in the multiplayer game, which sometimes makes it tough to gauge where exactly you're shooting at when facing an opponent. At first, it felt as if we were emptying entire clips at our opponents and hitting only air, but after a few minutes we were able to figure out where we ought to be aiming to score effective hits. However, even a headshot won't necessarily guarantee you a kill. Often when you get a headshot, you'll see your enemy's helmet go flying, accompanied by a satisfying metal clang sound. Once your opponent is bare-headed, your shots will certainly kill, but that helmet can sometimes make the difference between life and death when the action is moving quickly.

Heroes 2 supports a whopping 32 players in online multiplayer matches.

New to the Wii game's single-player campaign is a number of gesture-based control mechanics intended to enhance the realism of the combat experience. For instance, when you want to use the bazooka, you'll have to actually hoist the Wii Remote over your shoulder before you fire, as you would the real weapon. (The Wii will look for the remote to be upside down to verify you're doing it right.) There's also a pump-action shotgun that you actually need to pump to reload after each shot--by making a pumping motion with the remote, naturally.

These gestures have made their way into the multiplayer, but in a modified form. In a multiplayer match, you're permitted to fire the bazooka from the hip for a quick response time, but you'll lose some accuracy. On the other hand, you'll have full aiming precision if you hold it up over your shoulder. You can similarly disable the shotgun-pump requirement via a menu option if that seems too laborious for you during a fast-paced multiplayer match (as it did to us). There's also a motion-based grenade-toss mechanic that has you arm the grenade, then hit the fire button to designate a rough target, and finally make a throwing motion with the remote itself. The strength of your motion here will ultimately determine the grenade's trajectory.

The EA Nation login should help simplify getting up and running online.

There will be three modes--deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the flag--that will occur on the game's maps, and all of them play out exactly as you'd expect. Luckily, getting into a match will be much easier than with most online Nintendo-based games. No friend codes to be seen here--instead, you'll use EA's "EA Nation" Web portal to set up an account and then log in through the game's front end itself. The EA Nation login will let you browse for running games online, and you'll be able to jump into or out of games that are running at any time, rather than being required to join a game's lobby before it starts. The PSP version's matchmaking works the same way, though it's inherently less noteworthy there because Sony's online multiplayer strictures are less severe than Nintendo's.

It looks as if EA Canada has made a real effort to get solid multiplayer into Heroes 2, especially given that the game is on two platforms that don't typically excel at online multiplayer. We'll bring you the final verdict for both the multiplayer and the game's story-driven single-player campaign when it ships in mid-November.

Discussion

151 comments
falcoguy11
falcoguy11

This game looks really cool. i mean if you look at all these really cool features...the graphics..online play...team deathmatch,deathmatch,and capture the flag and w/e...and all that for just 29.99!!! I mean i dont know any warlover jerk who wont buy this game!?if your one of those people who actually want to expierience world war 2,i suggest you buy the wii zapper. it makes it seem more realistic and stuff.for all you people who love shooting and only have a wii...if i were you i would buy this game right away! but if you dont like it then.....i dont know about you....

falcoguy11
falcoguy11

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metroid12
metroid12

The online part of the game is a HUGE frag fest. So if you dont want to be fraged everywere you go i suggest not geting it. Also if you get it never play online games with bazookas. (It kill the game)

shadowg3
shadowg3

I want this oneeee!!!!!!!! I need Online play now!

supafly43218
supafly43218

To bingforce, there is no reply for the 4-person split screen that is stated on the back of the box. To me, this is pretty fraudulent advertising on the part of EA, but the 4 person on the back probably just means that it can be played by many, as in you could set up for a 4 person lan game and all play together....on different screens with different wiis all in one house. Make sense?

bingforce5
bingforce5

This is the Best game i have for wii right now. It's online play is awesome and addicting and campaign is harder than other games, but still very fun. the only things i don't like about it are arcade mode, and that there's no split screen multiplayer. It says on the box you can play with 4 people, but there is none...what-so-ever. If anyone knows if there is multiplayer reply to this. cause i want to know.

Noobberry
Noobberry

i got the game!!, btw, theres no split screen

hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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shishaw
shishaw

does anyone know if this game is four player locally?

Amvis
Amvis

I have this game and it is very good. It is the best fps game I have for the wii. I have Call of Duty 3 and Vanguard. The later sucked, but the first is good. The games multiplayer stuff was frustraiting at first considering that I kept dying, but I got the hang of it. There is one thing I have to agree with buny. MOH needs to make something other than World War II fps game. I would love for them to make a World War I fps game even though the USA was only in it for about a year. Nevertheless we saw some intense battles.

EQShaman
EQShaman

Finally a solid WWII shooter for my Wii!! The single-player campaign is near flawless, except for some wacky ally A.I. If you are a f.p.s. veteran I recommend playing on the highest difficulty settings possible. This will ensure some chaotic shoot-outs where popping your head up at the wrong time can prove deadly. All of your favorite weapons are available minus the grease gun but come on who uses the grease gun. Tossing grenades has never been easier and more fun. Accuracy is dead on. It's only the range you have to get a feel for. Nothing is more satisfying then watching a well thrown grenade sail into a window or a enemy fox hole, wait for it, wait for it,...... BOOM!! Playing MoHH2 via Ea Nation can be a bit aggravating at first but take your time. The area in which your shots spread is larger than the single player mode. Also the sprint feature exclusive to online play make picking off enemies a lot harder. Get a feel for the maps and weapons, pick your fights carefully and do you country proud! All in all the game is just down right fun and challenging.

smokinwiid
smokinwiid

I did not know this had online multiplayer. I just bought Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles... that was a waste of fifty bucks. I wonder what the trade-in value is because I want to play online with wii so bad I must own Heroes 2

sports_gamer5
sports_gamer5

this is gonna be the first real war game on wii

MarcoSnow06
MarcoSnow06

I've always wanted serious online multiplayer competition on a Nintendo system. Finally, the time has come. I'm seriously considering buying this solely for the multiplayer aspect (I hear the single player campaign is on the short side, clocking in at a mere 6 hours of gameplay).

petercaviar01
petercaviar01

man i cant wait 3 more days for this game well atleast im only gonna have 2 wait for 2 more days for galaxy that should keep my mind off of it bunyipbrown you know i was thinking that too maybe they should do something like xbox did where theres a kids zone or something like that so just kids are playing against people their age and then theres the underground one for guys who like to talk trash and so on...

jedimasterbenh
jedimasterbenh

Does any one have 50 bucks to lend me so I can buy this game

stovich22
stovich22

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bunyipbrown
bunyipbrown

I'm getting somewhat tired of ww2 fps, but having said that Heroes 2 does have online play that isn't as restricting as some of Nintendo's other games. I'm still frustrated at the lack of online communication, i mean come on it really isn't that hard. If Nintendo really is scared about little kids talking to 40 year old men, then why don't they have restriction codes for the parents to place to enable online communication, like they do for wii games?

snoopy248
snoopy248

Finally a wi-fi game that doesn't need friend codes. Nice move! =D

juztenrox
juztenrox

this looks great i so want it!!!!

EDDIE_squirt
EDDIE_squirt

hope its as good as the guy says, but ill still buy it if it isnt just for the online use

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

i dont got an nintendo wii but this game look good by the way i own an xbox 360 and planin 2 by an wii im 21 lol buyin a wii but i want the resident evil games on wii

meetroid8
meetroid8

Wow that multiplayer looks like a real frag fest. I was thinking more of a slow paced style would fit but the fast pace looks extremely fun. YAY

Jaeme
Jaeme

Sigh....I don`t know if I have the heart to try yet another MOH title and hope it`s decent. Airbourne was good, but considering how awful Vanguard was I think I`ll wait and see.

Djinnator
Djinnator

looks like i'll get it just for multiplayer, but i'll put it on my christmas list to save as much money as possible

Mic_Raki
Mic_Raki

looks great . was waiting forward to a good online game for the wii. cant wait!

mikeisaniceguy
mikeisaniceguy

even if it gets a bad review ill still get it just because its online and you can play with friends.

Zuul13
Zuul13

I hope its good I hope I hope I hope

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

I hope it turns out well, but I'm a little apprehensive. IGN seems to think it's turning out very well, so...yeah. Controls seem good, animations are a bit choppy but overall it looks fine. Meh. I'm betting a 7.5. Any more and I'm definitely renting it.

black_heat
black_heat

I kope after heroes gets positive results EA will finally start respecting wii as next gen... wii almost will out sell ps3 and 360 combined but still not getting good games from EA :(

petercaviar01
petercaviar01

man only 14 more days ahhhhhhhhhHHHH so close i can almost taste it and it tastes sooo good

jakob_187
jakob_187

The more I see about this, the more I think, "Man, maybe people will finally see what a good shooter can do on the Wii". Then I start thinking, "Man...people said the same thing about Red Steel before it came out". = / We'll see...but so far, the only shooter hope we've got on the Wii is still Metroid Prime 3.

resident_rozza
resident_rozza

The online is running through the EA super servers. Which should mean a relatively lag free experience.

nighthawk_yb
nighthawk_yb

so is the online running on Nintendo's or EA's servers?

alex20077
alex20077

maybe after this they will make a modern warfare game

suspeko0o
suspeko0o

this is a good start but i would love to play battlefield 2 on the wii with online cmon EA! you know it would be a best seller!, either that or star wars battlefront 2 online. i could see myself breaking my wii remote swinging it around like a light saber.

SteveXLR
SteveXLR

Looks good but i agree with napp123 i too want a modern war game.

napp123
napp123

Would be better if this were a modern combat game like cod4, but I guess the WWII setting will do.(sighs)

jasonclarkson
jasonclarkson

The only online fps I wanted to play was metroid!!!! Thanks a lot nintendo!!

chillpill100
chillpill100

in regards to putting the bazooka for example on your shoulder, i think with the wii zapper you can just shoot

the_monkey_god
the_monkey_god

Oh god not another MOH. Didnt they learn there lesson with air born?

compugraphic
compugraphic

I agree this does look really interesting but the current flood of WWII games coming out now if this was some other time or other place I think they could make it a bit better. Any way I think this will still sell really well if it itslef doesn't suck just because I think there are some people looking for good multiplayer FPS on Wii and now this seems to be it with the 32 players and no friend codes and all.