Modern Warfare 2, Halo: Reach MP unfazed by Medal of Honor launch

Raptr statistics indicate reboot of EA's signature series didn't dent online play of rival shooters.

Two weeks ago, Electronic Arts released its reboot of Medal of Honor, which transported the once World War II-exclusive franchise into the ongoing Afghanistan war. The game was the subject of controversy from its inception, given that it initially allowed players to play as the Taliban in multiplayer mode. Though that option was removed at the last minute, the game's mixed reviews were blamed for a one-day, 6 percent drop in EA stock.

According to Raptr's analysis, Medal of Honor didn't take away any online play time from competitors such as Modern Warfare 2.

Last week, EA hit back, revealing the game had sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, generating over $100 million dollars. Now, online game service (and GameSpot partner) Raptr has released play statistics garnered from its millions of users that show how the game was played--and how it stacked up against rivals in the first-person shooter genre.

According to Raptr's study, which used data from the Xbox 360 version of the game, Medal of Honor did not disrupt play time patterns in other popular shooters--a trend Raptr described as "unheard of." Not only did Medal of Honor's launch fail to put a dent in Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2's online play time, those shooters' average play times went up during the EA effort's first week on the market. By contrast, when Halo: Reach launched, Modern Warfare 2 play time dropped by 40 percent and Bad Company 2 play time dropped by 50 percent. When Bad Company 2 launched, it took 20 percent of play time away from Modern Warfare 2, according to Raptr.

Raptr also found that Medal of Honor was played an average of 3.93 hours during its launch week. By comparison, 4.31 hours of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 were played during launch week, versus 6.17 hours of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 6.19 hours of Halo: Reach.

Raptr, which also tracks achievement data, found that the roughly the same number of players completed Medal of Honor (35 percent) as did Halo: Reach (37 percent) in single-player mode in the game's first week on the market. The game's week-one multiplayer stats were also in line with Bad Company 2 and Halo: Reach, with between 61 and 62 percent of all players spending at least 15 minutes playing multiplayer mode.

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Cookie_Krunch
Cookie_Krunch

Wo too bad i didnt get MoH but im getting Black ops :)

shimya
shimya

@Fleshtrap666 Wow man, that sounds very cool. I am very sad all that was not included in the multiplayer portion. The game was actually developed by two teams using two game engines. The main story runs off the unreal engine, while the multiplayer was created by DICE and runs the frostbyte engine. This is why the gameplay mechanics are completely different. The multiplayer didn't have the environment deformation that is found in BF:BC series so I don't understand why it was used. The unreal engine is more than capable of handling online gameplay as evident by the numerous games that actually run using that engine. Just to ship the game faster they had to use DICE. Sadly they creating a MW2 like experience instead of using the very mechanics that would've made the game's multiplayer portion a unique experience.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

@stakex007 maybe the reason people keep playing COD even though the new version is "slightly" different than the old is.....o i dont know...because the same formula is actually good. the only major difference between the old Battlefields and BC is the destructible environments....so how come you dont hate the Battlefield series? its the same thing, just slightly tweaked.

lithus
lithus

[QUOTE="ninjaroach81"]Well, of course the campaigns and weapons are different. Otherwise they'd be exact clones of each other. My point is, what does each game bring to the table that hasn't been brought by another game? What is truly unique among them? It's becoming the same story with the modern FPS as what happened with WWII shooters.[/QUOTE] Well, you went from saying they're the same games but with different maps to agreeing to having different campaigns and weapons, of course. Some call that waffling. What does each bring to the table, making them unique? They ARE VERY different. BF:BC2 incorporates vehicals (land, sea and air) and huge maps. MW2 focuses purely on ground firefights with Kill and deathstreaks (honestly the most proven FPS, solid). MoH is more campaign oriented. But it has a great multiplayer mode called "Combat Mission", unique to MoH. There really is too much to name. They are very different. Again, you don't seem like you actually played these games

hahamanin
hahamanin

@Sirbobislost lol really reach step backwards??? n not cod....

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@HaloOverrated Not really I've had far more fun playing MW2 then playing reach which apart from the jet packs and invasion mode felt like a step backwards from halo3

Kratos_Kills
Kratos_Kills

@HaloOverrated lol i didnt take GT seriously ever and they have no credibility from the beginning anyway. they are the first people on planet earth to give halo's story 9.6 and MGS's story 8.7... obviously there is something wrong there

Fleshtrap666
Fleshtrap666

@shimya In the single player you can go prone...you can only crouch online. Also in the SP you can slide into a cover and stop in a crouched position...a feature that will save your life ALOT, as you can quickly go from full sprint into cover. Assuming your playing on 360, you can also hold the LB to peer around cover and actually aim while your doing it and fire..just release the LB and you'll go right back into safe cover...of course neither of these features which would of helped make the game a bit different from every other shooter, made it to the online component. Also there is NO mention of actual GORE whatsoever in the games rating, and you can dismember and decapitate enemies with shotguns or explosives in the SP as well. The single player had a lot going for it, people complain about it being short, but MW2's and BF:BC2's SP is just as short dare i say even shorter. I fail to understand what happened with the Multiplayer.

Sorkvir
Sorkvir

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prioritymail
prioritymail

I think I only saw one person on my friends list playing this game.Definitely not a good sign for Medal of Honor...

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

Maybe because it's a crappy game?

stakex007
stakex007

No suprise at all. DICE basiclly took Bad Company 2, striped out all the cool stuff, and re-released the game under the Medal of Honor name... which simply won't fly. As COD has shown over the years, you can constantly screw gamers by giving them the same game over and over again and they will buy it so long as you keep adding to the game, even if the additions are tiny. However, the second you take a game, strip it down, and release it under a different name... you're going to piss a lot of people off and they are not going to buy the game. Then the ones who do buy it, aren't going to play it that long. Gamers will let companies screw them again and again... but some things are just too much even for the biggest fanboys out there.

shimya
shimya

I played the beta on the PC, and it was really boring. It's like Battlefield bad company 2 minus all the cool stuff. The beta made me say, stay away from this game, it's a waste of money. I don't know how the final product is but from what reviews have been saying the singleplayer mechanics that make the game unique are not included in the multiplayer.

HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

@Sirbobislost 'Baffling' is more like it, since MW2's multiplayer is crap compared to Halo: Reach & Medal of Honor.

HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

@Kratos_Kills Woh, dude, come down, LOL. I'm not saying that you're wrong, I'm just saying that it's not really THAT obvious, or at least not to me. They're still better than GameTrailers. Those guys have NEVER given a PS3 exclusive more than 9.4.

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

@lithus Well, of course the campaigns and weapons are different. Otherwise they'd be exact clones of each other. My point is, what does each game bring to the table that hasn't been brought by another game? What is truly unique among them? It's becoming the same story with the modern FPS as what happened with WWII shooters.

conkerton
conkerton

@ninjaroach81 a lot is different. This release didn't really surprise any one did it?

lithus
lithus

But hey!...atleast MoH's map pack IS FREE! @ninjaroach81: They are NOT the same game with different maps. They all have different game modes, some with vehicals, some without, some have certain weapons while others don't. They don't all have kill streaks and their campaigns are all different. I could seriously make a laundry list as to why you're wrong, but something tells me you wouldn't know the difference since you never actually played any of these games...just a guess.

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

Not real surprising. MOH, MW2, BC2 are pretty much the same game, just in different environments with different maps. The market's being flooded with modern FPS's, all competing for gamer's time. What is the real big difference between the three?

mamkem6
mamkem6

The best MOH was the first one developed by Dreamworks and directed by Steven Spielberg. The second was MOH: Underground. And the rest are. Well, all the rest

pidow
pidow

Why don't they wait until all shooters, Black Ops included, and see how they rate after Black Ops first week, then make a study....it's only fair.

wisebandit
wisebandit

Well, now we now (officially) that EA like to "make up" their announcements...

meke186
meke186

@lithus you got that right and @Fleshtrap666 it's not that it's horrible it's just that it was a huge let down

Fleshtrap666
Fleshtrap666

I really grow tired of people bashing MoH like its the worst game in history....I would honestly agree with the review on this site...its Good...just not great. After almost 24hrs of playing I can honestly the multiplayer is fun....but only when it works the way its supposed too. But I can also admit it feels like a faster paced chopped down version of BF:BC2. I for one enjoyed the single player more then the SP in both BF:BC2 and MW2.

aislingkerrigan
aislingkerrigan

I hate MoH's multiplayer. Combat Mission should just be called Snipers vs Snipers..

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

Medal of Honor was really Bad Company 2.5 with MW2 controls in disguise anyway, and the beta for it wasn't that great.

lithus
lithus

umm wait til 11/9...that'll be MW2's and Halo's own little personal "stock market crash". Dent? lmao...it'll be a got' dam crater!

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Sweet I will be ale to buy it in the bargain bin for 10 bux soon

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

MOH was ambitious but I wouldn't say it "sucked" like most of these yahoos say it does. As a attempted for a reboot the game did ok we are knew it wasn't going to be great right out of the gates so I still give the game a thumbs up for effort.

somogibbs
somogibbs

Someone should do the numbers on how many people took this game back after buying it. I know I did.

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

I loved the multiplayer on MOH, i actually prefer it over CODMW2

Kratos_OMEGA
Kratos_OMEGA

MoH is ***** terrible. It will be $20 by xmas/ LOL @ people who bought this game.

Shadow_Dog
Shadow_Dog

What do they expect? MOH sucks ass now more than ever. This game especially sucks as it looks just like BFBC2.

norlo
norlo

They need to do some statistics when Black ops is lunching :)

ADAM_PALO
ADAM_PALO

i ll be playing bad company 2 untill battlefield 3 beta comes out. no point looking for a new game, when you already have a good one.

ADAM_PALO
ADAM_PALO

@Roidz87 I like your post, so are you pre-ording Homefront. its something you have never heard of its a FPS, set in america, and korea invades. the M4 Assault will be in it, lol

Pete5506
Pete5506

Im still playing Battlefield

Henninger
Henninger

Well i kinda like MoH so wutever to each his own i guess.

Roidz87
Roidz87

I believe that the market is much to over-saturated with shooters. I mean, Halo Reach, MOH, COD, and BC2 all in one year. That is too many shooters to choose from and you know as well as I do that in many of these titles quality of performance and game play takes a back seat to rehashing an already established franchise. MOH and COD Black Ops are just similar remakes of the arcade shooter that is MW2. They bring nothing new to the table and only hope to cash in on the success of a big franchise. BC2 at least did it right with big open settings with a decent amount of players (32) while still including vehicles and a rather engrossing level system. Stop making shooters and come up with original IPs like the Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian, Enslaved, Dead Space. Games that stray away from the modern shooter craze and allow gamers to immerse themselves in something that is beautiful and well thought out.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@HaloOverrated He didn't call gamespot fan boys he just wanted to know why it was xbox online stats and not all 3 Gotta say it's impressive that a game that's close to a year old is getting just a bit less playtime then halo:reach

scrode
scrode

Raptr...? Can data gathered by them be extrapolated across the general population? Or is it a niche service with skewed population distribution making it an irrelevant indicator? Inquiring minds want to know

BigJohnWV
BigJohnWV

MoH sucks. SP could have been better, but is decent. MP is a complete and utter joke, honestly DICE should feel ashamed for making it. I don't care much for CoD (a Battlefield man myself) but it seems more fun than EA's MW2 imitator.

badtaker
badtaker

MOH MP is nothing but laziness of DICE

DarkAngeles
DarkAngeles

This game deserved to fail. Sorry to say this, but it's just the case.

istreakforfood
istreakforfood

Only good MoH game I've played was Allied Assault with Spearhead expansion.

dachase
dachase

Released too close to COD BO, sold my copy today to pay off my Black Ops preorder. Multiplayer was a camp fest and came off as the retarded offspring of MW2 and BFBC2.

Kratos_Kills
Kratos_Kills

@HaloOverrated oh my, am I ? I could waste my time with screenshot proofs but no need for something clear as day.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

yea im probably one of the many people who didnt get MoH after the reviews came out... i was expecting something relaly good.. i mean the beta was OK at best but not 60 bucks worth so i wanted to see how the full game would turn out, and judging by the reviews it was just an OK game :/