COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Medal of Honor: Warfighter Review

Created: 11/29/2012 9:02 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

I am really starting to like first person shooters a lot. I have not played many of them in the past, but lately there have been a lot of great ones that have come out and I really enjoyed them. 

I have not really played many military themed games either until the past few weeks and I am really starting to become a fan. That is the case with EA’s “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”

Last week I received a review copy for the PS3 and I have been playing it quite a bit. I figured that I would be pretty bad at playing it, because I am not used to first person shooters and I thought it would be tough to figure out what I needed to do and it would also be complicated to control the character. 

That was not the case at all. You’re missions are very clear and at any time in the game you can look at your objectives and see what you need to do.??Learning the controls were also very easy.

There is a training mission at the beginning that teaches you what buttons you need to push to shoot or how to duck behind cover and shoot. This was also very helpful.

It was really cool and tied in great with the story. You are being trained by a group of soldiers and you are simulating how to handle a terroristic attack on an airplane. It was pretty clever and I liked it a lot.

I really thought the story of “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” was really well written and was full of intense military scenarios. The story was written by real U.S. Tier 1 Operators and all of the levels in the game were inspired by real world events. 

After learning this, made me appreciate and enjoy the game even more.?? Your character is a Tier 1 Operator named “Preacher” and you have just came back from overseas to find that your family has been torn apart and you have to try to piece in back together.

In the meantime a deadly explosion happens and Preacher along with his teammates are sent out to find out what caused it.

The story is filled with action and very intense situations. There is never a lull in the action.
I felt that the story was very interesting and I had to keep playing to find out what happens in the end.

The graphics are amazing. “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” used a new engine called Frostbite 2 and it delivers incredible audio and video. It really makes the game more intense and it gives players a very realistic war experience.

I would have to agree with this, because there are many scenes in the game where you are hiding behind a wall or a barrier and bullets are flying around you like crazy and you can’t move. The AI does not stop shooting for a while and when they do you have to be really quick to pop up and get your shot in, because if you don’t they will have their gun reloaded and will continue shooting again.

I mentioned earlier that the controls were really easy to learn and just about anybody can pick this game up and start playing it. I don’t have much experience with military first person shooters, but I was able to learn the controls pretty fast and was going through levels pretty quickly.

One thing that I really liked is that there are many times where you have to kick in a door with enemies behind it. You and a teammate stand on the sides of the door and the other guy kicks in the door and throws in a flash grenade.

Then you go into the room and everything is in slow motion for a few seconds and you have a few seconds to shoot every enemy that is in the room. If you shoot a certain number of people or do a certain task, you can unlock different weapons to use.

You can also drive vehicles in “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.” I really liked this and thought that it made this game stand out from the rest. In one of the earlier levels, you have to chase a bunch of terrorists while you are driving a suburban. 

You have to go through alleys and around tight corners. It was really challenging and was a lot of fun.

I also got the chance to play online quite a bit. I really thought that the online was really well done. There is a main lobby and everything is done in there. You can see your stats, look for games, and send invites to people to join a game. There is so many things that you can do.

When you play online, you can unlock different weapons, clothing, items, etc…

You also gain points when you complete an online game and the points increase your ranking. You then can see how you are ranked with other players from around the world.
There are so many different games that you can play online.

You can do team death matches where you are on a team and you have to kill 75 members of the other team. You can do a game called “All Combat Mission” where you have to destroy a certain amount of things and kill 100 enemies attacking you.

I was really happy with the variety of online games and there are about seven different games you can choose to play against other people.

I had a lot of fun playing online and I was able to jump into a game right away. It did take me a while to figure out who I had to shoot and what the enemy looked like on the radar. 

There is a red team and a blue team. The people on your team show up as blue dots on the radar and the other team shows up as red diamonds. Once I learned this, online was no problem.

When I play these types of games online I usually panic and shoot anything that moves. I did make a bunch of people mad because I shot my own teammates a few times, so you have to be careful of that.

I really liked EA’s “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” a lot. The story was great and the graphics were amazing.

The games was very intense and you felt like you were in a hostile warzone. The controls were easy to learn and just about anybody can pick this game up and play it. The game is rated M because of the violence and language, so it is not for kids. 

I would highly recommend “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” to anyone that enjoys military first person shooters or to someone that is looking for an action packed game that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.