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September 13 2010
Medal of Honor - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
15/10/2010EA GamesEA GamesDanger Close (sp)
DICE (mp)
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-24$109.95
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Is this one of the Taliban fighters?
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Playing the Team Assault mode online.

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Medal of Honor (2010) visuals are impressive.
If you're a FPS fan then Christmas 2010 should give you a bit of a headache with two great looking titles vying for your hard earned dollars. Of course we all know about Activision's potential behemoth in Call of Duty: Black Ops, but Electronic Arts are looking to crash their party with a reboot of their Medal of Honor franchise too. Simply titled Medal of Honor this game is being developed by Danger Close, a studio within EA Los Angeles, and Swedish developers DICE (Battlefield Bad Company 2), the latter of which is working on the multiplayer component. The biggest change though, gone is the World War II setting with this game set in the modern day.

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Medal of Honor is out on PS3 this October.
Over 2 million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines wear the uniform. Of those, approximately 50 thousand fall under the direct control of the Special Operations Command. The Tier 1 Operator functions on a plane of existence above and beyond even the most highly trained Special Operations Forces. Their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds. They are living, breathing, precision instruments of war. They are experts in the application of violence.

The new Medal of Honor is inspired by and has been developed with Tier 1 Operators from this elite community. Players will step into the boots of these warriors and apply their unique skill sets to a new enemy in the most unforgiving and hostile battlefield conditions of present day Afghanistan.

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Another Team Assault screenshot.
Admittedly we don't know too much about the single player aspects of this game as yet. Certainly the focus seems to be on the current battles in Afghanistan, however whether the game expands beyond that territory remains to be seen. While the majority of the game is a First Person Shooter one very cool looking aspect of the single player game is the ability during some missions to take out the enemy with a gunship. Visually and sonically it looks superb and is sure to break up the action.

Looking at the multiplayer component DICE are experts in this field due to their work on the Battlefield series of titles over the last decade. Medal of Honor supports 24-players online which is a decent amount with the maps having been inspired by real locations around the world including Kabul City Ruins and Helmand Valley as well as rumours of other locations including Korengal Outpost, Kandahar Marketplace and Mazar-I-Sharif Airfield among the (rumoured) 10 multiplayer maps.

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Detail on the characters impresses.
In terms of game modes we can expect Team Assault (essentially a Team Deathmatch) and Combat Mission which is a story driven mode seeing the coalition troops clearing a string of objectives. It is rumoured that other game modes include Clean Sweep which is an elimination styled match, Hot Zone which is a king of the hill styled game, Objective Raid which has two targets which must be defended or destroyed, and Sector Control which many would know as Domination. Multiplayer modes will include objective based missions and team based power-ups such as increased health, or damage to enemies.

It will be possible to select from different loadout types include a Rifleman, Special Ops or Sniper, and it will be possible to change their loadout with the main weapon being customisable in the Rail slot (sights, scopes), Barrel Slot (stock, muzzle brake or silencers) and Base Slot (standard clips, extra ammo, different ammo types). Medal of Honor's multiplayer also includes something called "Support Action". By killing enough enemies, or completing objectives you can then use special actions such as calling in missiles (consider it the games version of Killstreak rewards).

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Lining someone up in the sights.
In recent weeks a lot of controversy has grown over this title with the ability to play as the Taliban. Personally I can understand the sensitivities surrounding this issue, however in reality it will be no more then being allocated sides in multiplayer. I don't believe there are any missions in the single player game were you play as the Taliban. The question has to be asked too; Would it be any better if Americans were fighting English special forces? Of course not... It's a media beat-up.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this game is that is actually uses two different engines to power the game. The single player game is using a modified version of Unreal Engine 3 while the multiplayer gamer runs on DICE's Frostbite engine. The good news is that both game engines are proven and should provide a very impressive experience visually.

Medal of Honor is currently due for release in mid-October 2010 and from what we've seen certainly looks like a game that FPS fans should check out.