Believe it or not this will be the 14th release in EA's long running Medal of Honor series which dates back to the 1999 PSOne game created by Steven Spielberg. After years of releases, and some would say diminishing quality, Electronic Arts went back to the drawing board and "rebooted" the franchise with 2010's rather impressive Medal of Honor.
This game is the direct sequel to the preview game and will deliver an "authentic military shooter" which is inspired by real people, real places and real operations. From rescuing hostages in Abu Sayyaf’s stronghold in the Philippines to assaulting Al-Shabaab’s “Pirate Town” on the Somali Coast. Exactly how the storyline will tie the missions together remains to be seen although we do know there will be a heavy emphasis on the personal stories of the soldiers, and their family lives.
Visuals, and lighting, in MOH impress.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter is an action packed First Person Shooter set in the modern day, which will certainly differentiate it from the futuristic setting Activision are gambling with in Black Ops II. In terms of weapons we know the multiplayer component (more on that soon) will include 72 different weapons and we expect many of them to appear in the main campaign. One aspect of the gameplay that has changed is the breach mechanic. It's now your choice whether to kick the door in, use explosives, or use a flash bang.
Multiplayer is also going to be widely supported but unlike the previous game where DICE developed the multiplayer this game will see the single player campaigns developers, Danger Close, working on the multiplayer component. What is confirmed is that the multiplayer mode will allow you to select from 12 different Tier 1 forces from 10 different countries. These include the SASR from Australia (Huzzah!), JTF2 from Canada, KSK from Germany, FSK/HJK from Norway, GROM from Poland, Gruppa Alfa from Russia, UDT/SEALs from South Korea, SOG (SSG/SIG) from Sweden, SAS from the United Kingdom and SEALs, SDOD-D and OGA (CIA SAD/SOG) from the United States.
Cruising through a battle on a boat.
As for game modes, we're not sure yet what will be included but stay tuned and whatever is included we can't wait to take on the Yanks or Brits as their soldiers, when kitted out as an Aussie SASR soldier. In fact, the multiplayer modes won't have "Taliban" forces or similar, but rather will see the various Tier 1 forces battling it out.
Using the Frostbite 2 engine (the same as Battlefield 3 used for the multiplayer component), Medal of Honor certainly looks like an impressive title with detailed characters and levels and frantic battles evident. As yet we are unsure about the amount of building destruction in the game world, the previous game wasn't as extreme as DICE's titles, but that may change this time around. Hopefully with a solid frame rate and no screen tearing this will become a visual tour de force for the PS3 and EA's shooter.
Now that's one massive explosion.
In terms of audio we expect Danger Close to provide a pretty phenomenal experience, with aggressive surround sound use for the gunfire and explosions. Electronic Arts have also announced that Linkin Park, who worked on the 2010 game, will provide a song for this latest game called "Castle of Glass".
EA's Medal of Honor franchise underwent a great reboot last time, and we can see this second game improving in almost every area. If the developers have put together a solid campaign and decent multiplayer then this will be a game to watch this October. Oh, there are rumours that a either pre-orders or Limited Edition will give you beta access to Battlefield 4 somewhere in 2013 too... Just sayin'.
Here's a rather good Single Player Campaign Trailer showing some of the emotion which the main character, Preacher, will experience in the events of Medal of Honor: Warfighter.