Medal of Honor (MoH) is the name of series of first-person shooter games set in World War II, and with a reboot based on the conflicts of present day Afghanistan that was released in October 2010. The first game was developed by DreamWorks Interactive (currently known as Danger Close) and published by Electronic Arts in 1999 for the PlayStation game console. Medal of Honor spawned a series of follow-up games including multiple expansions spanning various console platforms and the PC and Mac. The series was created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Medal of Honor series puts the player in the boots of an Allied combatant during World War II, with the exception of the recent title which lets players take part in the modern Afghanistan conflict, at times as a "Tier 1" operator, with weaponry appropriate to each time period. The player fights for the United States (although groups such as the French Resistance have been represented), and the identity of the main character varies between games. The games are often characterized by linear gameplay through recognizable WWII-era areas of conflict, which is sometimes presented in a cinematic tone (e.g., inspiration from modern films like Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line and Enemy at the Gates and the television mini-series Band of Brothers.)
The gameplay originally focuses on behind-enemy-lines intelligence gathering, or some other type of special missions, placing emphasis on using false papers and silenced pistols, but as the series and the technology has progressed, it has shifted emphasis towards front-line combat, and has now almost completely abandoned the original focus. Since the release of Medal of Honor: Rising Sun the series has focused on providing a more open-ended element to the games,
allowing the player to have more options in each level and getting away from one linear path. In the later games in the series, the artificial intelligence (AI) of the enemies and fellow soldiers has been notorious for being below or above current FPS expectations. The violence, up to Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is bloodless and simple, usually consisting of elaborate animations, while the violence in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault and onward contains the occasional sprays of blood. The newest edition "Medal of Honor" contains realistic figures, surroundings, and effects giving it a modern FPS look.