Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

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Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Medal of Honor - Allied Assault Coverart.png
PC Cover art
Developer(s) 2015, Inc.
Publisher(s) Microsoft Windows
EA Games
Mac OS X
Aspyr
Designer(s) Vince Zampella
Jason West
Writer(s) Zied Rieke
Steven Spielberg
Composer(s) Michael Giacchino
Series Medal of Honor
Engine id Tech 3 (with Ritual's ÜberTools)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
Linux[1]
Release date(s) Microsoft Windows
  • NA January 22, 2002
  • EU February 15, 2002
Mac OS X
  • NA August, 2002
Linux
  • WW 2004
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution 2 CD-ROMs

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (abbreviated MoH:AA) is a 2002 first-person shooter video game developed by 2015, Inc.[2] It was published by EA Games and officially released for Microsoft Windows on January 22, 2002 in North America and on February 15, 2002 in Europe. Aspyr published the Mac OS X version released in August 2002. A Linux version was also released in 2004.

Allied Assault is the third game in the Medal of Honor series. It is the first game in the series for Microsoft Windows, and the only game in the series with expansion packs.

The game uses the Quake III Arena engine, with modifications from Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², to simulate infantry combat in the European and North African Theaters during World War II.

In spring 2014, GameSpy announced the shutdown of their master servers which are responsible for MoHAA's ingame server browser.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Singleplayer[edit]

In the game the player takes on the role of Lt. Mike Powell of the United States Army Rangers who works for the OSS. Single-player missions include assaulting German bases in Algiers and Norway, storming Omaha Beach on D-Day, and rescuing comrades behind enemy lines in occupied France. The game's levels are often compared to Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan; many of the levels are direct quotations of the scenery (or even complete sequences as in the Omaha Beach mission) in the film. Omaha Beach was re-created in Medal of Honor: Frontline for consoles.

Multiplayer[edit]

Once a game server and type is selected the game starts in spectator mode and the player can choose between joining the allies or the axis then select the set of weapons. The game using a point system, adding points for the number of kills and rounds, deducting points for suicides and addition of death points for getting killed.

Multiplayer contains four different modes. Deathmatch in which every player has to kill everyone else and get the highest score, Team Deathmatch in which a team has to kill other teams and get the highest score, Round Based which is similar in gameplay to Deathmatch but is counts rounds instead of score and "Objective" mode where a player must win the most rounds by complete missions.

Other popular game modes of the game have been created by fans, such as "Freeze Tag" which has similarities to Deathmatch but player is finished off by being frozen, "Capture the Flag" which requires a player capture the other's team flag and take it back to base in the shortest time, "Basebuilder" which requires a team to use preset items and get the highest score and "Countdown" in which a player is required to hold an item for a length of time to preserve the team's life meter.

Plot[edit]

Lt. Mike Powell, the protagonist, is a skilled U.S. Army Ranger and later an agent of the Office of Strategic Services. The game starts with Powell and a squad of 4 other Rangers in Algiers Algeria, fighting on the North African front. The Ranger squad sneaks into the city by truck, where they break in and successfully defeat the guards after a short shootout. All seems to be going as planned, but an ambush kills all the team except Powell. Powell continues into a North African Axis base, where he is tasked with freeing an S.A.S. major by the name of Grillo who has been captured before the major is forced to give up his knowledge. After successfully breaking out, the major and Lieutenant Powell split up, with Grillo securing transport, while Powell goes about conducting various acts of sabotage against the local German forces. He then links back up with Grillo, who has commandeered a jeep with a mounted machinegun. The two then drive to a German airfield, where they successfully destroy the German bombers grounded there. While Grillo distracts the German forces, Powell sneaks into a bunker cutting off Axis radio contact and fighting his way to a coastal lighthouse to signal the Allied fleet to begin the invasion of Africa. He and Grillo then make their getaway in the jeep.

Following the Allies' success in Africa, Powell and Grillo are sent to German-occupied Norway with orders to infiltrate the city of Trondheim, where a Kriegsmarine U-Boat is being outfitted with a prototype Naxos radar detector. Grillo makes it into the base first, but is killed by German soldiers while opening the gate into the base for Powell. Powell fights his way into the base, where he disguises himself as a German soldier and infiltrates the loading dock. He first goes to the lab where he destroys the Naxos prototype. Next, Powell gains access to a submarine intended to be fitted with the prototype and blows it up and escapes into the air ducts. He then fights his way out of the base, where he is extracted by an Allied squad.

Thanks to Powell's efforts, the German U-Boat threat is neutralized, clearing the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Powell is sent to Omaha Beach, where he and his fellow Rangers storm the bunkers, despite taking heavy casualties and secure the beach. He is then sent into the countryside beyond the beaches to assist various American units who are being harassed by German artillery.

Powell is then assigned to go behind enemy lines and acquire intelligence on German troop movements. After rescuing a stranded British pilot, Powell meets up with French Resistance member Manon Batiste (the protagonist of Medal of Honor: Underground). She sends him out to conduct various acts of sabotage against the German war effort. He then raids a manor house being used as a command post where he secures important enemy documents, including the blueprints for the new King Tiger tank. Powell then escapes the manor house with Manon's aid.

Powell's next mission involves hijacking a King Tiger tank and using it to secure a vital bridge at the city of Brest. After navigating through the sniper-infested ruins, he meets up with the American tank crew chosen for the mission. Powell and the tank crew capture the King Tiger and use it to fight their way through the countryside. Upon reaching Brest, Powell provides cover for the King Tiger to protect bridge, until reinforcements come to secure it.

Powell's final mission sends him to Fort Schmerzen, a German mustard gas-producing facility that was previously gassed by Lieutenant James Patterson, but has since been back in operation, supposedly as a POW camp, but possibly being used to produce mustard gas. Powell is parachuted into the woods, where he destroys several Flak 88s harassing Allied planes. He then infiltrates a weapons depot, and destroys a stockpile of StG 44 assault rifle and then destroys a German communications outpost, cutting off Fort Schmerzen's communications. Powell then hijacks a freight train and along with a squad of US Rangers, uses it to reach Schmerzen. Upon arriving at Schmerzen, Powell and his fellow Rangers storm the fort and release all the POWs. Powell then fights his way into the lower levels of Schmerzen, where he discovers that the fort's mustard gas production facilities are still operational. He plants explosives on the gas facilities, and escapes just before Fort Schmerzen is destroyed.

Music[edit]

The music for Allied Assault was composed by the award-winning Michael Giacchino. The official soundtrack was released on August 30, 2005, on iTunes and Amazon. The soundtrack consists of 5 tracks.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (EA Games Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Michael Giacchino
Released August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30) (Digital)
Genre Video game soundtrack
Length 17:36
Label E.A.R.S.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (EA Games Soundtrack) (Digital Release) (17:36)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "MoH: Allied Assault (Main Theme)"   Michael Giacchino 4:04
2. "North Africa"   Michael Giacchino 3:19
3. "Schmerzen"   Michael Giacchino 3:37
4. "Sniper Town"   Michael Giacchino 3:20
5. "Tiger Tank"   Michael Giacchino 3:23

Expansion packs[edit]

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead[edit]

The first expansion pack for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. It re-enacts 3 major European Theater battles through the eyes of Sgt. Jack Barnes (who is voiced by Gary Oldman), a paratrooper of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. As Barnes, players land behind the Atlantic Wall on D-Day in Normandy, hold the line near Bastogne in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge and infiltrate Berlin before the Red Army begins their attack. Multiplayer has given several new weapons to the player's arsenal in Spearhead. An introduction of British and Russian weapons such as the PPsh-41 and the Lee Enfield have been introduced.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Breakthrough[edit]

The second expansion pack for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. The player takes the role of Sgt. John Baker of the US 34th Infantry Division. This campaign covers the Battle of Kasserine Pass, the turning point of the North African campaign, the fall of Bizerte, the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, the bloody Battle of Monte Cassino, followed by the amphibious landings and defense of the beachhead at Anzio, Italy and finally, the battle of Monte Battaglia in September 1944. It adds Italian weapons for single player and multiplayer as well as the British and Russian weapons from Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead. Some new British weapons have also been introduced, such as the De Lisle carbine and the PIAT anti-tank weapon. This was the second and final of the MOHAA expansion packs.

Compilations[edit]

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Deluxe Edition[edit]

The first compilation pack included the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault main game, the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead expansion pack, two strategy guides, a music CD soundtrack from Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and a preview of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

Medal of Honor Allied Assault: War Chest[edit]

The second compilation pack included the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault main game and the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Breakthrough expansion packs.

Medal of Honor: 10th Anniversary Bundle[edit]

Allied Assault and its expansion packs are included in the Medal of Honor: 10th Anniversary Bundle, along with a CD containing some of the game's soundtrack, as well as some from the other games in the series.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 91.05%[4]
Metacritic 91/100[5]

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault was released to universal acclaim. It received a score of 91.05% on GameRankings[4] and 91/100 on Metacritic.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Linux game database". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Medal of Honor credits". Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  3. ^ "GameSpy note". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  5. ^ a b "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 

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