Medal of Honor (1999 video game)

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Medal of Honor
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Cover art
Developer(s) DreamWorks Interactive
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Sony (PS One Classics reissue)
Producer(s) Peter Hirschmann
Writer(s) Peter Hirschmann
Composer(s) Michael Giacchino
Series Medal of Honor
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s) NA 19991031October 31, 1999
EU 1999
NA June 2, 2009 (PSN)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM, Download

Medal of Honor is a 1999 first-person shooter video game, developed by DreamWorks Interactive and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation. It is the first installment in the Medal of Honor video game series. The story was created by director/producer Steven Spielberg.[1]


In Medal of Honor, the player takes the role of the fictional Lieutenant Jimmy Patterson, a former C-47 Skytrain pilot in the Air Transport Command who was later recruited to the OSS.[2] The game takes place near the end of World War II, (mid 1944-mid 1945). The goal of the game is to complete objectives, such as destroying enemy positions, and kill enemy German forces in the process.

The game also includes a split screen deathmatch mode, pitting two players against each other in various maps. Players can also unlock several secret characters after completing the game or through cheat codes, from notable historical figures such as Filipino patriot José Rizal, playwright William Shakespeare and even outlandish characters such as a German Shepherd dog and a velociraptor with a The Lost World: Jurassic Park design.


Development of the game started on November 11, 1997. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg held a meeting with DreamWorks Interactive staff, outlining an idea for a video game, a first-person shooter set during World War II. The idea originated from the experience his son Max had from playing the game GoldenEye and Spielberg's deep interest of World War II.[3] The game was written and produced by Peter Hirschmann. Dale Dye served as the game's military advisor.


The music for the game was composed by film composer Michael Giacchino.[4]

Giacchino explains that in "Medal of Honor," Jimmy Patterson was represented by two different major musical themes - the main Medal of Honor theme, and his own more personal theme which was used during the tougher moments of his Journey."[5]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87.31%[6]
Metacritic 92/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 8.5/10[8]
IGN 9.3/10[9]

Medal of Honor received critical acclaim upon its release with critics praising its gameplay, graphics, enemy AI, level design and soundtrack. It received a score of 87.31% on GameRankings[6] and 92/100 on Metacritic.[7]

In the final issue of the Official UK PlayStation Magazine, the game was chosen as the 8th best game of all time.[10] IGN ranked the game #21 on their list of the "Top 25 Games of All Time" for the PlayStation console.[11]


  1. ^ "EA Announcement". Business Wire. March 18, 1999. 
  2. ^ "Medal of Honor (1999)". Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Edge Staff (August 10, 2011). "The making of: Medal Of Honor". Edge. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Music by Michael Giacchino". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  5. ^ As quoted in Gary Huff, "Interview with Michael Giacchino," Soundtrack Review Central.
  6. ^ a b "Medal of Honor (PS)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Medal of Honor Critic Reviews for PlayStation". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  8. ^ Fielder, Joe (November 8, 1999). "Medal of Honor Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Perry, Doug (November 18, 1999). "Medal of Honor". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 108, page 28, Future Publishing, March 2004
  11. ^ "IGN: Top 25 Games of All Time: Complete List". 

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