Medal of Honor: Heroes 2

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Medal of Honor Heroes 2
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Developer(s) EA Los Angeles (PSP)
EA Canada (Wii)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series Medal of Honor
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA: November 13, 2007
  • AU: November 29, 2007 (PSP)
  • EU: November 30, 2007 (PSP)
  • AS: January 15, 2008 (PSP)[1]
  • AU: February 7, 2008 (Wii)
  • EU: February 8, 2008 (Wii)
  • JP: February 14, 2008
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 is a first-person shooter game for the Wii and the PlayStation Portable. It is the 12th installment in the long-running Medal of Honor series of World War II games. Each version was built from the ground up for its respective system. The Wii version was announced at Nintendo's E3 2007 Press Conference on July 11, 2007. Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 is set in World War II, starting on the Normandy beaches trying to control German bunkers and then move on to secure a village in France.

This is the second Medal of Honor game to be released for the Wii. The first was Medal of Honor: Vanguard.

Plot[edit]

The player takes the role of Office of Strategic Services operative Lieutenant John Berg. The game has eight missions (seven in the PSP version) and is set against the backdrop of the Battle of Cherbourg.

Lt. Berg is deployed to Northern France in the midst of the Normandy D-Day amphibious invasion to conduct investigations into the German special programs situated in the area. There, he discovers a terrifying weapon that could potentially shift the war in Germany's favor, and endeavors to thwart Hitler's plans to produce that weapon.

Gameplay[edit]

The Wii version of the game features up to 32 players in one server, with six maps and six uniforms, three for Axis and three for Allies. The uniforms for the Allies are "Ranger's 2nd", "Ranger's 4th", and "Ranger's 5th", whereas the Axis uniforms are simply "Axis Rookie", "Axis Regular", and "Axis Elite". There are three different online multiplayer modes available.[2] The PSP version is virtually identical in terms of multiplayer functions. The Australian version of the game has no multiplayer mode at all, which has been the subject of much criticism.[3] EA Australia & EB Games Australia also removed all references to the multiplayer aspect from their websites.

EA's official response to the lack of multiplayer for Australia was: "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for Wii does not support online functionality in Australia. We made an error in the documentation and marketing materials. We are very sorry to have caused confusion for our customers. We will provide a refund to anyone in Australia who wishes to return the game to EA because of the lack of online functionality."[4]

EA Australia has declined to comment on why the online element of the game was omitted from the game, which has led games websites to speculate that the company did not deem it profitable to host the local servers necessary for low-latency game play.There are changes made to weapons in multiplayer mode, such as the STG44 having a much slower firing rate and the Bazooka not requiring to be stationary to fire.

All online servers for Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 for the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo Wii consoles were shut down on August 11, 2011.

Deathmatch[edit]

Each player must kill as many players as possible while also attempting to be killed as little as possible. The score is equal to the player's kill to death amount (number of kills - number of deaths = score)

Team Deathmatch[edit]

Each player belongs to a team of either Allies or Axis. The team must attempt to kill members of the opposite team. The team's score is determined by the number of enemy players the team kills. Team kills subtract a kill from the player, while suicide kills only take away one point. At the end of the round, the team with the highest score wins.

Infiltration[edit]

Also known as capture the flag, this mode involves two teams and the objective is to steal the opposing team's flag as often as possible. At the end of the round, the team with the highest number of successful captures is the winner.

Online leaderboards[edit]

The Leaderboards, supported by EA Nation, consist of 10,000 shown rankings. To gain rankings, one must have more kills than deaths.

Arcade mode[edit]

The Wii version of the game has an Arcade mode that allows the game to be played single-player as a first-person rail shooter.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PSP Wii
Eurogamer N/A 5/10[5]
Game Informer N/A 6.75/10[6]
GamePro 2/5 stars[7] 3.5/5 stars[8]
Game Revolution N/A C[9]
GameSpot 7/10[10] 8/10[11]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[12] 3.5/5 stars[13]
GameZone 8/10[14] 8.3/10[15]
IGN 8.4/10[16] 8.4/10[17]
Nintendo Power N/A 8/10[18]
OPM (UK) 7/10[19][20] N/A
411Mania N/A 8.6/10[21]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 69/100[22] 73/100[23]

Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 received "average" reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Release Information for PSP". GameFAQs. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Instruction Booklet
  3. ^ Van Leuveren, Luke (February 7, 2008). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Wi-Fi support removed from Australian version". PALGN. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Chiappini, Dan (February 10, 2008). "Multiplayer mix-up leads to EA refund offers for MOHH2 in Australia". GameSpot. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Reed, Kristan (February 6, 2008). "Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (Wii)". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bertz, Matt (January 2008). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)". Game Informer (177). Archived from the original on January 30, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Hall, Spenser (December 4, 2007). "Review: Medal of Honor: Heroes (PSP)". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Kim, Tae K. (December 4, 2007). "Review: Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (Wii)". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Costantino, Jesse (December 12, 2007). "Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 Review (Wii)". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Thomas, Aaron (November 16, 2007). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Aaron (November 16, 2007). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ Lewis, Cameron (November 14, 2007). "GameSpy: Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (PSP)". GameSpy. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ Lewis, Cameron (November 21, 2007). "GameSpy: Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)". GameSpy. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (November 26, 2007). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ Knutson, Michael (November 29, 2007). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  16. ^ Bozon, Mark (November 8, 2007). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Review (PSP)". IGN. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ Bozon, Mark (November 8, 2007). "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Review (Wii)". IGN. Archived from the original on November 9, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes 2". Nintendo Power. 223: 86. December 25, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes 2". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine: 123. December 25, 2007. 
  20. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes 2". PlayStation Official Magazine: 113. January 2008. 
  21. ^ Aranda, Ramon (December 12, 2007). "Medal of Honor 2 (Wii) Review". 411Mania. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 

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