Medal of Honor (series)

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Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor logo.jpg
Logo used from 2004 to 2007.
Genres First-person shooter
Developers
Publishers Electronic Arts
Creators Steven Spielberg[1]
Platforms
Platform of origin PlayStation
First release Medal of Honor
October 31, 1999
Latest release Medal of Honor: Warfighter
October 23, 2012

Medal of Honor is a series of first-person shooter video games. The first game was developed by DreamWorks Interactive (now known as EA Los Angeles, formerly Danger Close Games) and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation game console in 1999. Medal of Honor spawned a series of follow-up games including multiple expansions spanning various console platforms and the PC and Mac.

The first twelve installments take place during World War II, and the main characters are usually elite members of Office of Strategic Services (OSS), while the more recent games focus on modern warfare. The story of the first three games, which was later expanded in nearly all other World War II themed titles in the series, was created by director/producer Steven Spielberg. The music in the franchise has been composed by Michael Giacchino, Christopher Lennertz and Ramin Djawadi.

Development history[edit]

The series first began in 1999 with Medal of Honor. The game was developed by DreamWorks Interactive, with a story by filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The game was released for the PlayStation on October 31, 1999.[2]

In 2000, Medal of Honor: Underground, the second game in the series, was released for the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the third game in the series, was developed by 2015, Inc. and released for the PC in January 2002. Allied Assault also has Extension Packs titled Spearhead (released in 2002) and Breakthrough (released in 2003). Medal of Honor: Frontline, the fourth game in the series, was developed and released for the PlayStation 2 in May 2002 and the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox in November 2002. It was later remastered in High-Def and released in 2010 with the PlayStation 3 version of Medal of Honor (2010), the first game in the rebooted series. Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, the fifth game in the series, was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube in 2003 (a planned sequel was cancelled due to the game's mixed reviews). Medal of Honor: Infiltrator, the sixth game in the series, was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, the seventh game in the series, was released for the PC in 2004. Medal of Honor: European Assault, the eighth game in the series, was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube in 2005. Medal of Honor: Heroes, a spin-off and the ninth game in the series, was developed and released for the PlayStation Portable in 2006. Medal of Honor: Vanguard, the tenth game in the series, was released for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii in 2007. It was the first Medal of Honor game to be released on Wii console. Medal of Honor: Airborne, the eleventh game in the series, was developed and released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC September 4, 2007. It was the first game in the series to be nonlinear. The twelfth game in the series; Medal of Honor: Heroes 2, was released for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Portable on November 13, 2007. It was a sequel of the first game in spin-off Heroes series.

Medal of Honor (2010), the thirteenth game in the series, was announced in 2008 as Medal of Honor: Operation Anaconda. The game was developed by Danger Close Games, a video game development team formerly known as EA Los Angeles merged in 2008. Medal of Honor (2010) was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 12, 2010.[3][4] Its multiplayer component was developed by the creators of the Battlefield franchise. It is the first Medal of Honor game to be set in the modern day rather than during World War II. Medal of Honor received generally positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success.[5]

The fourteenth installment in the series and the direct sequel to the 2010 game; Medal of Honor: Warfighter was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 23, 2012.[6] The game's storyline was written by real U.S. Tier 1 Operators, inspired by actual events. It is the first game in the series to run on EA Digital Illusions CE's Frostbite 2 game engine. Warfighter was both a critical and commercial failure. In January 2013, COO Peter Moore of Electronic Arts announced that the Medal of Honor series was taken out of rotation due to the poor reception and sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter.[7]

Games[edit]

Titles in the Medal of Honor series
Year Title Developer(s) Platform(s)
Sony Microsoft Nintendo Other
1999 Medal of Honor DreamWorks Interactive PS N/A N/A N/A
2000 Medal of Honor: Underground DreamWorks Interactive, Rebellion Developments PS N/A GBA N/A
2002 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2015, Inc. N/A Windows N/A Mac OS X
2002 Medal of Honor: Frontline EA Los Angeles PS2, PS31 Xbox GameCube N/A
2002 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead2 DreamWorks Interactive N/A Windows N/A Mac OS X
2003 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Breakthrough2 TKO Software N/A Windows N/A Mac OS X
2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun EA Los Angeles PS2 Xbox GameCube N/A
2003 Medal of Honor: Infiltrator Netherock Ltd. N/A N/A GBA N/A
2004 Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault EA Los Angeles N/A Windows N/A N/A
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault EA Los Angeles PS2 Xbox GameCube N/A
2006 Medal of Honor: Heroes Team Fusion PSP N/A N/A N/A
2007 Medal of Honor: Vanguard EA Los Angeles, Budcat Creations PS2 N/A Wii N/A
2007 Medal of Honor: Airborne EA Los Angeles PS3 Windows, Xbox 360 N/A N/A
2007 Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 EA Los Angeles, EA Canada PSP N/A Wii N/A
2010 Medal of Honor Danger Close Games, EA Digital Illusions CE PS3 Windows, Xbox 360 N/A N/A
2012 Medal of Honor: Warfighter Danger Close Games PS3 Windows, Xbox 360 N/A N/A
Notes
  1. The PS3 version of Medal of Honor: Frontline is remastered in HD.
  2. Expansion pack for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay originally focuses on the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), an American espionage organization during World War II, 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 Medal of Honor contains realistic figures, surroundings, and effects giving it a modern FPS look.

Compilations[edit]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of May 1, 2016.
Game Metacritic
Medal of Honor (1999) (PS) 92[8]
Medal of Honor: Underground (PS) 86[9]
(GBA) 46[10]
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC) 91[11]
Medal of Honor: Frontline (PS2) 88[12]
(Xbox) 81[13]
(GC) 80[14]
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (GC) 68[15]
(PS2) 68[16]
(Xbox) 65[17]
Medal of Honor: Infiltrator (GBA) 80[18]
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (PC) 80[19]
Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2) 73[20]
(Xbox) 72[21]
(GC) 71[22]
Medal of Honor: Heroes (PSP) 71[23]
Medal of Honor: Vanguard (PS2) 63[24]
(Wii) 56[25]
Medal of Honor: Airborne (PC) 78[26]
(PS3) 75[27]
(Xbox 360) 73[28]
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (Wii) 73[29]
(PSP) 69[30]
Medal of Honor (2010) (PS3) 75[31]
(X360) 74[32]
(PC) 72[33]
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PC) 55[34]
(PS3) 55[35]
(X360) 53[36]

The most acclaimed title in the series is Medal of Honor (1999).[8]

Awards[edit]

Guinness World Records awarded the Medal of Honor series with a world record for Best-selling FPS franchise in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Game Credits for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
  2. ^ "Medal of Honor (1999)". Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ May 5th, 2010 @ 12:08 By Johnny Cullen (2010-05-05). "Blog Archive » EA announces October release for Medal of Honor". VG247. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  4. ^ Patrick Garratt (2009-12-02). "Medal of Honor reboot is shooter, will hit in 2010". VG247. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  5. ^ "EA: Medal of Honor and Hot Pursuit crossed 5 millions sales figure mark". GamePur. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (2012-02-23). "Medal of Honor: Warfighter Coming in October". IGN. 
  7. ^ Medal of Honor Franchise Taking a Rest
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  9. ^ "Medal of Honor Underground for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Medal of Honor: Underground for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Medal of Honor Frontline for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Medal of Honor Frontline for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Medal of Honor: Frontline for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Medal of Honor: Rising Sun for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Medal of Honor Rising Sun for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Medal of Honor Rising Sun for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Medal of Honor Infiltrator for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Medal of Honor: European Assault for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Medal of Honor: European Assault for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Medal of Honor: European Assault for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Medal of Honor: Vanguard for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Medal of Honor: Vanguard for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Medal of Honor: Airborne for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Medal of Honor: Airborne for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Medal of Honor: Airborne for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Medal of Honor for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  32. ^ "Medal of Honor for Xbox 360 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  33. ^ "Medal of Honor for PC Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  34. ^ "Medal of Honor: Warfighter for PC Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  35. ^ "Medal of Honor: Warfighter for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  36. ^ "Medal of Honor: Warfighter for Xbox 360 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 

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