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Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

The Sims Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
by Electronic Arts

Platform: Windows 95 / 98 / Me / 2000
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005N7YR

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Features:
- Battle through more than 20 challenging levels
- Fully-realized 3-D worlds using the Quake III engine
- 21 historically-accurate World War II era weapons
- Encounter 22 different enemies
- Based on historical military campaigns of World War II

EA has finally brought its Medal of Honor series (already wildly popular on the PlayStation) to the PC. Set during World War II, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault chronicles the fictional exploits of Lt. Mike Powell as he battles his way from the shores of Africa to the shores of France to the heart of Nazi Germany. On the PSX, the Medal of Honor games were hailed as revolutionary, and though Allied Assault never quite merits that level of praise, it's still a great game.

At first glance, Allied Assault seems to have a lot in common with the World War II-themed Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but the similarities are strictly superficial. Allied Assault takes a more realistic approach to the action, both in the enemies that you face (there are no zombies or mutants) and in the mission structure. The game unfolds across six real-life theaters of war, and the 30 playable missions vary a lot in how they play out. Just like a character in a good army movie, you'll be sabotaging tanks, destroying submarines, and sending false communications. Nearly all your missions are very well designed, especially the mission where you land on Omaha Beach.

The D-day mission has received a lot of attention, and for good reason--once the door on your Higgins boat drops, all hell breaks loose. The men in front of you drop in a hail of bullets, a Higgins boat to your left is blown to bits, and machine gun fire rakes the water everywhere. Getting from the boat to the relative safety of the shingles is a truly harrowing experience, although parts of it borrow a little too much from Saving Private Ryan.

Since the game is set during WWII, you'll face a wide range of enemies, including tanks, machine gun nests, and even planes. The enemy AI is better than in Wolfenstein--enemies will duck for cover, lay down suppressing fire, and throw back grenades--but too often it's obvious that enemy actions are scripted. At times you can actually tell when you've triggered the next wave of enemy attacks: stay still and nothing happens; silently creep a foot forward and they all come rushing out. This kind of heavy-handed scripting is a throwback to the days of Doom, and more than a little bit of a disappointment.

Graphically, Allied Assault looks quite sharp. It uses the Quake III graphics engine and the character models, vehicles, and textures are well done, especially if you have a high-end video card. Unfortunately, there are some glitches, such as clipping and collision detection problems. It's not uncommon to see enemies walking halfway through a door or a wall. Also, in a (successful) effort to get a "T" rating, there is absolutely no blood or gore. When you a shoot a Nazi infantryman with your captured MG-42 machine gun, he simply falls down.

The weakest part of Allied Assault is its multiplayer component. There are four game types, all of which are exceptionally average, and none of them is as compelling as Wolfenstein's multiplayer. Still, it is undeniably fun to wage war in bombed-out French villages and other World War II battlefields. Allied Assault offers a fun single-player game and its D-day mission will go down as a classic gaming experience. --William Harms

Pros:
- D-day mission is incredible
- Lots of mission variety
- Nice graphics

Cons:
- There are a few graphical glitches
- Heavily scripted AI
- Multiplayer is very average

System requirements:
Pentium II 500 MHz or faster processor
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000, or Me
64 MB RAM
4x CD-ROM drive
16 MB OpenGL-capable video card with DirectX 7.0-compatible driver
DirectX 7.0-compatible sound card
Keyboard and mouse

Customer Reviews
This game Rocks!, August 22, 2002
Reviewer: Peter Heaton from Buena Vista, Colorado United States

The realism and A.I. in this game is awesome, The ambience alone, created in each level is really a tribute to the game developers, and their skill at making you feel like you're really there in Europe during 1941-1945! The Multiplayer in this game is AWESOME, probably the best part in my opinion! But you CANNOT appreciate it without broadband at 500k or better.

Not a run-around-like-a-chicken "shooter", August 21, 2002
Reviewer: -cou-cooper from Arlington, United States

This game is worth every penny spent. I have completed playing single player 2 times...and have been playing multiplayer ever since. While the single player mode is awesome (fantastic maps and realistic objectives), once you finish you must play online - provided you have a decent connection. Because there are so many new multiplayer maps being constantly made and available for download, you never get bored battling it out with folks online. If you are at all into playing games dealing with real life scenarios, this one super highly recommended!

The Best PC Game Out There!, August 19, 2002
Reviewer: Mike Klinger from USA

I Bought This Game in the middle of the summer and just finished it on august 2nd. i'm not saying it sould take that long i played the game off and on. This game is awesome the sound is Unbelievable and the graphics are stunning! The Missions are long and difficult and thats what i like. there is 20 different guns you can use you blow tanks and ride in jeeps it's awseome. This game isn't easy though it took me a while to beet the game but i didn't use any cheat codes or anything like that. So overall This IS THE BEST PC GAME OUT ON THE MARKET NOW! and i highly recomend it to any one who is a fan of a one person shooter in the middle of WWII

This is quite an incredible game., August 17, 2002
Reviewer: John Ballantyne from Cary, IL

The first time I played this was when a good friend of mine named Peter brought it over and installed it on my computer. When I began to play, I noticed that it was very realistic. The first mission, in Northern Africa, is one of my favourites. I loved the desert atmosphere and the fact that it was all very war-movie like. It kind of reminded me of the movie "Cassablanca". The enemy and allies AI is very good. After multiple playings, you notice it is a bit too scripted for somes taste, but it's still a heck of a lot better than most games. The next mission is in the snowy hills of Norway, and what an experience. It all reminded me of a book I read a few years back that was set it Nazi occupied Norway. The snowy mountains were breathtaking, even if they were CGI. The experience of disguising as a Nazi officer and sneaking onto a U-boat and sabotaging it reminded me of the "Metal Gear" games. The third mission, storming Omaha Beach, is the part of the game that recieves the most attention, and rightly so. Having to make my way up that virtual beach was a harrowing experience, especially when playing for the first time. I was on the edge of my seat litteraly. Allthough, at parts, it lifts a little too much from the film "Saving Private Ryan". The fourth mission, Inland Normandy, is probably the best part of the game. Very WWII atmosphere, and a lot of chalanges, along with great characters (I HATE the captain at Omaha Beach, but I respect captain Ramsey, the guy in Normandy). The fifth mission is basically the same, exept further inland, and the sixth mission I have not completed yet. But overall, I was STUNNED by this game. It stands as one of the best, and I salute the developers, they did a MARVELOUS job. Oh, and one more thing. Stop complaining about the lack of blood. Including blood in this game would make it simply tacky, and I'm glad that the developers didn't make the game in a way that made it so whenever a soldier got stung by a bee their bodily fluids went spraying four feet in all directions.


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