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Medal of Honor: Frontline

Developer: Dreamworks Games | Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 11/10/02 | Genre: FPS

In just the last few years, there has been an explosion of World War II-themed material to come out of both Hollywood and the world of video games. The trend really exploded with the release of Saving Private Ryan. What wasn't to be liked about that movie? It was the most grisly and realistic portrayal of warfare ever.

Who didn't feel a rush during that first half hour where Allied soldiers stormed the Normandy beach in an attempt to gain a foothold in Europe? Ever wanted to be a part of that scene? Slap this bad boy into your PS2 and hold on to your boxer-briefs, for you're going to get a rush like never before! It's true, the first mission in this game has you stepping back into the shoes of Lieutenant James "Jimmy" Patterson and then plunging into the ocean right off the shores of Normandy beach. It is here that the greatness of the game truly sets in. The joys of a Dolby Digital surround sound setup can be realized to their peak here. Bullets will whiz by, explosions will send huge amounts of sand hurtling through the air, and comrades will scream orders (and shouts of pain) as you attempt to pick your way up towards the German bunkers. The sound in this game is perfect. No game to this date has made such excellent use of sound and music to enhance the gaming experience. The graphics also shine, as the character models and level textures are very lifelike. While it's understandable that EA left out blood to obtain a "T" rating... It just isn't as fulfilling if blood doesn't shoot out a Nazi's head after a sniper shot takes him out.

It isn't just the first level that shows off these things. It just demonstrates them the best of any other level. The one real detriment to this game is that it comes in with a blast and doesn't go out with one. Nothing through the entire game even comes close to how much fun the first level is. There is a sense of closure after the final stage, but don't be surprised if every now and then you head back to the title screen to experience Normandy again. I lied, there is another detriment, but it also has a good excuse. There is no multiplayer. None whatsoever. Naturally, this was to enable the best single player experience possible. So if you're looking for a WWII game where you can throw down with your buddies, sorry Charlie, you best move along.

Now that the best and the worst are out of the way, let's discuss the other points of the game (all of which are good). The difficulty in this game is just right. On the middle difficulty, the game is neither too easy nor impossible. Therefore, it can cater to any skill level. So if you like games to be a joke, set it on easy. If you want to throw your system out the window, slide it to hard. The controls are very responsive (unlike some other console shooters) and aren't very hard to get the hang of. There's also several bonuses to be earned, so the game has some replay value. Although the game lacks multiplayer, don't let that discourage you from purchasing Medal of Honor: Frontline. It is an excellent game that no PS2 owner should be without.

By Jordan Baranowski - 06/28/02
ESRB Details: Violence
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