Reviews and Problems with Medal of Honor: Vanguard
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Medal of Honor: Vanguard review (PS2)
11 June 2008
Excerpt: Now, instead of using canteens and first aid kits to restore health, all you have to do is duck out of the fray for a bit. Keegan can completely regenerate his health in a matter of seconds if he is able to avoid getting shot. To make this easier than you might expect, a good number of Nazis seem content to stay in one place and wait for you to enter their shooting range, as opposed to pursuing you in order to deal that killing blow.
Conclusion: Medal of Honor Vanguard is the latest WWII shooter brought to us by EA. In it, you fight members of the Axis of Evil (the old school one that is), blow up tanks, so on and so forth. Sound familiar? Well, it should, as Vanguard does so little to change a diluted genre, sticking to tried a true mechanics that are starting to come off as lazy and boring.
Pros: Decent cinematics, It’s hard to argue against shooting Nazis, Decent soundtrack and sound effects., Decent cinematics, It’s hard to argue against shooting Nazis, Decent soundtrack and sound effects.
Cons: Didn't I play a WWI first person shooter last year?, And the year before that., And the year before that., Dated graphics (like last year and the year before)., No online multiplayer (like last year and the year before)., Didn't I play a WWI first person shooter last year?, And the year before that., And the year before that., Dated graphics (like last year and the year before)., No online multiplayer (like last year and the year before).
Excerpt: Medal of Honor: Vanguard is yet another installment in the WWII first person shooter series. As always, the music is fantastic. Sweeping and orchestral, kicking in at the height of battle, the music will move you and helps to immerse you into the experience. Voicework is good, as it always is in the Medal of Honor series. However, some of the cut scenes are annoying.
Excerpt: This isn't a very popular opinion, but I rather enjoyed every moment of Medal of Honor Vanguard on the Wii. Like a bomb-ravaged building from the London blitz, the game has plenty of room for redevelopment, but is great fun to explore. As is the tradition with Medal of Honor games, the prevailing feel is of a historically accurate context.
Conclusion: Overall, Medal of Honor: Vanguard just feels dated and unoriginal. Even this deep in the PS2's life cycle, Vanguard doesn't do anything to make the game stand out from any of the other dozens of WWII games out there, many of which are much more fun. If, because of some obsession, you have to play every WWII game, pick up MoH: Vanguard. For everyone else, you won't find anything at all new here.
Conclusion: To be fair, there are parts of Medal of Honor that truly do leave an impression. It's not the worst game on the market by far and though it is flawed, it's not a horrible game. The problem is given everything that comes into play here and the fact that there is no online support; you have an extremely dated experience. Call of Duty and Brothers in Arms have overtaken Medal of Honor in many ways.
Summary: In Medal of Honor Vanguard you reprise the role of Frank Keegan, Corporal of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in behind enemy lines missions throughout Europe, epic battles that turned America's first paratroopers into heroes of WWII.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The Wii control scheme does nothing good for the game, bar the grenade throwing, and just serves to highlight that the 'obvious' games shouldn't necessarily be being made for Nintendo's console. As for the PS2 version, you can probably add a point to the final score, but unless Medal of Honor: Airborne really reinvigorates the series, it's a brand that would be best left to die with the last-gen consoles.