Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
4.5
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: 2015
Genres: 3D Shooter / First Person Shooter
Release Date: February 22, 2002
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

Leading the charge of the ubiquitous WW2 shooter.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is every bit the equal of Wolfenstein, but for the opposite reasons. Whereas Wolfenstein is closer to Kelly’s Heroes (you steal the Nazis’ gold and then you kill ’em), MoH is closer to Saving Private Ryan (you simply survive Omaha, but never ‘win’). And while Wolfenstein’s singleplay was a respectable prelude to its fragfests, MoH is an exceptional solo adventure first and foremost.

12_1You play the role of Lieutenant Michael Powell, an American Ranger officer who manages to switch between beach assaults, patrols, covert operations, sabotage and tank commander during the course of the singleplayer game. You begin in North Africa, with the task of taking out German artillery covering an invasion beach. In subsequent multipart missions, you hit the highlights of Nazi sub pens in Norway, Omaha Beach, the Norman Bocage, ruined villages, picturesque German towns, and secret factories and underground research centers.

Most of Allied Assault’s cinematic appeal originates from Saving Private Ryan, a brutal World War II movie that’s a must-see if you’re to tackle this game. Numerous scenes are ripped straight out of the movie, most notably the epic beach assault of Omaha, then continuing to a Norman town swarming with enemy snipers and a mission centered on defending a bridge from advancing German troops in France. The Spielberg influence is unsurprisingly strong, given that Dreamworks Interactive is the driving force behind the Medal of Honor series. Other scenes pay homage to Kelly’s Heroes and The Dirty Dozen, but these aren’t nearly as evident as Spielberg’s Ryan.

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You start the game with a night raid in Africa.

The missions themselves are well thought out and offer extraordinary variety, although they are linear and script-laden to the extreme. In North Africa, after storming a town, rescuing a prisoner, and making your escape, you man the machine gun in the back of a jeep, strafing up an airfield. In France, you’ll rescue a tank crew, capture a King Tiger tank, and then stroll through a village infested with Wermacht troops and Panzers. Some missions are straight up firefights, while others require a modicum of stealth. A few stealth missions slow the action down considerably, and one Ryan-esqe mission halfway which involves you advance through a bombed out town full of snipers.

Your mission objectives are varied, ranging from your basic ‘get from here to there’ tasking to stealing plans, blowing up guns, and freeing prisoners. The game keeps you informed of your objectives, and rarely are you at a loss. Many of the missions include friendly forces beyond your control, and often they can be of some assistance. You can’t kill them even if you try, though the enemy sometimes can, and in some cases you have to keep them alive to succeed. Friendly soldiers follow you around well enough, but they can shoot your head off when you get in their line of fire. A basic command system might have been in order, or 2015 could have patched up some of the more obvious AI glitches. But overall, your pals are more of an asset than a nuisance.

Unlike Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Medal of Honor leaves out zombies, the occult, cyborgs, and other sci-fi trappings. The secret weapons you encounter are all drawn more or less from history, and the Nazis you kill are all flesh and blood. There are many different types of enemies, from Afrika Korps regulars to fresh-faced garrison troops, to steely paratroopers and vicious SS grenadiers. They all speak German, which adds immensely to the atmosphere, as do the authentic posters and magazines from the era, which make up some of the background scenery.

Weapons of War

The weapons feel great, and are among the best sounding guns in any historical shooter. The M1 Garand packs a surgical wallop and has a satisfying sound and impact, while its 8-round clip that you have to exhaust before reloading is a real limitation. The Thompson SMG tosses enemies around like rag-dolls, but lacks range, while the 1903 Springfield sniper rifle is deadly accurate at long range but takes forever to reload. All weapons take time to equip and load, and all deliver an appropriate kick when fired.

This isn’t a simulator, though, so players will have to forgive the fudging here and there, like the ability to carry a truck’s worth of ammunition (such as two hundred sniper rifle rounds, which is admittedly going overkill), generic health power-ups, and characters that are far too durable (including your own). It takes several rifle shots or a quarter SMG magazine to drop an opponent, and even head-shots aren’t surefire kills. The weapons, while looking and sounding great, just don’t feel that deadly; and virtual bullets whizzing by your head lose their dramatic flair.

Sanitized Warfare

9_1Also bringing down the realism factor is the sheer lack of any spurting stuff from the ventilated Wermacht soldiers. Though rivers of blood have flown in World War II, Medal of Honor drops any hint of visceral gore to secure that coveted Teen rating, making the game feel too arcade as far as depicting combat. A few scripted sequences might elicit unease, like when a pack of virtual soldiers suffer a direct artillery hit and go flying through the air, but no real blood or gratuitous violence is ever really depicted, which makes everything feel much less authentic.

Concluding, Medal of Honor offered an original take on the Second World War despite its substantial amount of arcade. Leading a squad down a Norman lane, then rounding a bend to come face to face with a burned-out German tank surrounded by SS Panzergrenadiers—that’s entertainment. Engaging in a firefight complete with bazookas, machine-guns, grenades, and Tommy-gun assaults—that’s entertainment. Getting blasted by your squad-mates who don’t have the right mind to move one foot to the side when they shoot—ok, not as entertaining. But it’s safe to say that Medal of Honor is a helluva lot more fun than pain.


System Requirements: PII 450 Mhz CPU, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB Video, Win 9x/ME/2000/XP

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18 Comments

  1. Bishop says:

    Why no download link ?

  2. sayed says:

    i have a problem. at the “Please insert the next CD and click OK to continue the installation” part. when i click OK. the error says “Setup could not find a file on the specified path or disk.

    Please check that the proper disk is inserted or specify a new path.” those words are wrong!
    it does not talk about the exact problem. i remember playing it’s multiplayer in a computer lab! (not a computer lab in school) i want to relive my memories about this game!

  3. mount the second iso

  4. sayed says:

    step by step please

  5. sayed says:

    i need a step by step help

  6. Dude, the game comes with CD1 and CD2. And the installer is asking you to “Please insert the next CD and click OK”. This isn’t that hard.

    Mount CD1, install, Mount CD2, click ok,

  7. sayed says:

    i don’t understand what is mounting in computer. I’m sorry if your angry about it

  8. sayed says:

    make a video about how to install this game

  9. sayed says:

    i am waiting for you

  10. sayed says:

    nevermind

  11. Fred says:

    I inserted both cd’s and it still will not launch the game

  12. joe says:

    whats the code to finish the download ?

  13. Greg says:

    How about learning some gratitude towards the owner of this website and his work ? By following the step-by-step instructions that are given through the website I’m playing this game without any problem ! Plus I’d like to say your reviews are always spot on from start to finish ! 🙂
    Fantastic game by 2015, way ahead of its time !

  14. Yuen says:

    hi thanks for the link !
    But how to join multiplayer games? thanks a lot!

  15. Andy says:

    Excuse me , when I open the game , it says ”Please login with administrator privileges and try again ”
    What does it mean and what should I do next ?
    Thank you ! ! !

  16. Andy says:

    I have deal with the problem ”Please log in with administrator privileges and try again”
    But now I open it , it has no reaction , What should I do now?

    Thank you !!

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