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Medal of Honor: Breakthrough

Medal of Honor: Breakthrough
2.5
Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: TKO Software
Genres: 3D Shooter / First Person Shooter
Release Date: September 22, 2003
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

Though longer and more diverse, Breakthrough is an altogether much less appealing expansion set than Spearhead, running with a ‘more is better’ approach to gameplay. New levels abound in greater numbers, this being Breakthrough’s strongest asset, and all of them focus on the Allied push into Nazi-occupied Europe through its soft underbelly – North Africa, Sicily and the Italian peninsula.

9Overall level design is good, but not quite as polished or as impressive as the missions seen in Spearhead or Allied Assault. There are no massive charges that evoke a sense of awe, no daring parachute jumps in the face of roaring flak fire, no epic town assaults with your pals. Ultimately, there is not a single scene here that I found particularly inspiring. Levels alternate between fair detail and bland emptiness, with city streets that look incomplete, night raids that are too dark and friendly soldiers that drop faster than flies. There’s an omnipresent feel of hackneyed design and rushed work everywhere.

The game starts off with your deployment in Tunisia, with a first mission pitting you as a lone gunner against German trenches during a terribly obtrusive sand storm. The opening mission isn’t half as memorable as Spearhead’s cinematic D-Day drop, but later levels pick up more steam and get to show off the scripting better.

You’ll eventually be tasked with defending a column of tanks against overhead ambushes from German troops, dodging both bullets and your fellow Shermans who drive ahead with no concern for your safety. Then it’s off to free a detachment of British SAS soldiers, who ultimately get killed in a scripted event; then you must plant charges on garaged fighter planes in what must be the easiest stealth mission ever conceived. Interspersed are numerous rail-shooting sequences to keep the action going, most of them quite fun, and you’ll also get a chance to drive a tank yourself early on.

Breakthrough does at least attempt to brake free of the previous game’s geographical predictability, and the Italian soldiers and sights are a welcome diversion from the German Wehrmacht and destroyed Norman towns. Several weapons and manned guns have been kept from Spearhead, and a new Italian armory comprised of a Beretta handgun, Carcano rifle and Moschetto submachinegun are now available (along with several other weapons, including a portable anti-tank rifle and a mortar that’s impossible to aim).

Medal of Honor’s second and final expansion set will indeed offer several day’s worth of blowing stuff up, but it’s a technical mixed bag, laden with all the hallmarks of a game pushed out the door before it was ripe for shelves. Some areas resemble barren wastelands, as opposed to Allied Assault’s more brimming scenery, certain weapons are unbalanced and gameplay shifts between fun and tedious.


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

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9 Comments

  1. hema says:

    when i began to setup the game they wanted me to enter the entire code of the product. the game is medal of honor breakthrough.

  2. Rick says:

    Hey Rick here,
    windows 10

    So I started the installation. Entered the Serial Key. Then the setup guide asks me:

    “Choose Destination Location
    Select folder where Setup will install files”

    Okay, so that’s all normal.. So i select folder and click next, but then i get this stupid error:

    “Setup could not find a copy of Medal of Honor Allied Assault. Please Install Medal of Honor Allied Assault and try again.” And then the installation closes?

    The error makes no sense

  3. Umm yeah it makes perfect sense.

    Expansion packs like this need the ORIGINAL game installed. They are not standalone.

    Think of them as DLC packs on CDs

  4. Rick says:

    Ooohkay sorry. this is just an expansion pack. makes sense now!

  5. Chris Long says:

    Firedrop is trying to grub a little money to allow downloads. No way I would ever type in a CC# on the internet !
    Nice try though. We have no clue who those people are or where they are. It’s some freaking foreign company.

  6. They allow some free downloads after which you get a connection limit error and have to try later.

    In some cases they will randomly redirect people to scam downloads that involve surveys or installing third party software. Maybe that’s what happened to you. Don’t give them any personal info

    It’s why I added magnet links. if you know of a better download service let me know

  7. Chris Long says:

    Finished the complete install; errors out “insert correct cd” no matter which image I mount, MOHABB or either CD image.

    Any ideas ?

    Thank-you for the prompt response on the other question…

  8. Chris Long says:

    A NoCD patch let to a dll error – pixomatic.dll, which led to errors in itself. Deleted MOHAA BT and all the junk that came with it. Not a viable mod.

    Thank-you anyway…

  9. You have to install moh.rar first (Medal of Honor Allied Assault) and then Breakthrough, and copy the cracks.

    It’s not junk. I have no idea what you did wrong but the game works perfectly, even on Win7.
    Maybe because you tried starting it before copying the crack screwed it up.

    Here’s a screenshot i just made as evidence. I entered your name as a character. Game works dude

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