Medal of Honor: Frontline
Content at a glance:
Computer Platform: PlayStation 2 (Sony)
Produced by: EA Games
Price Range: $21-30
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Reviewed By: Steven Grant
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Christian Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 2 of 5 (heavy)
Adult Content: 3 of 5 (mild)
Medal of Honour Frontline is a very addictive game and one of the few games I have actually been able to complete right to the end and enjoyed every minute of it.
You are a solider in world war 2 and have to complete each mission succesfully in order to deafeat the nazi war machine, along with your fellow platoon of soliders.
I found this game to be very atmospheric the developers have put a lot of time and effort into creating the look of the game, even so much as going to the locations themselves such as amsterdam and copying the architecture and design of the buildings there.
(There is a feature which shows you how the game was put together on the game menu and is well worth a look)
As this is a war game it obviously includes killing the “bad guys” eg the Nazis, usually with a rifle or hand grenades which I realise doesn’t really fit in with the Christian view. But in the games defence, the killing and violence does take place within a war scenario and always depicts the consequences including death and injury and the loss of your fellow soldiers, so I don’t feel it glorifies war in any way. In fact it has been very tactfully made and I would say it does the opposite.
The opening scene involves you along with your platoon arriving in boats and landing on the Normandy beaches which you then have to try and get from your boat to the beaches while being shot at from every direction by the enemy based in the gun turrets. This opening scene is particularly good and gives you an idea of what it must have been like for them with bullets flying past their heads and their platoon members being killed in front of their eyes, albeit from the relative safety of your sofa. I found this scene particularly touching and really sets the precedent for the rest of this game.
There is no sexual content or bad language or occult material, but the violence is considerable. But as I have said it takes place in a war context and doesn’t condone or glamorize it at all and always shows the consequences.
The game encourages you to think about what you have to do in order to complete each mission, it’s not just a basic “shoot em up” and each mission is different enough to keep you engaged through out the whole game. The fact it has world war 2 as a theme does give it an extra dimension of realism and helps draw you into it.
As I have said the locations are very realistic mostly because they were modelled on real places. The music is superb and really helps immerse you in the game. There is a lot of German voices heard throughout the game from the enemy, which again helps build a realistic picture of the events taking place.
The down side to this game, well there isn’t many really, although sometimes it isn’t easy to move, aim and fire your rifle with any great ease which I feel could have been a bit better designed. And there is a few glitches where your character ends up walking in the air with no background or the game seems to freeze, but these only happen a few times and are a very small complaint really which shouldn’t put off playing this great game.
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Year of Release — 2002
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