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Medal of Honor Underground

video game review video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Medal of Honor Underground Publisher: Electronic Arts
Category: Action
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: October 2000

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3½ Stars out of 4

The original Medal of Honor was an excellent game. Although it didn't become as popular as, say, Perfect Dark, it was certainly a gripping game with unparalleled sound design on a console system. There's nothing like hearing Germans conversing from afar.

Medal of Honor Underground continues this success with a few minor changes and all-new levels. The hero this time is a French female rebel. However, you don't really get to know her, as the game is heavily centered on the actual missions and World War II history.

Throughout the 24 levels, the briefings become increasingly interesting and informative. These mini history lessons go into quite a bit of detail on military craft and weaponry of the time. Actual film footage is used in many cases, including clips from Leni Reifenstahl's films.

Medal of Honor is intelligent in many ways. This is both good and bad for the player. It's bad when the game's artificial intelligence is smart enough to make Nazis throw your grenades back at you! It's good when the objectives are always listed on the pause screen so you don't have to remember anything.

Aiming is a little cumbersome. Sometimes you don't have enough time to shoot accurately. Aiming and walking at the same time can be tricky, but you'll get used to it. Try it, stick with it beyond your initial rejection, and you'll be surprised at how well you adapt.

Of course, a multi-player mode is included, following in the footsteps of GoldenEye. In this mode, you can choose your uniform and select the arsenal of your choice. This reviewer is not a big multi-player fan, so I won't comment on that aspect of play.

The game is very challenging for several reasons. First, there aren't enough save points. Second, the levels are extremely long. Third, you often run out of bullets. Lastly, the early levels offer only a few of the game's 12 weapons. Overall, though, Medal of Honor Underground is a rewarding experience even at its weakest points.

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