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      10.07.2001 02:08
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      Medal of Honour Underground is the second game in the Medal of Honour series for the Playstation. Both games see you taking the role of an ally during the war, and infiltrating enemy lines to undermine the German War effort. Requiring a little luck, and a lot of skill, it’s you against seemingly the entire German Army, so you’ll need to have your wits around you. You play the part of a female French Resistance leader, who joins the Secret Service in order to try and thwart the German War effort. The first game was magnificent, so this one had a lot to live up to, and it lives up to the standard set and surpasses them. A bit of background first – it’s a first person shooter, divided up into eight missions, each mission sub-divided into three or four smaller tasks, all-leading to the culmination of the mission. As well as taking out enemy soldiers trying to prevent you reaching your goals, there are a number of objects you must also either retrieve or destroy in order to complete your mission. To aid yourself on the way, you can pick up addition weapons and ammunition on the way, mostly discarded by the German soldiers you dispose of along the way. Each shot you take takes away some of your energy, get hit too many times and that’s your end up. However, you can pick up medical packs along the way, as well as picking up German soldier’s canteens they drop when you kill them. Like the first game, you have a variety of missions to get through – from undercover missions, recovery missions and also missions where you have to destroy some items to prevent them falling into enemy hands, or destroying enemy items to hinder their effort. Each task has become a little longer, and the levels more intricate than the first game – there is more to see and do on each level, more passages and nooks and crannies to hide in, or for enemies to jump out at you from. The first game had a slight sense that the levels where a
      little static and fixed, with just one way through each level, but this time round there is a lot more freedom in each level. This makes find or destroy missions more difficult as it is often harder to find the object you’re looking for, as it’s hidden away in some small room in the corner, easy to walk by. Again, the undercover missions are often the most exciting, having a stolen identity and walking amongst enemy soldiers, unable to draw your weapon for fear of being discovered, and having to take action with a silenced pistol when their back is turned. As the levels have improved, so have the enemies. They are a lot more varied and intelligent than the last game. While they where smart in the first game, this time they run for cover, jump out from behind walls, windows and move from cover to cover and make last ditch attempts to take your life. Not only do the soldiers move more, you’ll also find moving objects to destroy, such as the first level where you must take out the tanks before they take out you. This adds a whole new dimension to the game, as it requires a lot more skill to pick them off, as they’ll duck and dive out of the way of your gun, with the soldiers more often than not taking a swing at you with your fist when you get too close for comfort, making the game a lot more realistic. You have the same basic range of weapons as the first game, from pistols and rifles, to machine guns and bazookas, to petrol bombs. There are advantages to each weapon – rifles are good for long-range shooting, machine guns for when there are many enemies and accurate shooting is not requires, bazookas for taking out large amounts of enemies or objects at distance. You must choose the right weapon for the task, or you’ll be in trouble. Pistols are useless at distance, and the shots will have the guards running towards you, guns blazing. Bazookas are great, but not in confined areas where you’ll paint the walls
      with your insides. Again, tactics are more important than simply running around shooting – sure you’ll get the enemies, but you’ll soon be out of enemies. It’s far easier to sneak into a room, bring up the sights and pick off the enemies before they catch a sight of you, making it safer for you. You always have to be careful, as you never know when someone is going to drop out from behind you, and they’re as good at sneaking around as you can be, as the first you’ll know about it is when you’re being shot at. Control of your character, is simple, using either the directional pad of the joypad, or the analogue stick (if you have one). The top buttons are used for moving from side to side, bringing up the sight, or for crouching down. It’s very simple to pick up and easy to use, nice and instinctive and effective. All the data you require is one screen, a dial displaying your current energy level, and compass, which indicates the direction you are going and also from which direction you are being attacked from. You weapon and amount of ammunition is in the top right hand corner. Any messages flash up in the middle of the screen as you complete each objective on your task. Pressing the start button pauses the game and also allows you to see which objectives have been completed. The graphics are sufficient, not the best you’ve ever seen, but not the worst. The levels are on the whole dark and moody, creating a real atmosphere, which keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is a little pop up, where soldiers can shoot at you, but you can’t see them until they suddenly pop up as you gradually move forward, making it difficult to aim at far away soldiers until you bring yourself closer to the danger. There is also a little slow down when there is a lot of action on the screen, especially when there are large objects moving, but this is quite rare. The soundtrack is just as good as the
      first game, there is a quiet but rousing track in the background, creating a little tension while you can hear the enemy moving around and shouting at each other as you move around. It’s essential to listen to the sound effects when playing the game, as you get an idea of when soldiers are coming towards you, and when you have alerted the enemy to your presence. It really works, sneaking around in the game often leaves me with my heart in my mouth and I have jumped on a number of occasions when a guard has jumped out on me. It only requires one space on the memory card, and there is the opportunity to save at the end of each task, which is necessary as they quite quickly start to get difficult. The levels are noticeably harder compared to the first game; the enemy soldiers are a lot more ruthless and accurate, and more adept at ganging up on you from all angles. There are three difficulty settings, but these do not reflect the difficulty of the opposition, but the amount of energy you begin the level with – easy you get fresh energy at the end of each level, with hard you start with the same amount of energy you ended the last level with. At the end of each level, you are assessed on your accuracy, and amount of shots you took. If you are sufficiently high, you are awarded an excellent – complete a mission with all your tasks as excellent, then you’ll unlock bonus codes, which unlock new levels and characters for the two-player mode, or new modes to play the one-player levels in (e.g. infinite energy). You can go back and play previous levels again in order to try and boost your rating. The two player mode makes no real advance on the first game – there a limited choice of levels and characters from the game, and the object is simply to kill your opponent either a specified amount of times or as many times as possible is a set length of time. The levels are quite small and it isn’t as good as the likes
      of Goldeneye, but good for a quick laugh, but it is actually more exciting to play the single player mode. The game is exceptionally well presented – at the beginning of each mission; you are given a brief by the commander, accompanied by a video of some of the things relating to your mission. Should you complete your mission, you’ll be shown another video, showing the result of your mission and what it has accomplished. At the start of each task, you role is very clearly laid out, with what you need to do, the tools you need to complete it and the way to do it. In my opinion, it’s the best game I’ve played on the Playstation to date. It’s highly atmospheric and exciting to play, very challenging and will have you playing for a while, trying to complete that level “one more time”. It’s very easy to pick up, but very hard to put down, the intelligence of the enemy is so realistic, and it’s also great to knock a few of them off to take out a little frustration!

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        05.07.2001 05:28
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        This is one of the best first person shooting games out. I was eagerly awaiting this release as I had played the origanal and it was BRILLIANT. This game is for most of the lads who enjoy shooting the enemy and see them spinning. But Im'm not saying women should not play it they may enjoy it to. The graphics are good but sometimes the scenery seems to be out of preportion but who cares I don't. This time around you take control of a French resistance fighter called Manon. She is a women resistance fighter and her brother was killed on a mission to collect resouces for the French resistance. The game spans over 7 misions with 24 levels you go to countries all over the world. They are quite long levels some times taking 15 minutes to do as there is a number of objectives. There are 12 authentic weapons including machine guns, pistols and the devasting Panzerfaust(rocket launcher). Your fellow agents now fight with you they can drive you away from danger and come in handy for opening safes and covering your back. The enemys now fight with tanks, half tracks and motorcycles when you get the hang of the game they are not to difficult to blow up. You can go under cover and infiltrate the germans bases and kill them when they least expect it. You also can play a head to head multiplayer combat what is good but not that excellent. The game uses 1 memory card block, analog Control pads are compatable and so are viration function. This game is well worth buying and should be on every ones shopping list.

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          21.05.2001 19:30

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          Better then the original, with a fantastic variety of levels, with the best being you on a bike-gun. - Advantages: Excitement, Level Variety - Disadvantages: Poor Two-Player

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          19.05.2001 05:09

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          The best and most realistic game on the PlayStation is here. MOHU is by far the best game I have ever played. so realistic that when you shoot a Nazi in the foot, he hops around, if shot in the groin, he'll clutch it in pain and when a grenade is launched at him, he'll pick it up and lob it back. With a whole arsenal of awesome weapons including the crossbow, shotgun and sniper rifle, you can't go far wrong. Attack huge tanks with heavy machine guns, blow Nazis away from a motor bike and sidecar and blow supply trucks up with your bazooka. If you have a PlayStation, you NEED Medal of Honour Underground. An absolute must for your collection. Sheer perfection.

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          15.05.2001 23:46
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          This is an excellent game if you love shooting the hell out of things with style (in games of course not real life). 24+ levels to shoot the heck out of nazis. You are equipped with many guns including the panzerfaust rocket launcher. You can into the heart of a nazi v2 rocket facility, sabotage one of the missiles to explode in the factory and run like the wind. This is just one of the 24 missions you will be sent on. You cannot be disappointed with this. You play the role of Manon, a recent recruit to the French resistance. The reason for this is because your brother used to be in the resistance until he was killed in combat. Now you fight to avenge his death and all others that opposed the German forces and didn’t survive. The graphics are fairly good but the gameplay makes up for that really. When you complete a mission you are rated on how well you did. If you kill 95% of the baddies and finish with 75% health you will get an “excellent” rating. If every mission you do you get an “excellent” rating you get many different cheats and extras for multiplayer mode. Multiplayer mode is very similar to single player, except you only have one target on multiplayer compared with 100s on missions. This 1 target would be a friend or relative stupid enough to face you! These extras may include random power boxes. These are yellow boxes your opponent drops when killed. When you walk over this box it will give you a random power. It could be good, but then again it could be bad. The best is a warp one which is where you push square and you warp from one point on the map to another. It is great because one minute you can be in front of your opponent and the next your behind them with a gun to their head. After completing your missions as Manon you are swapped to another character called Jimmy. He gets some very abstract missions. They are also very hard. One of these is investigating a strange scientists Castle. The
          scientist is an Ex-military weapons developer of some kind. He has trained attack dogs, which carry guns and drive tanks. That’s quite tricky, but after venturing further into his castle, you find the cyborg owners of the dogs. Let me tell you the owners bite is much worse than the dogs bite. A great game. 9/10 overall I’d say.

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            09.05.2001 01:47
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            Medal of Honor: Underground actually takes place before the events in the first game. The OSS and the Underground movement will recruit you on a variety of missions to help the war effort. These assignments will take you around France and even to Africa to battle the Nazis. From the plethora of videos and extensive mission briefings to the terrific credit sequence, it's clear that the developers have done their homework. The game follows a linear path and sort of guides you towards the goal, with the mission assignments scattered along the way. There are offshoots here and there, but I really wanted to see more freedom and a greater sense of a realized world. Even the larger levels still follow a very linear flow, with too many locked doors and blocked off entryways. Nonetheless, the levels are still well designed. Them damn Nazis are still a force to be reckoned with. Their AI appears to work within ranges of detection. When you get "noticed" they'll hightail it for the nearest building corner and peer out to shoot you. If you run away, they'll follow, looking for the next building corner to hide behind. It gets a bit redundant, but it ain't too shabby for the PSX. Speaking of wall corners, there's still this strange jerkiness that happens when you walk into the edges of buildings and most objects. It's like the screen slightly displaces. This gets pretty annoying when you are trying to zip through the narrow hallways. For that matter, the graphics aren't much of an improvement from before. Underground is pushing the abilities of the Playstation, and as far as a first-person shooter goes, this will be the best you can get on the aging hardware. Each finished level nets you a rating based on your performance. You can use these scores to compel yourself to play levels over until you earn yourself an "excellent." At the end, all your scores are tallied together. Perhaps you may even be
            worthy of the Legion d'honeur. There are several new features in Underground. You'll have the chance to work with a CPU controlled buddy, basically a digital comrade that you keep safe and help out. Not new to the genre, but it still works well. Moving vehicles have been added, which means you can fight enemies like giant tanks. Then there's the disguise element. You'll nab a camera, after which you can go prancing about pretending to be a journalist. If you stop to take a photo of German soldier, he'll even pose for you. Pull out a gun, though, and he''ll shoot you dead. Nice! The game tends to hold your hand through the missions, with text telling you when to use your action button. This is good because it helps things make sense. There's lots of quality voice acting between stages and for mission briefings, but the heavy French accents come off as more Pepe Le Peu than Gerard Depardieu. They've kept those great German mutterings from the enemy intact, which ups the realism. Musically, the score is very impressive. Rich and reminiscent of a movie soundtrack, it helps set the atmosphere. As a follow-up, Medal of Honor: Underground missed my high expectations, but only because the first one was such a great start.

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              03.05.2001 02:23
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              This is one excellent game. You get to control Manon, a member of SOE. You go into many countries with many different missions to do. There is an excellent range of weapons including the petrol bombs and the sten gun. It has excellent graphics and a very long game life. I am still playing on it nearly 5 months after I brought it. The missions are accompanied by a film showing you the background. My favourite mission was when you have to blow up four tanks with mounted machine guns. Take my advice, if you own a playstation buy this now!!!!! The game also has many other features. The first is the excellent multiplayer. You get to go round a level and blow up your friend. This is worth a few laughs and tantrums. The attention to small detail is excellent there is even a part where you can see all the souvenirs that you have picked up over the game.

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                18.04.2001 21:34
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                Before "Medal of Honour: Underground" came along, I had yet to find the Playstation game that really did it for me. However, having experienced "Medal"'s fascinating, detailed gameplay I can safely say that this is what I have waited for. First of all, the game has an unbeatable scenario - fighting the Nazis. Morally, this is a very dubious exercise, and I doubt war veterans would be at all impressed. The sheer enjoyment involved,however,makes it hard to sustain such doubts. This is a shoot-em-up with a context,that draws you right in. The range of levels is excellent. From Paris catacombs and occupied French villages the young resistance fighter Manon moves to Morocco, Monte Cassio, Himmler's Castle, and many others, fighting the Nazi menace all the way. The graphics are pretty much what you would expect from the Playstation - nothing special. But the gameplay is highly engrossing, with a variety of bombs and weapons, an element of interactive scenery, and a great range of screen deaths for the enemy. The difficulty levels are well-gauged, increasing slowly enough to keep your interest, but also to make some of the missions fiendishly and enjoyably difficult. Some of the game is (as Hogsflesh points out) genuinely disturbing, which adds to the fun. The fact that you may not want to play certain levels on your own demonstrates just how atmospheric the game really is. "Medal" will provide guranteed high quality entertainment for one, and will have you coming back for more. The inferior 2-player version is the only downside.

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                  11.04.2001 23:50
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                  A PS1 first person shooter

                  This is pretty much what I've been waiting for all my life. A chance to go and strike a blow against the godless Hun and his French collaborator friends.

                  The graphics and sound are pretty much as you'd expect on a Playstation, but to be honest I'm not really too bothered that the people don't look terribly realistic when you get close to them. It's one of the most compelling games I've ever played, and these little details don't detract from the over all experience. I've never seen the original, so I don't know how much of this version is new.

                  My favourite thing about this game is that it borrows elements from all my favourite war movies in some of the missions. You get chased around a small French town by tanks (Kelly's Heroes), you get to sabotage a cable car to invade a castle (Where Eagles Dare), you get to blow up big guns on a Mediterranean island (Guns of Navarone) and so on.

                  The game is also very atmospeheric. Playing certain levels alone, late at night, unnerved me in a way nothing has since I played Quake for the first time. Especially Himmler's castle, with its suits of armour that come to life. The levels are, with a couple of exceptions, difficult enough that you'll have to try them several times before getting through, leaving a real sense of satisfation when you finally do.

                  I suppose that, technically, the game is in poor taste, as the second world war wasn't really the knockabout romp that you get here, but I'm afraid the game is just so enjoyable that I can easily ignore any qualms I might have had. Especially since it obviously isn't realistic (you'll meet knights in armour, dancing dogs and clockwork robot soldiers in the last missions).

                  The only gripe is that the multi-player version isn't nearly as good as the one in Goldeneye, and only two can play.

                  Play this game. It's the closest you'll ever get to being Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.

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                    05.03.2001 00:17
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                    In the last real year of the PlayStation, so many good games have been overshadowed it's almost unfair. Even though the world moves into bigger and better systems, the PlayStation still has a handful of great titles to recommend right now, including the prequel to Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor Underground. EA's first-person shooter brings back all of the great atmosphere and action from the first game, and has powered this technical centerpiece with better artificial intelligence, additional weapons, and more interaction between non-player characters. What's better is that the second in the series brings in more variations in the gameplay department that complement that standard stealth, shoot, and run aspects with battles against tanks and motorcycle side cars, co-op play with non-player characters, and the ability to ride in a sidecar. And while the biggest disappointments occur with the game's reoccurring collision detection it's still a winner in our books. Gameplay The original team at Dreamworks has re-created the real environments of World War II Europe, as well as other WW II peripheral areas, such as Greece and North Africa, to tell a new story. That is of Manon, a young woman who vigilantly volunteers with the French Resistance, and who is later recruited as part of the OSS, the same operation that MOD's Jimmy Patterson was part of. The story is just as involved as the first one, but in many ways it's even more captivating. The early parts of World War II aren't always read about in the mainstream or American literature (mostly because we weren't part of the picture yet) and they certainly aren't part of the mainstream gaming annals, which makes this title even more intriguing. As part of the Resistance and then the OSS, Manon must struggle against the Nazi's early WW II maneuvers by traveling to various regions of Nazi rule, and carry out many secret missions to uncover their plans and in som
                    e cases to alter them. The missions include more than 22 varied levels that feature environments in locales such as France, North Africa, Italy, Germany, and Greece. In Manon's journey, she will embark on seven missions, each of which contain three to four levels that will require various amounts of stealth, an arsenal of various firepower, and infiltration skills. At first sight, Medal of Honor Underground looks and feels exactly like the first game. For the most part, players are given a set of goals, they run around blasting Germans, pick up certain items, find particular locations, and then get out. The game at face level is still very much like the first one -- which is to say it's an excellent title. But Dreamworks has squeezed out even more routines from its first-person engine, and has added subtle changes in gameplay that affect the game in ways not seen in the first title. Two of those changes feature more interactive backgrounds and more "intelligent" AI. Players may walk into an area noticing the multi-tiered balconies and so on, but the nothing will become of it, until they walk by. Enemy gunman jump down from the balconies and shoot at you while you're not looking, surprise attacking from the rear. Players may take some heat from these guys, shooting all across the town and if you're paying attention, you'll see that you can affect the backgrounds like never before. Windows are breakable, lamps are bustable, pieces of artwork and vases are destroyable, and so on. In some areas falling balconies create havoc, if you're not careful. The higher level of interaction in both cases adds a greater tension to the game, creating a deeper sense of immersion. In another case of real world situations and unique interaction, Manon is sent to Greece to take care of German forces. There, faces two rival sets of enemies, both of which may attack her, if she's not careful. The Nazis, who once had an agreement with a
                    rogue group of Greeks to do their business, are now fighting that same group in the streets. By entering the rooms too early you'll take a lot of fire, but if you play it smart, they may just kill each other for you. In one of the first levels, you meet up with a compatriot who leads you through the town. He's not controllable and he fights Nazis, too, but if you don't take care of him, he'll die, so you have to fight together -- a rather unique idea, mais no? As with the first title, there is also a handful of Nazi AI characters built with different rankings, routines, and goals. Some will simply stand and shoot. Others will take a pounding -- a lot of lead -- while others drop to the ground and roll out of range, while still others run in patterns throughout the area and are just plain bothersome. Just like in the first title, the enemy AI still hides behind crates and walls, and quickly comes out to shoot and hides again, while others throw grenades. These Nazis are still known to pick up grenades and throw them back at you, too. Gamers should find that fighting against tanks and motorcycle sidecars is quite fun. The tanks are quite aggressive and can take you out in a single shot, while the sidecars obviously have two enemies in them, and take rather effective in whittling down your health. Another aspect that adds to the game's depth is the ability to dress up in different costumes. Players can take on the role of delivery persons, bakers, and propaganda photographers. With the camera you have access to otherwise secret areas and you can walk among the Germans without a single problem. I once took a photo of these two Germans in Greece who wouldn't let me pass into the next sector, and they posed like hams. It's the little things that count, and Medal of Honor Underground has them. Medal of Honor is a whole lot of shooting. It's one of those games that end up being repetitive if taken in one giant chunk. It's a
                    lso still got some problems. The biggest one is the wonky collision problems. Players hit stuttering areas this time and either can't go into areas or find themselves stuck in small areas. This minor gaff keeps MOHU from totally smooth moving play, and in some cases endangers players in crowded fights. While the story is intriguing in and of itself, it isn't integrated into the game at all. You fight a bunch of Germans and then you watch some really old WW II footage of you read some text about the next mission. This paradigm in game-FMV-game-FMV basics has now been surpassed. And it's not like MOHU doesn't have a great story to tell, it does, but superb games such as Half Life or even something like Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver tell their stories much better. In the case of MOHU, the unfortunate result is boredom. I wish that in addition to the cool new interactions and co-op play, the story was so compelling that I simply can't put down the game for that few extra hours of sleep. That's what makes FPS games that rely on the single-player experience great. With MOHU, I can put it down and come back to it in a week. Not really the sign of greatness -- either that or my PlayStation 2 has really got my number. I suppose that's where the two-player game comes in. The two-player aspect of MOHU is solid for what it is, a decent two-player game. But whose fire is truly stoked by a great two-player match? It's a good idea and it certainly adds that extra dimension to the game's overall value, but it's not all that. Not with PS2, Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 all touting four-player split-screen modes. Again, it's not bad, but isn't it time for some four-player or even some online goodness? Graphics Dreamworks used the same engine for Medal of Honor Underground as it did for the first game, but has added a lot of good stuff to make it worth your while. As long as you're not completely lost on 32-bit generatio
                    n graphics, and haven't been sucked into the world of Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 games, you'll appreciate this game's look. The color palette is much broader, resulting in brighter areas, more colorfully textured locations, and a game that is much easier to play because it's easier to see where you're going. You see great looking levels in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, great looking cavernous museums of sorts in the Greek areas, and some neat locations such as the German castle and the deserts of North Africa. There are still clipping problems and some collision detection problems in which characters merge with solid objects, but for the most part they aren't too serious, or troubling. The menus have all been redone, as have the unique load screens, and both changes are great. Instead of the war room of the first game, you're in what looks like the basement of a French home. You can see all of your records and return to any mission you want from here, and you can see any of the movies, too. All in all in MOHU is a substantial graphic improvement over its brethren. Sound The first game had some of the best classic-style music in any game of its kind, going away from the standard lowest common denominator alternative rock, and in my mind it was a great breach of the norm. MOHU does it again, bringing gamers well composed, fully orchestrated music that delivers great drama, tension, and excitement to what is essentially an action game. The sound of Nazis hollering at you from behind walls and the sounds of their footsteps helps to create tension, too. The sound of your guns clanging away is also extremely well done, as well.

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                      Why are all the games I write about good games? Is it because I never play crap ones or are my standards too low? Anywho, back to MoHU. Not many first-person-shooters make it on the PlayStation, but after the sucess of the first Medal of Honour, this game could do noting but succeed. This game is set a little before the first game (cos prequels are hip after Phantom Menace)and you play manon, the French resistance girl who helps Jimmy Patterson in the first outing. Thhis game takes what MoH had and makes it even better. The graphics aren't much better, seeing as it was released just a few short months after the first, but the sound and animations are excellent. ou still have the klang as your bullet passes through the Nazi's helmet, or sneds the helmet flying of his head. You still have the sniper riflr (compulsory now in all FPS's) and a few more weapons beside. But the main thing that has been added to the game is the camera. In the first game you had to steal an ID card so that you could get into certain areas. That practice has not changed for the second game, but this time you go undercover as a photographer. Sonds good, ya? Get one of the Nazis to pose for a photo and as he does his 'which way to the beach' stance you can whip out your silenced pistol, and put one through his master-race haircut. You can also take a picture of them when they don't expect it, and shoot them as they rub the stars from the bright flash away from the fronts of their eyes. The tongue in cheek jokes also make this game a must have. There is a secret level at the end once you have completed it, which is populated by dancing armed alsatians. Once they spot you they will stop waltzing on their hind legs and either run up on all fours and bite you, of stay on hind legs and open fire with whatever weapon they have been given (machine-gun, rocket launcher, etc.). They will also turn up driving armoured vehicles and tanks, trying
                      to stop you from finding all the pieces of a scientist. Confused? You will be! Of course there is also the death match option. Although it only allows for two players it is still a lot of fun. Characters are unlocked as you progress through the game, along with arena and weapons to choose from, extending the game well past its final level. A game with good graphics, great gameplay, and long lifespan - you cant go wrong!

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                        29.01.2001 00:36

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                        War, huh (good God) - what is it good for? Well actually, it’s good for making video games. Last year’s dubiously spelt Medal Of Honor was critically acclaimed across the board and was billed as Saving Private Ryan - the game. Can the sequel do any better? Medal Of Honor Underground sees you playing as Manon, a young female member of the French Resistance. Fans of the first game might remember her being introduced as Jimmy Patterson’s “control” in the original Medal of Honor. A woman, you say? Yep, but this lady is no soft touch. With a dozen different weapons to take out the Nazis with, including a Colt 45, a Walther P38 and a Molotov Cocktail, no-one is gonna try and chat her up. MOHU is split into several differently themed missions. One may require you to take some secret photographs where another may need you to gun down some soldiers and break into a building. It’s a shooter, but with added brains. MOHU looks stunning - you would expect it from Dreamworks, the people behind Saving Private Ryan. It captures the feeling of the war well, cos it’s not just running around shooting. Stay alert in MOHU, because your enemies are even smarter than they were in the original. Throw a grenade at them and they will pick it up and throw it back, fire a shot and guards will come to investigate.

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                        23.01.2001 15:53
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                        This is an excellent game, its main advantage over many other games is the level of dificulty that it possesses. It is similar to the "World is not enough" and "Tomorrow Never Dies" in the gameplay and the ideas and tasks within the levels. However it proves a much greater task, there is a reasonable amount of levels which include pereventing Tanks pass through certain areas, and within the game there is never a moment when you can lose your concentration, as the German soldiers will be quick to attack. There are three levels of difficulty, concerning different Health standards and the maintenance of your health. For example on one level of difficulty your maintain the same level of health from one mission to another. The multiplayer mode, is a welcome attribute, you are able to choose your level and the array of weapons that you use. The gameplay is excellent the shooting is realistic. The only downside to the game is the graphics of fellow soldiers do not carry the highest level of accuracy. Overall this is an excellnt addition to the wide range of playstation games avaliable today. I can honestly say that i reinforce the views of many of the magasines, as this is a superb, exciting and addictive game.

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                          12.01.2001 19:16
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                          You Play the part of “Manon”, (who, unusually in first-person-shooter games is a woman) who is in the French resistance in the time of the World War 2. You are initially helping your contact from the first game (who you played as) “Jimmy Patterson”. The aim of the game is pretty much kill all the Nazis and make sure you complete all your missions given to you. You are given such things to do as Blow up tanks, Eliminate German weapons and retrieve explosive devices from the Germans. These are structured, and you have a list of things to do on each level, and when you have done them all, you can progress to the next level. The amount of enemies killed decides what rank you get. You get an “excellent” for all enemies killed, and good for lower amounts etc. If you have a good enough ranking on each level in a mission (each mission contains about 5 levels), you will get a medal – thus the game title, as well as unlocking more items and people to play as in multi-player mode. The graphics are really good for the ageing Playstation, with probably the best first-person-shooter graphics that the PSX has, apart from Quake2, which I believe it is on a par with. The graphics seem to be tidied up a little from the original MOH, and better animation and realisation of enemies. Story-line wise you are always given updates on what is happening, so you know what you are doing and got to do next. The story on this game is stronger than on most first-person-shooters, because there was a French Resistance in real life, so they have a real story to built upon, and it is done well too. There are such a large amount of weapons available; from the obligatory machine guns, pistols and grenades, to Rocket launchers and German Explosive sticks, which are probably the most fun weapon from the first game, as you throw them at something, and blow-up as soon as they hit (i.e. very useful in multi-player), as well as bei
                          ng very destructive. That’s another plus-point too, the multi-player mode, where you can have split-screen action against your mates in a death-match type of environment, where you have 4 different weapons from the start (you pick what assortment before you play), and you find the ammo lying on the floor, along with health. The mulitplayer levels seem well designed, with open-sided lifts, hidden rooms and vantage positions, which you can shoot from. There main thing about this is, that it is just FUN!. This game overall, builds upon the original, by adding more weapons, more levels, better graphics and more involving levels + missions. BUY IT!, you won’t be disappointed.

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                          10.01.2001 05:23
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                          Well out of my opinion i believe this game is really quite similar to the original. But we do have a few changes and add ons like this time you are actually a women and there are a few more different type of guns, 12 in all including the panzerfaust. This new game has 7 new levels which take you through 24 levels in all. Some of these levels you may find very similar to the original and sometimes you may forget you are actually playing a new game. The enemies may actually be alittle more difficult to kill as some have tanks, half-tracks and motorcycles. The Game still has a two player mode where you can battle it out with a friend in some of the levels featured in the game. The begginging of the game is still the same where it looks like you are in a room and different objects are different options. But it is a different room. Once playing the game you will see the structure of the game is almost the most. But still is a great game and with a few new missions to complete it is defiently a game you need to buy. The sound is good but only has its real effect if you have the Tv on and not listening to music because then you can hear certain things like people walking, running and talking. The graphics i'd say are not the best but because it is a great game maybe we should not worry too much about this. The object of completing this is to get the Medal of Honour which is the highest honour of the USA and only 3,433 have been authorised. The main three new features of the game are 1. Buddy mode: which is where you will we given buddies (friends) to come along and help you with certain levels. You have to make sure these people do not die as then the level may not be completable because the buddie may be needed to pick a lock or something. 2. Moving Vechiles: Which is what i have already mentioned which is tanks, motorcycles with sidecars, halftracks etc. These will be used by the enemy. 3. Discuise mode with camera: You will only need thi
                          s on some levels which is where if your pass doesn't convince the guards that it is you taking a picture a them with your camera could work because they like to get there picture taken and they do a pose if you aim the camera at them, then take the picture and the usually let you through. This is a definate hit. Go and get it if you haven't already!

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                          A game published by EA Games and developed by Dreamworks Interactive. World War II is the setting for this first-person action adventure game.