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Medal of Honor: Heroes (Platinum) (PSP)

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Genre: Action & Shooter / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-07-14 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      02.02.2010 21:36
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      Mostly very good

      I love the Medal of Honour games for the PC, and so went into the PSP version, Heroes, with tepid expectations. However, it's a pretty good game that makes the best of the PSP, pitting you as a team of Allied soldiers across over a dozen missions, delivering the great gameplay and cinematic feel we are no doubt used to.

      Fans of the series will breeze through this, and it's not exactly original stuff, but a few familiar faces from the previous titles crop up, which is a nice little treat. Basically, you're given an objective by your commanding officer, such as rescuing someone, taking down a tank or securing some surveillance equipment, and there are also secondary objectives that are optional, but completion of them will ensure that you get a medal.

      Visually, this isn't great but it does the job; the console versions of the MoH games have always paled in comparison to the great PC ones, and this one as a result ends up looking quite dated. Aurally, the series has always been great, though, both with regard to the soundtrack and environmental noise like dialogue and machinegun fire. It does feel, though, that a lot has been copied from the previous games, but it's still great to listen to given the handheld format.

      Though intense and chaotic, the game is quite short, which is a shame. However, it is very addictive and fun while it lasts, and there's a surprisingly deep and fun multiplayer component. I just wish that the single player was longer and even more cinematic, but this is for the most part a good effort that does the console justice.

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      20.08.2009 14:17
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      A very good war game & one of the PSP's better first person shooters

      I bought this game the month that it came out which now, is years ago. I still play it regularly.

      This is a first person shooter set in World War 2. You play the part of various soldiers trying to complete mission objectives. The 1 player games offers quite a challenge. There are lots of missions. All to be completed on easy, medium & hard. Each level has a specific objective which can range from placing explosives as specific locations & getting out alive, to killing a certain amount of foes. The game is clever too. You have to fight sensibily. There is cover which you can get behind & use. If you don't, you get shot to pieces. There are a variety of different weapons. All of which you will get to use & can be found lying around the place while on missions. The single player it's lots & fun & will last you hours if you want to get a gold medal on every level & unlock everything.

      The Multi Player game is fantastic. Online you can fight against up to 31 opponenets at once. This is so much fun. It's absolute bedlam & normal rules of play don't apply. Using cover doesn't help much & you get killed often but equally you can kill quite a few people too.

      I would definitely recommend the game. You'll have good fun & get a stiff challenge from the one player game & if you have wifi access, the online game will blow you away again & again!

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      29.05.2009 00:10
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      A fantastic game that any Medal of Honour fans must try, I really recommend this!

      I came across this game when trying it on a demo on the PSP having downloaded it from the Playstation store. It was a multiplayer demo and after liking it so much I bought it from Game store for £15 which at the time I considered was a very good price. You can now buy this game from Amazon for just £6.50 and I really would recommend it. It was released in Novemember 2006 and there have been a few updates available since then that have improved the overall quality of the game.

      What I love about this game is that the gameplay is just so fun, I find the controls to be really easy to get use to and they can be customisable. There is 15 missions overall but they are big missions that really are action packed. Buy doing missions you unlock the next mission so it encoruages you to keep playing. It is a difficult game but at the same time it does provide a good level of enjoyment.

      The multiplayer on this game is after all what I bought this game for and it really is excellent. I would recommend trying the free demo available in the Playstation store to see whether you like it first. There can be up to 32 palyer playing at any one time on one map! It is really quick and easy to setup and online match making it simple to get straight in, you can even do quick match. There are a number of modes available such as deathmatches and capture the flag that really are brilliant. I love it and I really cannot tell you how much fun it is!

      There are great maps within the game and with the graphics it really does look good and improve the fun of the game. There is a good variety of weapons within the game which adds interets and I found the AI of the enemy to be quite advance. The new modes and various unlockables really to make this a fantastic game and I cannot recommend it any more. Especially at £6.50 which is an extremly good price for a game like this that will no doubt give you hours of fun! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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      26.05.2008 19:10

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      A Great war game that many will love

      Everyone by now know shte Medal of Honour series, theyr'e all vbased on war, mostly Wrold War 2 and all of them are pretty well renound for being very good looking and well executed shooters. Of course that was all before they hit the handheld. So would moving to the PSP hamper their success? Well we find out here with Medal of Honor - Heroes.

      An exclusive title for the PSP which is pretty rewarding for me as so many titles for the PSP have been straight ports from the PS2.

      Graphically it's pretty good, the environments you do battle in all look impressive and the explosions and smoke are all very authentic on the eye and will defintiley impress the gamer.

      The gameplay is as good as ever in in this series, not really ever awkward always feeling that it flows wonderfully as you make your way through the trenches on route to killing the enmy.

      Soundwise it's pretty appealing too with some good overdubs of the voices of each character and the noise when you blow things up is pretty rewarding too, guns sound great and it gives a good atmosphere to the game.

      All in all i'd recommend Medal Of Honor Heroes as it's not something you've played before and really feels like there's been a lot of effort put into making it special. A fun shooter that will provide plenty of entertainment on you're travels.

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      13.03.2008 21:52
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      Good entertainment

      Medal of Honor Heroes is testament to the fact that a successful first person shooter war game can be transferred to the psp. It's easy to master - only took about half-an-hour to get to grips with all of the commands probably due to the nice and steady approach through the first stages which guide you on your way.
      Apparently, the medal of honor franchise is the best-selling WWII one of all time and I've played before on the PS2 and loved all their games so I can see why they're so popular - I wasn't disappointed with this one.
      The game follows 3 soldiers through 15 campaign missions all of which have objectives, the primary ones must be completed and secondary ones are optional but essential for gaining medals and unlocking the extras. There's also added bonuses for accurate shooting and kill counts.

      The Compass in the bottom left-hand corner tells you where the team is located and which way to head for the objectives and if you can't remember what the objectives were or whether you've completed the secondary ones then merely press start and they're all handily available for you to browse! The compass also points out where a grenade is so if there's time you can go and kick it out the way before it does any damage.
      Your health is displayed at the top of the screen and when it runs out you die! but there's opportunity to pick up health kits and medikits so life doesn't ebb away.

      You can creep behind object, peek out round corners and generally play like a coward if you so desire - I tend to go out gund blazing and the jobs a goodun but it's up to you how you attempt each mission.
      There's the excellent autosave which I can't rate enough and the option to play either as a green, veteran or hero - I've successfully completed Veteran 100% but Hero's far too hard for me. But it's a good enough game that I may try one day.

      There's a Skirmish mode that I think is far too hard - you're scored by how many times you've killed minus how many times you've been killed. I've never played multiplayer but there's the chance to battle upto 31 opponents.
      The graphics are great - there's no blood or gore (it's a 16+ rating) though I don't even think it's particularly violent or shocking either. The environments range from snow covered lands to war-torn cities and all are very good graphically (can't say historically as I've no clue). The Sound is good and helpful to have on - 'enemy troops' is a great warning to be on your guard that otherwise you wouldn't know.
      Price New: £15ish or £3.00ish ebay
      Developer: EA Games
      Connectivity: Broadband only Wi-fi
      Online Modes: Competitive, team orientated
      Release Date: Nov 2006
      No. of players: 1-8 (or 32 online)
      Age: 3+

      ****Summary****

      The only problem I have with this game is that it's far too short and the only differences between the difficulty levels are shooting abilities and the amount of health that depletes - no new objectives to or levels. It's also over far too quickly so I was disappointed that even I properly completed it within 3 days. It is a good game, the graphics and playability are highly addictive.

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        25.06.2007 20:54
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        Graet game, good value if you can make the most of the multiplayer mode

        This is the first shoot em up game ive bought for the psp, and i wasn't disapointed! The graphics and sound are amazing with alot of effort going into small details. There are 15 missions to complete in different parts of europe italy, holland and belgium, the missions are not too difficult even on the veteran mode, the more experienced gamers can jump straight into the more challenging but not impossible hero difficulty setting. Completing the mission in the different difficulty settings unlocks speacial features such as new uniforms with my personal favourite the german infantry in his pink long johns. But once completed its not a game your going to want to go back and play again and again unless you have a internet conection which is were this game can become addictive. With up to 32 players in one game at any time you can start to really have fun , you can switch between playing the Allied or Axis team, and really find the strenghs and weakneses of the weapons such as the Enfield Rifle or the Panzerschreck Bazooka. Hope this helps happy gaming.

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          18.06.2007 22:02
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          Great for any PSP owner with a wireless router.

          Welcome to the review of the game that has lost me my life completely. After buying a PSP solely for this game, in around three months I have spent a total of 12 days and 6 hours playing. The game isn’t even perfect as the review will point out. However, it is really addictive.

          Medal of Honour is a pretty old series of games made by EA, a series that I remember from its days on the PSone. Slowly though the game has got worse and has failed to stand out against competition against the more-hyped Call of Duty. The gameplay isn’t perfect, and the problem with 1st person shooters (FPS) is that most are pretty similar so if one does it better, it stands out. What makes this game beat the rest though is online.

          ~The Game~

          The game itself is set during World War II meaning it is Enfield Rifles and Karabiners galore and during offline campaign you play as three soldiers on the frontline in three different countries as the allies throughout in 15 missions. This starts off excellent with the first few missions then get slowly worse.

          The fact is the missions themselves are quite good. The missions are always along the lines of killing a certain amount of enemies (or ‘clearing the area’) and capturing the flag (‘seizing vital points’) or doing something you would expect to play online with a team of allies. This is not bad at first. Your team mates are a little thick, throwing grenades and what-not, regardless of how close you are to the enemy though they do not get in your way too much whilst you run around regaining the documents you need (secondary objectives) whilst also setting charges now and then and capturing seize points. There missions themselves I found not to be very repetitive, after all, within four hours I had completed the game on veteran and within the next three I had completed the easiest setting and was about to embark on hard mode. What gets annoying is that EA do not seem to know how to increase the difficulty.
          You see, instead of just making the enemies harder to kill and having a few more they do both. The problem is they end up just throwing enemies at you from all angles. The worst example of this probably is in the final few missions, especially Belgium Ranch and Belgium River. Enemies seem to respawn from all angles. Killing one or even ten is not a problem. However it is when as soon as you kill one 2 more appear so the best you can do is rush through the mission, especially when you are trying to guard a flag and enemies and flying at you from about three angles, when the most your team do is throw grenades, oblivious to the fact you are in extremely close to the enemy, and in the later missions your team mates really become a problem with grenades, and generally buggering off as soon as they get the chance, as soon as the hard part is coming up.

          Sounds absolutely terrible, and I doubt even EA could disagree with me here; this is just an online game, with the offline just throw in to get you started. The only real point in completing the game on all three difficulty levels is outfits, which can only be used online anyway. They do try to bulk up the offline a little bit with skirmish, an AI death match with scores to beat. However, it miserable fails to the excitement of online play, since AI enemies can’t fire and shoot at the same time, in complete contrast to the jumping enemies you find online.

          If you have not got a wireless router then this game is definitely not for you. Without the online mode forcing me to play offline for those few unlockable outfits, the game would have been gathering dust within 5 hours.

          ~Controls~

          This is a tricky subject with many finding the controls hard, especially since 1st person shooters rely on the analogue sticks, with the PSP only having one. Another disadvantage is only 2 shoulder buttons. This has made the conversion for first-person shooters hard. EA for this has made the analogue stick to move forward and backwards, and strafe. The action buttons (circle, square etc.) are for looking up and down, and turning, with the shoulder buttons used for firing, rifle butts and a zoom in (to complete first person with the gun up to eye level). That leaves the directional pads to pick guns, use a medikit (or talk online), pick up guns, reload and change stance. It all sounds pretty confusing though within half an hour of offline you’ll know the controls so well you’ll be beady for online, where the real war is at.
          There are more types of controls to suit different people who use different weapons, though the default suited me fine. The only problem is jump which is done with select button. Though you do easily get used to it, and it is not used too often.

          ~Graphics~

          Looking at it the graphics are some of the best I have seen on the handheld. Great detailed maps with some pretty realistic explosions. The patter of rain on the floor definitely adds to the atmosphere, as do the actual people. Although graphics are not everything it definitely adds to the atmosphere when an explosion goes off. Although the scenery around is not affected by the explosions it was unexpected since it is a PSP game. The only bad thing is that you can run through men.. Annoying if, for example you are going for a precise melee kill and instead you go far, though it was probably made this way due to the respawns. A minor error in a near perfect game, for the online at least…

          ~Online~

          This is where the game excels. In the evening it is unusual for less than 200 people to be online and with 32 players maximum in each game you’ll never feel lonely. You’ll even find the odd death match on at 6am if you’re feeling adventurous. There are quite different environments and you choose teams (axis or allies) and your weapon. You are always armed with a main weapon (machine gun, rifle, sniper, shotgun or bazooka with the later frowned upon), a pistol in case you run out of ammo and four grenades, making for a hectic battle. You can drop in and out of games whenever you want and when you die you respawn. The larger the difference from your kill to deaths the higher you are on the leader board. This makes sure you can just spend five minutes online or five hours (or more if you are one for addictions). Your account is very easy to set up and can be done on a PSP in five minutes and you will be playing against the whole of Europe from there on.

          There are six types of match, each suited to different people. The deathmatch is the frantic dog-fight which will get your score up fast. My personal favourite though is ‘hold the line’ in which the team has to hold the flag for a certain amount of time. Others are infiltration (capture the flag), battlelines (trying to control three flags) demolition (diffusing a bomb) and domination (battlelines for key point’s o the map). The latter two are hardly ever used though and are frankly rubbish. You play on the environments from the game, which are a relatively good size, all with different time limits, flag limits etc.

          The game is extremely addictive and quite fast you learn about your favourite environments etc. and where the good points are. It is generally quite frantic where you respawn, run until you see and enemy, kill and run on until you die and respawn again. That is the problem though in reality, nobody really cares about the flags and it is generally the new players that get the flags, perfect for snipers to pick them off. I do the same and it doesn’t take away the fun of the game, because most people would rather fight that guard a flag. You quickly recognise the names of the ones that are online a lot and there is a talk mode that lets you chat to them and give basic commands to your ‘team’ such as move out and retreat etc. You can also type (there isn’t a headset) though you can die whilst typing. A handy little feature is that you can vote. To change the map, or to vote players off. There really aren’t that many cheaters in the game since it means having to upgrade a custom firmware, and there aren’t many team killers either (kill their own team), and it is mainly used to vote off people that bazooka. It is handy though since it gets rid of the idiots.

          To be honest, when written the online doesn’t sound that fun. No headset, and most people don’t even play the game, just kill. However, it is just addictive since when you get good you want to improve you rank. You get grudges against people you want to kill and generally killing is just fun. First person battling is excellent for online because it is manual aim making is a real challenge. The thrill you get out of coming first in a 32 player deathmatch or killing number one in Europe for the first time is immense.

          ~Ad Hoc~

          The mid-way between offline and online. A maximum of 8 people can log on and do the same as online mode, only with less people. Although it doesn’t matter since online just makes up for it, this really is disappointing and I think since its online is so amazing, this should be too and a co-op mode would really bulk out the story to something a little more than something to fill the UMD so those with no online can still buy it. It can only be played if all people have the game too; a real shame since I think even a snippet of what online is like could fetch a few more sales.

          ~Extra information~

          Name: Medal of Honor Heroes
          Format: PSP
          Site: http://www.mohheroes.ea.com
          Age: 16+
          Memory: 128kb minimum
          Infrastructure: 2-32 players
          Ad Hoc: 2-8 players
          Made by: EA
          Price: Amazon £15 new. GAME £19.99

          ~Verdict~

          This is a bloody brilliant game that will occupy a large section of your life. If you have no online then this game should be avoided like the plague, the offline quality has really gone down. However, EA sure know how to make a good EA online game as not only this but also FIFA shows. It is one of the most addictive games I have ever played and the ranking system is just excellent. At the start you may care about your rank very little but as you get better and your rank starts to increase into the hundreds you really start to care. The variety of weapons is great, and the ability to just run in and shotgun, grenade and melee are great. I have a personal need to get the most melees’ in the game (rifle butts). The use of the guns is excellent and it adds to the atmosphere. The sound of the machine guns in the background (even if there is no-one else in the environment), and the patter of the rain in Holland Bridge really adds to the atmosphere of the game and you are really drawn in. Anyone who owns both a PSP and has a wireless connection should get this game. I am not even a traditional FPS fan.

          *thanks for reading* butters...

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            11.06.2007 13:42
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            Respawning Nazis remove suspension of disbelief

            This is my first venture into the MoH franchise so the fact this is meant to be amalgamation of the best bits of the other games does not bother me.
            The game follows three commanders as they take their teams across a country, liberating villages, stealing papers and killing Nazis as they go. The three overall stories are well done, with cinematic cut scenes, and well thought out mission briefings. However the missions themselves are not so good. While the maps are beautifully crafted, the objectives are overly simple, and as the AI simply respawn do not feel like a mission but just a death match. You can not clear an area and then move on (as the map seams to want you to do) as the AI will have simply respawn behind you or in the case of one map just in front of you while you look at the respawn point in your sniper rifle. This truly kills any suspension of disbelief.

            AI
            Your team mates are a little dim. They will walk into your line of fire, run onto grenades they throw, and mostly ignore cover. You can not give commands, so any tactics are removed.
            All AI respawn rather than either arrive from an off-map location, or simply die. The AI will also scream things like "Incoming" just after we have taken out a squad of Nazis, or "Good shot" shortly after I’ve missed with a machine gun. The AI needs some work both in its very repetitive speech patterns and its use of cover.

            The Controls
            The keyboard and mouse are how the Gods intended man to play FPSes. It was not until Rainbow Six: Vegas on the 360 did I admit that a game pad could work. So my purchase of MoH was in part to find out if a single (rather rubbish) thumb could pull off a decent FPS control system. I had very low expectations. MoH: Heroes comes with four different control systems. All just about work, and all are ever so slightly broken. Not so broken as to make the game unplayable but enough to lessen the fun. The PSP really could do with a second thumb stick, and the sticks being a lot more sensitive.

            Graphics
            Graphically I am very impressed. As I have mentioned above the maps are very well designed, and well textured. The models are also impressively done, and the HUD icons are nice and clear. Unfortunately some of the animations are off, and the Nazis will sometimes skim around in a strange manor.

            Missions
            As I have mentioned, the missions are overly simple almost to the point of being dull. The flip side to this that are great for a quick blast for when you have five minutes spare. Not good for hard-core gamers, but good for casual gamers looking for a fun FPS.

            Multiplay
            A great addition to the game, however I've only used it twice. Both times it was easy to find games with players.

            Overall, an enjoyable selection of team death match games in a nicely done story line. Not as impressive as I was hoping for with limited "team" action, and has not made me want to buy the other games in the MoH franchise.
            I would find it hard to recommend this game. It is not a bad game, but I feel it should be better. I feel very mean for saying that, as it is a good, fun game.

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          Sabotage German defences on the Italian coastline to help the invasion forces crack Hitler's iron hold on Europe. Medal of Honor Heroes, available exclusively for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, gives gamers the chance to take all the epic, authentic World War II (WWII) action of Medal of Honor (MoH) on-the-go. Medal of Honor Heroes is the newest addition to the critically-acclaimed Medal of Honor franchise which was credited with pioneering the First-Person Shooter (FPS) WWII genre when it debuted in 1999. This marks the exciting debut for a Medal of Honor game on the PSP system. With an entirely unique storyline and PSP-specific feature set, players will experience a totally new single player campaign and choose from six different Multiplayer modes within 15 different maps, while participating in wireless Multiplayer sessions with up to 32 players. Or choose to play with up to 8 players across the room in a local Ad hoc game. Quickplay missions in skirmish game mode, allow players to jump right into the action or customize mission scenarios for added re-playability. Relive your favourite Medal of Honor moments by unlocking over 20 classic characters to use in multiplayer games.