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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2007-09-05 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      14.09.2011 00:33
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      One of my favourite medal of honour games, but it misses the extreme kick of COD

      OK this was one of the first games I played on Xbox360 in high definition and my god the difference is amazing, cant believe I played so many games on AV. This being one of the first xbox games the rendering is fantastic but it has its draw backs, for instance when I put the HD cable in you can see where the lines are on the modelling. They glow up quite white and it can be a bit off putting, espeically in cutscenes.

      In the medal of honour you play Boyd Travis as part of the 101st airbourne division (the famous screaming eagles). You jump into Solerno, Italy and beat back the italian black shirts there. Once you have established yourselves in Italy, you move to jumping on Normandy for D-day, your objective: to secure the town of Carne. Once this is done you move onto jumping in Holland as part of the massive taskforce for operation market garden. Once this is complete (you take the bridge of numargen- but as history tells us the operation failed) you jump onto the industrial centre of the German war machine, the region of Rhone.

      What I like about this game is that it is historically very accurate in terms of what operations you undertake. The other factor is that the new gimmick, the jumping is great. I skydived for two years and I can tell you when I used to do my RAPS jumps at the beginning (the parachuting where your chute is attached to a hard point in the aircraft) are really accurate, well, as accurate as they can be playing a game. The feeling of stepping out of the aircraft and then the camera angles go all over the shop as your chute opens and all you can hear is complete silence, the wind rushing past your ears and yes in this case anti-aircraft fire. But the game developers have it down to a tee, the round chute can be piloted somewhat but you cant turn it that much, just like in real life, which is why skydivers use rectangular chutes now. And the landings are great too, you have to time the breaking (the flare) right up until the last second, the same applies in real life, flare too early and you`ll quickly speed back up and hit the ground at 30 mph. In this case it will tell you its a botched landing, it takes you a while to pick yourself up off the floor and in that time you are vulnerable to fire. It also goes against your scores.

      As usual you have the usual wepaons: Gerand rifles, shotguns, tommy guns, Brownings, heavy machine guns and the German machinepistols. The other gimmick is that the more you use a weapon or variety of weapons the more add ons for the weapons you are given, that make it much easier to fire them. Including scopes, better buts and stocks, bigger magazines etc. Personally my favourite was the STG.44, powerful punch on it, quick rate of fire, very accurate ...its by far the best gun.

      The graphics and rendering other then the white lines are great- honestly. I mean the last mission on the huge anti aircraft tower really show off how much effort the EA team went into rendering a city like Berlin. The soundtrack is great, really james newton howard-ish, very stirring.

      The introduction of some great characters like the SS stormtropers, complete with all blackdress, gas masks (to make them look inhuman), massive MG44 heavy machine guns and an ability to take allot of punishment mean you`ll be doing the quickstep to cover as soon as you see them coming out of a door.

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        02.08.2009 20:55

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        a decent game and worth a try

        medal of honour airborne is diffent to any other game. this is based on a division of paratroopers. make your way into battle by jumping from a plane and trying to land in a safe zone (indicated by green smoke).

        the graphics is MOH:Airborne are pretty decent and there are great visual effects on explosions. there are some parts where you can be picky but all in all the graphics are good all round. obviously there are a few cases but its the same with every game. the guns themselves have good graphics and have been presented as realistcly as possible. your character is also presented well and so to is the way the war progresses.

        one thing i do like about MOH: Airborne is the fact that if you amass a certain amount of kills with that weapon you unlock a special add on (there are 3 stages to this. once you unlock all add ons you can choose which one you want you dont have to have the one you just uinlocked) and iff you get a number of headshots new sights are available to you. this is a good feature as getting a good sight and a round drum attachment can really make a difference in a tough situation.

        i didnt play too much of the online multiplayer as it is nowhere near the standards of Call of Duty 4 but it is still repectable in its own rights. i'm not saying it has a bad multiplayer im just saying it's not as good as other games.

        i would still give this game 8/10 and if you are bored of your Call of Duty 4 and want a new shooter/war game to pass time then this game is one i would recommend.

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        22.07.2009 16:16
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        A good game, well worth the money now. Probably pick it up dirt cheap.

        Medal of Honor: Airborne is a World War II inspired first person shooter. The default buttons are what you expect on the Xbox 360 controller, primarily being the sticks to move/look, left trigger to aim and right trigger to fire your weapon. The other buttons control movements like throwing grenades.

        The difference with this game compared to most shooters is the fact you are given full control of where you are inserted in the level to begin with. All levels start from a plane that you jump from. Your safe landing zone is marked by green smoke and you are advised to land here. For the more ambitious gamers you can choose to land anywhere you wish, including enemy strongholds should you wish to get right into the battle. I wouldn't recommend this for more challenging difficulties though.

        This game features a cover system which lets your character take cover behind objects, I always see this as an advantage as games you can't take cover in are a bit of a pain sometimes.

        There are 6 separate levels but do not be put off by this small number, there is in fact a massive range of objectives and gameplay within each. The missions follow a stroyline which is both intriguing and believable.

        You are able to earn 5 different types of medal throughout the campaign, each awarded for different things, such as using all weapons in the game and not dying throughout an entire mission.

        The computer characters are sometimes incredibly difficult to kill and once you reach the latter levels there is a German soldier dressed all in black with a gas mask and a stupidly powerful machine gun. It takes a fair bit of skill to kill these guys without getting killed. Apart from these characters the normal foot soldiers do not pose much of a problem.

        I have never played this game on Xbox LIVE so cannot comment on how it performs in the online multiplayer environment. Unfortunately I didn't have Xbox LIVE at the time I was playing this title.

        All in all I think this is a good game, maybe dragging out the Medal of Honor series a bit, seeing as I used to play them on the PS2! The control of your parachuting soldier is something new and a nice twist to revive an ongoing series.

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        25.05.2009 16:17
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        EA next one you bring out, give us a few new things to do other than drop in from the sky.

        Medal of Honor.....Airborne this time.

        I put it like that as quite simply, the series is being a smidge over done. It seems that once EA got good reviews over the first few releases of the Medal of Honor series, they did go a little crazy.

        This is the 11th in the series which puts you in control of Boyd Travers who is part of a squadron known as Airborne who are an elite group of soldiers trained to 'drop in' on the enemy and bring death from above.

        The game title and cover implies a lot of 'airborne' action however really it's just the start of each mission that puts you in control as you glide through the air to drop in to any one of several areas that have a green flare (safe zones).

        I have to admit I was hoping to do a little of the flying really, possibly have to fight my way through some bullet riddled skies and 'get our boys home'. Alas this was not to be...

        --- Gameplay ---

        The overall gameplay is fairly well done, as with all of the Medal of Honor series its a first person shooter that requires a lot of the 'all guns blazing approach' at times. The enemy AI is fairly well done with active charge and retreat responses according to the way you deal with each situation. If you move forward and kill a few of the enemy the others may well start retreating to get some distance between you and them, this I must say does give it a nice feel to the way you play.

        The graphics are fairly well done, even though (despite it's 16+ age restriction) the blood during close combat (melee essentially) looks like something done in Microsoft Paint.

        The objectives for each mission are nice and interactive meaning by completing one area a radio signal will often be triggered telling you to get to such and such a place to help others out or take out their radio transmitters etc.

        --- The Enemy ---

        Big shock, it's a world war game so your enemy are the Germans and you are the heroic Americans or as you'll be shouted when spotted by the enemy AMERICANAS!.

        The Germans though come in 10 different flavours for your gaming pleasure, from the standard ones who have a fairly simple enough rifle who'll be sneaky but basically at some point will probably charge at you and leave themselves open for meleeing or shotgunning-in-the-chest (my personal preference!) to the big Nazi Storm Elite....dum dum dum! (dramatic name requires the big booming 'dum's). They wear basically bullet proof uniform top to toe and wield a seemingly never ending supply of bullets which fly at you from a rapid fire machine gun and kill you pretty damn quickly. Personally I suggest the 'throw it and duck' method of using grenades to take these guys down as they really are like an AA gun on legs.

        --- Controls ---

        Typical MoH control system, easy to pick up, though the grenade to gun switching can be a bit tough to use at first (minor niggle really).

        --- Upgrades ---

        Players are rewarded with extras for guns and items such as satchels to reward you for good shots or being quick to react to say an enemy charging at you which is nice to see and does give you incentive to try and be extra clever with that trigger finger.

        --- Multiplayer & Online ---

        Multiplayer offers the same sort of experience you would expect from a MoH or Call Of Duty type of game, 'seek and destroy' style gaming but lots of fun with friends both online and offline.

        Online, though I haven't tested it much I must admit, don't expect to see millions of people online to play against as this game was released in 2007 and so a fair few have moved to the likes of the latest Call Of Duty, Gears of War or Halo 3 for their online gaming needs.

        --- Overall ---

        The concept was great, you can drop in on the enemy from above, literally wherever you like, with skill drops gaining you achievements etc, but basically this is where the 'air' side of things seem to end. Flying the plane or a bit more strategy to the dropping in would have helped this no end.

        Gaming wise the story is fairly obvious and standard though there is a few nice surprises that don't just have you simply killing everything in sight. The enemy AI is good and the fact that you have allies dropping in to help when others have been mown to the ground really can help at times, as they run ahead and them surviving or dropping to the ground can help you decide to run in or throw a grenade.

        Still a great game for fans of the Medal Of Honor series though do not expect a complete overhaul of the style. Basically for the £12-15 you'll pay for it this game is challenging and isn't completed as quickly as some other games out there today (always a good thing) so definitely worth a look.

        EA next one you bring out, give us a few new things to do other than drop in from the sky.

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        22.03.2009 23:14
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        Medal of Honour hasn't got anything on Call of Duty.

        I'd not played Medal of Honour, since Rising Sun on the Playstation 2, and was quite excited at the prospect of a new game, especially on the Xbox 360.

        It's the 11th in the Medal of Honour series, and I think they're running out of ideas now.
        The game is your bog standard WWII first person shooter, what you'd expect from Medal of Honour really.

        Your character this time round is PFC Boyd Travers a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. Your missions take you into Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
        Each mission requires you to drop behind enemy lines, and complete a series of obectives. You control your parachute so you can steer around the skies until you find yourself a good spot to land, prefferably as far away from the enemy as possible.

        The graphics are mediocre, and the story is short. There is an online multiplayer, but whenever I tried connecting to a game, nobody was online, which just proves how unpopular the game is really.
        Medal of Honour have nothing on the Call of Duty series it seems, with this game its true to say they've ran out of ideas, and just spat out yet another WWII shooter, with the only difference being your a Paratrooper, and you actually get to control where you land etc.
        The only good thing about this game, is the fact that you get to better your weapons with a ranking type system, the more you kill with a certain weapon, the better it gets. Until its completely upgraded and the enemy should stand little chance of killing you.

        I think I expected a bit too much from this game, having enjoyed the Medal of Honour series in the past on the Playstation, this didn't live up to it, there's only so many games you can do about WWII, and if your going to do them, make them good, and mix it up a little. Which is what Call of Duty have done.

        I'd only recommend this game to fans of the Medal of Honour series, but even then you'll still be dissapointed.

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        24.08.2008 00:57
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        Medal Of Honor Airborne is a first person shooter for the Microsoft Xbox360 games console.

        This game is yet another world war two based first person shooter, unlike other franchises it has not moved on.

        The unique thing about this game is before every mission you start from a plane and you parachute down, this means you can land where you want, in the middle of the action, on the rooftops so you can take out a few enemies while hidden, and so on.

        This game is otherwise unremarkable but it does feature a rather nice weapon upgrade system, when you use a certain weapon for a length of time it will upgrade to do more damage, have a scope and so on.

        The game has a solid online mode which is quite a bit of fun but nothing spectacular Like Call Of Duty Four.

        You can find this game for around £20.00 so if you way into your world war two shooters then pick this one up.

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        good but could be so much better

        Its kind of a shame to be honest, it lets itself down so much other wise it would be a great game. First of all the campaign missions are well very few 6 to be precise and easily competable so maybe more work on producing more missions. Second of all there needs to be more players on Xbox Live, 16 isnt enough really and many of the competetors can play so many more players in a match. But there are good things about it, the graphics are brilliant, gameplay is smooth and accuarate, the AI system (the enemies) respond very well to shots movement and is just a very intelligent AI system, the upgrading of guns is good as it gives you something to acheive after you have completed the game. The acheivemnts are easy enough i got 500 gamerscore pretty quickly. Over all could be better but is still fun.

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        15.11.2007 20:43
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        A great title to rent for a weekend in front of the 360

        If there is one thing that the 360 does not need it’s another First Person Shooter. This console has more FPS than a guest on Jerry Springer has illegitimate kids. In the most saturated of markets there is a one subgenre that is even more crowded - the WW2 shooter. ‘Medal of Honour’, ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Valour of Armies’ and ‘Shooting of Nazis’ (I made the last two up) are some amongst many series that explore the Great War. ‘CoD’ has decided to forgo the WW2 setting and is now modern combat, but ‘MoH’ has remained true to its roots with ‘MoH: Airborne’. Can ‘Airborne’ bring enough new features to the table to make people bored with the genre interested once more?


        Gameplay

        What’s different about 'Airborne’ and the other 5/6 WW2 FPS available on this and the last generation of consoles? Not much, but enough to be slightly better. You play as a member of the elite Airborne Division who are dropped in behind enemy lines to create a duel front. It is this that makes the initial difference in the gameplay as you begin each mission from within the confines of a plane. As you fly over the level the side hatch is opened and you parachute into a completely open level. The best bet is to aim for a green flare as these are designated safe zones. However, if you should choose to you can land directly on top of the enemy stronghold and try from there.

        The ability to land anywhere means that the game feels different from most FPS. Even the best in the genre e.g. ‘Halo 3’ or ‘Bioshock’, are essentially linear games were you go from point A to objective B. ‘Airborne's’ best ploy is that you are allowed to tackle one of several objectives in a mission in any order you wish. This means that the levels are open ended and you can immediately go anywhere. I really liked this aspect as it felt more chaotic as war should.

        The rest of the gameplay mechanics are identical to other FPS. The shooting feels good with the ability to use several weapons. As you kill using the guns you gain experience and make weapons stronger. I found upgrading the different firearms a good side game. I also felt that the enemy AI was intelligent enough to play a good game. They hide behind cover and will kill you pretty quickly if you go gung-ho. Don’t worry if you do die as you start from a parachute again with all objectives that you completed still finished. With the added sense of freedom that the levels give the gameplay, EA have managed to push the WW2 shooter a little further and it is a very enjoyable game. (4 out of 5)


        Characters/Story

        There is little in terms of character or story in this game as the war itself is really the story. You are dropped in on a particular level, each representing a real life battle during the war. The levels that you play have little in common storywise apart from being places that need capturing to win the war. As for your character, you are given a name, but are pretty much a faceless soldier in a dirty war. (2 out of 5)


        Longevity

        Unfortunately for ‘Airborne’ the longevity of the game is not fantastic. What experiences you do have are great fun, but you are unlikely to take more than 7/8 hours to complete every level. This is a trend in most FPS games now, but I still feel that 12 hours should be the minimum. Lifespan is extended in the online aspects of the game, but this is not the most original aspect of the game and may soon lose interest. Finally, there are a set of achievements available on the 360 version of the game that will increase the time to play the game. These are mostly for completing certain levels on certain difficulties and increasing all the weapons experience. You will have to play the game at least twice to get 1000Gs. (3 out of 5)


        Online

        The ‘Medal of Honour’ series has the dubious distinction of being the poor man’s ‘Call of Duty’. For the first time I felt that the single player of ‘Airborne’ almost came level to the standards of ‘CoD’. However, it has been the online side of gaming that ‘CoD’ has dominated, and I am afraid this is still the case. ‘MoH’ online is your very basic online experience – deathmatch, capture the flag etc. There is an added element of fun in that one team respawns on the ground whilst the other drops in from the sky. This means that the levels have a more 3 dimensional feel as enemies drop onto rooftops and try and snipe you. I was also impressed with the maps on offer as they were well designed and fun to play. However, none of this detracts from the fact that it is a very samey experience that any fan of online multiplayer games would have experienced before. With no co-operative game to be seen the online remains average. (3 out of 5)


        Graphics

        The 360 has come to the point were the majority of games are good to look at, even the rubbish movie tie-ins. However, there are titles that stand out from the rest and ‘Airborne’ is probably one of them. The graphics are not jaw dropping, but they look really nice and successfully capture the feeling of tension and filth that is war. (4 out of 5)


        Level Design

        With only 5 levels to play in the game it is essential for EA to get the design of them right. If only 1 or 2 levels is not up to scratch the gamer will feel cheated. Unfortunately, this is the case as EA are not able to do enough to make the levels different from the countless other WW2 shooters out there. There are a couple of levels that feel like previous games in reverse e.g. Dunkirk from behind. However, there are also a couple of unique levels that really stand out as something different for the genre. The level that has you attacking a giant Nazi tower is fantastic and really makes the last level stand out. It is a shame that this level of originality could not have been seen throughout (but that is probably an impossible task in the WW2 genre). (3 out of 5)


        Sound

        The importance of music and sound in a WW2 game may be pretty low in a person’s list when thinking about what makes a great WW2 shooter; however, this could not be further from the truth. In the age of surround sound and digital outputs the ability to make the gamer feel inside the experience is enhanced instrumentally by the quality of the sound. You can not feel that you are on a deadly battlefield unless you can hear the bullets just missing you or the enemy shouting a charge. ‘Airborne’ uses sound effects and swellings of music to amp the tension up and make the player feel at the front line; a great job. My only misgiving is with the ‘MoH’ theme that swells up on occasion, it sounds a bit cheesy and American for my liking – we Brits like a solid brass band don’t you know? (4 out of 5)


        Summary

        ‘Medal of Honour: Airborne’ is a great game that will never reach its full audience. If this was the only FPS on a next generation console that you had played your mind would probably explode. However, as a seasoned gamer I have not only played other FPSs on my 360, but even several WW2 FPSs. There is not enough that is different on offer to make me recommend spending £50 on it when a similar experience in ‘CoD 2’ is available to buy for around £10. The game only takes around 8 hours to complete and there are numerous more interesting multiplayer experiences on offer on the console. However, this is not to say that the game is bad. For the short time that the game graces your disc drive it is a fun and engrossing experience. All this added together means that this is an ideal rental or cheap buy, get it, play it, complete it, get rid of it – all in 48hrs. (3 out of 5)


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          06.11.2007 10:45
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          A new idea for a worn out WW2 idea

          Ok I have now been off my foot for 3 weeks now and I am not saying I am bored because I will be wishing I was back home when I go back to work, but it is getting to the stage that if I see Jeremy Kyle's face again I will put my crutches through the TV! So in a fit of rebellion I decided to have a go of this newly acquired game that my eldest monster saved his pocket money for.

          Now you may think its strange that a 36 year old women would even think of playing these sorts of games but I suppose a part of me has never really grown up and I loved all console games when I was younger and have marvelled at the way they have evolved over the years. I finally found my perfect game in Call of Duty 3 and love the xbox live option; I find it very stress reducing to go around shooting people (yes I know I need some kind of help, but hey you don't know my monsters!) So would this game match up to my favourite?
          THE IDEA BEHIND THE GAME

          I have never played any other Medal of honour game so for me I can only compare it to the Call of Duty series; I have noticed that there is a big market currently for WW2 games. This one is a bit different being you start off airborne and reading more into the background of the games a lot of research went into creating this part of the game. The makers wanted to make it as realistic as possible even going as far as going up in a restored C47 and using the actual sound from the plane on the game, to try and give the player a realistic experience as possible.
          They have also tried to give the player more freedom and choice of where they play on the map, rather than the usual follow everyone else and shoot! They have tried to make it so the player decides in which order they complete the objectives. The baddies have become more intelligent and will hide behind objects and this makes them harder to shoot. More choice regarding tactics, angle of approach and style are they are hoping to give the player a more individual experience.

          THE STORY
          The whole story centres on WW2 Airborne division and Private Travers and Pathfinder Eddie La Pointe. You are in control from the moment they are on the plane, you control where and how they land. There are 5 historic operations to complete in different countries, Italy, Germany, France and Holland to assist the allied war effort. You start as a pathfinder these jump in before the main soldiers to sort out the drop zones, they use more stealth and surprise. After you complete that mission you jump in as Private Travers and his missions are more shooting and blowing up the enemy.

          The 5 missions are:
          Operation Husky, July 10, 1943, Italy
          Operation Avalanche, September 13 1943, Italy
          Operation Neptune, June 6 1944, France
          Operation Market Garden, September 17, 1944, Holland
          Operation Varsity, March 24, 1945, Germany
          These are apparently all historic battles, which are brought to life within this game.

          GAME PLAY
          Before each real mission you get a briefing with the whole team and this will give you your objectives

          When I first started playing and saw there were only 5 missions I thought this game really wouldn't take long to complete, you start with the basic training as with all games. This teaches you how to perform the correct landing when you jump from the plane, you can perform a greased landing, flared landing or my personal favourite a botched landing! (Can you guess which I usually get!)? When you go on to actually jump you can see the makers have put a lot into this part of the game, the plane is shaking and you can hear the bombs going off, you can also look around the plane and see the faces of the team you are jumping with. When it comes to actually jumping don't worry if you don't feel ready, they will push you out!!
          After the jump you come down with your team and you get the view from above, the graphics and detail are very good and you can see the burnt out buildings and the fighting going on down below. You will also see green smoke dotted around these are the safest places to land but you don't have to land there you can land anywhere, on rooftops in houses or in the middle of the fighting. Dotted about are also places to land where you achieve your silver wings.

          Before the start of each mission you also get to choose your weapons, you get the choice of weapons and you can carry 3 into each mission, they are not any different really to the weapons from call of duty and 1 must be a pistol but the best thing about the weapons are you can achieve upgrades. There are 3 upgrades per weapon and you can see how close you are to achieving this by looking at the bottom of the screen, you see a outline of the weapon you are using and every time you kill an enemy it starts turning blue. When the weapon all turns blue the game suddenly goes in very slow motion and you see which upgrade you have achieved, this can be anything from a larger clip, satchel or a scope plus many more. Each weapon has the upgrades so you can keep going over levels and using different weapons to achieve every upgrade even grenades.
          As for the enemies each time a level loads you have a sort of meter that shows you on a scale from 1-10 (1 being the easiest) how difficult they are to kill. I must admit I was a bit impressed with them, in most of the games I have played the enemy doesn't seem all that bright but I have found these ones to be harder to shoot especially that they seem to hide and shoot a lot more. The makers have added a new thing which means you can sort of hide behind an object and then lean around a corner, this is a very good and works very well but a word of warning the enemy can also do this. Also when you die in a lot of games I have played you can sort of rely on the fact that when you start again you will no where all the baddies are so know where to hide but this again seems a bit different and they are not necessary in the same place.

          Dying is something I know a lot about in this game, I usually get caught out with the grenades but if a grenade comes very close to you and if you are quick enough you can kick it back at them. I haven't quite mastered this and usually kick it in the direction of my own guys and blow them up! You do have the usual grenade on screen that tells you how close it is, the redder the closer.
          You also have the usual save checkpoints and the game will automatically save at that point and also after completing an objective but you can also request to save at last checkpoint, these can be quite spaced out though and every time you die or restart you have to begin again by jumping out of the plane which can be a bit annoying as you then have to find the place where you need to complete your next objective.

          The actual game is harder to complete than I initially thought, hard-core gamers will maybe disagree with me but hey I am a 36-year-old women. The baddies in the last level are bloody hard to kill and can take 3 shots to the head to finish them off and there are quite a few of them but I am a stubborn cow and did finally get there.
          XBOX LIVE

          My eldest monster plays this a lot and really enjoys it, I have played a bit but feel more comfortable with call of duty 3 still, you have team death match which can have up to about 12 players.
          Objective airborne which has 3 flags each team has one flag each and they have to neutralize them and capture them and do this for all 3 flags, (a bit like headquarters in COD)

          Team death match airborne I am sorry to say we haven't played so can't comment on this one.
          Respawning is much faster than COD and I haven't noticed much lagging or glitching but if there are any network problems the server will disconnect you from the game, which has happened a few times.

          The maps are quite good with lots of choice especially for snipers with lots of high points and buildings to hide in, the graphics are in my opinion very good the people look quite lifelike and the sounds are also a good feature. If you are on the allies team you do get to jump from the plane but if you are on the axis's then you just respawn on the ground.
          GOOD POINTS

          I think the makers have achieved what they set out to do with the plane bit; it does add a new dimension to the game. The graphics and detail are very good especially the sound and this can really draw you in, also the weapon upgrades is another good added feature as it gives you something else to aim for. My eldest monster really does enjoy the Xbox live part of this game and means the game will not be abandoned after he has finished the actual game. Believe it or not the monsters are interested in the actual story and have looked some bits up on the Internet and also questioned my dad if he was at any of these battles (which he loved being that he was only a boy when the war was on!!)
          BAD POINTS

          The big one for my monsters is it is not co-op so they can't play together, neither the actual game nor the on-line play and I feel this is a big let down. A personal one for me is I am fed up of being an American! All these WW2 games the allied troops are American the younger generation who play these games are going to think that only America fought these wars! (Sorry rant over)
          After the initial couple of levels the game actually becomes a bit boring and samey, the airborne bit is good but it becomes a bit annoying when you have to constantly jump out of the plane when you restart or die. The baddies are harder to shoot but this becomes a bit annoying especially when you hit them a few times and they still don't die! Also if you botch your landing and end up in the middle of the fighting by the time you get your chute off you will be nearly dead and have to start over again jumping out the bloody plane!

          The on-line play seems a bit similar to Call of duty 2 and I just don't enjoy it that much but again that's a personal thing. The makers do say that it doesn't matter which order you complete the objectives but I have found that I have had to get them in some order and in one case restart a mission because I hadn't completed the objectives the right way round.
          All in all this isn't the worst game I have played but I still don't think it's the best, I really do think the market for WW2 games is now full and I will have a look at Call of Duty 4 when that comes out. It did kill a few hours for me and took my mind off my foot for a bit and also earned me some brownie points with my monsters for finishing it! But to be honest I would look out for it when it comes down in price, my monster paid £40 for it but I would look on Ebay, get a pre owned copy or wait for the price to come down.

          Well that's it from me apologies to usual readers of my reviews, I will be back to my usual subjects very soon! I am back to being bored and poking people with my crutches and oh yeah-avoiding Jeremy Kyle!!!

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