Contra its predecessor, Medal of Honor: Warfighter isn’t just limited to the mountains of the Middle East; campaign settings from around the world – including the Philippines and Somalia – are confirmed destinations for the game’s outfit of Tier One operators, and developer Danger Close is weaving in factions from 10 different nations to fill out the game’s multiplayer.
Now we can add the homefront to the list of latest battlegrounds. Electronic Arts released a brand new trailer for Medal of Honor: Warfighter today, and while it does feature the personifying elements of every modern military shooter – helicopter rides, explosive firefights, UAV missile strikes – the spotlight is centered on its lead protagonist, Preacher, as he reconciles combat life with fatherhood and marriage.
2010’s Medal of Honor effusively touted authenticity, advertising Danger Close’s collaboration with real-life Tier One operators; Warfighter appears to have the same agenda. The trailer readily notes the campaign’s anchoring in “actual events,” and its depictions of suicide terrorist attacks (ostensibly the 2004 train bombings in Madrid – the timeline fits with Medal of Honor 1’s setting circa 2001-2002), military funerals, and Preacher’s emotional imbalance further echo the grimmer, morose aspects of today’s conflicts seldom seen in video games.
But just as Preacher will be forced to balance life on and off the battlefield, so, too, will Warfighter itself.
We rather enjoyed Medal of Honor’s heartfelt story, but unfortunately gameplay – the one component that ultimately drives sales – failed to live up to expectations when we reviewed the game in 2010. In its disappointing wake, Call of Duty: Black Ops went on to shatter almost every gaming sales record known to the NPD.
And so this is where we are two years later: the EA shooter faces stiff competition, again from Activision, in the futuristic form of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and the legion of analysts prognosticating paltry sales for Warfighter is growing by the week. E3 2012 saw a discernibly decent gameplay presentation for Warfighter back in June, but if the drama of its overall improvement can’t match that of the apparent narrative, EA may be forced to rethink their shooter strategy after the game’s October release.
Ranters, how much will the narrative focus in Medal of Honor: Warfighter impact your decision to pick up the game? Can EA’s shooter compete with Call of Duty: Black Ops II (or even its own Battlefield 3) this Fall?
Medal of Honor: Warfighter releases October 23, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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