Medal of Honor Frontline, which was originally released this past summer for the PlayStation 2, is a first-person shooter that tries to re-create the feeling of actually being on the battlefield during World War II. The PlayStation 2 version of the game was hailed as a terrific accomplishment that succeeded in doing just that through the use of incredible graphics and sound. The Xbox version actually surpasses the PlayStation 2 release, featuring improved visuals, true Dolby Digital support, and a new multiplayer mode.
The gameplay and controls in Medal of Honor Frontline are elegantly designed.
The game starts you out on the beaches of Normandy for the D-Day invasion, and the opening sequence has been designed to closely resemble to D-Day landing featured in the film Saving Private Ryan. You start out in a Higgins boat as it approaches the shore. You have the ability to look in all directions as you get closer to the shore and can see the armada of other Allied boats behind and alongside yours. Mortar rounds explode in the water all around you, sending huge plumes of water into the air. Eventually, one of the incoming mortar rounds finds its mark and destroys a nearby boat. Moments later, you find yourself in the water, trying to make your way up the beach as a hail of Nazi gunfire rains down on you and your fellow troops. This tension-filled sequence is your first introduction to the game, and it perfectly sets you up for the rest of Medal of Honor Frontline's intense, cinematic action.
You play through the game as Lieutenant James Patterson during the most pivotal point of World War II. As Patterson, you penetrate enemy lines in an attempt to destroy key targets, thereby keeping the troops on the front lines safe. The game features six main missions spread across a total of 20 different levels. Along the way, you'll have to take out a seemingly endless number of Nazi soldiers with a variety of weapons, including sniper rifles, pistols, submachine guns, grenades, and even a rocket launcher. All the weapons, uniforms, and story elements have been carefully crafted to deliver a highly authentic World War II game. New in the Xbox version is a four-player split-screen multiplayer mode. While it's a nice addition, no new maps were created specifically for the multiplayer component. Instead, the multiplayer maps are just chopped-up versions of the maps featured in the single-player campaign.
The gameplay and controls in Medal of Honor Frontline are elegantly designed and offer players a choice of two default settings. One setting allows players to control the character's movement and aiming independent of one another using the analog sticks. The second offering is for players who aren't used to first-person shooter controls, and it allows them to move and aim with just one analog stick. The triggers allow you to zoom in with a weapon and fire, while the buttons on the face of the controller allow you to crouch, jump, reload, and change weapons. The controls are responsive, and they're set up intuitively so anyone can quickly jump into the game.