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In Medal of Honor: Airborne, you choose your landing site, looking for key positions for snipers or tactical moves.
In Medal of Honor: Airborne, you choose your landing site, looking for key positions for snipers or tactical moves. (Ea/ign.com)

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Friday, October 19, 2007

A lot has changed since an idea by Steven Spielberg, fresh off "Saving Private Ryan," spawned Medal of Honor on PlayStation. In recent years, Electronic Arts has lost ground in the World War II first-person shooter genre to Activision's Call of Duty and Ubisoft's Brothers in Arms franchises. But Medal of Honor: Airborne, the first next-gen entry in the series, offers an experience that stands above some of the franchise's recent forgettable installments.

One thing that separates Airborne from other World War II shooter games is the ability to choose your parachutist's landing spot. This is especially key in the game's town and city levels, where landing on rooftops provides sniper positions to take out Nazi soldiers.

It also helps offset the relatively small levels in the game, which can be completed in six or seven hours.

The bombed-out cities in Belgium, part of Operation Market Garden, make you feel as though you're living through history. That is, until you take cover behind a wooden fence and miraculously avoid machine-gun fire. Or until you try to blow up tanks in a later level only to find they're impervious to rockets, even though you used the same rocket launcher to take out a tank earlier in the game.

That said, this is a solid, if not groundbreaking, title in the most tenured of World War II franchises. The multi-player options allow up to 12 players to compete in standard death-match modes and in a cool "capture the flag" game.

-- John Gaudiosi

Medal of Honor: Airborne Teen; PC ($50), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($60). PlayStation 3 version scheduled for release in November. Electronic Arts/EALA Medal of Honor: Airborne Teen; PC ($50), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($60). PlayStation 3 version scheduled for release in November. Electronic Arts/EALA


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