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Score: 6.8 / 10
After conquering the World War II scene
four years ago, developer 2015 went hard to work to try and bring the
Vietnam era alive using some of their unique talents. Medal Of Honor:
Allied Assault gave 2015 instant renown. Soon after, 2015’s core team
broke apart leaving the team without most of their lead designers. With
a new team and new attitude, Men of Valor was made to show that the core
group still has the same magic of bringing past wars to life. Whilst Men
of Valor is by no means on the same level as the Medal of Honor series,
it still is an above average action title.
Men of Valor’s strengths lie mostly in its presentation and cinematic
gameplay. As soon as you jump into the game you’ll notice the
similarities to the Medal of Honor series in character animation, story
telling, and gameplay.
The game starts the player off as Dean Shepard, a marine who gets thrown
into the war unexpectedly. The opening sequences of Men of Valor are
reminiscent of the Medal of Honor series,
delivering long conversations and history lessons before the mission.
The game quickly jumps into action, following a series of training
missions and in-game cinematics, but it isn’t long after the action
begins that you want it to end.
Men of Valor may have hit the spot artistically and graphically, but
technically the game
missed the target. The most apparent of which are the AI gaffes. Jumping
into battle your allies will run forth and just start shooting with
great skill, which isn’t a problem at first, leaving you with few
targets to pick off during each battle. On the other side, the enemy AI
uses one tactic and one tactic alone in nearly every battle in the game:
camouflage. During the game you will shoot at shrubbery covered enemies
who don’t know how to shoot and almost always stand directly behind a
tree, which makes them easy to spot because you’ll know where to look,
or stand in the middle of the battlefield for an easy kill.
The other weakness of Men of Valor is its striking resemblance to Medal
of Honor: Allied Assault. Aside from the jungle setting, different
tunes, and massive cursing – the game plays and feels just like Medal of
Honor. What 2015 didn’t do was add any more flavor to their already
award-winning design and technology, they simply built off the old adage
of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Although the system they use for
Men of Valor will appeal to fans of first-person shooters, those who
have experience titles such as Half-Life 2, Halo 2, and even Medal of
Honor will find Men of Valor lacking in difficulty and overall polish.
The missions suffer the same lack of shine causing most of the game’s
levels frustrating rather than enjoyable. The weakness of the enemy and
team AI makes going through missions as hard as shooting cardboard
targets, which is what most missions will have you do from start to end.
Men of Valor gives off a feeling of incompleteness and forces gamers
toask “So this is what you’ve been doing all this time 2015?” Men of
Valor does a great job delivering Vietnam history and delivering a
believable story with plenty of atmosphere, but the bad outweighs the
good by a long shot. Gamers should look towards Vietcong: Purple Haze
for a better rendition of how the battles were fought during Vietnam, so
if you’re looking for more than a flashy history lesson, take your time
and money elsewhere.