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November 13, 2007



- From aiming to throwing grenades, the controls are much easier to use and don't get in the way of the fun

- Good set pieces

- Online play for 32-players? It's possible!



- Treads a lot of familiar territory



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Medal of Honor: Heroes 2

Score: 7.5 / 10


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Somebody at EA must have been listening to the critical drubbing that Medal of Honor: Vanguard received. Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 is just as straightforward as Vanguard was -- there's nothing done here that we haven't seen in a World War II first-person shooter -- but the controls have been cleaned up considerably.


I called Vanguard's controls a "flicking mess" because the motion sensitive controls were used unnecessarily to perform very basic functions.  Now those functions that used the "flick" method, like reloading, are done with a press of the directional pad on the Wii Remote.  And that along makes the game that much more enjoyable to play because you're not fighting to master the controls.  The Nunchuk controls your movement, while the Wii Remote is used to aim and it's much more refined (and accurate) this time out.  The motion controls are still put 




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to some good use though.  Melee attacks are activated by thrusting the both hands forward and, my favorite, when you switch to the bazooka or panzershrek you take aim by holding the Wii Remote on your shoulder (and controlling the sight with the Nunchuck's stick).  It's such a simple thing, but it's effective in making you feel a little more involved than just 


moving your thumbs.


If you're familiar with the conventions of the Medal of Honor franchise, there's not much new and surprising.  This is good and bad.


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The good is that the audio design is awesome, the missions are very structured and set up with pre-mission briefings, and everything is familiar.  That's where it shifts into "bad" territory.  There's not a lot that Heroes 2 does to differentiate itself from the pack.  Long time fans wanting a little bit more, may be disappointed.  But newcomers to the genre or series will find Heroes 2's single player modes accessible enough to be very enjoyable.


Be warned of online play though!  After setting up an EA Account, getting into a game proves to be painless, but there are some really good players out there.  And without any chance to reach out and trash talk a bit, frustration can build up.


The marvel here is that it's possible to have 32 players battling it out on a map with little in the way of lag.  EA has set a high standard here; 16-player multiplayer just won't be the same.  But if multiplayer is not your thing, the single-player modes provide more than enough value.


- Omni

(December 24, 2007)


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