Medal of Honor multiplayer: Where is the love?

Posted: December 5, 2010 by Tim Utley in Editorials

When EA rebooted their beloved FPS franchise Medal of Honor back in late October I was excited to see what they had to bring to the table.  With a bevy of other shooters on the market and launching two weeks before the new Call of Duty I believed that it could hold its own.  When it finally launched it was met with mixed criticism, but also commercial success.  I hadn’t had much time to dedicate to Medal of Honor when it came out, but I have been playing it pretty steadily for the past couple of weeks and I must say that it is a solid title.  The single player remains mostly a mystery to me, but the multiplayer is very addictive and rewarding experience.  The options for multiplayer are not as vast as some other FPS offerings, but what is present is fun and worthy of your time.  The customization is not very deep, but that isn’t my main grievance with Medal of Honor’s multiplayer.  There is an underwhelming amount of people playing it.  This game sold a reported 2 million copies and there is 0.15% (3000 players) of the population of owners actually partaking in the game’s multiplayer component.  I haven’t seen a major title like this garner this less of a following since the days of Delta Force: Black Hawk Down on the original Xbox.

Where is the love?

What did people do with their games?  Did they trade them in, are they collecting dust on a shelf, or are they using them as a really expensive coaster?  These aforementioned options are plausible, but if I had to take a stab at it I would say they are probably playing Call of Duty.  I am not going to sit here and knock Call of Duty because I too enjoy it, but it is a disease that has infected the gaming industry.  It is like getting your yearly flu shot, people are afraid to go without it because something else might happen.  In this case people abandoned an enjoyable multiplayer experience because Call of Duty is being rammed down their throat.  Developers and publishers alike push their games back into spring because they actually want people to buy them.  I applaud EA for taking a chance with Medal of Honor.  The game is not perfect, but they have something solid to build on that could potentially change public opinion.  If you have an opinion about EA’s new title comment on it, I would like to hear what you think.


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