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Best Medal Of Honor Games, Ranked

The subgenre of Military shooters have been a dominant force in the industry since Call of Duty first hit the scene. However, long before that mammoth-sized game came the Medal of Honor series. These games primarily take place during World War 2 and cover different areas of the conflict, whether that be Europe, Asia, or Africa.



They also vary in quality, from the best the genre had to offer at the time to being boring and uninspired. For anyone interested in heading back into the series for either the history or nostalgia, the games mentioned below will guide them in the right direction for playing the best the series has to offer.

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8 Medal Of Honor: Rising Sun

Metacritic Score: 68

Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor rising sun

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun

Released
November 11, 2003

Where most Medal of Honor games before Rising Sun focused on Europe, this 2003 shooter took place largely in Japan which gave players a nice change of scenery.

The game opens with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, matching the spectacle and horror of the Omaha Beach mission from Frontline and Allied Assault. The campaign is not as interesting as the games that are mentioned later on, but the local multiplayer is entertaining enough.

7 Medal Of Honor: Heroes 2

Metacritic Score: 73

Shooting at barn

  • Release: November 13th, 2007
  • PSP, Nintendo Wii
  • Developer: EA Los Angeles (PSP), EA Canada (Nintendo Wii)

Curiously, this game came out on the Nintendo Wii and PSP, two drastically different systems when it comes to controlling an FPS game. Neither console had a killer entry in the genre, though the Wii had some decent rail shooters that used the Wiimote to emulate a light-gun peripheral.

With this in mind, Medal Of Honor: Heroes 2 manages to be a perfectly adequate shooter for both platforms. It will not blow anyone away, but it serves as a good way to pass the time. Additionally, the multiplayer offerings on PSP were extensive for the time.

6 Medal Of Honor: Airborne

Metacritic Score: 73

first-person aiming at enemies

Medal of Honor: Airborne

Released
August 28, 2007

Developer(s)
EA Los Angeles

Publisher(s)
Electronic Arts

What Medal of Honor Airborne lacks in polish it more than makes up for in originality. Maps are more open than a typical first-person shooter and players have the freedom to parachute down to almost any spot in the level.

This was many years before the Battle Royale genre made dropping into the map the norm. The multiplayer similarly kept this format for its matches. Unfortunately, it does not quite have the refinement and whoa factor other early PS3 and Xbox 360 shooters had and it was lost in the shuffle early in that generation.

5 Medal Of Honor (Reboot)

Metacritic Score: 74

walking behind allies

Medal of Honor

Released
October 12, 2010

Developer(s)
Danger Close Games , DICE

Publisher(s)
Electronic Arts

Early in the 2010s, the series did what a lot of IPs did and went through a reboot. This game took the action to modern-day Afghanistan. It borrows more from Call of Duty than classic Medal of Honor but it still tries to remain a solemn tribute to those who served in the line of duty.

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The single-player campaign is nothing to write home about but the multiplayer was a surprising bonus. It plays a lot heavier than Call of Duty and the maps are more open, leading to interesting long-range firefights between teams.

4 Medal Of Honor: Frontline

Metacritic Score: 88

walking toward a bridge, ruined city on the other side

Medal of Honor: Frontline

Stylistically, Medal of Honor: Frontline falls in line with the prior two games. However, the extra horsepower of the new generation helped the developers make bigger levels with more enemies and more allies at the player’s side.

There was still plenty of sneaking around, but many levels also took place in bigger areas, sometimes having players go through entire cities as they are being torn apart by the war. The original release features no multiplayer, but it did not detract from the overall package as the campaign was long, tough, and varied.

3 Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault

Metacritic Score: 91

breaching a barbed wire fence on Omaha Beach

  • Release Date: January 22nd, 2002
  • Windows, Mac
  • Developer: 2015, Inc.

When consoles were getting Frontline, PC players got Allied Assault. The game was designed and directed by Vince Zampella and Jason West, who would go on to create the Call of Duty series.

One can see much of the DNA from the future series in Allied Assault, including an opening mission that lacks any sort of combat and instead builds tension for the harrowing mission to come. The online multiplayer was also highly praised. Two expansion packs came out for Allied Assault, ensuring players have plenty of content.

2 Medal Of Honor

Metacritic Score: 92

Gameplay of Medal of Honor on the PS1

Medal of Honor (1999)

Released
October 31, 1999

Developer(s)
DreamWorks Interactive

Publisher(s)
Electronic Arts

The debut entry in the franchise was a unique FPS experience for the time. It also gave the PS1 something to be proud of when it came to the genre. Instead of bombastic setpieces, one would expect from the genre, Medal of Honor is more about covertly sneaking into enemy territory.

The missions are so well-designed it is easy to forget that they had to be so due to the console’s technical limitations. The AI players went up against was also extremely impressive. They would react to gunshots depending on where they were shot and would also kick grenades back at the player. As a result, players always had to stay on their toes.

1 Medal Of Honor: Underground

Metacritic Score: 92

Gameplay of Medal of Honor Underground on the PS1

Medal of Honor: Underground

Released
October 23, 2000

Developer
DreamWorks Interactive

Where Medal of Honor puts players into the shoes of American serviceman James Patterson, Underground follows a member of the French Resistance. The story takes even further advantage of the more intimate mission design and includes more stealth missions.

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It came out in 2000 just around the release of the PS2, but the upcoming graphical and technological leap did little to make Medal of Honor: Underground any less of a spectacular game. That said, the Game Boy Advance version of the game was a pixely mess that looked absolutely nothing like its PS1 counterpart.

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