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Medal of Honor (MoH) is the name of series of first-person shooter games set in World War II, and with a reboot based on the conflicts of present day Afghanistan that was released in October 2010. The first game was developed by DreamWorks Interactive (currently known as Danger Close) and published by Electronic Arts in 1999 for the PlayStation game console. Medal of Honor spawned a series of follow-up games including multiple expansions spanning various console platforms and the PC and Mac. The series was created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
The Medal of Honor series puts the player in the boots of an Allied combatant during World War II, with the exception of the recent title which lets players take part in the modern Afghanistan conflict, at times as a “Tier 1” operator, with weaponry appropriate to each time period. The player fights for the United States (although groups such as the French Resistance have been represented), and the identity of the main character varies between games. The games are often characterized by linear gameplay through recognizable WWII-era areas of conflict, which is sometimes presented in a cinematic tone (e.g., inspiration from modern films like Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line and Enemy at the Gates and the television mini-series Band of Brothers.)
Written by U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas and inspired by real world events, Medal of Honor Warfighter delivers an up close and personal look at today’s battlefield and the fight against the ongoing global terror threat.
Medal of Honor Warfighter puts players in the boots of today’s most highly trained and skilled warriors to experience missions that have a dotted line to real world terrorist threats. This is Tier 1 on a global scale, featuring real world hotspots in the single-player campaign and introducing international Tier 1 Operators in multiplayer. This move puts gamers in the boots of Tier 1 Operators from 10 different nations around the world. Gamers can represent their nation’s Special Operations Forces on the multiplayer battlefield where the world’s best-of-the-best warriors go head-to-head in online competition.
Authentic Action – From rescuing hostages in Abu Sayyaf’s stronghold in Basilan, Philippines to assaulting Al-Shabaab’s “Pirate Town” on the Somali Coast, gamers step into the boots of Tier 1 Operators as they hunt down the global threat of PETN. Written by U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas, Medal of Honor Warfighter has a dotted line to real world events and provides players a view into these situations and lets them experience the action as it might have unfolded.
Best in Class Engine – Leveraging the power of tomorrow’s technology on today’s platforms, the ground-breaking Frostbite 2 engine delivers incredible video and audio fidelity to enhance the intensity of the battle and deliver this year’s most authentic war experience.
National Pride Online with Global Warfighters – Allied military forces also possess their own elite Special Operations units with similar capabilities. With Medal of Honor Warfighter, gamers experience unprecedented variety featuring multinational Tier 1 Operators on a global battlefield. For the first time, the Medal of Honor brand introduces a new mode where these global warfighters go head-to-head in online competition. Showcasing 12 different Tier 1 units from 10 nations including the British SAS, Australian SASR, German KSK, Canadian JTF2 and Polish GROM, Medal of Honor Warfighter lets the best of the best warriors from around the world battle it out online.
Fight Today’s Global Terror Threat – As with every Medal of Honor game, the soldier’s story is at the heart of the experience. Medal of Honor Warfighter tells the story of U.S. Tier 1 Operator, “Preacher” as he returns home from overseas only to find his family torn apart from years of deployment. Trying to pick up the pieces to salvage what remains of his marriage, Preacher is reminded of what he’s fighting for – family. But when an extremely deadly explosive (PETN) penetrates civilian borders and his two worlds collide, Preacher and his fellow teammates are sent in to solve the problem. They take the fight to the enemy and do whatever it takes to protect their loved ones from harm.
Operating directly under the National Command Authority, a relatively unknown entity of Operators. Over 2 million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines wear the uniform. Of those, approximately 50 thousand fall under the direct control of the Special Operations Command. The Tier 1 Operator functions on a plane of existence above and beyond even the most highly trained Special Operations Forces. Their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds. They are living, breathing, precision instruments of war. They are experts in the application of violence. The new Medal of Honor is inspired by and has been developed with Tier 1 Operators from this elite community. Players will step into the boots of these warriors and apply their unique skill sets to a new enemy in the most unforgiving and hostile battlefield conditions of present day Afghanistan. There is a new enemy.
Set in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, Medal of Honor Pacific Assault represents a unique addition to the award-winning Medal of Honor franchise. Players step into the boots of Marine Private Tom Conlin and feel his shock at the destruction of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, his growing resolve in the fight for Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, and his triumph at the battle for Tarawa Island. MOH: Pacific Assault combines 7 expansive single player missions covering 25 levels with over 9 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers. Soldiers gain access to over 21 historically accurate WWII era weapons, including M1 Carbines, Japanese Arisaka rifles, and the Type 100 submachine gun. New vehicles including M4 Flamethrower Tanks, and PT boats.
Medal Of Honor
(1999) DreamWorks Interactive
Inspired by DreamWorks SKG co-founder Steven Spielberg, Medal of Honor marks the first WWII action adventure game developed for the PlayStation(R) console system. The game allows players to take on the role of an agent in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the United States’ wartime spy and covert operations agency, who aids the Allied Forces in an effort to thwart the German take over of Europe.
Medal of Honor Underground
2000 DreamWorks Interactive
Medal of Honor Underground begins in 1942, not long after Germany crushed the French military and overran the country. Gamers are introduced to Manon who has just witnessed her house destroyed and hometown occupied. With nothing left to lose, she joins one of the many clandestine resistance movements that have taken root throughout her homeland during the early days of the occupation. Over the course of the game players will experience her ascent from a naive volunteer to a seasoned veteran who is ultimately recruited by the Americans for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), where she will eventually play a key role in the Liberation of Paris.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Set during the most trying years of the war, 1942-1945, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault gives players a sense of the courage it took to survive the landings at Normandy, the assault at Arzew, a rendezvous with the French Resistance outside the village of St. Lo, and the push through the
heavily defended border of Germany.
Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead Expansion Pack
Set during the last year of the war in Europe, June 1944 to May 1945, the Medal of Honor Allied Assault Expansion Pack gives players a sense of the courage it took to parachute behind enemy lines during Operation Overlord, halt the German counter offensive during the Battle of the Bulge, and engage the Germans as they desperately try to defend their capital, Berlin.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Breakthrough Expansion Pack
Set in the European Theatre of Operations from 1943-1944, Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough combines eleven single-player levels with nine new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers.
Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest
All of the explosive WWII action from Medal of Honor Allied Assault and its two hit Expansion Packs, Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead and Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough.
Medal of Honor Frontline
Head back behind enemy lines with Lt. Jimmy Patterson in Medal of Honor Frontline. In this installment of the smash-hit Medal of Honor series, Lt. Patterson returns and must use the confusion of the real-world offensive Operation Market Garden to infiltrate the German frontline and steal the HO-IX flying wing, an experimental Nazi weapon so powerful that it could turn the tide of World War II.
Authentic WWII content with the assistance of the Smithsonian’s HO-IX expert Russ Lee and renowned technical consultant Capt. Dale Dye.
The Medal of Honor team continues to work closely with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to ensure the ideals and integrity of this prestigious commendation.
Medal of Honor Infiltrator
Players will assume the role of Corporal Jake Murphy, completing five daring missions to defeat the Axis in some of WWII’s most famous battles. From sabotaging enemy resources to capturing key personnel to all-out firefights, the player will need to master a variety of gameplay styles to overcome the enemy. On foot, in a tank, or even in disguise, players will engage opponents on the battlefield with a variety of WWII era weapons including machine guns, grenades, and bazookas.
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
As Japanese forces seek to expand their dominion over the Pacific, you must use stealth, commando tactics, and sabotage to turn the tide in your favor. Featuring real-life historical battles like Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal, over 20 authentic WWII weapons, highly intelligent enemies, and a heroic cast of characters that fight on your side from level to level, Medal of Honor Rising Sun delivers the standard-setting experience for all Action games.
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor Pacific Assault gives players a sense of the courage it took to fight the Imperial Japanese Army from the shock of Pearl Harbor to triumph on the shores of the Tarawa Atoll. Set in the Pacific Theatre of Operations from 1941-1944, players will assume the role of Marine recruit Tom Conlin as he survives the attack on Pearl Harbor, leads the assault on Guadalcanal, and finally charges up the beaches for the climatic battle at Tarawa. Armed with their wits and a variety of authentic weapons, it’s up to players to stop the Japanese war machine in its tracks.
Expert input and advice from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and war veteran Capt. Dale Dye, U.S. Marine Corps, ensure authenticity.
Medal of Honor European Assault
In Medal of Honor European Assault, the story line is the star. Europe 1942. These are desperate hours for Allied forces as the Nazi war machine rages across a devastated European landscape. You are US Army Lieutenant William Holt, hand-picked by William “Wild Bill” Donovan to be the first field agent of the newly formed Office of Strategic Services-the OSS. Medal of Honor European Assault makes you the driving force in the struggle to liberate Europe.
Medal of Honor Heroes
In Heroes, players will battle their way through three campaigns as popular lead characters from past Medal of Honor games. Take on the role of Lieutenant Jimmy Patterson — star of both the original Medal of Honor and Medal of Honor Frontline — in an untold chapter of his time in Holland as part of Operation Market Garden.
Three Great Medal of Honor Heroes— Step back into the boots of legendary MOH OSS soldiers Lt. Jimmy Patterson, Sgt. John Baker, and Lt. William Holt in their bid to turn the tide of war.
Medal of Honor: Vanguard
Medal of Honor Vanguard lets you return to the days of the Second World War, for more of its pioneering first-person shooter action. Join the ranks of the elite 82nd Airborne Division as Corporal Frank Keegan.
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
It’s June 6th, 1944, and the war is far from over. Step into the boots of OSS Operative John Berg and infiltrate Normandy from behind enemy lines to undermine the Nazi regime. As a special agent of the Office of Strategic Services, you must use tactics of combat, infiltration, reconnaissance and sabotage to carry out the covert operations that will help defeat the Nazi war machine once and for all.
Medal of Honor Airborne
Take to the skies in Medal of Honor Airborne, where you’ll drop into grueling ground attacks in a bid to turn the tide of WWII. Begin each mission in the air above Axis controlled battlefields, then make your mark in the largest airborne operations in history.
Medal of Honor (2010)
Over 2 million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines wear the uniform. Of those, approximately 50 thousand fall under the direct control of the Special Operations Command. The Tier 1 Operator functions on a plane of existence above and beyond even the most highly trained Special Operations Forces.
Medal of Honor Collection
In Medal of Honor – Frontline, you’ll go behind enemy lines as Lt. Jimmy Patterson, to take part in missions that are vital to Allied victory over the Third Reich. Storm Omaha Beach as a member of the heroic D-Day assault, steal the experimental HO-IX flying wing jet fighter, battle for control of Nijmegen Bridge (a strategic choke point in the Allied drive into the heart of Nazi Germany) and complete 20 missions as you fight valiantly for freedom over fascism.
Medal Of Honor – Rising Sun is a far-reaching tale of two brothers during wartime. As the Japanese push further into the Pacific seeking domination, Marine Corporal Joseph Griffin will go behind enemy lines and use stealth, commando tactics, and sabotage to turn the tide in the Allies’ favor.
With Medal Of Honor – European Assault, it’s 1942 and the big push for control of Europe has begun. You’ve just joined the newly-formed OSS and will lead the charge in the struggle to liberate Europe. Cross paths with the most dangerous German leaders, armed to the teeth and gunning for you. Your skill with a weapon and your courage under fire will determine when you can unleash the hero within. Feel the emotion of an ordinary soldier doing extraordinary things.
Medal of Honor 10th Anniversary Bundle
Includes: Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Medal of Honor Spearhead Expansion Pack, Medal of Honor, Breakthrough Expansion Pack, Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition, Medal of Honor Airborne