Medal of Honor: Frontline is the 4th installment of Electronic Arts' popular Medal of Honor series. The character controlled in the game is that of Lt. Jimmy Patterson, from the OSS, as he campaigns his way across Europe into Nazi Germany itself, during World War II. It was released in North America for the PlayStation 2 on May 28, 2002 and for the Xbox and GameCube consoles on November 10, 2002.
For Medal of Honor Frontline, "EA LA decided to make Patterson the star of the D-Day level in order to streamline the plot and eliminate the confusion of switching main characters."
Like its predecessors, the player takes on a first person view and fights as an American OSS operative in World War II. There are six missions in Frontline, each breaking down into several smaller levels. Briefings take place at the start of each mission, which help advance the plot and introduce new characters. The smaller missions take place in a linear path, with the player fighting through towns and countryside, killing enemies, and completing objectives. Objectives are explained to the character in a smaller briefing before each level, which prepares that player for that particular mission, the "War Room" serves as the game's main menu, it is modeled after one of the secret underground intelligence bunkers in England during WWII.
Like other Medal of Honor games, Frontline allows the player to earn medals as they complete certain requirements:
- Army Commendation Medal
- Soldier's Medal
- Dutch WWII Commemorative Cross
- Legion of Merit
- Distinguished Service Flying Cross
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Distinguished Service Cross
- Bronze Star
- Silver Star
Characters and Setting
The main story chronicles Lt. Jimmy Patterson's (also in Medal of Honor 1999, Medal of Honor: Heroes) attempt to capture a prototype of the Horten Ho 229. The Ho IX, as it was called, was the first application of a flying wing design, combined with a jet engine. Chronologically, it takes place between the third and fourth missions in the original Medal of Honor. Baron Rudolph Ulbricht Von Sturmgeist is the commander of the facility in charge of designing the HO IX, and several other informants and soldiers are involved with various missions. Gerritt is an undercover agent in need of extraction, and Jiggs is an inside contact in Arnhem, where one of the levels takes place.
Medal of Honor: Frontline was met with very positive reviews, with an average of 88 out of 100 on Metacritic for the PS2 version, 81 out of 100 for the Xbox version, and 80 out of 100 for the Gamecube version. The game received a rating of 8.0/10 from IGN stating 'Unbelievably good combination of good graphics, good gameplay and excellent music combine to create an unparalled experience..'. It also received a rating of 9.0/10 from Gamespot who praised the level design, graphics and gameplay, also commenting on the Audio saying 'Frontline has some of the best music and sound effects of any game, on any console, or on any gaming platform for that matter'. The PS2 version was rated the highest. Play Magazine awarded the game 10 out of 10. Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine also awarded Frontline 10 out of 10 and claiming 'One of the most incredible experiences I have ever had with a game'.
GamePro contends that "Frontline revolves around the heroics of Lt. Jimmy Patterson (Medal of Honor's original star)...While the overall goal is the HO-IX, Patterson frequently stops to help out as Operation Market Garden (the Allies' infamous paratrooper assault) takes place all around him. He storms Arnhem alongside British airborne troops, infiltrates a German armored train, rescues a prisoner from a Nazi-held manor, demolishes a U-boat, and much more. You truly get the sense that you're a cog in a much bigger machine, and it's both refreshing and enjoyable that, for once, you're not the caricatured hero with the only chance of saving the day."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Air Hendrix (2002-05-29). Review of Medal of Honor Frontline. GamePro.
- ↑ Medal of Honor: Frontline on Metacritic. Metacritic.
- Official site
- Medal of Honor: Frontline at the Internet Movie Database
- 'Medal of Honor: Frontline' at MobyGames