The original Medal of Honor was an excellent game. Although it didn't become as popular as,
say, Perfect Dark, it was certainly a gripping game with unparalleled sound design on a console
system. There's nothing like hearing Germans conversing from afar.
Medal of Honor Underground continues this success with a few minor changes and all-new
levels. The hero this time is a French female rebel. However, you don't really get to know her,
as the game is heavily centered on the actual missions and World War II history.
Throughout the 24 levels, the briefings become increasingly interesting and informative. These
mini history lessons go into quite a bit of detail on military craft and weaponry of the time.
Actual film footage is used in many cases, including clips from Leni Reifenstahl's films.
Medal of Honor is intelligent in many ways. This is both good and bad for the player. It's bad
when the game's artificial intelligence is smart enough to make Nazis throw your grenades back
at you! It's good when the objectives are always listed on the pause screen so you don't have to
Aiming is a little cumbersome. Sometimes you don't have enough time to shoot accurately.
Aiming and walking at the same time can be tricky, but you'll get used to it. Try it, stick with it
beyond your initial rejection, and you'll be surprised at how well you adapt.
Of course, a multi-player mode is included, following in the footsteps of GoldenEye. In this
mode, you can choose your uniform and select the arsenal of your choice. This reviewer is not a
big multi-player fan, so I won't comment on that aspect of play.
The game is very challenging for several reasons. First, there aren't enough save points.
Second, the levels are extremely long. Third, you often run out of bullets. Lastly, the early
levels offer only a few of the game's 12 weapons. Overall, though, Medal of Honor
Underground is a rewarding experience even at its weakest points.