Medal Of Honor: Warfighter

By John Walker on August 1st, 2012 at 8:00 pm.

I think I can see the last original idea we had!

One of the hoary old jokes we lazy gaming hacks like to do is dismissively refer to “ManShooter VIII” or “Gears Of Duty MCVIIXI”, sneering at the homogenisation of the mainstream industry. But really, the sarcasm is going to be undetectable if games keep calling themselves Warface and Warfighter. The latter is, of course, the moniker of the second Medal Of Honor game in the rebooted series. And there’s another trailer of its single player (sort of) below.

The restarted Medal Of Honor from 2010 was ballskins. So I’m desperately hoping they’ll have listened to criticisms, and maybe let you – the human being playing the game – actually feel like you’re playing at any point in this one. Not that this trailer gives that impression, because despite being described as a “single player” trailer, in fact it just shows cutscene after cutscene after cutscene, of a man looking sad and being called daddy and then some shit blowing up.

If they want to make an animated action movie, surely they could just do that?

The game is currently set for the 26th October (the day before my birthday! Thanks EA!), giving it a two week head start on CODBLOPS2.

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  1. grundus says:

    No mention of the Arma II DLC released yesterday, then?

  2. Brun says:

    That’s the most unoriginal headline I’ve ever seen on RPS.

      • Burning Man says:

        “the sarcasm is going to be undetectable”

        Well, we seem to have passed that event horizon.

      • Brun says:

        Oh my, very clever indeed good sir. Statement retracted.

      • Misnomer says:

        That’s the sound of the title of this game going over the heads of RPS? The fact (as I pointed out several times already) that the word “warfighter” comes from American Department of Defense gender neutral terminology that recognizes people from all services fighting in harms way seems to keep escaping you. But I guess you get so many nice posts on the story based on bashing Medal of Honor (yes even in titles you have the “o” in “of” lowercase) that it wouldn’t do you any good to give up the uninformed joke.

        Actually, at this point it is no longer uninformed, it is willfully ignorant.

        • felisc says:

          oh come on.
          don’t be un-funny.

        • RaveTurned says:

          Because government-issue terminology handbooks are the *best* source for juicy, meaningful and emotive titles for your interactive entertainment product.

          “Coming 2013 — Skirmish Infantry: Frontal Assault!” Actually that might be a better name.

          • Misnomer says:

            Perhaps not, but that is not the accusation in the article is it? The accusation that it is a generic violence name. It isn’t, it is “authentic” which was actually one of the things mentioned in the previous Wot I think for MOH 2010. John Walker himself wrote “Lots of shouting, military lingo, and orders for you to “take point”, while they then tell you which way to go.”

            So maybe….just maybe… they should have guessed it was a jargon title and not Warface-like in an attempt to sound tough. Much like Medal of Honor is the highest award in the U.S. and John refused to acknowledge that in his Wot I Think and instead treated the title of the game like Americans misspelled it… effectively renaming the award to suit the British.

            Imagine if there was a game called “Victoria Cross: Territorial Infantry” being compared to Warface for its name…. and then some writer corrects it to be Victoria’s Cross: Territorial Infantry to suit his grammatical tastes….

          • SirKicksalot says:

            If people are going to complain about generic names, than they should complain about Battlefield, Borderlands and… I was going to list the generic names I see in my Steam list, but they’re way too many.
            They’re not all military games or part of beloved PC-master-race franchises, so I guess that gives them a free pass.

          • SpakAttack says:

            FACE! WAR! WARFACE! FACEWAR! WACE FWOR!! Oh, and Dead Arabs. On Rails.

          • FunkyBadger3 says:

            Its both. Authentic and stupidly-macho.

            Trebles all round!

          • DeVadder says:

            Hmm, but is a generic violence name less of a generic violence name just because the word is an authentic violence name?
            Battlefield is a generic violence name despite noone disputes the existence of battlefields. I can read no accusation of the word beeing made up anyhow. The article (and all the other ones you have mentioned that below) makes fun of it for beein uninspired and boring. Not for beeing made up. Yet, your only complain seems to be that the word exists?
            Can we agree then, that it is a boring generic violence name for a boring generic violence game, of which we have seen dozens almost identical versions, only with updated graphics und different titles before?

        • Toberoth says:

          Ah, this stuck record again.

          • Misnomer says:

            My stuck record stops spinning when RPS stops their stuck record.

          • Toberoth says:

            If you’re so annoyed by it, have you considered sending them an email explaining your thoughts, rather than just posting in comments and complaining that they’re not listening to you? It might be more productive, although it won’t afford you the same opportunity to preach to other commenters.

          • Misnomer says:

            I did. I wrote an email to Nathan after he wrote the last article. He apparently didn’t share it with John.

          • Toberoth says:

            Then write one to John. I’m sure he’ll be really interested.

        • Jimbo says:

          “These stupid try-hard macho names are stupid.”
          “But this stupid try-hard macho name is a legit military term!”

          Unfortunately your ‘rebuttal’ doesn’t really rebut anything, but by all means keep boring everybody to tears with it anyway.

          You’re right about the ‘Medal of Honour’ thing being disrespectful though, I’ll give you that.

          • FunkyBadger3 says:

            More disrespectful than making a shitty, braindead peice of war-porn and naming it after said honour?

          • SirKicksalot says:

            MoH 2010 is anything but war porn.

            Here’s something interesting: a poorly prepared Gamespot journalist vs MoH’s producer – http://www.gamespot.com/medal-of-honor-warfighter/videos/a-matter-of-authenticity-6381457/
            It all started when the journalist, who hasn’t played MoH, wrote an editorial arguing the game is not respectful. EA contacted him and asked if he was willing to sit down with the dev and dissect the issue.

          • Eukatheude says:

            They constantly look on the verge of standing up and beating each other

          • battles_atlas says:

            The first 11 minutes of that video is a lesson in disingenuous bullshit. I lost the will to watch any further. The dev’s entire defence is based on the game being ‘AUTHENTIC’ rather than ‘REALISTIC’. What he means by this is this game isn’t war porn because they have dressed the war porn in a veneer of convincing textures and sound files. Its war porn. Even if this new MoH does something that no manshooter has done to date, and portray something approximating an actual human in the lead role (a bulletproof one, natch), the endless waves of towelheads you’ll mow down will remain the same dark-skinned bullseyes. That’s not “respect” for war, that’s sycophancy.

          • Misnomer says:

            I don’t think it is disinegnuous, but the blogger seems to refuse to accept that even other health models like ArmA 2 are still “games.” As long as you can come back and play the game, you are essentially playing just a different length respawn timer. Anyone who thinks they are learning to preserve their life like a “real” soldier playing a game is full of it, which is what is pointed out in the interview…though not that well. The blogger puts respawn mechanics ahead of everything else for authenticity, something tells me that MOH developers would not consider the voice acting in ArmA 2 “authentic.”

            In fact, if you go read Company of Heroes 2 coverage by RPS, their designers take very much the same attitude toward authenticity. Oddly that is lauded by RPS and not lampooned for its mediocre name…. genre bias much?

            The military advisors for MOH 2010 actually objected to parts of that game in early development for being too real and hitting too close to home. They wanted it to still be a game. Anyone who has played that game knows it still hits pretty close to a real story, but it keeps that game element in close balance to avoid just being a movie.

        • battles_atlas says:

          Even though I’ve seen you banging this drum repeatedly now, I still dont get your point misnomer. So the Pentagon uses the term “Warfighter”. So what? So RPS can’t mock its use in another distasteful propagandistic war porn FMV? Even removing MoH from the picture, so what? Is the selection of xbox-friendly neologisms by the Pentagon’s PR dept not ripe for skewering?

          NEW! FROM THE HEROES THAT BOUGHT YOU “COLLATERAL DAMAGE” AND “ENEMY COMBATANT”, COMES “WARFIGHTER”! THIS SEASON’S MUST HAVE MORAL OBFUSCATION.

          There is something really distasteful about the po-faced sanctity with which some hired killers regard themselves and their activities.

          • Misnomer says:

            This is the reference “One of the hoary old jokes we lazy gaming hacks like to do is dismissively refer to “ManShooter VIII” or “Gears Of Duty MCVIIXI”, sneering at the homogenisation of the mainstream industry. But really, the sarcasm is going to be undetectable if games keep calling themselves Warface and Warfighter.”

            There is no political statement here. No lampooning the military for silly names. This is about games and treating actual military phrases like fake military phrases.

            There is no recognition that Medal of Honor is the name of an American award and not an idiom like Call of Duty or generic word like Battlefield. There is certainly no recognition that warfighter is a real word that is actually not at all macho because it was designed to be gender neutral.

            Stop acting like this is some noble action by RPS. It is just lazy and ignorant lashing out at a genre they don’t like.

          • gwathdring says:

            You don’t think it’s even more silly that we ACTUALLY use the word “warfighter” in an official capacity?

            The DoD is really bad at naming things. I mean … it beats Wiff-Waff, but not by much.

          • Misnomer says:

            You clearly aren’t reading my post or watching the video Sirkicksalot posted above. Do both. This has nothing to do with whether the pentagon uses odd names for things, nor is this game just unabashed war porn copying COD. John referred to Warfighter as a generic game name… it is not generic or common. Neither is Medal of Honor generic or common to Americans who know the meaning.

            RPS is misleading its readers about the title of the game and ignoring anything about it that might be fresh and different in the genre (once again, see Sirkicksalot’s video and think about that 95% divorce rate for Special Forces operators when watching the video).

          • Caiman says:

            Misnomer, let us see whether EA uses the game to address the valid issues you are referring to, in which case it can be commended, or whether it simply uses the name because it thinks it sounds cool or has “market share” to promote yet another generic modern-day war FPS. I’m guessing the latter.

          • SouperMattie says:

            To guide this discussion towards being constructive, here’s a thought: if ‘warfighter’ is an official term chosen for its gender neutrality, let’s see a few female soldiers play significant roles in the game.

            Now *that* would actually be something that isn’t done very often in military personshooter games, and possibly make this one stand out from the crowd.

          • battles_atlas says:

            Whether or not the Pentagon use the term “warfighter” has no bearing on whether it is in popular culture, and the manshooter genre specifically, an entirely generic term. And also another boldly absurd one from an institution with a long and dishono(u)rable history of abusing language for its own political, legal, and cultural goals.

            And before you reach again for some desperate liberal guise in the form of “this is a gender neutral term”: the word “soldier” already exists. Look it up in a dictionary. Its gender neutral. “Warfighter” was not created to address sexism in the military, it was created because it sounds cool to people that get their view of warfare from games that advertise themselves with trailers showing the effect of your character getting shot in the chest by a sniper to be falling over and getting up unharmed.

          • Misnomer says:

            NSA has adopted a broad definition of “warfighter”: “Any individual, regardless of rank or position, responsible for making operational decisions which result in the use of military forces. This includes everyone from the President, deciding whether or not to commit troops to battle, to the individual soldier, airman, or marine deciding whether or not to fire.” Reprinted as “Cryptologic Support to Military Operations,” American Intelligence Journal 17, no. 3/4 (1997), 39-44.

            You missed the part where the word goes between services. Soldier does not actually apply to all American military or other militaries for that matter.

            It would be great if the game involved female warfighters… that does not mean female special forces operators for the U.S. though since I believe that is still illegal (once again, not a point RPS is criticizing… John’s comments were about this as a generic violence name).

            Also as to the above accusations of racism and xenophobia in the game. Why is it those that accuse games of racism that are always slinging slurs? Also, in a game that touts special forces dozens of different countries…. this is xenophobic because there terrorists aren’t western? Who is asking for a departure from authenticity now? This is only in the SP as far as we know too…the bit based on a real story. As far as I know MP is actually blue on blue, meaning you get to shoot other westerners. Happy?

          • SirKicksalot says:

            Well, MoH’s characters are the special forces operators who can infiltrate enemy groups. There’s a reason why the 2010 game had beards! It still had supporting female characters and a mission featured one prominently.

  3. Raziel_Alex says:

    I’m probably superficial, but one of the reasons to love RPS is for making fun of this never-ending garbage.

  4. wavedash says:

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and it turns out to be a squad-based strategy game. I mean, it’s not like they’ve shown us ANY FUCKING GAMEPLAY AT ALL, you never know.

  5. Aldehyde says:

    Looks like one of those action flicks that I watch late nights when I just want to feel stupid. Too bad it’s pretending to be a game.

  6. Safewood says:

    codblops is one fish I don’t want to eat :P

  7. klex says:

    America is so bad ass! If this isn’t hip to the kids, I don’t know anymore.

  8. Luke says:

    FACEFIGHTER!

  9. Gasmask Hero says:

    This is INSPIRED BY ACTUAL EVENTS so it’s ok then.

    ACTUAL EVENTS like ‘man checks his bank statement’ at [1:02] or ‘man watches saucy porn at [1:24]. Those sorts of events.

    Yeah they cut that last one ‘cos it’s a tbc 12 rated trailer but you so know that’s an actual event that inspired this ‘n’ all.

  10. Discopanda says:

    Well, I reckon they’re going to have to try REALLY hard to make the single-player worse than Battlefield 3′s single-player. I am sure it will still be ballskins, though. Battlefield 4 also. EVERY GAME WITH GUNS IN IT IS TERRIBLE.

  11. Allafif says:

    When war’s in your face, warring’s as easy as facing.

  12. SuperNashwanPower says:

    What kind of computer would you need to make a video of this quality run in real time? I take it stuff like this is pre-rendered?

  13. BAshment says:

    Its not like those evil A-rab sand men have kids.

  14. pipman3000 says:

    VIOLENT WAR 7: WAR AND VIOLENCE 3: WARFIGHTER

  15. ResCascade says:

    Honestly, I don’t mind if the single player has a ton of cutscenes in a game like this. It’s to be expected and I actually enjoy the little war stories in games like BF3, COD, and MoH. Besides, if I do decide to buy Warfighter, I’ll be buying it for the multiplayer. So long as they don’t screw that up, it’s fine.

  16. SirKicksalot says:

    I don’t see where this is described as a “single player” trailer. It’s a story trailer, focusing on one character.

    MOH 2010 was a very atmospheric game with a surprisingly touching story. I loved the grounded presentation, as opposed to COD’s Michael Bay take on war.

    Those YOU NEVER PLAY THE GAME jabs are getting old btw.

    • Toberoth says:

      Well maybe if devs would let you play the game, RPS could stop making jokes about it.

      Edit: Also, it’s described on the official website as “Preacher Story Video – Single Player Campaign Gameplay Trailer 1″

      http://www.medalofhonor.com/en_GB/video/warfighter-single-player-story-trailer-preacher

    • Mr. Cranch says:

      I second SirKicksalot’s kind words about MOH 2010. The lack of ridiculous spectacle was very nice, and the parts where you weren’t entirely being led around by the hand were fun.

      • Misnomer says:

        I agree. I found far more fault in the MP of MOH 2010 than the SP. Danger Close is getting to do both this time around. RPS seems to be ignoring the idea of people being able to play as all sorts of international soldiers this time around as well. Seems like something rather straightforward that few franchises have ever done (Somehow I think the Euro Forces expansion of BF2 was not loved by the whole of europe being lumped together). British SAS were in COD I suppose, but mostly SP….it wasn’t really noticeable when you were SAS in COD4.

        Anyway, nice discussion of the merits of the series instead of just memes.

  17. Totally heterosexual says:

    Hi. My name is Warfighter. I fight wars.

  18. Toberoth says:

    Jesus Jones this looks dull.

  19. vatara says:

    Why would they change the formula if people keep buying it?

    • Vorphalack says:

      I’m starting to think it’s less about stellar sales figures and more about not having a clue how to make something different.

  20. Dowr says:

    I know this will sound terrible (considering it may result in some people losing their jobs) but I hope to god this game flops. I know it wont, and any attempts I make to persuade the gaming masses not to buy this game will be futile to the EA marketing machine… but I can still hope, dammit!

    • PearlChoco says:

      It would be even better if all artists, programmers, designers,.. just collectively refused to work on this kind of bullshit. Just go on a strike until the management comes up with something a little bit more original.

  21. Mr. Mister says:

    MXVIIXI is incorrect. You can’t put IIX, you would instead write VIII. And since you’re adding I after that, it would actually be IX.

    • Stochastic says:

      I’d call you a pedant if I wasn’t so impressed by the fact that you noticed that oversight (which was probably intentional).

  22. MistyMike says:

    KRIEGSGESICHT

  23. Shazbut says:

    War Warrrrrr WAR! WAR WARRR WAR war! warrrr waaaar! War? WAR!

  24. Oh Tyrone says:

    MAN: Be ready for anything!
    *gets hit by car*

  25. Shooop says:

    How about some good news guys?

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game

    VR is now within reach of some desktop PC users.

  26. libdab says:

    I could be wrong but I think I saw a bit of in-game footage in that trailer. It lasted a good couple of seconds, so I don’t know what you guys are all whining about …

  27. Juiceman says:

    Actually the video is described as a story video. See the title even says so.

  28. RegisteredUser says:

    I had hoped for just two pages of simply “Warface? Warface!”.
    I’m a bit disappointed now.

  29. Shooop says:

    EA gave up on original ideas quite some time ago. They’ve found through Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 aping Call of Duty means guaranteed sales.

    There is simply no reason to be anything but snarky and disdainful of this game and any other FPS EA makes in the foreseeable future because they are purposely limiting themselves to a formula they know will sell copies.

    It’s not you, it’s them.

  30. lijenstina says:

    Bah. I wonder how many talented people in the game industry have to waste their talents by doing this stale commercial diarrhea just to make a living.

  31. SmittyBit says:

    God these games make me laugh.

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