UK politician Liam Fox has called for the game to be banned, because the multiplayer part requires some players to be the Taliban, the bad guys in this Medal of Honor, which is set in Afghanistan.
I don’t agree with that, but having seen all the promotional videos and material for the game, I couldn’t help feeling depressed that here is yet another ‘realistic’ war based first person shooter. I understand it’s a huge market – last year’s Modern Warfare 2 has become the UK’s best seller – but however gritty the story, and whatever tweaks are applied to the gameplay it’s just going to be a very unimaginative game. There are so many possibilities in videogaming, and really, I think the war setting’s been done to death.
I’d also like to see Medal of Honor banned, for the awful macho posturing in its trailer videos which you can see at the game’s homepage, and especially for its gratuitous use of the band Linkin Park. War is horrific enough already!
Medal of Honor is released October 12, as a PC Download as well as on Xbox 360 and PS3. If you are a fan, there’s an official wallpaper to keep you going, available here.