Medal of Honor is a first person shooter franchise from EA that has gained a tremendous amount of adoption and popularity with gamers over the last year, along with fellow EA franchise, Battlefield 3. Meanwhile, the Call of Duty franchise from Activision continues to hold the market on modern first person shooters.
These days, there is no shortage of First Person Shooters in the gaming world, and the genre only seems to be growing as the years go by. With the introduction of competitive Halo and Call of Duty and developers like Treyarch building features into games to make competitive gaming even easier, means that not only is the genre growing but it is expanding as well.
Last year Battlefield 3 released just weeks before Modern Warfare 3 and while it didn’t de-thrown the popular game it did hold the best launch in EA history, and they are looking to bring the same results this year by releasing Medal of Honor: Warfighter just a month before the new Call of Duty title, Black Ops II. While Battlefield 3 had such a big response from gamers, it is a different style of First Person Shooter to that of Call of Duty, whereas Medal of Honor is looking to be more appealing to the same market with faster paced gameplay and its own flavor leaning away from the massive scale of Battlefield 3. Does Medal of Honor have what it takes to capture Call of Duty’s flag though?
Looking back at the previous Medal of Honor title from 2010 doesn’t exactly fill us with hope. It didn’t receive bad ratings and it sold over 5 million copies in its first two months, but as soon as we compare that to the Call of Duty title from the same year. Call of Duty: Black Ops pulled out 5.6 million copies in the first 24 hours, and received high scores from the majority of critics. How does this affect how the new iterations will handle? Simple, it comes down to reputation and how the community perceives it.
On the other hand, maybe the FPS community is ready for something new and fresh and it still remains to be seen if Call of Duty be able to bring that this year. Treyarch has a tough job in making a fresh title out of what many see as a tiring franchise. Just like other Call of Duty games, it will probably get astonishing sales out of the gate but that’s not where they will see troubles, where they might see them is with all the changes they are making to the franchise and whether they are pushing it to be more competitive than casual gamers want.
Although Medal of Honor is adding its own flavor to the genre it is sticking to the usual attack, keeping it set in the present day and not really trying to throw in aspects that will make the multiplayer overly competitive.
Will this Medal of Honor be the title to knock down Call of Duty though? To put it simply; no, it won’t. At the moment Call of Duty has an iron grip on this side of the genre. At the same time though, this is a stepping stone for Medal of Honor and it could be a big one at that. Having a winning strategy is all part of the game and I believe that EA is sticking to their strategy for a win in the long run.
For more information on Medal of Honor: Warfighter or Call of Duty: Black Ops II, follow the links below to our previews of the two.