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Platform Win, 360, PS3 Publisher Electronic Arts Developer Danger Close Release Date 10/23/2012

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Medal of Honor Warfighter review: rules of engagement

Medal of Honor Warfighter tries to tug on the heartstrings right away by relating the story of a man torn between the sense of duty he feels for his country and his responsibilities as a father and a husband. You know this because there are cutscenes about it approximately every 20 minutes. It's an attempt at a softer, more human main character than shooters typically try. I found myself clinging to that differentiating factor after just half an hour or so of one of the most monotonous, poorly plotted, derivative shooter campaigns I've ever played. Derivative isn't a dealbreaker. Great artists steal, and all that. But Medal of Honor Warfighter seems hesitant to let you really play it. A section where you might need to take out enemies from a distance doesn't let you approach it...

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Battlefield 4 Open Beta commencing Oct. 1 for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC

Battlefield 4 Open Beta will begin on Oct. 1 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, according to a blog post by EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore Those who pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe Edition will automatically receive access to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta, along with bonus in-game items. The beta access will also be given to those who pre-ordered last year's Medal of Honor Warfighter, in addition to Battlefield Premium members. Battlefield 4 will be released Oct. 29 on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Moore announced that Battlefield 4 will launch on Nov. 19 for Xbox One and Nov. 12 for PlayStation 4.

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Medal of Honor Warfighter producers reportedly turned away Osama bin Laden shooter as game consultant

Medal of Honor Warfighter's makers at Electronic Arts turned down an application for a consultant position from the SEAL Team 6 member credited with killing Osama bin Laden, reports Esquire. The unnamed U.S. Navy SEAL's uncle reportedly reached out to an EA executive last spring, around the time when the SEAL had formed a company with a few fellow SEAL Team 6 members to help themselves transition into civilian life. His uncle asked if EA could use him as a consultant, although he was forbidden from disclosing that his nephew was the man who killed bin Laden. The uncle was reportedly told, "Right now we are pretty stacked with consultants"; the developers of Warfighter were said to have been using "thirty active and recently retired guys." EA said in September that Matt Bissonnette...

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EA 'taking Medal of Honor out of rotation' after poor Warfighter reception

Electronic Arts is taking the Medal of Honor franchise out of its lineup due to low scores for Medal of Honor Warfighter, chief operating officer Peter Moore said in an investor call today. "We struggled with two challenges: the slowdown that impacted the entire sector and poor critical and commercial reception for Medal of Honor Warfighter," said Moore. "Medal of Honor was an obvious miss. The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers. "Critics were polarized and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved," he added. Warfighter, the latest installment of EA's Medal of Honor military shooter franchise, was released in October 2012 and received mostly negative reviews. "This one is behind us now. We are taking Medal of...

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EA removes links to weapon companies from Medal of Honor Warfighter website

A "virtual showroom" linking Medal of Honor Warfighter to real-life products from its gunmaker marketing partners illustrates how the firearms and video game industries have "quietly forged a mutually beneficial marketing relationship," according to The New York Times. The subpage on the official website for Medal of Honor Warfighter displayed information for the McMillan Group and Magpul, two weapon manufacturers, and allowed viewers to peruse guns, knives and other combat gear depicted in Warfighter. Magpul and EA have even filmed promotional videos for the game featuring the weapons. Initially the official "partners" site for Warfighter included both the logos for and links to a variety of weapon and military gear companies under the line "Authentic Game. Authentic Brands." While...

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter's Zero Dark Thirty map pack set for Dec. 18 release

Medal of Honor: Warfighter's upcoming Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack is set for release Dec. 18, introducing two new multiplayer maps based on the Pakistani region in which Osama Bin Laden was hunted, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog by Marc Janas, a level designer at Electronic Arts. Both maps are based on areas from the single-player campaign. "Darra Gun Market" contains a scenic river crossing, docks and an abandoned estate, while "Chitral Compound" takes place in a small town center with a focus on rooftop combat. "Our two main goals in making these maps were to create environments that would let us push for longer range combat, and more verticality than some of our shipped maps," wrote Janas. "We listened to what a lot of the fans were saying, and we've delivered a wider...

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Medal of Honor Warfighter 50 percent off on European PlayStation Store

The full-game download of Medal of Honor Warfighter, Danger Close's poorly received first-person shooter, is available for up to 50 percent off on the European PlayStation Store today and tomorrow. Warfighter usually costs £59.99 in the U.K. and €69.99 in Europe, but it is on sale for £29.99 (50 percent off) and €39.99 (43 percent off) as part of Sony Europe's "12 Deals of Christmas" sale. Each deal in the sale is only valid for 48 hours; the Warfighter discount expires at 11:59 p.m. GMT tomorrow, Dec. 12. This is the sixth deal, so six more discounts are still coming in the next week.

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Microsoft Store Black Friday deals led by Forza Horizon, Assassin's Creed 3

The Microsoft Store is offering a bunch of Black Friday deals on some of 2012's best Xbox 360 games and others, including Forza Horizon and Assassin's Creed 3. Here's the full list: $9.99: Kinect Nat Geo TV, Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, Kinect Disneyland Adventures $14.99: Forza Horizon, Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection, Fable: The Journey $24.99: Assassin's Creed 3, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, FIFA 13, Just Dance 4, Madden NFL 13, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Need for Speed Most Wanted, NBA 2K13, Resident Evil 6 The discounts are only available while supplies last, but while the Microsoft Store's Black Friday page says Forza Horizon is out of stock, we were able to add it to our cart by going directly to the game's page. And many of the prices are also available at...

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Japan Review Check: Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Super Robot Taisen OG2

A recap of the most interesting games coming out soon in Japan, courtesy of the reviews section in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. - Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (9/9/9/8, 35 out of 40 points): The Nintendo 3DS adventure/puzzle crossover (written by Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi) manages to score pretty high overall. "These two titles work in different directions," wrote one reviewer, "but the the setting and story skillfully weave them together and make them into a seamless experience. Attention has been paid even to little details, like how you can use Layton's hint coins in the courtroom segments. I'm also really impressed by how well the polygonal Ace Attorney characters turned out." However, Famitsu also admitted that this crossover sequel really doesn't add much...

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Medal of Honor Warfighter developer outlines recreation of real-life locales for 'Zero Dark Thirty' map pack

Medal of Honor Warfighter developer Danger Close will release a map pack tied to the upcoming film Zero Dark Thirty in mid-December, and the studio discussed the process of fictionalizing Pakistani locales for the multiplayer maps in a video released today. Art director Chris Salazar explained that the studio had to rely on images and footage of the areas in question — the Darra Gun Market and a region called Chitral — since the developers couldn't visit the places themselves. After doing research, artists went in and designed the scenery to fit the real-life settings, while level designers built the terrain in a way that makes the maps fun to play in multiplayer. Warfighter launched on Oct. 23 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack is free to owners of...

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Seven Navy SEALs disciplined for involvement with Medal of Honor Warfighter (update)

Seven members of the U.S. Navy SEALs have been reprimanded and face further punishment for their participation in the development of EA's Medal of Honor Warfighter, CBS News reports. According to the report, the members are currently under investigation for serving as paid consultants on Warfighter. It is believed that the Navy SEALs used classified material which had been given to them by the Navy while consulting on the game. In addition, CBS reports that their participation as consultants is a violation of an unwritten code that "SEALs are silent warriors who shun the spotlight." While it is unclear what classified information the SEALs provided to EA, the game publisher has publicized that real members of the military — both active and retired — served as consultants on the...

Medal of Honor Warfighter Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 10/23/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Danger Close
    • Score 4.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/23/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Danger Close
    • Score 4.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/23/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Danger Close
    • Score 4.5
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