Ex-SAS Operative Praises Medal Of Honor's Realism
It's our view that most critics didn't quite "get" Medal of Honor, in that they missed the big picture and if players want a taste of the real war on terror, EA's latest production is actually quite authentic.
We're always interested to hear what real servicemen have to say about the ongoing Medal of Honor/Taliban controversy, which is why we read Ex-SAS Operative turned author Chris Ryan's comments with interest. Ryan, who has written a prequel novel to go along with the game's launch, talks about the realism in the game, which he tries to recreate with his writing. "Visually, and the sounds, it is very realistic and you can tell that they've had ex-Special Forces members helping them produce the game..." And although he agrees that such matters should be dealt with carefully and sensibly - this is a modern-day conflict, after all - he reminds us that those risking their lives on a daily basis are "very different" than the armchair quarterbacks at home. Said Ryan:
"There's always going to be controversy when you're talking about something that is actually happening in real-time. All I can say is this game is very realistic, right from when I was a child I used to watch war movies. Some of the most famous movies that are out there are war movies. Take Hurt Locker, which is a recent movie that was set in Iraq which is very current.
Now my brother is the Regimental Sergeant Major of 2 Para. He's about to deploy on an operation out in Afghanistan. I would not get involved with anything that wouldn't pay tribute to our brave servicemen. These guys are going out there, men and women, risking their lives on a daily basis. This is entertainment. Now let's get these boxes straight."
Ryan finished by saying he thinks it's "human nature" that people want to be involved with war stories and gaming, because it's still "escapism" in some respects. And in the end, Medal of Honor is about putting yourself in the position of a soldier, which most people don't really want to do, but they wouldn't mind trying it when the risks (like death) aren't involved.
Related Game(s): Medal of Honor
10/16/2010 10:47:55 AM Ben Dutka