EA: Medal Of Honor "Better Than Reviews Indicate"
In our estimation, Medal of Honor might be one of the most underrated and under-appreciated games of the year.
And while EA boss Patrick Soderlund told Eurogamer that developer Danger Close didn't meet EA's "quality expectations," he defends the title by saying it has been "judged harsher than it should be." Still, the game managed to sell very well, topping 1.5 million copies in only a few days time (Soderlund wouldn't provide an updated number but it's certainly higher now). Added Soderlund:
"What I can say is the game didn't meet our quality expectations. In order to be successful in that space, we're going to have to have a game that is really, really strong. Medal of Honor is to some extent judged harsher than it should be. The game is better than today's reviews are indicating."
The game has an average 75 Metacritic rating and many gamers complained that critics made too many comparisons to Call of Duty, and several military professionals have stepped up and praised the game. For our part here at PSXE, we believe we judged it for what it was but EA is taking the complaints to heart:
"I'm proud of what the game is and proud of what the team did. I just think the market is obviously telling us they think the game is X. We need to convince the market we can make something they appreciate more, particularly to be able to compete.
We're looking at that clearly. We're taking that seriously. I'm not at all saying Medal of Honor is a failure. It is a successful reboot of that franchise. We're going to be strong in the future."
We have to agree that the game could've been better from a technical standpoint. That much is true. But people might read that last set of comments and interpret them as follows- "the market is obviously telling us they think the game is X...'cough'...i.e., not Call of Duty, so we're going to make the next MoH more like CoD." Because that appeared to be the brunt of many critical problems; that it wasn't CoD...
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11/2/2010 10:10:06 AM Ben Dutka