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Can Medal of Honor: Warfighter give Black Ops 2 a run for its money?

by William Schwartz


New Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 videos have seen releases in recent weeks. The recent Black Ops 2 multiplayer reveal showed that Treyarch is making serious considerations in the way that they are tackling multiplayer in this year’s release. While Medal of Honor: Warfighter’s multiplayer has been seen at tradeshows and in beta for some time now, a recent video has got fans drawing serious similarities between the two games that will release within weeks of each other.

EA has made no secrets about its intentions. It wants to steal market share from Call of Duty in any way that they can. Last year, Battlefield 3 did just that, by releasing weeks ahead of the popular shooter. Battlefield 3 didn’t dethrone Call of Duty, but EA explained that their strategy worked. Battlefield 3 was the best launch for the company in history, and they’re looking to duplicate that success with this year’s Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter looks to be more appealing to the Call of Duty fan out of the gate. A faster paced brand of gameplay compared to the massive size and scope of Battlefield 3 could be just what is needed in making a Call of Duty fan shift their allegiance. Having a look at the recently released gameplay footage of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, you can see that not only has the development team at Danger Close upped the ante in terms of intensity, but they’ve also changed enough of the formula to give Warfighter it’s own distinct flavor.

Medal of Honor Fireteam Gameplay

What we found at E3 2012 was a fully competent shooter that looked and played like a direct assault on Activision’s coffers. Reward streaks had players raining down battlefield bonuses at a pace that has only been seen in the Call of Duty franchise. Add in the Fire Team aspect of gameplay, where players work with another squad mate using specific perks in a match, and it definitely had signs of shooter that could rope you in for the long haul.

On the other hand, the Call of Duty franchise has a captive audience of millions. The problem that Treyarch faces is not easily solved. It’s one of delivering a product that feels fresh, but retains the familiarity that fans of the franchise will expect. Call of Duty has a proven track record of appeasing its fans, year after year. Though many have made the case that there hasn’t been enough innovation over the years, but sales numbers certainly haven’t indicated any disapproval by fans whatsoever.

Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Gameplay

This year, early previews suggest that Black Ops 2 will see the biggest changes to multiplayer since Modern Warfare 2. A shift in the tried and true mechanic of Killstreaks to one that focuses on a more encompassing Point Streak system was the talking point about this year’s game. Add in a new futuristic setting, and if Treyarch doesn’t get the familiarity part of the equation right, they could be leveling the playing feild for Medal of Honor: Warfighter considerably.

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