EA Games Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
- Graphics and sound are well done
- Terrible controls; hackneyed setting; wait, haven't we seen this game before?
Graphics and sound alone can't save sub-par gameplay and even the staunchest WWII shooter fan won't find much to enjoy with Heroes 2.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
The first Medal of Honor game came out on the Playstation in 1999 and put you in the shoes of an OSS operative -- an American special forces unit -- that goes behind German lines to commit various acts of sabotage and bravery in an effort to help win the war.
Heroes 2 has the same premise, which means this is either homage to that original effort or EA has just run out of ideas for World War II combat scenarios. We suspect the latter, seeing as the gameplay follows suit in being the same old entirely unoriginal fare.
Once more into the breach
In addition to being a redundant entry into a crowded WWII genre, Heroes 2 doesn't play or control particularly well either. It handles the lack of a second analogue in what is the now expected format for PSP shooters that don't have a lock-on system: the face buttons as a right analogue stick for free looking, the analogue nub handles movement, and the d-pad handles everything else including crouching, switching weapons, reloading, and a context sensitive "use" button. It's a little clunky, but the default controls are by far the best of the several different schemes offered. Puzzling is the fact that the "use" command doesn't share double duty with reload like most games, which could have freed up a button for quick grenade tosses.
Aiming with the face buttons is hampered by a slow scroll rate and the absence of any kind of auto-aim assistance. The game compensates for this with an AI that has two settings: "run forward into your stream of bullets mode" and "whack-a-mole mode", where German soldiers take cover and pop out in predictable patterns. Playing online -- one of the game's touted features -- doesn't do much to enhance the experience. We had a battle with an editor from another publication where we literally danced around each other at a distance of six feet for a full minute while unloading several clips of ammunition at each other. Clearly, tracking circle-strafing enemies while wrestling with this control scheme is a daunting chore.
Heroes 2's graphics and sound are the lone standouts. The textures, modelling, and animation are above average for a PSP game, while the sound effects and musical score do a good job of establishing the setting.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 3 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 4 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 5 MSI GS70 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
- This week in games: Free Titanfall 2 weekend, Star Wars Battlefront meets Rogue One
- Every new game revealed at The Game Awards 2016, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Zelda
- Watch Dogs 2 PC impressions: A smooth-running romp through meme-filled San Francisco
- Hearthstone fans now have a dedicated Skype chat room to challenge its best players
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPSenior PMO AnalystNSW
- CCProject Manager :ApplicationsWA
- FTMarketing and Customer AnalyticsSA
- FTEnterprise Architect - InformationQLD
- CCSEM / PPC / Paid Search Specialist - 6 Month Contract RoleNSW
- FTSecurity Delivery Manager l Security, Governance, Delivery & OperationNSW
- CCSAP CRM Technical LeadACT
- FTPerformance TesterNSW
- FTBusiness Development Manager | Digital MarketNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager / Program ManagerNSW
- CCApplication Specialist (Cerner) - Brisbane BasedNSW
- CCNetwork Support EngineerNSW
- CCInfrastructure Project ManagersACT
- FTProject Manager (Cyber Security) - Permanent - IT Services - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTIT Service Design Analyst- ITSMNSW
- CCNight Shift Service Desk AnalystNSW
- FTStorage Systems Administrator l HDS & EMC TechnologiesNSW
- FTICT Manager - DefenceACT
- TPSAP BO DeveloperWA
- CCSenior Platform Developer/ArchitectNSW
- TPNetwork AdministratorWA
- CCData ScientistNSW
- FTManager - Superannuation ConsultingNSW
- CCSenior Software Engineer Developer | 6mthsVIC
- CCWeb Optimisation AnalystNSW