Two things you should know about me before reading this:
1. I am not a complainer. I don't take any pleasure in bashing games or developers, nor am I a nitpicker. When it comes to most games, I'm a die-hard optimist because I happen to love this hobby.
2. There is every chance in the world that what I describe is only happening to me, and that others will not experience the issues I'm having. I accept that, as should you, so be objective.
Also, for the record, Medal of Honor: Warfighter is probably one of my most anticipated games of the year. Our readers may remember when I staunchly defended the first Medal of Honor and dubbed it one heck of a great game. I was also fairly convinced that developer Danger Close would deliver a kick-ass, even memorable campaign for the new effort.
All this being said, something appears to be dreadfully wrong. There's a big ol' 200MB patch to download and such large day-one updates always seem ominous to me. The story starts off promising enough, with some really top-notch visuals (thanks, Frostbite 2!) and solid voice acting. I notice some lackluster AI but it isn't too terrible, and it's hardly a game-breaker. But speaking of game-breakers…
To be frank, I managed to break this game four times in my first hour of play . Three of those four times were similar: I'd move forward, the music would stop, and my comrades would stop moving. I could run around but nothing would happen. The fourth time, the game simply crashed. Then, there's an early sniper section that just appears to be completely broken. I shoot the first guy and my spotter says, "Great, he's down." …but he isn't down. He's still standing there shooting. I try a few more times. Sometimes my spotter says I miss, other times he says "he's down." No matter what, the enemy remains. Furthermore, if I try to take down any enemy that isn't a primary target, I can't. They're invincible.
I also wanted to just explore the environment a bit and when I did, the game broke again. Two of my allies tried to follow and apparently got stuck somewhere, the music stopped again, and then the whole thing just froze. Breaching doors has also generated a series of brief hitches and glitches, although they weren't critical enough to stop the game. My full review will be coming later tomorrow but I'm really hoping this doesn't continue. Like I said, I don't like saying these things. I'd much rather go, "Hey, Warfighter freakin' rocks!" And I had fully expected to say that, too…
Related Game(s): Medal of Honor: Warfighter