As for spawning, this is one element that needs to be fixed and quick. I lost count at the number of times I respawned frustratingly in front of the enemy. While MW
-style rewards like UAV and air strikes are present, one nice tweak is that they are awarded for points not for kills, meaning assists and revenge kills help you edge closer to the rewards.
Occasional graphical issues affecting the single-player campaign such as draw distance and frame rate are absent from the multiplayer. This seems to prove that DICE?s frostbite engine would have been a far better choice for the single player that Unreal Engine 3.
On top of the single player campaign is Tier One mode, which takes levels from the campaign and tasks you with running through them again picking up points for quick kills, headshots and the like. These achievements are then ranked up on an online scoreboard. If the stages were more fun this might have been an added draw rather than becoming a point-ladened chore.
Whether the issue with the multiplayer Taliban was pure PR or a genuine management mistake mixed with an appallingly clumsy management cock-up, sorry 'clean up', the fact is that I was surprised by the difference it made to a game being based on a current conflict.
You can change the name to 'Opposing Force' if you want but I did find it a little uncomfortable to be blowing up IEDs in multiplayer using a mobile phone. It felt in bad taste for a game that EA have claimed is sensitive to US troops.
I?d like to have seen EA take the fact that this was based on a real war to make a statement or at least give some subtext to a game whose only plot is that the pencil pushers in Washington make decisions that affect the men on the ground and these can often go wrong.
For someone who is a fan of stealth and range then MOH has much appeal, if only in brief single-player campaign that suffers from graphical stutters. However, the distance game can get dull after a while. If sniping isn?t your cup of tea then you?ll find much to enjoy in the multiplayer, I just hope some DLC comes along to give it legs as once Black Ops lands there is going to be quite a fight.
SPOnG Score: 77%