Medal Of Honor Warfighter Gets Launch Trailer, Massive Day One Patch

    October 24, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Medal of Honor Warfighter is EA’s latest attempt at cashing in on the Call of Duty fanbase before Call of Duty even comes out. Battlefield 3 somewhat worked last year as it provided a much stronger multiplayer component than the comparatively weak Modern Warfare 3. Black Ops 2 is looking much stronger this year, however, and EA only has Medal of Honor Warfighter to fall back on. Beyond having one of the most hideous titles in contemporary gaming, does it offer anything to the jaded military shooter fan?

Perhaps you’ll find the answer to that question in the launch trailer for Warfighter that was released yesterday. It proudly proclaims that the game’s events are based on the true story of a global plot to ship explosives into large population centers. Players will take on the role of Preacher and other Tier 1 operatives as they fight the war on terror.

As it turns out, you can’t tell how good a game is from an obviously scripted trailer with little to no gameplay. We’re in luck, however, as EA has already told us how good the game is by issuing a massive day one patch that apparently fixes a large number of problems in the retail version of the game.

New Features:

  • Now able to add friends and join parties while in-game.
  • Can invite others to your platoon or apply to join a platoon while in-game.
  • General Tweaks and Fixes

    Multiplayer Gameplay

  • Removed initial delay to Spec Ops Signal Scan charging.
  • Snipers in Recon stance will no longer be visible to enemy RQ7/RQ11 UAVs.
  • Increased the accuracy of server-side aiming prediction.
  • Fixed an issue with “Fall Back” spawning to improve its behavior.
  • Fixed spawn type changing to Buddy Spawn automatically when it is not supposed to.
  • Call in a Blackhawk for the losing team if they are getting dominated in Sector Control.
  • Single-Player Gameplay

  • Added tutorial text to first sniper encounter to help teach player about bullet drop.
  • Fixed an issue where the default difficulty was set to Easy instead of Normal.
  • Fixed an issue where controls would become unresponsive under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue with one of the in-game cinematics.
  • Improved single player stability and fixed progression stoppers.
  • Matchmaking, Parties, and Platoons

  • Smoothed out the matchmaking flow between successful matchmaking and joining the player to the game.
  • Players can no longer join an invitation only party without being invited.
  • Fixed issues with joining single players together into Fireteams.
  • Fixed an issue where Veteran platoon members could not reach Elite status.
  • Platoon ownership is now automatically transferred to the most senior member/GM of the platoon when the current leader leaves the platoon.
  • Fixed an issue where a member that is removed from a platoon becomes its leader.
  • Fixed an issue where players could not rejoin the same platoon matchmaking server after playing a game on that server.
  • If a player leaves one platoon and joins another, their platoon card now properly reflects that change.
  • Fixed an issue where the platoon patch would not show up for other members if one member leaves the platoon.
  • Fixed another issue where the platoon patch would no longer show up under certain circumstances.
  • Sending a platoon invite when both players are in-game now works properly.
  • The above is just a small sampling of the myriad of fixes that Danger Close and EA have applied to the game in this day one patch. Even more damning is the fact that EA didn’t send out copies of the game to the press until the game shipped to consumers. Only publishers who have little faith in their product, or are embarrassed by launch day flaws, would do that.

    For the player looking to get their military shooter fix, I would suggest waiting until Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. I usually advise against the Call of Duty series for its formulaic approach to the genre, but Treyarch seems to really be changing things up this time around. It’s a good sign in a genre that has refused to evolve since 2007.

    If you must play every military shooter that comes out, Medal of Honor Warfighter is now available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It will set you back $60.

    • FullSync

      So…. this is really the article they present?
      A completely biased look at Medal of Honor Warfighter? What an idiot.
      They delayed the game for reviewers until the public release date because they wanted the reviews to experience the “full experience”, in this case, actually having regular gamers playing the game rather than just having reviewers playing the game.
      And this, “Beyond having one of the most hideous titles in contemporary gaming”. Are you kidding me? Medal of Honor came out before Call of Duty and I would pick MoH any day over CoD.

    • Martin

      I agree with you, people don’t really know that about MoH but I’ve been playing it since I was a little kid!
      Instead of MoH trying to be like CoD, I really think its the other way around.
      It might have started a lot earlier than this.

      • paul

        totally agree, MOH has been my choice since childhood

    • BAMCIS

      Wow. This Zach Walton guy is a douche. Just because it’s not a run and gun arcadey piece of crap like cod is. I like authentic shooters a lot better such as this one. Being a veteran I can tell you this is pretty damn close as opposed to cod. This guy is a turd that knows jack shit.

    • Thomas

      Speaking of biased… you call the man biased and yet proclaim you would pick MoH over COD any day. That sounds a lot like bias… I play both and I enjoy the realism of MoH and the fast-twitch, run-and-gun action of COD. Just because a game isn’t to your liking, doesn’t mean it’s “crap” and I think the millions of people who buy COD each year would agree with me.

      • BetterOffNed

        For your information, when some whiny little punk fanboy pitches a b$#ch fit over the name of the game in the first sentence, it tends to destroy their credibility. When someone shows such obvious bias toward the popular choice and proceeds to arrogantly list off the technical reasons he thinks this game might suck, it tends to push me toward the other side. In journalism, people are supposed to present a balanced view, focusing on information rather than just blabbing about your opinion. This guy turned an article explaining a patch and the trailer into an article about how far up Treyarch’s arse he has gotten.

        Also, just so you know, since I am not a journalist, I can be biased and present my own opinion without appearing as though someone paid me to have one. Call of Duty’s story line is just obnoxiously repetitive and the multiplayer is basically inaccessible if you don’t play the game every minute of every day. Just like the Halo franchise, it is tired, old, and needs to leave. Whatever happened to making new, innovative games?

        • chabachaba

          He made 1 sentence about the name and you seem to be the one making a b$#ch fit about it.Is he lying about the huge day 1 patch or the embargo on the review? Just because he says BO2 looks better than this? Guaranteed the majority of gamers agree with him and buy BO2 over this.Just like they did with the last MOH game.If you don’t like COD that’s fine but you’re in the minority so stop taking this story as a personal attack when it’s clearly not biased.

    • Ralphy

      I noticed a couple of the problems in day 1 of playing but over all i think it was a really good game and i like the multiplayer. Yeah i like call of duty alot better but i think this medal of honor is the best of the medal series and way better than spec ops the line.

    • http://www.teamsrgaming.com Michael

      Anyone that disses this game is not much of a gamer and more than likely has not played it.

    • Stealth

      I will agree that the name is kind of weak. Could have been Call of Duty Warrior instead of WarFighter. Then again what would you rather have, a game that plays well and has great graphics or a weak name? Watching the trailer I am impressed with the graphics and it looks like I will have to pick it up at Gamestop and give it a try.

      • BetterOffNed

        You do realize that this isn’t a “Call of Duty” game, right?

      • jordan heffelfinger

        they call it warfighter because thats actually what guys in the field are referred to overseas

    • BetterOffNed

      Zach Walton, how much did Treyarch pay you to trash Warfighter? It’s pretty sad to see some d-bag that calls themselves a writer make such obviously pompous and vindictive statements. I mean, the worst part was your comment on the title, seriously? What else are they supposed to call the game? I understand that it doesn’t have the ring of “Modern Warfare” because that must have taken years to come up with, or “Black Ops”, two of the most generic names for games of all time this side of “Tank” and “Baseball”. Tell you what Zach, leave the journalism to journalists, there is no more room in this for pissy little fanboys.

      • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

        To answer your first question – I wish Treyarch was paying me. They are not, however, and I don’t think they or anybody else ever would. Game publishers are not in the business of outright paying for reviews and writers are not in the business of taking bribes.

        To clarify my other statements, I do think that Warfighter is a terrible name, but I find that most shooters have terribly unimaginative names. Warfighter just seems even more lazy on the part of the team regardless of its real word uses.

        As for the accusations of my being fanboy, you’re welcome to think that. I’m not particularly a fan of either game. I realize that the genre has its fans, however, and I made a judgment call based upon the worrying signs that Warfighter was exhibiting through a day one patch. If Black Ops 2 ends up getting a day one patch and review embargos, I will say the same things about it. At the moment, however, Treyarch is seemingly doing a bang up job. That can all change though.

        As an aside, I hope you’re enjoying Medal of Honor. Don’t let statements from me or anybody else stop from enjoying what you like. I personally love Dragon’s Dogma and NieR, two critically panned games.

        • JIM

          Zach the game has a average rating of 49 out of 100.A s*it game is a sh*t game and I don’t see how you’re article was biased in any way shape or form.But the few gamers who bought the game would rather attack you’re credibility than admit the game sucks.AVERAGE RATING 49.COD is still the king.Haters gonna hate.

    • http://bunghole buttockss

      cry if’s they wont, i still think maybe is good game.

    • http://gmail.com Eric


      YOU, sir/ma’am, ARE A LOSER. You went to school for your writing skills? You sound like an ignorant toddler, persuaded by Treyarch to comment, other than COD or BLACK C*CKS 2. Loser, get a real job.

    • Murf

      I pretty much agree with all that are trashing the writer. The usual you can expect from the modern “journalist”. Always has an agenda to push instead of being neutral and stating the facts. NEVER trust a “journalist” – they don’t exist anymore!

    • Cap

      It kind of seems like the Author of this article has an Over-ego problem. I’m sure some Publishers have sent out games to the ” ” ” Press ” ” ” (for this guy seems to think “press” pertains to him…haha) prior to launch, but most of the those games have ended up on torrent sites.

      The Press-releases of video games are notoriously famous for leaks. That has been why the PR versions have had NUMEROUS problems, and why DAY ONE FIXES are becoming an increasingly common occurrence. For instance, MoH:W had exactly 1 version circulating around the torrent sites prior to launch…and that version was a “less-than-Beta” Black Hole.

      This guy obviously thinks he has the credentials to receive pre-release software and also has the “gamer”-ego to reinforce it. SORRY, but DC and EA were smart to release the game to everyone at one time (and P.S. “PRESS” actually DID get it prior to public launch)…