Medal of Honor at number one in UK chart

EA shooter defies lukewarm critical reception with top placing

Medal of Honor, the series reboot from EA, has entered the UK chart in the top spot, overcoming a lukewarm critical reception to push FIFA 11 down into second.

Ubisoft's Just Dance 2 has hit third on its first week on sale, in a week which sees the original Just Dance slip out of the top ten and sink to 12th after 45 weeks on the chart. Naruto Shippenden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is the only other top twenty new entry, hitting the chart at number nine.

Medal of Honor was judged to have underperformed somewhat in reviews, averaging a 75 per cent Metacritic rating with scores ranging from 91 down to 60 per cent. However, the number one position will be seen as justification for a series which had positioned itself in direct opposition to the forthcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Troubled franchise Guitar Hero shows further signs of fading at retail, as Warriors of Rock disappears from the top 20 on its second week in the shops.

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Latest comments (16)

Lawrence Makin Audio 9 years ago
Terrible single player, great multiplayer (apart from a somewhat poor/unfair respawn system). I'd say it's certainly better than the reviews indicated, though I have a feeling Black Ops will top it.
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Glen Elliott Partner/Head of Sales, European Game League9 years ago
Single player was abit buggy for me, even some lag at times (this was on the xbox), great movies inbetween levels though. Multiplayer is fun, again, slightly buggy, kept getting stuck in trees and rocks. Even with this, and being a BF fanboy, I still enjoyed it very much.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Glen Elliott on 18th October 2010 10:35am

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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D9 years ago
Bought it Sat morning, knew by mid-afternoon I hated it. Shame, I really wanted to like it.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
I had nothing but sceptism for this unfortunately which is why I didn't get it on Steam...however I too feel that Black Ops can potentially topple this.
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That the impact of Metacritic is overrated should be old news. Consumers like to form their own opinion.
As is the case with movies bad reviews are not critical, its getting the publicity that counts.
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Tom Wilhelm Ødegård Dpt. head Gaming, Spaceworld AS9 years ago
I loved this games single player! I found it both varied and different from almost every shooter now a days. I also appreciated the new environments the game brought with plenty of mountains, desert terrain and so on and so on. Once more I feel too many of the game critiques have lost their touch with the rest of the public when reviewing games.
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The only thing I would say about MoH is that if I was a top guy at EA I would hand the FPS duties to Dice alone, they are much, much better at it then Danger Close (no offence to anyone working there!), the frostbite engine looks much more impressive then the unreal engine used in the single player, and I would have to say that this game does not even stack up against Bad Company, and with Battlefield 3 out next year (and the new game from Respawn whcih will probably be some sort of FPS), it could be time to finally put a round in the back of MoH and put it out of its misery.
It is a bit of a shame, I have really enjoyed the MoH games (except the two Pacific ones, they where just horrible), and I thought Airbourne was a lot more enjoyable then a lot of people gave it credit for.
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Private VIdeo Games 9 years ago
Single player isn't terrible at all, it's not as polished as MW for sure but it's a solid 8.

Multiplayer is fun and not frustrating and has an easy learning curve, initial 2 hours are much friendlier than MW2.

It deserves an 8 IMHO.
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Glen Elliott Partner/Head of Sales, European Game League9 years ago
Agreed with it not being as polished as MW, but is better the Halo Reach, The AI when it comes to drive vechiles is terrible
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek9 years ago
In my opinion its a prime example of how not to develop a game, on top of how perfectly you can market one. I was completely sold on the concept. I loved the whole Afghanistan tier focus and during the single player there are sparks of something special. But it completely didn't deliver, the single player has highlights of cinematic moments but is completely lacking in any form of gameplay. On the multiplayer side DICE did a great job with the multiplayer in terms of balance and gameplay, but it simply lacks content.

I feel sorry for the developers hard work as it feels like someone took the gameplay down the completely wrong road.
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Temi Web design 9 years ago
I'd pay for the muiltiplayer part alone if I could. Can I? Would love it even more if this was f2p for MP.
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Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology9 years ago
guess the only reason to buy this then is for battlefield 3 beta (which i hope is release on its own)

good game to pick up on sale...
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Tom Wilhelm Ødegård Dpt. head Gaming, Spaceworld AS9 years ago
I highly doubt there will be any Tier 1 Editions (the only edition offering a beta access to BF3) left when this game hits the bargain bin.

Talking about putting MoH out of its misery is totally off base, the licence is good and consumers love it. Developers need to relax a bit more about "metacritic" and its ilk, those numbers seems to have so much power over devs now a days. They are based on a few peoples points of view and nothing more. If a game is truly good it will perform well in the charts, and I do believe EA has a winner with MoH.
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David Rider Publisher, Hustler UK9 years ago
Thought the first two thirds of the campaign were excellent. Then it descended into a clone of MW2 with the cave sequence. Some clipping issues with Unreal 3, but the audio is amazingly good.
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Private VIdeo Games 9 years ago
Sold 1.5M in the first 5 days..

Certainly better than a kick in the arse..
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek9 years ago
Developed by two studios and with what seems to be a fairly massive marketing budget. I'm wondering how many this will have to sell to break even? 2-4 million?

Following something else means you have to be bigger and better than what came before you. You will never make a new pie when all you do is take small pieces of one that already exists. Was this game supposed to be the next Call of Duty? Was it simply following the riches of something else to make a safe return?

Bad Company did fairly badly but followed on by the sequel and it sold 6-7 million... lets just hope the next instalment of Medal of Honor is like Bad Company 2, making it nothing like the one before it.
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