EA: Medal of Honor "Didn't Meet Our Quality Expectations"

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EA: Medal of Honor "Didn't Meet Our Quality Expectations"

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An executive from Electronic Arts admitted that the reboot of Medal of Honor wasn't quite up to snuff.

It seems like only yesterday that EA was saying that Medal of Honor would outdo Activision's Call of Duty. Now that the initial numbers are in and the critics have spoken, EA is changing its tune. Patrick Soderlund, a VP at EA, admitted that Medal of Honor didn't quite live up to its expectations, but did say that the reviews so far are judging the shooter set in Afghanistan a bit harshly and that he is "proud" of the game.

"The game didn't meet our quality expectations. In order to be successful in that space, we're going to have to have a game that is really, really strong," Soderlund said. "Medal of Honor is to some extent judged harsher than it should be. The game is better than today's reviews are indicating."

When Soderlund was asked what review score he would give to MoH if had to, he balked. "I'm not going to say a specific number. I'm proud of what the game is and proud of what the team did. I just think the market is obviously telling us they think the game is X. We need to convince the market we can make something they appreciate more, particularly to be able to compete."

EA is paying close attention to the consumer and critical response. "We're looking at that clearly. We're taking that seriously. I'm not at all saying Medal of Honor is a failure. It is a successful reboot of that franchise. We're going to be strong in the future."

Soderlund said that the Studio that made the single-player portion of MoH, Danger Close, is working on another game but couldn't hint at what it might be.

So it looks like EA doesn't think that MoH was a home run by any stretch, but they are looking at how to improve any and all future iterations of the series.

Source: Eurogamer

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How about stop trying to convince us you can make a quality game, and actually make one? If half the effort that went into marketing went into the actual development of this game, it might have been something other than a MUCH less refined MW2 clone. In fact, there could have even been some level of innovation, instead of taking bits and pieces of all the blockbuster FPS games over the past year.

It's a successful reboot of the franchise, huh? So, sequels?

Good enough, I fairly like the new Medal Of Honor.

It's weird that you expected this game to be a blast, but at least it's not a failure.

Just give more money to Crytek to get their funk on.

Let's face it, games lose favour for simply not being CoD, so invest more in something that is noticeably different (and more interesting, I might add).

Good to know that they will be making more.

And i agree it wasn't a failure, just a disappointment.

I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

Oh, what's wrong, wasn't the game "tough" and "elite" enough?

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

What happens if Black Ops is over hyped just like MW2?

Wonder why they didn't say that at launch? Surely they knew at launch that it didn't meet their quality expectations.

Personally, I think they are just testing the waters for modern shooters in modern conflicts that are actually happening. I think that tends to be a "touchy" subject and maybe they are just trying to see how far they can go. Hopefully the next one will be much better.

Krion_Vark:

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

What happens if Black Ops is over hyped just like MW2?

I actually enjoyed MW2 and I've enjoyed Treyarch's forays into the Call of Duty Franchise so I think I'm safe.

The more EA talk about MoH the more they sound like the parent of a fat, cross eyed kid who just came last at sports day.

Suggestions:

Please fix the in-game graphics. That was something I could not get over. Sorry for being a graphic elite, but I spent the first ten minutes of the game wondering if I had the system settings wrong.

Make the single player longer. It was too short. Plain and simple. Made even shorter by the fact that we jumped from four different view points in the span of only a few missions. It was jarring. I felt liked I was just getting to know one set of characters when suddenly, I was switched to another set. Quick! Without looking, what's the name of the fourth guy on Deuce's team? Deuce, Dusty, Panther, and...? Did he even have any lines in the game? Play Frontline (if you got the PS3 version), and then compare that length to Medal of Honor's length.

Things to keep:

That sliding into cover move. I was so happy to finally be able to do what A.I. characters have been doing in games for several years now.

Finally, a female pilot that DOESN'T get shot down. (Halo, Modern Warfare, Gears of War, etc...)

The game wasn't bad. It was enjoyable, I think. Not great, but not bad. It was OK. I enjoyed it more than Modern Warfare 2, less than Modern Warfare. It's in the middle. When you make a game thats about, lets face it, modern warfare, people will automatically and shamelessly tie it to Call of Duty, "apparently" because they did it first... *massive cough*

I, for one, am looking to Battlefield 3 for my next FPS, I am not really looking forward to anything else than that and the next TES game =3.

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

Are you saying Black Ops isn't hyped? In the same way Modern Warfare 2 wasn't hyped? *cough*

Mr.Pandah:

Krion_Vark:

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

What happens if Black Ops is over hyped just like MW2?

I actually enjoyed MW2 and I've enjoyed Treyarch's forays into the Call of Duty Franchise so I think I'm safe.

I did too but also saw the flaws in the game. I played Too Human as well and enjoyed that greatly because I didn't listen to ANY of the hype there and without the hype it was a great game IMHO.

So much conflicting reports, EA, be consistant. We all know you say "Metacritic is how we judgde" and then "Reviews don't mean jack, sales do" and now it's "Doesn't live up to our expectations."

Get real and don't reboot a franchise when it isn't up to your w/e standards.

All I heard where "Don't listen to the reviewers too much, our game is much better than they're saying"

Maybe they should have added more beards.

I think the whole play as the Taliban is has also affected sales. Speaking as someone who knows a fair few people in the army, it doesn't feel right to me as game. I can't go from watching the television ticker every time the name of dead solider is announced wondering if its someone I know, to load up a game with the Taliban in it. Its just too close to home and I don't feel comfortable with it. I know I'm probably in a minority here but I think in the wider world the issue would make maybe a 5% difference in sales. I'm not saying is should be banned or anything but I didn't even think about buying it for that reason.

Mcupobob:
All I heard where "Don't listen to the reviewers too much, our game is much better than they're saying"

Maybe they should have added more beards.

exactly what I was thinking.

What was that EA; Don't listen to people with similar taste and experience to myself, listen to someone who gains something for persuading me to buy the game?

You silly EA.

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

6 Days, brother. 6 days.

Krion_Vark:

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

What happens if Black Ops is over hyped just like MW2?

thing is black ops has been publicly demoed and shown.
All of the core things they changed and fixed, have already been shown to us.
Some peoeple have already played the full version of the multi player.

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

You you waited an extra hour and got on the next hype train that entered the station? Intresting. ^^

OT: Well, at least EA is going to try to make better sequels -- not that the game was bad.

"We need to convince the market we can make something they appreciate more, particularly to be able to compete."
"convince the market"
"the market"

... the reason EA will crash and burn.

Suki the Cat:
The game wasn't bad. It was enjoyable, I think. Not great, but not bad. It was OK. I enjoyed it more than Modern Warfare 2, less than Modern Warfare. It's in the middle. When you make a game thats about, lets face it, modern warfare, people will automatically and shamelessly tie it to Call of Duty, "apparently" because they did it first... *massive cough*

I, for one, am looking to Battlefield 3 for my next FPS, I am not really looking forward to anything else than that and the next TES game =3.

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

Are you saying Black Ops isn't hyped? In the same way Modern Warfare 2 wasn't hyped? *cough*

I never said Black Ops isn't hyped. Nor did I say MW2 wasn't hyped. But just because games are hyped, doesn't mean that I'm listening. I've looked into the game, seen many things I've liked from previous entries into the series and now I am patiently waiting for Black Ops. Treyarch has been steadily improving their game making abilities and I thoroughly enjoyed World at War and this game looks to deliver a similar experience.

Krion_Vark:

Mr.Pandah:

Krion_Vark:

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

What happens if Black Ops is over hyped just like MW2?

I actually enjoyed MW2 and I've enjoyed Treyarch's forays into the Call of Duty Franchise so I think I'm safe.

I did too but also saw the flaws in the game. I played Too Human as well and enjoyed that greatly because I didn't listen to ANY of the hype there and without the hype it was a great game IMHO.

Then...you should know how I feel about Black Ops.

Wolfinton:

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

You you waited an extra hour and got on the next hype train that entered the station? Intresting. ^^

OT: Well, at least EA is going to try to make better sequels -- not that the game was bad.

Not really. I played the multiplayer beta for MoH and it was very disappointing. The game didn't do much for me. I have yet to play Black Ops, but as I've said previously, it looks like more of what I want from a game so I'm thinking that its more of what I intend to spend my money on.

Le Tueur:

Mr.Pandah:
I'm just glad I didn't buy into the hype train for this game and am patiently waiting for Call of Duty Black Ops instead.

6 Days, brother. 6 days.

Sorry for the double post, but yes. Its almost here...*twiddles thumbs*.

I didn't buy it just because i am bored with these types of games, its like gaming de-ja-vu. Give me something new and different you will get my cash.

EA:
We need to make a game that can beat CoD in sales...

Sounds ideal.

EA:
... So we're going to make a game that looks and feels almost exactly like CoD!

And this is where things went horribly wrong.

What was EA trying to do here? Were they trying to lure CoD fans to a different franchise? It seems likely, between the similar designs, the massive ad budget, and getting it on store shelves a month ahead of Black Ops.

It would seem they've failed. Activision has made very effort to remind CoD fans that Black Ops is just around the corner, and there can be no doubt that the sales of MoH have suffered as a result.

"EA it's a lie !"

since when did EA had any expectations except maybe for profit ?

I enjoyed the game and thought it to be a good reboot of the Virtua Cop series.

despite knowing the ending, I miss the old WW2 games...

It's pretty cringe-worthy when a publisher results to desperate comments like this.

What's more is how early they've done it. MoH could still have been a sleeper hit, but these comments will likely hit sales even more as it turns more people away.

If it wasn't up-to-par, why did they release it?

I haven't purchased it yet, I plan to wait until a price drop, but I did play the multiplayer Beta. I felt the multiplayer was Battlefield Bad Company 2.5. The fact that there are basically two games (multiplayer on frostbite, singleplayer on Unreal) in this really took away from it.

fix-the-spade:
The more EA talk about MoH the more they sound like the parent of a fat, cross eyed kid who just came last at sports day.

This is a beautiful statement and right on the nose.

OT: I figured that this game was going to be "edgy", but in a fun and interesting way. In retrospect, this is one of the most cliche' and predictable games to ever have come out. You add linear and boring to the equation and are left with EA caught with their pants down. They realized all the could do was to hype it up only to give the, "Aww, shucks. We gave it our best guys, that's gotta be worth something" bullshit after it's release.

They did give it their best to make a Modern Warfare clone. They failed though. Very, very hard. In order to surpass a game, one must be innovative and fresh, not a lesser rip off.

The single player in the new MoH was awesome because it had great atmosphere, shame that it was kinda short.

raghhhhh

This makes no sense

"MOH didnt reach our quality expectation"

THEN WHY DID YOU BLOODY RELESE IT!!!

I would have a lot more respect for game designers if they put there ha nds up and said

"yeah ok we were wrong, we thought this would work but it didnt, we will try somthing new next time"

Instead they just fuck around coming up with stupid excuses like this

....i havent played the game so i cant say weather it was good or bad, but making a game so similer to COD? and relesing it right into the Black ops marketing hype?

Certainly some bad moves there, the only thing i can think of is that the marketing department hoped to cash in on long time MOH fans (lets face it frontline was the shit!!!) and over exited COD Fanboys

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