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Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (Windows)

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Description

In Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the first PC installment of the famous Playstation game series, you assume the role of Sgt. Mike Powell, a member of the 1st Ranger Batallion. You have been recruited by the OSS (some sort of secret service) and need to battle through over 20 levels based on historical campaigns during WW2.

Missions include the landing at Normandy (D-Day), assaulting the town Arzew, a rendez-vous with the french Resistance outside the village of St. Lo, and even taking the famous bridge at the German town Remagen. You will need to rescue agents, plant explosives, assault desert camps with your team and of course kill every Nazi that comes into your gunsight.

There are plenty of weapons available, including the MP40, some sniper and assault rifles, hand grenades and explosive charges.

Screenshots

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Windows Up the stairs...
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Windows Looks like I have to break the Atlantic Wall myself.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Windows Poor kraut dude - he didn't make it against the two of us, hehe
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Windows Anti-tank weapon

Alternate Titles

  • "荣誉勋章:联合袭击" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Orden èasti: Saveznièki napad" -- Croatian title
  • "MoH:AA" -- Informal title
  • "Medal of Honor: Debarquement Allie" -- French title
  • "Kongressimedal: Liitlaste rünnak" -- Estonian title

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User Reviews

Nicely Presented WW2 Run 'n Gun phanboy_iv (122) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Best WW2 shooter so far, but... Zovni (9366) unrated
A good enjoyable WWII shooter Entorphane (369) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
The best WW2 Shooter to date. Thiago Oliveira (90) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
A great game... Stuart Max (9) unrated
Disastrous adventures of Lt. Mike Powell vicrabb (6984) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
Superb WW2 FPS single player & MP experiences! John Bowlin (2) unrated

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2002 9.75 out of 10 98
GameZone Jan 29, 2002 9.8 out of 10 98
Joystick (French) Feb, 2002 97 out of 100 97
Svenska PC Gamer Feb, 2002 94 out of 100 94
Frictionless Insight Mar 26, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Zone Benelux Feb, 2002 90 out of 100 90
ActionTrip Feb 08, 2002 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Feb 17, 2002 86 out of 100 86
PC Action Jan 08, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Netjak Feb 22, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Medal of Honour: Allied Assault appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Bans and censorship

  • There is no blood to be seen at all throughout the game. EA/2015 removed all blood so they could retain a Teen ESRB rating.
  • The US and EU versions are forbidden to be distributed in Germany because they contain symbols which are regarded as unconstitutional (e.g. swastika). For the German version the developers had to remove any appearances of swastikas. Most of them are replaced with an Iron Cross. Additionally in the level "Scuttling the U-529" all Hitler salutes were removed.

Critical reception

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault was featured on the cover of the February 2002 issue of Computer Gaming World, where it was billed as the "most intense WWII game ever".

Dedication

The credits say: "This game is dedicated to all the men, women, and their families, that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. You will always be remembered."

Ending

The game has no proper ending: final mission, "The End", credits.

Enemy communication

The Wehrmacht soldiers speak flawless German. A player understanding the language, may occasionally have a slight advantage, as they can anticipate the enemies' actions: "Er ist im Luftschacht!" (He's in the air shaft!), "Mein Gewehr klemmt!" (My rifle's jammed!).

Historical inconsistencies

The map of Europe in the main menu is not historically correct. Czechia and Slovakia are separate countries, Yugoslavia has been dissolved, and Poland and Germany have their present day borders.

References

  • In the fourth mission the player is assigned to find an OSS agent named Manon. This woman has appeared in countless Medal of Honor games as a minor character, offering to meet up with the main character of the game to give information. She is also the main character in Medal of Honor: Underground.
  • During the credits, a 1940s-style song is played while pictures of WWII are displayed on screen. One of these is a picture of Mike Powell and what appears to be his regiment. In the picture the player can see Mike Powell and also James "Jimmy" Patterson, the main character from Medal of Honor: Frontline, which had not been released at the time of this game's debut.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) - Action Game of the Year
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Action Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Best Level of the Year (for Omaha Beach)
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Best Sound of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Best Sound of the Year (PC)
    • 2002 – Best Level of the Year (PC, for Ohama Beach)
Information also contributed by ApTyp, Entorphane, JPaterson, Matt Neuteboom, PCGamer77 and Zonker .

Related Web Sites

  • Official Website (Official website, designed by Electronic Arts.)
  • We Want YOU (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Allied Assault, with commentary being provided by Aspyr Media President Michael Rogers (June, 2002).)
phlux (4143) added Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (Windows) on Jan 13, 2002
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