Medal of Honor: Airborne

Common Sense Media says

Next campaign in WWII 1st-person shooter series.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence

Shoot enemy soldiers from a first-person perspective, see blood splatter as they fall. You can shoot enemies in the head and throw grenades into a room full of Nazis.

Sex
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Language

A few incidences of mild language including "hell" and "damn." Sample: "It's not the enemy, it's our own God damned navy!"

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this first-person shooter game, the third in a popular series, aims to re-create battles during WWII. You can expect the character you play to shoot enemies in the head or throw grenades into a room full of Nazis, among other violent acts. But as a game that re-creates history, the violence feels less gratuitous.

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What's it about?

As a U.S. paratrooper in MEDAL OF HONOR: AIRBORNE, part of Electronic Arts' popular World War II shooter series, you land wherever you like -- be it on the ground within the safety zone, or on a rooftop inside of an Axis stronghold -- and then combat the enemy troops by following one of a few paths to victory. The objectives can be completed in whichever order you choose. The game begins with Operation Husky, where you'll drop into a Sicilian village, and ends with a climactic fight in and around a huge vertical concrete tower in Germany Once you're on the ground, however, the core gameplay will be familiar to previous Medal of Honor players: skulking around with a first-person perspective, swapping guns and grenades, and analyzing the environment with help from an onscreen map that indicates where the allied and enemy troops are.

Is it any good?

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You can choose weapons to suit your objectives and unlock upgrades by performing impressive moves, including taking down four or five enemies at a time. This adds an interesting role-playing game-like element to the action. Keep in mind, however, that some weapons have serious recoil, which can make them harder to aim and fire repeatedly. Along with the eight- to 10-hour single-player campaign, Medal of Honor: Airborne offers a handful of multiplayer modes for up to 12 players over the Internet, including Team Deathmatch and Objective Airborne.

Medal of Honor: Airborne is an engrossing military action experience -- especially the second half of the story and team-based online modes -- that proves to be one of the best in the franchise to date.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about war being considered "entertainment." Some believe re-creating war -- even virtually -- is insensitive to those who protected our country. Others, however, believe that since this took place more than 60 years enough time has passed, and it has an educational component as it teaches players what it was like on the front lines. Where do you stand?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:September 4, 2007
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for blood, mild language, violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old November 14, 2010
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great first person shooter

great first person shooter barely no blood it is suitable for 11 year olds and up i highly reccomend it for people over 11
What other families should know
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Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byBpJohnny79 September 13, 2010
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Paratroopers get new guns

Medal of Honor: Airborne is a fair game, well worth buying. It presents fictional battles during WWII that nevertheless play off of the main storyline. You take the place of an American paratrooper, who works to eliminate the Nazis. Airborne presents a useful upgrading system, where you can improve several weapons based on the number of kills you receive for each. The controls are familiar, but present some new functions that work like a charm, once you get used to them. I did see some small blood puffs, but took a keen eye to place them. The graphics for this game are fairly good, doing a very good job of using the environment and lighting to generate an atmosphere that, along with the soundtrack, fit Airborne like a glove. As for the gameplay itself, I want to say this--Casual is Casual, Normal is Normal, Veteran is Veteran. I highly suggest getting used to the game before advancing to higher levels. The enemies are also class-based--they certainly get tougher later in the game. This is perfectly exemplified by the deadly Nazi Storm Elite trooper, who wears a bulletproof vest, a gas mask, and walks calmly along while carrying a mini-gun. I will never encounter anything scarier in a game than walking around a corner to find myself face-to-face with this horror. All in all, Airborne is a good game, and is definitely worth buying, and is a perfect substitute for an M.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byP33lzHeer October 20, 2011
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Shooter with a twist

The interesting thing about this game is that you start with a parachute drop in every mission. This allows you to open the game up a bit and gives you more options of how to get through a certain area. While this is certainly an interesting part of gameplay, the rest is pretty bog standard war shooting, 'Move towards objective, shoot enemies, destroy/capture/etc objective, final big objective, celebrate, level over'. Sadly, it's a very short game with only six missions for about 2 odd hours if your playing through once, maybe a few extra if your going for normal and expert difficulty , and the achievements and medals too. I can't blame EA really, as the airborne divisions in ww2 didn't do much till 1944. On the violence, language etc, the violence is surprisingly weak for a war shooter, hardly any blood, the only appearence with a slight squirt as they die. They cry in pain, but no gore or anything. On the guttermouth front, there is not much to be concerned about. You can hear mostly 'd*mn's and 'h*ll's. Theres also one moment when a soldier, seeing his comrades run over by a tank, calling the germans 'sons of b**ches'. All in all, not much bad stuff. Its an old game, so you may want to get more modern games like Call of Duty. Its quite educational though and a good subsitute for a violent game.
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