Medal of Honor: European Assault



Loyalty and strategy -- but it's still war.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Typical of this genre, MoH:EA encourages loyalty, teamwork and valor- -- in the pursuit of killing the enemy.


Ample killing of German soldiers, but bloodshed borders on abstract and there is no gore

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Occasional and mild, but present

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game features plenty of battlefield violence. While none of the killing is particularly graphic (a little spray of blood is occasionally visible), players are asked to gun down scores of enemy soldiers in the course of the game.

What's it about?

MEDAL OF HONOR: EUROPEAN ASSAULT focuses on an agent of the Office of Strategic Services, the Naval division that would become the CIA. Players fight their way through the battlefields of the European Theater -- France, North Africa, Russia and Belgium -- undermining German defenses and collecting intelligence on the enemy's new weapons systems. Players also lead a three-man squad to help get the job done, directing them to take cover, engage the enemy, or retreat as the situation demands.

Enemies are more intelligent than in the previous game in this series: They seek cover, use grenades to force players out into the open, and change positions to get a better shot. Expansive level design allows players to get creative in the way they advance toward their goals. Secondary mission objectives give players some stuff to do besides fight their way to the finish line.

Is it any good?


This game is on par with the industry's standard approach to WWII shooters: Allow players to kill plenty of enemies, but don't call undue attention to their deaths. Bodies evaporate, leaving only ammo and health power-ups as a memorial. Parents should take some solace in the game's intellectual demands. European Assault moves at a more methodical pace, preventing players from mindlessly rushing enemy positions and rewarding thoughtful, strategic progress.

The game, however, suffers from some problems. Your squad members will stand in the open until enemy fire turns them into a lifeless heap. EA also eliminated mid-level save points, so if you die at an inopportune time, you will have to start over from the beginning of a level. The European setting is dreary and monochromatic, unlike the colorful jungle settings in Rising Sun, and the art direction of EA does nothing to liven it up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about historical video games. You may want to ask your kids if a video game is the best way to engage history. Does the game glorify wartime violence or trivialize the experiences of those who served?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 8, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T

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Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Team work

this war game is one of the best! this game is extremely hard to beat. the only way you can beat the levels is to work with your squad. this game also shows how hard WWII was and what our veterans went thru. this is a masterpiece
Adult Written byeliram874 June 9, 2014

beutiful music, amasin story unfourtenetly a sacriligious element

amazing story line beautiful music but the game ruins it where you go inside a church and kill nazis one of your own soldiers blasphemes near the church area which should not be in the game. why go and attack inside a church! why go and kill people inside it! this is so disappointing some producers have lost the notion of respecting God's home and holy objects as well as his holy name.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byGold_medal_champion August 22, 2011

good thoughts from an experienced gamer

its a great game very educational and its super fun! there is an occasional cuss word but wouldn't you cuss to if a whole bunch of Germans were shooting at you. but over all i loved the game a must play for ten and up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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