Medal of Honor: European Assault

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Loyalty and strategy -- but it's still war.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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

Violence

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

Sex
Language

Occasional and mild, but present

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
Adult Written byjmawesome April 9, 2008

Awesome

This game is awesome! It has violence, but it is not bloody and there is no grusome parts. It is fine for kids around 12 or 13 and up. Good strategic value... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPugMaster224 November 11, 2019

It is a great game but it still has a bit of violence. not a lot though

it is a great game and kids should learn about one the most important event in history
Teen, 13 years old Written bySensible Human December 5, 2017

Excellent game

It contains some violence, but this game can help you imagine the horrors of war. Best FPS ever

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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