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EA not worried about lower than expected Medal Of Honor reviews

by Steven Williamson on 14 October 2010, 09:46

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), FPS

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The average review scores for EA’s Medal Of Honor videogame, which launches in the U.S. today and the U.K. on Friday, may have caused a 6 per cent drop to the share price of the company in the last few days, say analysts.

Review aggregation site, Metacritic, awards the game with a decent 75 per cent based on 13 reviews, but sights would have been set much higher for the highly anticipated big comeback of the franchise.

Nevertheless, EA dismissed the notion that it was disappointed in the review scores, telling The Los Angeles Times that “this is a marathon not a sprint.”

Reading between the lines of the next comment, it appears that EA has set its sights on the long term success of the Medal Of Honor series, and aren't too concerned about the critical response for the new game, acknowledging that is only in its "first year of rebooting the franchise."

"The game had the highest pre-orders in the 11-year history of the Medal of Honor franchise. This is an essentially big achievement considering Medal of Honor has been dormant for several years. This is the first year in rebooting the franchise. Medal of Honor is part of a larger EA strategy to take share in the shooter category,” reads the statement.

EA will be eager to catch up with the success of Activision and the Call of Duty series, but with the launch of the new Call Of Duty game just around the corner, and taking into account the less than brilliant scores for Medal of Honor, EA's shooter could well be overlooked.


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What I got out of that:

EA don't care they made a poor game, because loads of people preordered it. I wish hadn't bothered preordering it. Should have preordered Fallout New Vegas instead.
redddraggon
What I got out of that:

EA don't care they made a poor game, because loads of people preordered it. I wish hadn't bothered preordering it. Should have preordered Fallout New Vegas instead.

I could have told you to preorder Fallout if it was an either/or choice :D

Can you cancel your pre-order? As long as you didn't pay too much then just chalk it up as experience, play it then flog it on :)

They will sell a ton of copies regardless, I'll buy it when it becomes cheap enough. They had such a good chance of making this a great game on the back of MW2 & what was right/wrong with that, guess they just ignored all the free feedback people all over the internet were giving MW2 though :/
i have pre-ordered it on steam, might look into contacting them and cancelling it if i can
EA will be eager to catch up with the success of Activision and the Call of Duty series, but with the launch of the new Call Of Duty game just around the corner, and taking into account the less than brilliant scores for Medal of Honor, EA's shooter could well be overlooked.
Nothing new there then - apart from the first one, has any MoH title been well received? Personally speaking, I had MoH:AA collection and MoH: PA on PC and MoH:Airbourne on Xbox360 and PC - and thought them pretty respectable - especially Airbourne which I thought had a pretty good single player set.

Okay I'll admit to maybe being biased because I had major PC problems that knocked out all my MoH titles, along with CoD:MW - and while Activision just ignored my support call, the EA folks were very helpful and actually got the problem resolved. (Turned out to be iolo System Mechanic screwing things up). :woowoo:
redddraggon
What I got out of that:
EA don't care they made a poor game, because loads of people preordered it. I wish hadn't bothered preordering it. Should have preordered Fallout New Vegas instead.
I'm willing to bet that EA definitely do care whether it's good or not - after all, if it's along the lines of most film tie-ins (i.e. “crap”) then that's probably the series killed - and little/no chance of future titles to go up against what Activision churn out.

Personally, I'll reserve my judgement until the postie delivers my pre-order (supposed to be today - gimme, gimme!), and not take the word of the critics as gospel. I've got a couple of games that got slated because of poor multiplayer, which doesn't effect me because I don't MP anyway. On the other hand, I wasn't that keen on the universally-acclaimed CoD:MW2, because the single-player experience was pretty thin v's BC2 or even MW1. Getting back to my MoH pre-order, it's going to be interesting to compare that to CoD:BlackOps when it arrives - as I've preordered that too (I'm a big CoD fan - even though I don't really do MP).

Heck, my fave game of the moment is Just Cause 2 - which got a royal slagging in the last “professional” review I read - too “cartoon-like” and “brainless” apparently. :rolleyes:
redddraggon
What I got out of that:

EA don't care they made a poor game, because loads of people preordered it. I wish hadn't bothered preordering it. Should have preordered Fallout New Vegas instead.

That's what I read into it. Sounds like they new it wouldn't compete with CoD, but are using it as a building block for future MoH titles.