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Best Medal of Honor Games of All Time, Ranked



Medal of Honor is a time-honored franchise that has held a special place in the hearts of many players. This franchise is undoubtedly impactful, with several titles spanning many console generations. Whether you have been with the games since their inception or are looking into Medal of Honor for the first time, these games are great. That said, many of the titles in the franchise have been more well-polished or impactful than others. So today, here are our picks for the Best Medal of Honor Games of All Time, Ranked.

5. Medal of Honor: Airborne

Medal of Honor Airborne Trailer

We are starting our list of the best Medal of Honor games of all time with Medal of Honor: Airborne. While this title was seen as a return to normalcy for the highly praised franchise at the time of its release, hindsight allows us to see deeper. The game was released all the way back in 2007 on multiple platforms, where it saw a staggered release schedule. As the name implies, players would fill the boots of an Airborne soldier throughout the game, and they would visit some iconic and lesser-known locations from World War II.

This not only gave the game a sense of gameplay variety compared to the many World War II-era titles released at the time but also allowed it to tell a multitude of stories throughout its runtime. In terms of gameplay features that were only seen in this entry in the franchise, para-dropping was implemented wonderfully. Players could choose where to deploy in both single-player and multiplayer, a novel idea at the time. All around, Medal of Honor: Airborne, despite having its flaws, is still one of the best Medal of Honor games to release.

4. Medal of Honor: European Assault

Medal of Honor European Assault, attacking a dock.

The next entry on our list of the best Medal of Honor games is Medal of Honor: European Assault. The eighth entry in the long-running franchise, this title seemed to improve upon its predecessors in particular areas. These areas include the HUD and a handful of unique features. Most notable of these new features was the newly implemented Adrenaline mode. This mode, while quite arcadey for the more grounded franchise, allowed players to become impervious to damage for a short period.

This was no doubt introduced to offset the game's other unique design decision, which was the lack of save points. Supposedly, to heighten the sense of realism and danger, there are no save points until the end of each level, meaning players would have had to finish the game's levels in one go. This was a design decision that was met with much criticism at the time of the game's release due to its effect on the overall experience. That said, however, Medal of Honor: European Assault remains one of the best Medal of Honor games.

3. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

The player standing with a Springfield Rifle in Medal of Honor Allied Assault.

For the next entry on our list, we are stepping back to 2002. Here, we have Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. This game's importance cannot be understated in terms of what it accomplished for the franchise. In many ways, this title served as an introduction to the series for many players. In this regard, the game certainly did not disappoint. With for the time, bombastic and cinematic gameplay, as well as a grounded level of realism. This, when coupled with the game's approach to its single-player and multiplayer offerings, proved to be a huge hit.

Players were able to see multiple fronts of the war as well; these included both the North African front as well as European battles as well. The gameplay for the time was polished and managed to impress many players, as well as critics. The sound design in the game, for many, was also a highlight. The game did a fantastic job of immersing the player through both its visual and sound design as well. This, and many other aspects, make Medal of Honor: Allied Assault one of the best games in the Medal of Honor franchise.

2. Medal of Honor: Frontline

Medal of Honor: Frontline PS3 Trailer

Now we come to an entry that many players no doubt expected. What Medal of Honor: Frontline did for the Medal of Honor franchise is genuinely something special. Few opening levels in any video game have become as iconic as this entry. During the player's journey, they will meet new characters while being briefed on the mission at hand. In terms of its cinematic gameplay style and emphasis on showing the less glamorous aspects of war, this title still shines to this day. As the player progresses, they are not only given medals to incentivize better play but reward them for their efforts as well.

The game's sound design was simply phenomenal for the time. This allowed players to be pulled into every battle they participated in. Additionally, the game featured a moving soundtrack that still holds up beautifully to this day. Rather than focus on extreme difficulty, the game allowed players to grab medkits placed throughout the game's levels. This not only incentivized the player to explore but made it a bit easier for casual players. To close, Medal of Honor: Frontline is a magnificent title and one of the best Medal of Honor games to date.

1. Medal of Honor: Rising Sun

Now comes the time for our final entry: Medal of Honor: Rising Sun. This title not only built upon the firm foundation laid forth by Medal of Honor: Frontline but also beautifully expanded upon it. Released just a year after Frontline, this title would implement tons of new features that make it one of, if not the best, entry in the franchise. Much like its predecessor, the game features a bombastic opening. This opening still remains as poignant and impactful today as it was when it was released. Players wake up to the events of Pearl Harbor. Here, they must defend themselves against attack, making for a phenomenal opening.

As the game progresses, we see the more minute and unseen parts of the war. This is wonderful, as it covers not only the more well-known aspects but also the lesser-known ones. Additionally, the game features a cooperative split-screen campaign and a stellar multiplayer offering. This multiplayer mode, which sees players play either against bots or real players, was supported for years after the game's release, a testament to its quality. In closing, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is undoubtedly one of the best Medal of Honor games to release.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.