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In military multiplayer shooters there is normally two sides: the Americans and the bad dudes. Bad dudes can hail from Afghanistan, Russia or from Korea. More often than not the good guys are supplied courtesy of the Red, White and Blue. Medal of Honor: Warfighter will still have Tier 1 Operators from the ol’ Stars and Stripes, but it will also be adding 12 other countries’ Tier 1 Operators to the game.
“Tier 1 Operators are not uniquely American. This year we’re going global and introducing international Tier 1 units in our multiplayer game and taking players to hotspots around the world. We continue to honor these warriors with reverence and respect with an authentic look into their lives at home and abroad,” says Warfighter‘s Executive Producer, Greg Goodrich. In the trailer the different Tier 1’s available are listed; these are the ones I was able to catch, but there could be more. There are various specialists from within the US alone, so they may not count towards the 12. If they don’t then my list is missing at least 2 different nations.
SEAL – Navy Seals, US
GROM – Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-
SFOD-D – 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, US
SAS – Special Air Service, Britain
FSK/HJK – Forsvarets Spesialkommando/Hærens Jegerkommando, Norway
OGA – Other Government Agency, US
KSK – Kommando Spezialkräfte, Germany
JTF2 – Joint Task Force 2, Canada
ROKN UDT – Republic of Korea Naval Special Warfare Brigade (Seals), Korea
SASR – Special Air Service Regiment, Australia
GRUPPA ALFA – Alpha Group, Russia
Online gamers from all over the world will be able to unite and wave their perspective flag in this war against terror. New to the Medal of Honor multiplayer is the multi-national Tier 1 “blue-vs-blue” team play. No bad dudes here, just the good guys duking it out to see who is the best.
The single player storyline is a personal tale of a U.S. Tier 1 Operator called Preacher. He returns home after years of combat deployment to try to piece together his civilian life. But the job follows and hits at home when a deadly explosive known as PETN penetrates civilian borders. Preacher and his team are sent in to solve the problem.
In an age where every game supplies some sort of multiplayer, Medal of Honor games have put more attention on single player mode. While some might fear that Homefront has proven that home isn’t where the war should be, or that every shooter has to suffer from the balls-to-wall action effect of Call of Duty and Battlefield 3, there’s no need to fear. Danger Close was behind the story of the Medal of Honor reboot, which was phenomenal, and they are back at the helm for Warfighter. They are also taking care of both single player and multiplayer this time around (rather than leaving online to a distracted DICE team).
Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be available worldwide on October 23rd, 2012 for XB360, PS3, and PC — PC, of course, being powered by Origin (angry/sad emoticon). Players that pre-order will unlock the U.S. Navy SEAL Tier 1 Sniper on day one of launch, which will save you about 40 hours of time put into multiplayer.