January 27, 2003

About A Boy & Medal of Honor - Reviews

there is something to be said for loafing. this weekend was spent hanging out with my 13-year-old brother, playing video games and watching movies and eating and surfing the internet. not much in the way of found material on the internet, but i'd say the highlight of the whole affair was seeing the hugh grant-starrer, about a boy, and playing the fabulous gamecube videogame medal of honor: frontline.

about a boy - i had been anticipating seeing this since it came out. i never got a chance to see it in theatres, so it was added to my netflix queue as soon as it became available on dvd. i'm pleased to say that i enjoyed it far more than i thought i would. i thought hugh grant was a good-deal better in this role that he had been in anything else i have seen him in recently.

medal of honor: frontline Ė folks, if you donít have a gaming console (ps2, gamecube, xbox), this game is worth buying one for. it is awesome! it's a first-person-shooter, and takes place during wwii. you play as lieutenant james ďjimmyĒ patterson, a rookie in the war at the beginning of the game in the d-day landing made even more famous in the film saving private ryan. the opening mission level is indeed almost as intense as the spielberg film. you're in one of those landing boats, headed for the wicked-dangerous shore. your boat gets hit, sending you and your fellow soldiers into the surf, and you can see and hear soldiers around you get hit by bullets whirring through the water. you swim up to the shore and are bombarded with gunfire, bomb blasts, and mines all around. the first time I went through the level was so intense. the fear was real, i was on edge, my heart was racing.

later on in the game, when the intensity sort of dies down for a minute or two, the outstanding musical score really comes forward. the score is haunting and really moving, giving you, as the player, the sense that what youíre doing is actually important Ė even though itís just a game. it's definitely worth a rental. you know how sometimes youíll buy a game and never play it because itís too hard to figure out, or itís boring, or it runs thin? i donít think this game is gonna be like that at all. of course, i have only had it for the weekend, so who knows.


posted by julie at January 27, 2003 10:00 AM


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