The third installment of Medal of Honor Games, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, is a World War II First Person Shooter based on a modified Quake III Engine that was used for the game Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.². This game is about an OSS operative named Mike Powell in the North African and European Theatres of Operation. This game was developed by 2015, inc. and published by EA Electronic Arts. It was released January 22, 2002 in North America on the Windows and Linux PC, and the Apple MAC OS. It was rated by the ESRB T for Teen and 15+ by ELSPA. It was also rated 12+ by PEGI. The original version was banned in Germany due to the portrayal of Swastikas, a censored version was rated 18+ by USK.
The latest multiplayer version out for MoH:AA is 1.11
Lieutenant Mike Powell was an American soldier and OSS operative originally from the 1st Ranger Battalion, although he's transferred to the 2nd Ranger Battalion shortly before Operation Overlord.
You play as Lieutenant Powell throughout six different missions during which you're either assigned to the 1st and 2nd Ranger Battalions or an undercover operative of the Office of Strategic Services behind enemy lines. You get to participate in historical events such as the Allied landings in Africa and the invasion of Normandy.
- Lighting the Torch (November 7, 1942): Lt. Powell begins his first mission as an OSS agent in North Africa. In the Algerian coastal town of Arzew, Powell is part a ranger squad in a rescue mission to recover the SAS commando Major Jack Grillo. The squad is ambushed and only Powell survives. After saving Grillo, he must help complete Grillo's mission which includes securing the beach areas and taking out the local air field. Powell must finally "light the torch" atop a lighthouse to signal the beginning of Operation Torch.
- Scuttling the U-529 (February 12, 1943): Powell is in Norway to scuttle the U-529, and destroy a prototype Naxos radar detector, a device that would shift the balance of power in the Atlantic back to the Nazis. After the untimely death of Major Grillo, the mission must be fought by Powell alone. This is one of two missions where Powell must go incognito, disguised as a German Officer, to enter the German submarine.
- Operation Overlord (June 6–7, 1944): After his outstanding handling of the previous mission under difficult circumstances, Lt. Powell is reassigned to the front lines to lead a platoon of solders in Operation Overlord. He must first survive the assault on Omaha Beach. Later on, in coordinating the Allies' establishing of a beachhead in Normandy he must go with Captain Ramsey to find paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division and assist them in taking out a battery of Nebelwerfers outside Carentan. This level has become legendary in the course of WWII shooters and is heralded as the most intense mission of the entire game. This mission is also noted to be very long (compared to the other missions) and a test of endurance for the player.
- Behind Enemy Lines (June 22, 1944): Powell, back as a lone OSS agent, goes behind enemy lines to gather intelligence on German infantry movements and gain information on the German's rumored "King Tiger Tank." He must first rescue a reconnaissance pilot and escort him to the safe house. Upon arrival, he meets Manon Batiste, an undercover agent who assists Powell in his objectives. He must infiltrate a mansion complex and gather various information and documents. This is one of the few points of open-ended gameplay in MoHAA where any of the objectives regarding to the mansion can be done in any order.
- Day of the Tiger (August 20, 1944): With the Allies quickly taking hold of France, they have their eyes of the city of Brest, France's second most important port city. With the information gathered in the last mission, an Allied tank crew is put together by Hargrove to steal a King Tiger Tank and take it to Brest. Powell must protect the crew and help steal the tank. This mission is home to the infamous "Sniper Town" level notorious for it's hard difficulty. Once Powell and the tank crew reach the tank, they must drive it through a slew of German opposition including Tiger Tanks, Panzerschreck infantry, Flak 88s, and MG42s. Once in Brest, Powell must protect the bridge leading into the center of the city, and the King Tiger Tank, by sniping the opposition that attempt to blow it up and calling in air support to challenge the other tanks across the river.
- Return to Fort Schmerzen (January 18, 1945): Powell must go to the restored Fort Schmerzen and destroy it. Schmerzen (pain in German) is, ironically, the very mustard gas production facility where Lt. James Patterson gassed everyone in the first Medal of Honor game. Upon several strategic preemptive attacks on the Fort, Powell must infiltrate the Fort with a group of Army Rangers and plant explosives and open gas lines around the Fort. Powell must escape the fort quickly as the building falls down on top of him. This is the second mission where Powell goes undercover as a German officer while he steals an Stg-44.
- Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Spearhead is the first expansion pack. In it, you play as Jack Barnes, a paratrooper in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. During the campaign, you fight in Normandy, Belgium and Berlin, specifically during D-Day, the Battle of Bastonge and the Fall of Berlin. Along the way, you will be assisted by Americans, British and Russians.
- Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Breakthrough is second expansion pack to Allied Assault. In it, you play as John Baker, a soldier in the 34th Infantry Division. During the campaign you fight in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, specifically during the Battle of Kasserine Pass, the Fall of Bizerte, Operation Husky and the Battles of Monte Cassino and Anzio.
- Legion of Merit - Earned by rescuing both a US and a UK POW in Arzew.
- Norwegian War Cross with Sword - Earned by stealing a secret manifest from U-529.
- American Campaign Medal - Earned by participating and surviving the Omaha landing in Normandy.
- Good Conduct Medal - Earned by destroying two experimental King Tiger Tanks from an Axis compound.
- US Distinguished Service Medal - Earned by the successful escort of all US tank crew members under heavy enemy sniper fire.
- Army Commendation Medal - Earned by ensuring minimal Ranger casualties during the assault on the entrance of Fort Schmerzen.
- Bronze Star - Earned by finishing the campaign on easy difficulty.
- Silver Star - Earned by completing the game on normal difficulty.
- Distinguished Service Cross - Earned by completing the game on hard difficulty.
* Despite the fact that the game being entitled as 'Medal of Honor - Allied Assault', its protagonist Lt. Mike Powell, did not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor during the course of the game. Whether Powell became a recipient of MOH after the war remains unknown.
- Free for All - A classic Deathmatch where every player fights for his own.
- Team Deathmatch - Where Allies team faces off against Axis teams.
- Round Based - Same as Team Deathmatch, but players do not respawn after being killed. The team which has the last man standing wins the round.
- Objective - Allies or Axis have to plant one or more bombs at a given location and the other team have to defend this location.
- Tug of War (New with Spearhead Expansion) - Each team have a set of objectives which can be attacking or defending. Some objectives can be disabled and re-enabled by the other team, like turning on and off a switch. The winning team is the one who finish all their objectives. Round ends of this gamemode have a quick cutscene where we can see the winning team executing the losing team.
- Liberation (New with Breakthrough Expansion) - Each team has a jail where going killed players after respawning. Alive players can open the jail to his team to released them. The winner team is the one who have send all the enemy team to jail.
- Walther P38 (multiplayer only without cheats or mods)
- Karabiner 98 kurz
- Karabiner 98 (Bolt Action Sniper Rifle)
- Model 24 Stielhandgranate
- M12 Shotgun
- M1 Garand
- M1903/A5 Springfield Sniper Rifle
- M1 Thompson
- M1911 Colt .45 Pistol
- M1 Bazooka
- M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle
- Mark II Fragmentation Grenades
- M1919A4 Browning .30 Caliber Light Machine Gun
- Hi Standard Silenced Pistol
Just like with the series' previous games the Soundtrack was composed by Michael Giacchino. The official Soundtrack EP was released digitally on August 30th, 2005 with the following tracklist:
- MoH: Allied Assault (Main Theme) - 4:04
- North Africa - 3:19
- Schmerzen - 3:37
- Sniper Town - 3:20
- Tiger Tank - 3:23
The rest of the game's in-game Soundtrack was re-used from the previous two games. Here is an overview:
- Medal of Honor - 4:12 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Panzer Blockade - 3:18 (originally from Medal of Honor: Underground)
- Attack on Fort Schmerzen - 3:59 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Ascent to the Castle - 3:24 (originally from Medal of Honor: Underground)
- The Road to Tobruk - 3:22 (originally from Medal of Honor: Underground)
- The U-Boat - 4:42 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Panzer Attack - 4:17 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Passage to Iraklion - 3:38 (originally from Medal of Honor: Underground)
- Approaching Colditz Castle - 3:22 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Locating Enemy Positions - 4:10 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Amongst the Dead - 3:16 (originally from Medal of Honor: Underground)
- Securing the Codebook - 3:36 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- Stopping the V2 Launch - 4:13 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- The Jet Aircraft Facility - 3:27 (originally from Medal of Honor)
- The Road to Berlin - 3:06 (originally from Medal of Honor)
The game has received extremely positive reviews from game critics. Critics praised the game for smart AI, smooth gameplay, atmospheric sound work, detailed graphics, and the sense of realism. It is often regarded as a milestone in the development of modern FPS games.
Critics of the game mainly criticized on its linear, heavily scripted campaign, mediocre teammate AI and frustrating experience brought by overly-accurate AI snipers in later levels. Some of these issues were properly addressed in its expansion.
On Metacritic, the game has a score of 91 out of 100.
- Many lines in Allied Assault are direct references to the movie Saving Private Ryan.
- Numerous scenes in Allied Assault were also designed to recreate Saving Private Ryan. Most notably, the landing at Omaha Beach and the sniping at the bridge.
- Some characters in the game are based on the characters in Saving Private Ryan. For example, Captain Ramsey is based on Captain John Miller.
- Part of the reason for the above is that Steven Spielberg, the creator of the Medal of Honor series, directed Saving Private Ryan.
- Enemies are able to lean and go prone, while the player is unable to perform these actions
- The player can lean in multiplayer, but not in singleplayer. The reason for this is unknown.
- The ability to lean is restored in the expansions Spearhead and Breakthrough.
- Melee attack, triggered by right mouse button by default, is limited to pistol whip in single player campaign, however in the expansions it can be performed with any non-sniper gunnery.
- AI soldiers seem absolutely oblivious to the screaming of their comrades under (repeated) melee attack.
- The interior of Fort Schmerzen is an exact remake of the same structure in original Medal of Honor.
- This is the first Medal of Honor where Lt. Patterson never makes a personal appearance in either the campaign or in any unlockable game-modes. Although, his name is mentioned during the briefing for Return to Fort Schmerzen.
- Unlike many of the earlier protagonists from the Medal of Honor franchise, Powell hasn't returned or been referred to since Allied Assault.
- The medic mechanism seen in the Omaha level and in Mission 5 would later become the primary life restore mechanism of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault.
- In the singleplayer campaign, it is not possible to drop a weapon, even when it is out of ammo.
- Since an American Pistol (either a M1911 .45 or a Hi-Standard Silenced) is supplied to Powell at the beginning of every mission, there is no way to obtain a German P38 pistol throughout the entire campaign without using cheats.
- If the player tries to obtain weapons that are not supposed to appear in certain mission via cheats(for example summoning a StG44 in Arzew or Norway), the weapon will fire normally, but gunshot won't be heard, because the weapon sound is not programmed to be loaded into memory. This has been fixed in the Expansions.
- The abbreviation of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is MOHAA, is an anagram of OMAHA.
- The taunt line "I've seen French school girls shoot better." is a possible reference to Manon Batiste.
- The OSS office featured as the background in the Main Menu was the same one as in original Medal of Honor, only it was not populated in MOHAA.
- A crate object with "1944" year mark is featured in many 1942-43 levels, which is obviously anachronic.
- Beta versions of "Save" and "Rewards" menu icons can be found in game files.
- The folder says "Patterson, James." Unknown does that in the beta version the main character was not a Powell or alluding to the fact that Powell shares the office with Patterson.
- In game files we can found two unused models named: french_resistance-paul an grench_resistance-jeff they can be perfom in mission behind enemy lines they models you can find in pictures under.