The Sturmgewehr 44, also known as the MP44 in some games, is a German selective-fire assault rifle featured in many Medal of Honor games. It's historically the first modern assault rifle design, and was the weapon that coined the term "assault rifle". It is mostly found in the game when the time is 1944-45.
The StG-44 makes its first and chronologically the earliest appearance in Underground. It is a fine weapon, with a moderate rate of fire and high damage. It is the very first assault rifle featured in the series. It combines the high accuracy and damage of rifles with the same close quarters abilities as SMGs, is operated by a single soldier, and, as it did in real life, blurs the line between the two weapons types, hence "assault rifle". In the journal before a mission, Ted Aubrick advices Manon to find some intelligence on a "new submachine gun" developed by the Germans.
The StG-44 is seen in the last two missions, Die Sturmgewehr and Attack on Fort Schmerzen. It has been referred to as a "killer weapon" in single player hard mode, due to its ability to kill the player almost instantly should two gunmen with this open fire on the player. It is seen by many as more effective than the Browning Automatic Rifle, its Allied counterpart, due to a higher rate of fire, and larger magazine capacity, although at the cost of less power. The sound of the weapon is much different and louder than the one in second game. The weapon would appear in the last missions of the expansion packs, Spearhead and Breakthrough.
StG-44 as it appears in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.
The remastered version of the game available on PS3 allows the player to aim down the sights for almost all weapons (not mounted machine guns or the Panzerschreck), but the iron sights for the StG-44 are off, causing bullets to hit higher than where the player is aiming; although this isn't much of a problem when aiming at enemies at close to moderate distances, at longer ranges players will find it more accurate firing from the hip.
The StG-44 in this game is fairly rare, as it was in real life, found in only three missions, Climbing Mamayev Hill, Farmhouse Liberation and Operation: Virus House. Still, it is powerful, has a thirty-round magazine, and good accuracy. Its Allied counterpart, the Browning Automatic Rifle, has a noticeably lower rate of fire and magazine size, and is therefore somewhat inferior. The StG-44 can be seen in the hands of 101st Airborne paratroopers and 36th Infantry Division soldiers in the Belgium campaign.
The StG-44 returns in Vanguard. It is found in levels Behind Enemy Lines, Scavengers and Crucible. It is infrequently seen in use by Wehrmacht personnel in Neptune, but on Fallschirmjäger paratroopers it is their weapon of choice. It is the same as it was in European Assault retaining its skin, power and accuracy. It is seen in the levels Operation Neptune, Operation Market Garden and Operation Varsity, where German Paratroopers are constantly seen in the latter two levels, while Wehrmacht soldiers sometimes appear with it. It is a good weapon for dealing with enemies at medium and close range, as its rate of fire can out-perform the BAR in Operation Neptune.
The StG-44 returns in both games. In Heroes the StG-44 can be found in the hands of Waffen S.S officers and later Wehrmacht soldiers in the Belgium campaign. The StG-44 is a solid weapon with good damage and range but has slightly less damage than the BAR. The StG-44 can be selected as a starting weapon in the multiplayer.
In Heroes 2 the StG-44 is a rare weapon to be found and only appears in the final level. It retains the same stats from Heroes. The StG-44 has more ammo than the BAR but less damage and slightly less range. The StG-44 can be selected in multiplayer where it is changed from single player. It fires in a very slow semi-automatic mode. In both games the model and sounds are the same from European Assault.
The StG 44 in Allied Assault and the expansion packs have the rear sight fully elevated to the 600 meter range.
The StG 44's title of the world's first assault rifle is disputed by some, who consider the Russian Federov Avtomat M1916, a rather obscure weapon largely forgotten to history, to be the world's first true practical assault rifle according to today's assault rifle criteria.