Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MoHAA) is a first-person shooter (FPS) computer game developed by 2015, Inc. and created by Steven Spielberg. It is the 3rd installment of the Medal of Honor series. The game, based on the Quake III Arena engine with modifications from Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², simulates infantry combat in the European and North African Theaters during World War II. Allied Assault is the first game in the Medal of Honor series to be released for Windows, and the only one to be ported to Linux.
In the game the player takes on the role of Lt. Mike Powell of the United States Army Rangers who works for the OSS. Single player missions include assaulting German bases in Algiers and Norway, storming Omaha Beach on D-Day, and rescuing comrades behind enemy lines in occupied France. The original game's Omaha Beach mission is often compared to Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan. This level was re-created in Medal of Honor: Frontline for consoles. Other elements in the game are also comparable to the film, like the "Sniper Town" level and the "Guarding of the Bridge" level where the final battle sequence of the movie is very similar in action and visuals to the game.
The game has been re-released as the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Deluxe Edition which includes the Medal of Honor: Spearhead expansion pack, two strategy guides, music from Allied Assault, and a preview of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, and the Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest which includes the game and both expansion packs.
The game follows US Army
Lt. Mike Powell, an agent for the Office of Strategic Services
(OSS). Lt. Powell is sent through six missions in the North African
theatres of operations and is expected to complete multiple objectives in every mission. Col. Stanley Hargrove, Powell's mission commander, sends briefings and important information pertaining to the mission every so often. Along the way Powell will frequently be helped by Allied forces, however most of the time he is on his own against the Germans keeping with the motif of the Medal of Honor series of one soldier against many. The six missions are as follows:
- 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, Powel 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 goes to 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 reconicense pilot and escort him to a safe house. Upon arival, 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.
- The Return to Schmerzen (January 18, 1945): Powell must go to Fort Schmerzen and destroy it. Schmerzen (pain in German) is a mustard gas production facility that Lt. James Patterson ironically gassed 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.
There is a fairly large variety of weapons in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Powell is able to carry one of each type at any point in the game. They are separated by Type. The first entry is the Allied default weapon; the second, the Axis'.Pistol
- Colt M1911A1 or Hi-Standard HDM
- Walther P38Rifle
- M1 Garand or Springfield M1903 Sniper variant
- Kar-98k or Sniper variantSubmachine Gun (SMG)
- M1A1 Thompson
- MP-40/1Machine Gun (MG)
- M1928A2 BAR
- Mk. II Hand Grenade
- Stielhandgranate M24Rocket Launcher
- M1A1 Rocket Launcher
- RPzB 54Other
- M97 Shotgun (Usable by both Allies and Axis in multiplayer)
Medal of Honor also features a multiplayer mode where it is possible to play up to 64 players at the same time. Several game modes are available:
- 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.
Several gametypes have been added through the use of mods:
- Freeze Tag - A popular mod. Just like Team Deathmatch except once killed you are frozen and must await unfreezing from your team mates.
- Freeze Tag - Objective - Mod, similarly to Objective you must plant/defend bomb targets except you are frozen when you die and must be 'melted' by team mates to continue.
- Demolition - Each side has an object they must prevent from be bombed by the opposite side, similarly to Objective, except this is played on Death Match maps.
- Capture The Flag - Teams have to steal the flag from the opposite side and return it to their base.
- Basebuilder - Players spend a few minutes placing objects like boxes on a certain map and then play that map.
- Assassination - Reminiscent of the Counter-Strike game mode by the same name - one player is randomly chosen to be a VIP that one of the teams escorts to an extraction point while the other tries to eliminate him.
- Survival Horror - One randomly chosen player becomes the murderer, who plays alone, is invisible (appears only for short periods when attacking, glowing red) and equipped with a silenced pistol, giving him an significant tactical advantage despite being outnumbered, while all the rest of the players try to remain alive and hunt down the murderer. Once he's dead (or his time to play killer is up), a new murderer is picked.
Spearhead and Breakthrough add some more gamemodes:
- Tug of War - Players have multiple objectives which can be retaken by the opposing team. Players also respawn in this mode.
- Liberation - Same as Team Deathmatch, but players that get killed will respawn in the enemy prison. The only way you can be released is if a fellow team mate pulls the lever to lift the jail door bars.
is the first expansion pack for Allied Assault
. It was developed by EA Los Angeles
re-enacts 3 major European Theater
battles through the eyes of Sgt. Jack Barnes (who is voiced by Gary Oldman
), a paratrooper
of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
, 101st Airborne Division
. As Barnes, players land behind the Atlantic Wall
, hold the line near Bastogne
in the Ardennes
during the Battle of the Bulge
, and infiltrate Berlin
before the Red Army
begins their attack. Spearhead
adds Russian and British weapons to the player's arsenal as well as being available for multiplayer selection.
Breakthrough is the second expansion pack for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault this time developed by TKO Software where the player takes the role of Sgt. John Baker of the US 34th Infantry Division. This campaign covers the Battle of Kasserine Pass, the turning point of the North African campaign, the fall of Bizerte and the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, along with the epic race to Messina, Italy between George Patton's 7th U.S. Army and Bernard Law Montgomery's British 8th Army, the bloody Battle of Monte Cassino, followed by the amphibious landings and defense of the beachhead at Anzio, Italy in 1944. Breakthrough adds Italian weapons for single player and multiplayer as well as the British and Russian weapons from Spearhead.
As a note, there were in fact two men named John Baker in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor. (One during the Indian Wars and one during the Vietnam War.)
In December 2007 a community-driven free software
project named OpenMoHAA
has been started with the objective of turning the ioquake3 Quake III Arena engine source port
into one capable of running MoHAA's media assets and gameplay. Although at an early development stage, significant success has already been claimed in the field of running the original game's levels.