EA let the world know last year that the studio behind the 2010 reboot of Medal of Honor would be at the helm of the sequel. EA also let slip that they wanted a FPS title out by years end. 

Word traveling around the rumor mill is that Medal of Honor 2 will be coming this October… lining itself up as cannon fodder direct competition to the inevitable November Call of Duty release. 

I understand that EA wants it’s chunk of the FPS market but isn’t pitting the troubled series against the juggernaut that is Call of Duty kind of a horrible marketing strategy? I enjoyed the reboot quite a bit but I feel that if EA and Danger Close release Medal of Honor 2 so close to Call of Duty’s November release that it will simply get lost in the marketing onslaught. After all Call of Duty has smashed every gaming sales record up until this point and it seems as if there is no stopping the behemoth.

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So these days most FPS games are really about the multiplayer mode, and single player campaigns aren’t much more of a small afterthought that most players will probably ignore. But I for one still enjoy to play through them, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I enjoy the campaign of the Medal of Honor series over Call of Duty. Why? It’s pretty simple really:

I feel like I’m shooting at the right people. It’s the same reason I still enjoy Call of Dutys World at War campaign over newer ones, the enemies featured in the game were the Nazis, a real existing group who you can feel the hate for. When I fight them, I feel like I’m fighting a real enemy who deserves the death I’m bringing them. This same principle applies to the Al-Qaeda enemies of the Medal of Honor 2010 and Warfighter games. That real life connection makes for a more dramatic and heart pounding experience in my opinion.

The enemies of recent Call of Duty games just haven’t had any relatability for me. The whole “evil Russians” concept driving the Modern Warfare series just seemed like an old and overused stereotype to me. And in the case of Black Ops 2, I have no idea who I was even fighting. With so many war FPS games being near identical and their campaigns so short, I think it’s difficult to really distinguish ones from the pack but I think in future I’d enjoy seeing Al Qaeda type enemies again.


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SOLDIER STORIES: “I’m no hero.”

Medal of Honor recipient former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, center, takes part in a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.  

(Photo by Kevin O'Brien, 15 NOV 2014. Article by Lisa Ferdinando, 16 NOV 2014. Source.)

Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, who in 2010 became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, says he’s not a hero.

“It makes me feel awkward. I struggled with it for a long time,” Giunta said about being called a hero.

Giunta, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, participated in a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here yesterday.

“It’s almost been four years since I’ve been out of the military and the fact that someone would call me personally a hero seems inappropriate,” he said.

Discussion on Heroism, Valor

All the soldiers worked together and fought together, Giunta said during the panel discussion about military heroism and valor.

“Nothing I ever did, did I do alone. I followed what someone told me to do and someone followed me,” he said.

“I’ve served with heroes. We can be heroes. I am no hero,” he said.

Giunta’s received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a fierce battle following an enemy ambush in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in October 2007. Two U.S. soldiers, Sgt. Joshua Brennan and Spc. Hugo Mendoza, were killed in the attack.

“Oct. 25, 2007, was my date of action that I would receive this award. My life didn’t change other than I lost two good friends,” Giunta said.

He said his life did “change drastically” in 2010, when the recognition of what he did became public.

Medal of Honor is ‘Awesome Responsibility’

He said it is not a burden to have the Medal of Honor but rather an “awesome responsibility.”

Giunta, then a specialist with Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to aid a fellow soldier he believed was injured during the ambush.

He engaged the enemy and advanced up a hill alone and under fire. Giunta saw two insurgents carrying away a gravely injured Brennan. Giunta killed one of the insurgents and prevented the enemy from taking Brennan.

“When I was told I was going to receive the Medal of Honor it hurt my feelings. I was so angry. I was so upset,” he said.

“The fact that I did this with everyone and you want to put an award around my neck and slap me on the back and tell me ‘congratulations’ when I didn’t do it alone,” Giunta explained.

“Two of my buddies gave every single-one of their tomorrows so I could have a today, and you’re going to put a medal around my neck? I struggled with that,” he said.

Term 'Hero’ Not Taken Lightly

The Army wants to know what makes a hero, according to Army Gen. David G. Perkins, the commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

“This term 'hero’ we don’t take lightly,” Perkins said during the panel discussion. “We actually think about it quite a bit and try to figure out what is it that makes one.”

A hero is someone, in the face of adversity or danger and from a position of weakness, displays a will for self-sacrifice for the betterment of others, he said.

Perkins said Giunta did all of that during the battle.

“Valor is really the strength of mind and will to face danger and stand firm in the face of it,” he said. “You have to possess valor to act in a heroic manner.”

Giunta is an example of that, Perkins said.

“The medal that Sergeant Giunta wears is not the 'Medal of Heroism,’ it’s called the Medal of Honor,” Perkins said.

Saluting Valor

It is a great honor to be an officer who salutes a Medal of Honor recipient, retired Air Force Gen. Paul Hester said.

“A sergeant wearing the Medal of Honor no longer offers his salute to an officer; the officer offers his salute to the Medal of Honor recipient,” Hester said.

“A prouder moment for me as a one-star was when I stood at the bottom of the ramp of an airplane and [Army] Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez came to my base, Medal of Honor recipient from Vietnam, for me to stand there and offer him the salute as he came down the stairs,” he said.

“It is a true honor,” Hester said.