“Seize, clear and secure.”
This popular World War II series, which began in 1999 on the PlayStation game console, continues with several detailed missions beginning with July 11, 1943 and ending with March 27, 1945. This time the 82nd Airborne begins on the coast of Sicily, deep in Nazi territory, landing from the air. The air controls challenge players to strategize their drop spot (complete with different incentives) while presenting a clear overview of the battlefield. This amazing beginning experience doesn’t deteriorate except for some minor battlefield events (due to the new AI feature), which decreases the realism a bit.
After the airdrop mission, you proceed to the Italian mainland, D-Day, and Germany while progressing to the 17th Airborne Division. As the title suggests, getting that high honor for heroic deeds remains the main goal. This installment has five types of medals with upgrades earned with good deeds, multiple kills, and headshots. An excellent cache of weaponry helps you achieve these goals, including the M18 recoilless rifle and staples like the Thompson, BAR, and Panzerschreck.
You can improve each weapon with frequent use, plus there are plenty of upgrades (get them faster through high risk melee attacks) which are permanent once achieved and the game is saved (at various checkpoints). Solider position greatly affects accuracy, adding strategy and variety in battles. Cover becomes paramount in heavy fire situations. Get in cover quickly and often, then pop back out after your health has recovered. When you want vehicle options, the classic Willys-Overland Jeep comes complete with mounted weapons.
Online players (with an EA account) get a quick match, custom match, or create-a-match modes as they fight for scoreboard supremacy. Multiplayer mode offers Allied vs. Axis, Allies air, and Axis ground opportunities, plus objective-based modes. Players get battlefield-style games where they capture multiple flags for victory. All modes feature the new affordance artificial intelligence (AI), which creates a lot of exciting random events attempting to anticipate player moves.