|System: Wii, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 13, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-32 (online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Heroes audio work fairs better than its visual presentation. Like previous Medal of Honor games, the score is appropriately rousing and heroic, and the weapons and explosive effects sound great. Furthermore, the Wii-mote ups the aural experience by channeling certain sounds directly through the peripheral's tiny speaker; shaking the controller to reload, for example, rewards you with a satisfying audio cue emitting right from the remote. Frazzled A.I. battle chatter also puts you in the moment, although repeated generic lines like "Look out, Germans!" could've been punched-up a bit. Overall, the soundtrack is paced well with the action, and popping gunfire punctuated by larger explosions provide the frantic sense that you're knee-deep in Nazis.
The single-player campaign is short--6-10 hours--depending on which difficulty level you choose. Play on "green" mode and you'll breeze through like Rambo on Redbull, but if you dare brave the "veteran" or "hero" settings you can expect a serious fight. The length and difficulty of these modes is falsely padded by too few checkpoints; expect to ride the trial-error-treadmill in several sections until you memorize A.I. patterns and placement. This can get frustrating and feels a bit old-school, but at least the easier mode is available for less seasoned soldiers. When you've won the war in single-player, Heroes still has plenty of fight for you. An addictive "arcade" mode runs you through missions you've already completed in the campaign by moving you forward on-rails, while you shoot at German soldiers like you would ducks in a shooting gallery. It's fun, fast-paced and will remind you of those quarter-munching light-gun games from the arcade. Heroes also offers 32-player online battles. The modes and maps are limited, but we're happy to see any support--especially for an FPS-- inject some life into the Wii's online wasteland
Despite the WWII shooter genre reaching its expiration date ages ago, Heroes offers a well-produced, refreshing experience. And while the dated visuals are as stale as ever, the implementation of the Wii controls drive the genre in an exciting direction. In fact, we enjoyed Heroes much more than the franchise's recent next-gen debut Airborne. If you can accept the console's limitations, and appreciate the novel control scheme, you'll have a Nazi-blastin' good time with Heroes epic campaign and replay-extending arcade and multiplayer offerings.
CCC Freelance Writer