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Medal of Honor is a first-person shooter game produced by Sega Game Studio and is one of the company's tentpole franchises. The series began in 2000 with the release of Medal of Honor for the Dreamcast and has been one of the best-selling shooters in history.
Medal of Honor (2000)
Medal of Honor was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 as one of their first games to be made with online console multiplayer in mind. It was a huge success and was praised for its gritty, violent campaign with excellent graphics and was one of the best-selling games of the year, and a pioneer game in the movement of consoles into online gaming.
Medal of Honor II (2003)
Initially to be released on the Dreamcast, the sequel was postponed to the Gameverse, and as a result featured improved graphics, online gameplay, and an expanded campaign. The game was a major boost for the Gameverse and for Sega's new OnWorld online gaming service.
Medal of Honor III (2004)
The third entry in the franchise featured two campaigns, one from the American perspective and one from the French, as well as expanded multiplayer functions and further improved graphics, mechanics and online play. It also introduced customizable characters and cooperative play.
Medal of Honor IV (2006)
The final entry to be released on Gameverse, the fourth entry into the series featured three campaigns (one American, one French, and one Scottish) as well as up to four-person co-op modes for campaign missions and more goal-oriented online missions to complement traditional multiplayer options like Versus, Last Man Standing or Capture the Flag. The game was the highest-selling title of 2006.
Medal of Honor: Special Forces (2007)
Using the new engine of the Sega Viron, Medal of Honor: Special Forces was set in the modern era featuring US Special Forces soldiers on missions around the globe. It was well received, but gamers wanted a return to the English Adventure style of previous installments.
Medal of Honor V (2008)
Using the Special Forces engine and improving upon it, the fifth traditional Medal of Honor was one of the most anticipated titles of 2008 and was the top-selling title of the year, beating out competitor Call of Duty for the Xbox. Medal of Honor V featured three campaigns once again as well as improved and expanded capabilities for the OnWorld S operating system.
The seventh entry into the series, Medal of Honor: Navy SEALs was a successor to MoH: Special Forces, but focusing exclusively on a Navy SEAL team operating during the Scottish Conflict, Cyrenese War and the 2001 Nigerian War. The game, released in the summer, was a strong success, but failed to outsell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was released that same fall.
Medal of Honor: Total War (2010)
Medal of Honor VI (2011)
Medal of Honor: Guerrilla (2012)
Medal of Honor: Guerrilla is an announced first-quarter 2012 title that will utilize the same engine as Medal of Honor VI and be a much more "mature" entry into the series, featuring a player fighting as a guerrilla soldier during the Anarchy as opposed to an American soldier such as in previous series. The game is imagined as a companion piece to Medal of Honor VI, portraying the fight from the "other end of the gun."
Sales and Competition
Medal of Honor is currently in competition with the Battlefield series and the Call of Duty series. Medal of Honor has better graphics than Battlefield and Call of Duty, but Battlefield and Call of Duty "blow Medal of Honor out of the water" by allowing the players to drive tanks and planes.