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Medal of Honor
Available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC
ONE of the elder statesmen
of the first-person shooter
genre, the Medal of Honor
series has returned to
active duty after a three-year hiatus,
during which its traditional WWII
setting has been ditched in favour of
the current conflict in Afghanistan.
The single-player campaign focus-
es on an operation to clear insurgents
from the Shahi Kot valley in Paktia
Province. Over the course of the cam-
paign you take command of four char-
acters -- two so-called 'Tier 1' elite
Special Forces operators, a US Army
Ranger and an Apache gunner.
The pre-release hype made much
of the involvement of real-life Special
Forces soldiers in the development
of the single-player campaign. This
shows through in the final product,
with obvious respect and even rever-
ence for the warfighter.
The campaign also does an excel-
lent job of capturing the joint nature of
It's far from perfect, though. You'll
be frustrated by invisible barriers and
scripted trigger points which don't
Veteran warrior resurfaces
in Afghanistan conflict
always work. Enemy AI is patchy, too,
for instance a mortar crew who duti-
fully manned their posts, oblivious to
a grenade I'd just tossed at their feet.
Multiplayer is a different kettle of
fish. Play is class based, with play-
ers selecting from 'rifleman', 'special
ops' or 'sniper'. As has become the
norm, experience unlocks new weap-
ons, attachments and abilities.
The two playable factions are
essentially identical. Game modes are
your regular mix of team deathmatch,
sector control, sector attack/defend
and so on.
The final product is well-executed.
Matches are quick and exciting, audio
quality is nothing short of superb and
movement and weapon modelling is
tight. The maps are beautifully real-
ised and feature lots of destructible
Medal of Honor has its share of
rough edges and doesn't break any
new ground for the genre. However,
it does provide an engrossing, albeit
brief, single-player experience, and
slick, well-balanced multiplayer.
-- Ben Wickham
RESPECT FOR WARFIGHTERS: The new Medal of Honor doesn't
break any new ground but is enjoyable nonetheless.
Holden VE Series II SV6 sedan
Engine: 3.6l, SIDI, V6 engine pro-
ducing 195kW power and 343Nm
RRP before on roads: $42,790
SPORT sedans come in many
guises, only some of them
worthy of using the 'S' word
in their title.
Holden claims the 2011, VE
Series II SV6 to be one of the sportier
Commodores in its armoury and from
first glance it lives up to the spiel on
the company's website.
Eighteen-inch alloys under bulging
wheel arches, an aggressive looking
body kit, boot-lid spoiler and honey-
comb grill and fog lights take care of
the exterior look.
The test car's interior had leather
trim, an electric driver's seat, sports
front seats and instrumentation and a
rear roof-mounted DVD to keep the
younger people in your life enter-
tained on trips of any length.
The six-speed sports shift transmis-
sion was better left in lazy D mode. In
sport the SV6's brain held onto gears
for what seemed like an eternity so
that, if you weren't listening to the
stereo, you'd begin to feel frustrated.
Although when the right hoof was
planted things got interesting, with an
engine growl not often heard from a
V6 power plant and acceleration that
would force drivers of Japanese tur-
bocharged four cylinders to look over
The SV6 would be safe, reliable
and comfortable transport for a fam-
ily or others wanting a sporty looking
sedan with an engine willing to excite.
-- SGT Andrew Hetherington
New sport worthy of title
WORTHY CONTENDER: Holden's SV6 ticks most of the boxes.
Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
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