In reaction to a series of negative reviews, EA has defended the quality of the latest release in the Medal of Honor franchise, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
Speaking about the criticisms Frank Gibeau, EA’s Labels President claimed the game’s reception “fell below expectations” but still believes it “is a good game with a receptive audience.” He justified this by stating “our internal testing and mock reviews indicated that the game is better than the actual score that we have right now, and we believe that it is.
“However, we are seeing some folks out there that just don’t like the game. We believe that it’s going to find an audience. It’s been — had a good track record over the weekend in the U.K. We’re going to continue to support the game going forward with marketing and additional content.”
In spite of fair criticisms of its generic mode of play and obvious lack of originality, EA seem to think that solid testing of its playability makes it above critique. Is EA correct though? Has Warfighter come under fire too harshly? Should we just accept that this type of game is intended as an average blockbuster experience?
Or perhaps EA should learn to accept that simply making a game that mimics the Call of Duty approach five years too late is likely to come under criticism for its lack of imagination.