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Linkin Park and EA on making MOH:Warfighter more than just a game

I’ve been following the press releases for Medal of Honor: Warfighter for quite some time now. With each new release, my concern for what Electronic Arts (EA) was trying to do with this game just kept on growing. We know that the trademark of the Medal of Honor franchise has always been to provide the gamer with an authentic as possible experience of war. And therein exactly lays my concern. 

War is not honorable.

Robert E. Lee said, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” My problem with MOH: Warfighter and EA’s push in advertising an authentic war experience was that it seemed they were portraying being a soldier as something other than horrible.

The latest behind the scenes trailer from Linkin Park and MOH: Warfighter, however, succeeded in putting to rest my concerns. Take a look at this heart gripping trailer before we continue our talk.

The aim of MOH: Warfighter is to show the public a side of a soldier’s life that we don’t consider enough. The music, the game, the inclusion of realism, all are set to draw the player’s attention towards this one focal point.

Soldiers experience loss, not just in terms of death, but in a much more complicated and deeper way. The stain that war leaves on the soul of a soldier can never be erased. We reap the benefits of their sacrifices, while not understanding its cost. MOH: Warfighter aims to give players a glimpse into that side of war, and this, is honorable.

If you’ve not yet seen the music video, “Castle of Glass”, from Linkin Park and MOH: Warfighter, you have to check it out. I’ve also included the lyrics; it is profound and deeply touching.

Take me down to the river bend,

Take me down to the fighting end,

Wash the poison from off my skin

Show me how to be whole again

Fly me up on a silver wing

Past the black where the sirens sing

Warm me up in a nova's glow

And drop me down to the dream below

(Chorus)

Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass

Hardly anything there for you to see.

For you to see

Bring me home in a blinding dream

Through the secrets that I have seen

Wash the sorrow from off my skin

And show me how to be whole again

The game releases on October, 23 for PC, PS3 and XBOX 360. If you pre-order the game from Origin you will also receive access to the Battlefield 4 closed beta.

Catch up on my MOH: Warfighter articles here.

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