If you’d like to get a taste of the new Medal of Honor before the full game comes out a week from Tuesday, now’s your chance. The Medal of Honor multiplayer open beta client is available at FileShack as a 1.58GB download; all you need to do to play is grab the installer and sign up for an EA account.
According to the open beta page, the demo includes two maps—the snow-covered Shahikot mountains and a smoke-covered hill top called Kunar base—as well as combat mission and sector control game modes. Combat mission is a sort of objective-driven campaign, whereas sector control is a "domination type game mode where players fight to secure and hold objective points." The open beta ends on October 7 at midnight, Pacific time.
Hopefully, this open beta is an improvement over this summer’s beta, which was offered to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 buyers on Steam. While the first beta had nice-looking graphics, the gameplay felt a little hacked-together, and I didn’t have a whole lot of fun playing. EA at least seems to be trying to fix boo-boos. On Friday, it gave the game a cheap sheen of political correctness, announcing that the Taliban team in multiplayer would henceforth be known as the "Opposing Force."