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Video Game ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter” to feature Basilan mission vs Abu Sayyaf

Carles Salas
The next Medal of Honor video game features missions against the Abu Sayyaf

BARCELONA, Spain – Hunting down terrorists? It’s more fun in the Philippines! 

The new trailer for the sequel to Electronic Arts’ reboot of the Medal of Honor video game franchise features a mission that takes place in Isabela City, Basilan. The players will take up the role of American Tier-1 Operatives sent into the city to rescue government workers taken hostage by terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. 

According to the game’s website, “Medal of Honor Warfighter creates dotted lines to real world events by featuring real world terror threats in the game. The action focuses on hotspots often overlooked by the media, in places like the Philippines, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen and more”. Based on the screenshots that have been released so far, it would be hard to say that it is the Philippines, so we look forward to seeing something we can recognize. Maybe the outline of Santa Isabel de Portugal’s Cathedral or the Cabunbata Falls which are some of Isabela City’s attractions. Let’s just hope the Philippines will be depicted with some care, at least. 

The game will feature online multiplayer modes such as the ones seen in more established competitors like Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. Given the team-based shootout this video game genre is known for, we can expect to be able to play as a Filipino, even if in  this case, its the bad guy role. 

This is not the first time this video game series has portrayed the Philippines. The first Medal of Honor (1999) had José Rizal as a playable character in the game’s head to head mode, which is odd given that the real José Rizal didn’t fight with guns (the game was set in Europe during WWII), and the fifth sequel, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (2003), which had a mission called “The Fall of the Philippines” set soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be released internationally on October 23, 2012 and will be available for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. –

Electronic Arts (EA) is one of the largest video game publishers in the world responsible for titles such as The Sims, and Command and Conquer.

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