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You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely. I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
Dwight Eisenhower, paraphrased for the game's intro.

The fourth installment in the Medal of Honor series, Frontline was released in 2002 on the PlayStation 2, with Nintendo Gamecube and Xbox versions following a few months later.

Once again, you play as Lt. Jimmy Patterson of the OSS, starting off with landing on Omaha Beach as part of D-Day. This time around, you've got a new mission involving a secret weapon the Nazis are working on. Later revealed to be an experiment jet fighter that can jeopardize the push against Germany if successfully made.

The game has six missions for you to accomplish, with two to four levels for each mission. Netting a gold star on each of these levels rewards you a medal for the mission.


The game received an HD Remaster for the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor (2010) for the Playstation 3.

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  • Artistic License – Military: "Arnhem Knights" introduces you to Master Sergeant Kelso of the British Parachute Regiment. Master Sergeant is not a rank in the United Kingdom's military; rather, it's a rank in the United States. Sergeant Major would've been the appropriate rank.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's no Cyberdemon, but Baron Sturmgeist can still soak a remarkable number of bullets, or even a few rockets, before going down permanently. Particularly notable since the series generally avoids using this trope.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Golden Lion, where German soldiers are shown having drinks and one of them plays the piano.
  • Big Bad: Haupstrumfuhrer Rudolf Ulbricht von Sturmgheist serves as this for the game, though he only becomes super-prominent in the last two campaigns (you get an early peek at him in the second).
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  • Bilingual Bonus: All of the Germans speak in their mother tongue. They can even sing a song entirely in german too. You can use the subtitles to figure out what they're saying.
  • Chance Meeting Between Antagonists: Agent Patterson gets a sneak peek at the Big Bad Sturmgeist during an infiltration mission of a german seaport while the latter is inspecting said seaport. Sturmgeist becomes Patterson's target of pursuit in the later campaigns. Said early encounter occurs during the mission named "A Chance Meeting".
  • Darkest Hour: "Arnhem Knights"; at this point, Operation Market Garden is a complete failure, and you must help the British paratroopers simply try to survive against the onslaught of German soldiers.
  • Demoted to Extra: Manon, who was featured in the previous installments and starred in Underground, only receives a brief mention by a French Resistance operative in the single player mode and playable only in the multiplayer.
  • Elite Mooks: The Waffen-SS as with previous titles, but especially those under Sturmgeist's command, as they are armed to the teeth with the best weapons Nazi Germany has to offer.
  • Exact Words: One of the cheat codes describes itself as a "bullet shield". Turning it on indeed protects you...from bullets. Nothing else.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: Jimmy hijacking the HO-IX in the final level to escape the Allied bombing.
  • Marathon Level: The Golden Lion, combined with Checkpoint Starvation.
  • Minecart Madness: "Enemy Mine", which has Jimmy riding a minecraft through the underground while defending himself from the Germans.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite the subtitle "Frontline", Jimmy spends most of the game behind enemy lines. The sequences at D-Day, St. Matheiu, and Arnhem are exceptions, though even the latter two are just Jimmy passing through areas of heavy fighting while on his own mission.
  • Rare Guns: The Sturmgewehr 44, usable in the "Operation Repunzel", "Riding the Storm", and "Derailed!" levels. Also the Gewehr 43, which is the sniper rifle of choice for the "Several Bridges to Far" and "The Horten's Nest" missions.
  • Rare Vehicles: The Horten Ho 229, aka the HO-IX. Justified since it is a prototype.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The D-Day sequence for the first two levels is a faithful homage to Saving Private Ryan. The following level, Seaside Stowaway, has an area based on the movie's climactic scene, including an encounter with a massive, but knocked-out, Tiger I tank.note 
    • One of the missions is called "Several Bridges Too Far". Which also deals with Operation Market Garden.
    • The Minecart Madness level is reminiscent of the minecart scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The Winchester 1897 shotgun you can get your hands on. Short-ranged, but incredibly powerful.
  • Storming the Beaches: Like in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Patterson storms Omaha Beach on D-Day in a similar sequence of events.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Sturmgeist and his group are helping to mass produce the Ho IX, an advanced prototype jet fighter being developed for the Luftwaffe.
  • Super Prototype: The Ho IX, an advanced, heavily armed jet aircraft designed for intercepting Allied bombers, and capable of outrunning and outgunning any Allied fighter it comes up against.
  • The Piano Player: A German soldier acts like one in the Golden Lion. If you tip him, the entire bar starts to sing a song called "The Songless Nightingale". You'll need to do this to sneak upstairs.
  • Unique Enemy: The angry chef who throws knives at you in various campaigns. It's probably the same guy every time judging by his evolving injuries every time you face him.
  • Urban Warfare: The levels set in Nijmegen and Arnhem, in particular the latter, where Patterson has to fight his way through houses and destroyed buildings.
  • Violation of Common Sense: The best way to destroy tanks is not with rockets or grenades but with the MG42, which rips through them in about a second.

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In this video extra from ''Medal of Honor: Frontline'', the humble American Sherman tank is discussed. During World War II, it was the mainstay of the US tank force, as well as a number of other Allied armies.

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