Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is the benchmark by which first-person shooters are measured. The threat that hung over Europe in the 1940s remains evocative to this day; facing seemingly overwhelming odds, an Allied victory was secured by countless acts of heroism. This game brings the battles of WWII alive as never before. In Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the player plays the part of Lieutenant Mike Powell of the US Army Rangers. Having met SAS operative Major Grillo, the pair embark on dangerous secret missions in theatres of war as diverse as Algiers and Norway. The final battle takes place on the beaches of Normandy, with the D-Day landings. Many of the game sequences are taken from WWII war films, lending an air of authenticity to the game. All weapons, uniforms, aircraft and equipment are meticulously recreated, helping to place the player in the thick of the wartime action. In addition to the single-player plot, multiplayer games such as capture the flag and free-for-all are available. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is simply the best game in this genre owing to its detailed authenticity. Where an arcade game dealing with this subject matter could be criticised as needlessly jingoistic, the attention to detail and use of real battles from the era recreate the war as it was fought.