Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the first PC installment of Electronic Arts’ WWII-themed shooter series, is superb. However, if the realistic setting has led you to expect a serious combat simulation along the lines of Ghost Recon or Operation Flashpoint, you’re going to be surprised and perhaps disappointed. Medal of Honor is first and foremost a run-and-gun shooter–a really, really excellent run-and-gun shooter. A lot of clever scripting and precisely orchestrated mayhem lend it a sustained intensity that more open-ended tactical shooters often lack. Relatively short but very dense, it’s like one-half game and one-half amusement park ride.