Medal of Honor: Rising Sun GameCube

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
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  1. It's fraught with lots of minor gameplay problems that eventually add up to one major headache. Rising Sun isn't completely without merit, since it comes packaged with some nice extra materials and mostly solid production values, but the weakness of the gameplay itself undermines what could have been a much more enjoyable experience.
  2. The game holds onto a lot of the same problems that plagued Frontline and that ultimately sours the experience. Plus, with no online play and murky graphics, the GameCube version is certainly the runt of the litter.
  3. 60
    Once again, GameCube owners are left out in the cold with a version of a game that's mildly inferior to its hardware rivals.
  4. I also have to wonder what part of the world Uncle Sam dug up my own squad mates. They could often be seen running in circles and constantly blocking my line of fire. At least they were resilient; one of the guys was turned into Swiss cheese by an enemy bayonet and shrugged it off like nothing happened. Tough guys…tough guys.
  5. 60
    True-blue Medal of Honor fans will still enjoy Rising Sun’s cinematic style, respectful and historically accurate atmosphere, and heavily arcade feel. But for many, the game will feel too familiar in a fast-food way, lacking that old Medal of Honor magic.
  6. Rising Sun begins in Pearl Harbor with a bang, but drags on to finish with a whimper.
  7. Edge Magazine
    50
    On retreading the levels enemy attacks become predictable puppet shows, with mad-eyed soldiers lining up to get killed exactly where they did many times before. It's the kind of repetition more commonly associated with lightgun games these days. [Christmas 2003, p.109]
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    53
    As for enemy behavior, it's so embarrassingly bad at times, it's hard not to laugh. [Jan 2004, p.122]
  9. The best thing I can compare the missions to is a crap sandwich on two really great slices of rye. The first and last missions are awesome and show off some sweet cinematics as well as fantastic gameplay.
  10. As awe-inspiring and grandiose as the Pearl Harbor level is, it's still just a rail shooter. The missions are uneven, ranging from uninspired "stealth" levels to well-designed artillery raids.
  11. 70
    A competent game – definitely noticeably short of perfection, but nonetheless playable.
  12. Quite simply, the game offers nothing that you can’t get in the other games, and can’t have a better time getting in the other games.
  13. Rising Sun has some great parts like the train level, but also some frustrating moments. Trying to aim properly while the framerate is unsteady and the only guns at your disposal are machine guns with terrible recoil is the most important cause of these.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#36 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. CrowNest
    Feb 14, 2004
    0
    The mechanics of this games just plain suck. you spend more time and effort just trying to run than you do accomplishing your objectives. theThe mechanics of this games just plain suck. you spend more time and effort just trying to run than you do accomplishing your objectives. the game had me completely pissed off within 10 minutes. spend the $50 on a good hammer and hit yourself with it. it'll be more fun than this piece od crap! Full Review »
  2. lala
    Jan 27, 2004
    0
    The first level is great but the others are boring and no action.
  3. SpencerC.
    Jan 23, 2004
    8
    Not bad,in fact I like it.The missions are good although I gotta say they dont got enuff of em.They got co op so thats a very nice touch and Not bad,in fact I like it.The missions are good although I gotta say they dont got enuff of em.They got co op so thats a very nice touch and they got an awsome multiplayer mode thats very addictive now and then.Nicely done EA. Full Review »