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  • Summary: Rising Storm is the next game in the Red Orchestra franchise. You know the gameplay, features and realistic audio and graphics of RO2 - Rising Storm will take this to the Pacific Theater, adding even more features, new levels, new weapons and new factions. The game allows the player to fight across iconic locations from the famous island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945, as the US Army and Marine Corps fight it out with the Imperial Japanese army and Special Naval Landing Forces. Players experience beach assaults, jungle fighting, close quarters night fighting and more across Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Saipan, among other iconic battles. The player is able to take the part of either side – American or Japanese – battling it out online in multiplayer on up to 64-player servers. Rising Storm also introduces an entirely new type of gameplay to the franchise - asymmetrical warfare. The American’s have the apparent advantage in firepower with their fast firing semi-automatic rifles, fully automatic weapons, and devastating flamethrower. The Japanese balance this out with gameplay elements that model their raw courage, ferocity, and cunning use of equipment. Their knee mortars allow them to rain indirect fire down on their enemies from anywhere in the map. Grenades can be planted and turned into booby-traps for unwary GIs. The Japanese put very high store on close-quarter combat, with a bayonet on almost every weapon – even machine guns and SMGs. Their banzai charge suppresses the enemy making it difficult for them to return fire and gives them an opportunity to close in to use bayonets and katanas on their opponents. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 11, 2013
    87
    So if you are looking for a thrilling Pacific theatre WWII shooter and don’t mind having to master it to gain the respect of your fellow players, you should definitely be playing Rising Storm right now.
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    86
    This time the battle takes us out of the cold Stalingrad to the warm islands of the South Pacific. With few changes, but as addictive as Red Orchestra 2, Raising Storm continues to be one of the best multiplayer games out there.
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    85
    The maps are devastatingly effective. [Aug 2013, p.74]
  4. Jul 5, 2013
    81
    Quotation Forthcoming.
  5. Jul 12, 2013
    80
    This is refreshingly different from run of the mill action like Call of Duty. Even after the engine update it isn’t pretty, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for with striking realism and a tense atmosphere.
  6. Jul 3, 2013
    80
    Rising Storm brings no shame on Red Orchestra 2. Quite the opposite, it strengthens its position as a multiplayer shooter game. The game's atmosphere, graphics, Japanese banzai attacks, and American weaponry along with balanced maps will get you. You will not find a better adapted battlefield of the Pacific War.
  7. Jul 2, 2013
    70
    I expected something close to Battlefield but Rising Storm is far more demanding. It’s been a while since I cursed so much while playing an online shooter. With every round I was telling myself it’s enough, but I kept coming back to get my butt kicked again. Try it – you might enjoy it too. [CD-Action 08/2013, p.73]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 58
  2. Negative: 6 out of 58
  1. May 30, 2013
    10
    This game far exceeded my expectations. I'm a big fan of the Red Orchestra series, and just when I was starting to get bored of RO2, Rising storm comes along. AND IT'S AWESOME :D really immersive, gritty and realistic, it is really satisfying. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    10
    I played 33 hours of this game and found no flaws, it seems like the negative reviews are saying that the full game just wasn't out, so they **** about it. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    Rising Storm is the best experience you can have online as FPS so far. Great value package with the first Red Orchestra 2 gift as bonus, servers are merged and you can switch between two wonderful scenarios. Unfortunately the first RO2 was released with some minor problem, now Rising Storm is a full relaunch product. An astonishing indie game that doesn't have nothing less than triple A like Battlefield or Call Of duty. Awesome price also, you can buy for a ridicolous price on steam. Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2013
    9
    Fresh addition to RO franchise, realistic but yet unforgiven gameplay and combat system. Wonderfull graphics, surprisingly superb team balance thanks to differnet weapons on each side.
    But the best of all are the maps, big enough and full of variety of combat approach.
    Tripwire you showed us u can do perfect jungle warfare, now what about Vietnam War game?
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  5. Jun 1, 2013
    9
    This game takes everything that was good about Red Orchestra 2 and refines it. Really visceral feeling kills and just the right amount of strategy without feeling too confused and chaotic. The balance is really something to behold as well, I enjoy playing the banzai'ing Japanese just as much as the heavy gunning Americans. I've been in a couple of games where one side just completely over powers the other side, but it doesn't really hurt the experience because deaths don't feel cheap at all in this game like they do in other shooters; you'll know why you got shot when you get shot. Definitely recommend this game as a shooter fan and a Tripwire Interactive fan. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2013
    8
    An awesome standalone expansion for RO2! This is a great realistic FPS and it has a completely different feel to RO2 as the RO2 maps where based in towns and citys while Rising Storm maps are based in jungles and beaches. The weapons in this game change everything as you can plant trap grenades while playing as the Japanese while US troops have the terrifying flamethrowers that have great fire physics!

    Overall this is worth your money especially if you liked RO2 (Red Orchestra 2)
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  7. Jun 29, 2013
    0
    I bought the uncut version game of the game. It is still requiring Steam and it is cut now! I want the full game experience and not some crippled paternalized version! That's a No Go for me: 0 points! Expand

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