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  • Summary: Step into the boots of a World War II soldier and survive Pearl Harbor. The epic saga of World War II continues with Medal of Honor Rising Sun. The war has shifted to the Pacific Theatre, and its outcome depends on you. Play as Marine Corporal Joseph Griffin in a far-reaching tale of two brothers that weaves its storyline from this title into the next game in the award-winning MOH franchise. As Japanese forces seek to expand their dominion over the Pacific, you must use stealth, commando tactics, and sabotage to turn the tide in your favor. Featuring real-life historical battles like Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal, over 20 authentic WWII weapons, highly intelligent enemies, and a heroic cast of characters that fight on your side from level to level, Medal of Honor Rising Sun delivers the standard-setting experience for all action games. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. 100
    A masterpiece, plain and simple. From the opening Pearl Harbor sequence, to the rain-soaked midnight raids, to the machine-gun-mounted elephant rides, Rising Sun oozes with jaw-dropping quality at every single turn.
  2. Engaged me more heavily than any FPS I've played this year. [Dec 2003, p.54]
  3. The single-player campaign doesn't cover much new ground but the multiplayer takes no prisoners. [GamesMaster]
  4. It's not a bad game, but then again, it's not the be-all and end-all Pacific-theater FPS we expected. The primary emphasis on gloss and glamour over gameplay and challenge suggests that Rising Sun is geared more toward the tyro rather than the savant.
  5. Rising Sun begins in Pearl Harbor with a bang, but drags on to finish with a whimper.
  6. 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.
  7. We were disappointed when "Frontline" failed to take advantage of its World War II settings, but it's galling to see that EA still hasn't got it right with Rising Sun. If there's ever a case against World War III, then surely this is it. [Christmas 2003, p.100]

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  1. Positive: 36 out of 50
  2. Negative: 9 out of 50
  1. Jul 21, 2012
    8
    Not the best of the MOH series, nevertheless a good war yarn. Interesting foray into the Pacific War, albeit a tad unrealistic. The Japanese don't always Banzai charge, like shown in the game. Graphics aren't the best, but the compelling game play, plot, and weapons make it a vivacious roller coaster. Definitely worth a second glance. Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    3
    Despite featuring a whole host of cliches, including a numerous mounted turret sections in which the bad guys only appear once you man the weapon, Medal of Honor Rising Sun could have still passed as an adequate World War II FPS back in the PlayStation 2 days. However the terrible collision detection, that see's the player failing to hit enemies despite clearly lining up the reticule, makes it all but unplayable at times.

    One to avoid.
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