• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 17, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
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  1. The level design is also quite cool and somewhat akin to how Final Fight would be if released today.
  2. You haters can go cuddle with your worn-out videotapes and skippy DVDs in the corner. You’re missing out on the best 3D game featuring a martial arts star to date.
  3. The reason to play isn’t the gameplay, rather the story and the cinematics.
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    Kung Fu fans will ultimately rise to the occasin, leaving all others to enjoy the excellent combat system. [Apr 2004, p.8]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    Each level features a remarkable cinematic flair and big-budget stunts, but the game's ill-conceived control scheme can be frustrating. [13 Feb 2004, p.L2T 18]
  6. Rise To Honor has a pretty solid plot, good combat scheme, and impressive design. Unfortunately, one of its greatest flaws is its length.
  7. 100
    Displays great imagination and attention to detail that is at once challenging, innovative, and fun. It accomplishes the task of re-creating the venerable beat-em-up genre with honor. [Mar 2004, p.62]
  8. With as much punch as kung pao chicken, Rise to Honor fights its way to the top of cinematic gaming. Outstanding direction brings the underground world of Hong Kong to live in beautifully animated action sequences.
  9. As an interactive cinematic experience, it ain’t bad, but if it had to rely entirely on its own gameplay, then it’d be something else entirely.
  10. The sound effects are, once again, nothing spectacular.
  11. Play Magazine
    The controls may be simple, but the game is not. Between fighting, gunplay, stealth an dexterity challenges..., repetition is kept at bay but do-overs aren't. [Mar 2004, p.56]
  12. Playboy
    This isn't a game you replay ad infinitum; it's a story you experience. When you finish, you may stick it on the shelf and never touch it again, like a good book. But that doesn't mean it's not a fun read. [Feb 2003, p.32]
  13. If you can handle the intense trial and error style of gameplay, you'll more than likely love Rise to Honor.
  14. 90
    We can almost guarantee that you will not find another game that allows you to smite your enemies with a caramelized Peking duck.
  15. If the action sequences weren't so damn good it would be difficult to overlook this.
  16. The moves in the game look magnificent: crisp, clean and fast-paced. It's as if you are watching a movie rather than playing a game.

Awards & Rankings

#90 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#40 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. darkdevilHnTr
    May 22, 2008
    this game is THE best... it has it all, graphics, martial arts, easy controls etc... If they do a rise to honor 2, i'll be the first to buy it
  2. BY.
    May 17, 2004
    Nice graphics and superb martial arts. I hope have rise to honor 2.
  3. TuomasK.
    Apr 9, 2004
    Very good beat'em up. Haven't played it yet to the end, but it is really fun and innovative. Only downsides are camera when you are Very good beat'em up. Haven't played it yet to the end, but it is really fun and innovative. Only downsides are camera when you are sneaking, and no multiplayer. All critics who say this game is bad should check their heads. Game-Revolution review is bullsh.t! Full Review »