Review by yo0419

"Rising Sun Gets The Job Done"

Introduction: Medal of Honor: Rising Sun takes place in the Pacific theatre of operations, unlike in the previous Medal of Honor games, which take place in the European theatre. You play as Corporal Marine Joseph Griffin, as you wake up to the bomb droppings of Pearl Harbor which thus begin your adventure to domination of the Pacific Campaign of World War 2.

Graphics: 8/10 - The graphics for this game are okay. From Pearl Harbor to the lush jungles to the streets of Singapore, Rising Sun does a great job in this department, but it isn't perfect all the way. The thick foliage and high bushes and shrubbery in the ''jungle'' levels sometimes confuse the player on his journey through that level. Most notable level for this example is Guadalcanal, which has/is bound to confuse alot.

Sound: 10/10 - The sound and musical score for this game is magnificent. In fact, its very beautiful. This is one of the highest points of the game, and the musical score totally immerses you into the game. The addition of THX helps it up one-notch.

Controls: 8/10 - The controls handle pretty well in this game. What makes the control feature in this game better is that it is customizable. There are many other settings you can adjust to the control, such as the sensitivity of the control stick and a couple of others,not to mention the button layouts.

Lasting Value - 6/10 - This is one of Rising Sun's lowest points. The game is only 9 missions long, and you can replay the whole game over if you want to get the medals and other extras, but you'll most likely beat it in one sitting. The game also features a multiplayer where you can play with bots not to mention with others online(broadband required). But if you are the type that likes to replay the game over and over again, then the lasting appeal of this game might not bother you at all.

Overall - 8/10 - Its a solid first person shooter that gets the job done. There are improvements from Frontline, but they aren't that high as to expectations. The most significant improvement though is with the addition of multiplayer and online compatibility.

Rent or Buy: This is a good game, but I would suggest renting it first and seeing if you like it before you buy it, mainly due to the limited replay value of the game.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/22/03


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