Review by BothanSpy7

"Rising Sun steals the limelight from Frontline"

The Medal of Honor series is well known for it's superb gameplay. Frontline's opening level (D-Day) set a new standard for First Person Shooters (FPS) and Rising Sun lives up to this standard. If you don't know what a First Person Shooter is, I'll explain. A FPS is a shooting game where you are of the point of view of the main character. You see what he sees and move where he moves. All you can see of your character is the gun which he holds. Now on to the review:

Gameplay - The gameplay is all of the Medal of Honor games are truly amazing. Rising Sun is no different. If you don't know what a First Person Shooter is, I'll explain. A Firstly, the levels: There are nine levels in Rising Sun. Some levels are continued areas from one mission to the next, but for the most part, they differ dramatically. From Pearl Harbor to the jungles of Guadalcanal, from ancient temples to air craft carriers, Rising Sun has fantastic levels with great variety. Next is the controls: the controls in Rising Sun aren't too hard to understand, but if for some reason you just can't get it, the controls are fully customizable. For the FPS pros, Rising Sun presents a formidable challenge. But it also accommodates the new-comers until they are ready to handle harder difficulties. This game kicks ass and is fun for as long as you can handle it.

Story - You are Joseph Griffin of the US Marines. You were stationed in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese surprise attack. After the attack, you met up with your kid brother to perform many dangerous objectives, but, unfortunately, your brother was captured by the Japanese Military. It is your job to put an end to the war and find your little brother with the help of some tasteful characters along the way.

Multiplayer - Rising Sun is the first Medal of Honor game to contain a multiplayer option. There are three types of multiplayer action. First is the co-op campaign mode. In this mode, you and a friend play Story mode as a team to complete objectives. The second mode is Deathmatch. In this mode, you can play with up to four friends or up to nine bots. There are many different levels, weapons and characters in this mode so every match will be different. The final option is Online Play. With this option, you can hook your PS2 up to the Internet and play Rising Sun with people all over the place in a Deathmatch or Team Deathmatch. This mode can be 2 to 8 players at one time.

Graphics - Rising Sun's graphics are pretty good. They are not the best I've ever seen on a PlayStation 2, but they are, of course, not bad. The levels are fantastic and beautiful. The characters and enemies are of average quality but it makes no difference is the quality of the game's fun factor.

Sound - The music in Rising Sun is awesome. The music reaches a fever-pitch at all the right moments making you feel like you are controlling a movie. Fire fights are even better due to the sound effects. Guns sound realistic. Even a simple matter of walking sounds fantastic. If you walk on grass, you can hear the crunching of it. If you are walking on stone floors, you can hear the echo in nearby halls. It's plainly stated: awesome!

Play Time/Replayability - Rising Sun is a fairly short game. It only takes about 6-7 hours to beat story mode on Normal. Easy mode is easier and will take less time, but completing the game on all difficulties will pay off. After you beat Story mode, you still have tons of options left open to you. Each level contains medals which can be awarded if you are good enough (medals are awarded based on Hits Taken, Accuracy, and Bonus Objectives). Then there are Skeleton Keys which are awarded. Once you get a Skeleton Key, you can unlock items hidden in the game. There is also a multiplayer mode where you can play with up to four friends and nine bots (A total of 10 players at one time). Then there is the online mode which allows you to play online with people all of the world. So this game can last for as long as you don't get sick of it because every match will be different.

Overall - Overall, Medal of Honor Rising Sun is a fantastic game which can be played for years. I highly recommend it for any FPS fan. This is a definite buy!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 11/16/03

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