Medal of Honor: Rising Sun - PS2

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Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (PS2)
Also for: Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Combat Game: Infantry
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Electronic Arts Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (US/GB/GB)
Released: 2003 (US)
Unknown (GB)
28 Nov 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Features: Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only, Vibration Function Compatible
Accessories: Memory Card
Connectivity: Network Adaptor (Ethernet) compatible

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Summary

The second title to hit the current crop of consoles in the ever-expanding Medal of Honor series, Rising Sun follows up last year's Frontline with the same sweat inducing, WWII FPS action, this time taking players into the pacific and the fight against Japanese Imperialism. You take on the role of Marine Corporal Joseph Griffin, faced with an assortment of both crucial and legendary assignments, such as surviving the devastating attack on Pearl Harbour, destroying the bridge over the River Kwai, a midnight raid on Guadalcanal, and triumphing in the final showdown with Colonel Shima.

The game itself is made up of five multi-part missions, spanning ten expansive environments and woven together by an involving storyline. The battle begins with the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 aboard the U.S.S. California, where you join the fight against Japanese attacks and witness the destruction of the American fleet. From here, you then travel to Guadalcanal to destroy fortified Japanese gun emplacements and lead the assault on Henderson Field. As the game takes you to Singapore an element of stealth comes into play, as you're charged with the task of searching for information pertaining to a stolen cache of Japanese gold and escaping on a stolen speedboat.

New to the proceedings in Rising Sun is the introduction of a story telling element, which sees you experience greater interaction with squad members throughout the game and, as such, gradually reveal their respective story arcs. Also, the NPC members themselves benefit from improved AI, which sees them interact with their surroundings a lot more - using the environment for protection and cover when under fire, for example.

As is currently the fad of late, a co-op mode has been included in the game, allowing you to fight through the action with the help of one of your mates. There's also the addition of the usual four-way multiplayer, should you be more inclined to a bit of the old deathmatch gaming.

As you would expect, Rising Sun is yet another addition to the increasing roster of top-quality WWII sims that brilliantly bring to life the historical event, as well as serve to remind us how lucky we are that we didn't have to do it all for real.