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Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (GameCube)

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Rising Sun is a mixed bad; excellent here, and pretty average there. Either way, first person shooter fans and action fans alike should buy this game. It’s an excellent mission to run through over the Christmas holidays and the production quality of EA's Medal of Honor series blows a lot of games on the Cube right out of the water.
Next Level Gaming
And this is where EA Games begins it's story in the next installment of it's massively popular Medal of Honor series, named Rising Sun. You take on the role of Marine Corporal Joseph Griffin as he experiences the fiercest battles fought during WWII; crucial assignments ranging from surviving that devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, destroying the Bridge over the River Kwai, a midnight raid on Guadalcanal, and triumphing in the final showdown with Colonel Shima. You need cunning, stealth, and a good shot if you are going to not only survive, but help turn the tide of the Pacific Theater. Let see if the Medal of Honor series holds up to at least the last console version, Frontline.
Man merkt an MoH Rising Sun deutlich, dass die Serie, die auf der PSone ihren Anfang nahm, langsam in die Jahre kommt. Dass man spielerisch dementsprechend nichts Neues zu sehen bekommt – von dem höheren Stealth-Anteil einmal abgesehen- ist eigentlich nicht weiter verwunderlich. Dass nach dem beeindruckenden Spielbeginn mit dem Angriff auf Pearl Harbor dann aber in das altbekannte Run-and-Gun-Prinzip umgeschaltet wird, das mittlerweile wahrlich nichts Besonderes mehr ist, weckt den Eindruck, dass man die Medal of Honor-Kuh bis zum bitteren Ende melken will. Auch der grafische Rückschritt, der unwillkürlich Erinnerungen an die Turok-Serie weckt –auch wenn die Modelle der Figuren gut aussehen- ist nicht ganz so einfach wegzustecken. Einzig die imposante Soundkulisse kann wie bei jedem Spiel der Serie überzeugen. Doch auch die so entstehende Stimmung kann die grottenschlechte KI nicht verschleiern.
Game Informer Magazine
Despite the new locations and some of the strategic and even slight gameplay changes this brings, I’m not convinced that this isn’t an expansion pack. Some of the dynamic explosion effects (put to good use) are tempered by the graphics’ overall failings. Draw distance can be a problem, and this version just doesn’t look that sharp. Add on to this poor AI (although the inclination to more hand-to-hand combat by your foes is cool) and collision, and this soldier is definitely marching in place.
World War II came and went and I'll bet you never noticed because, like me, you weren't even close to being born yet. Reduced to catching black and white war movies on late-night TV, the war is a distant non-memory. In its Medal of Honor series, EA has been bringing history to life with its historically accurate first-person shooters. After doing plenty of damage in Europe, EA brings the series to the Pacific Theater of War with Medal of Honor: Rising Sun.
Im Vergleich zum Vorgänger kann Rising Sun nicht überzeugen. Hätte man den Entwicklern noch etwas mehr Zeit gegönnt, um die Schwächen auszumerzen, wäre eindeutig mehr möglich gewesen. So aber bleibt der Titel hinter den Erwartungen zurück und richtet sich in erster Linie an schießwütige Zeitgenossen, die bei dem einen oder anderen Manko schon mal ein Auge zudrücken. Nichtsdestotrotz ist das Spektakel in einem unverbrauchten Szenario angesiedelt und besitzt auch einige wirklich spielenswerte Passagen.
The Medal of Honor series has long stood as one of the best shooter series on either PC or consoles. However, the series has not quite evolved enough to keep up with the rest of the pack, with excellent WWII FPS titles like Call of Duty being thrown into the mix. However, Rising Sun makes an attempt to bring the series into unexplored territory, by taking a look at the Pacific Theater, an area that has gone largely unexplored in the WWII FPS genre. However, this entry in the Medal of Honor series just feels like more of the same, and the problems from last year’s Medal of Honor: Frontline (poor AI, choppy framerates and tough controls) are still present and even more glaring. While a fun and exciting experience most of the time, Rising Sun has a host of problems that should’ve been fixed with Frontline.
Wszystko to nie zmienia faktu, że jednak do żółtków fajnie się strzela, a każdy miłośnik serii zagra w Medal of Honor: Rising Sun z przyjemnością. Ja i tak oceniam ten tytuł stosunkowo dobrze, bo ostatecznie w pamięci pozostały mi te nieliczne aczkolwiek ciekawe oraz wyjątkowe misje... i to właśnie je będę wspominał po latach, a nie zabawę w chowanego z japońcami po lesie. Polecam fanom gatunku, reszta raczej może sobie darować lub odjąć dwa punkty od grywalności przy poniższej ocenie.
All in all, Medal of Honor: Rusing Sun is a good rental for anyone looking for a new experience. Medal of Honor fans should be cautious of the game's longevity. Only the most serious MoH fans should fork over the green to buy Rising Sun.
Même si le bombardement de Pearl Harbor par les avions japonais procure des sensations nouvelles, l’ensemble du jeu ne surprend plus assez. Toutefois, les fans de la série enfileront à nouveau l’uniforme pour combattre l’ennemi. Les différentes missions historiques et le mode online devrait amortir tout de même leur achat. Dans la même veine que son prédécesseur, Medal of Honor : Soleil Levant offre du bon spectacle mais avec de grosses lacunes techniques qu’il faut absolument évincer dans le prochain épisode.
These days, Electronic Arts must expect the Medal of Honor games to sell solely on the strength of their name alone. The newest game in the acclaimed World War II-themed series of shooters, subtitled Rising Sun, adopts the same formula used by its predecessors, but it's fraught with lots of minor gameplay problems that eventually add up to one major headache. Rising Sun isn't completely without merit, since it comes packaged with some nice extra materials and mostly solid production values, but the weakness of the gameplay itself undermines what could have been a much more enjoyable experience.
Game Over Online
Electronic Arts will probably have a hard time keeping the formula fresh, especially after so many iterations and in the face of Activision's Call of Duty, but I believe even in the face of those odds, Medal of Honor fans deserve better. Rising Sun begins in Pearl Harbor with a bang, but drags on to finish with a whimper.
On attendait une surprise de Soleil Levant, c'est le cas, même si ce n'est pas la bonne. Si le titre a des qualités indéniables en termes d'ambiance comme cela est toujours le cas, et qu'il faut avouer que le niveau d'intro est une pure merveille, il est difficile de lui pardonner ses lacunes de maniabilité. Il cumule les pires tares qu'un FPS puisse avoir à ce niveau : imprécision, lourdeur, mauvaise gestion des impacts. Il y a visiblement quelqu'un qui croit possible de vendre plein de jeux juste en écrivant Medal Of Honor dessus. Donnez-lui tort s'il vous plaît. Peut-être que ça les réveillera pour la suite. En attendant, on gardera cet opus nippon pour les grands fans de la série, ou pour ceux prêts à payer pour l'incroyable attaque de Pearl Harbor.
GamePro (US)
Once at the forefront of console first-person shooters, the medals pinned to this franchise are starting to tarnish with age. Medal of Honor: Rising Sun offer some slick scenery and sharp new features, but poor A.I. and mostly linear levels limit the fun.
Game Revolution
I’m glad that at least I didn’t have to run solo missions all the time. The brass gave me an option to have another soldier tag along to watch my back. Yeah, we had some good times back then. We even got to run drills against each other from time to time with Firebase PS2 flying in other troops from all over with some fancy satellite system. But in the end, war is still hell. There’s too much confusion on this battlefield to keep me from returning. Something about this war is driving guys on both sides insane. Oh well, time for me to get back to my reports. Besides, the Rising Sun is getting in my eye.
Game Freaks 365
All of the excitement is taken away throughout the game, since everything feels scripted. There isn’t much freedom at all and levels are designed poorly. Rising Sun will go down in history as being one of the most over-hyped, overpriced, and oversold titles of 2003, next to Enter the Matrix.
Almost identical to the Xbox offering, save for the cheat codes and slightly less intuitive control scheme, the GameCube Medal of Honor: Rising Sun isn't the strongest of the three versions, but it's still a consideration for game-starved Nintendo fans. Adding around four months of development time to this game would have helped immeasurably; you wouldn't be finishing the game in a day and then wondering where your $50 went. For now, though, the shockingly retarded enemy AI and short-living campaign game, extra grainy footage, and the bizarrely tedious retracing of your steps with a shovel to dig up cheat codes, marginally scrapes into enjoyable territory, but not enough to recommend to those seeking anything but a linear blasting of Asian soldiers in exotic locales. Try before you buy.
EA did it all right in previous versions, so why we are being insulted by this tedious, poorly designed and plain nasty piece of gaming we don't quite know. The graphics are awful, the levels are awful, the gameplay is poor and it has a very short lifespan. Whilst the sound is superb a game can't be worth buying on the fact that is sounds good. Yes the first level is excellent fun, but beyond that this is just plain torture. Buy Frontline for half the cost.
Game Shark
There are moments such as the Pearl Harbour opening; the final level and the sojourn to the River Kwai that make you believe that Rising Sun is a good game. But it isn't, we can forgive linearity in an otherwise superb game – such as Call of Duty, but Rising Sun just feels like a tired cash in. It may be selling like hot cakes – but your money would be better spent getting hold of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.