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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is based off of the 2009 blockbuster movie, but features a brand new storyline that differs from the movie where an elite group of soldiers must fight against the diabolical Cobra Commander and stop his organization known as Cobra from taking over the world.

The gameplay is similar to Neo Contra with a behind the back view where the player uses a variety of weapons including machine guns and rocket launchers and the Delta 6 Accelerator Suit that makes the player invulnerable for a short period of time. Using these weapons and accessories the player must fight his way through a horde of enemies including soldiers, tanks and jet fighters, along with the standard end of level bosses.

The player can choose from 12 different Joes, but only a certain set at the beginning and unlocking more for completing missions, each with their own weapon and strengths depending upon their rank (Commandos are great at close range, Heavy Weapons are good at shooting from long distances while Soldiers are a mix of both), along with using various vehicles scattered throughout the stages. The game also features a two-player drop-in/drop-out co-op option that allows a friend to join a game at any time, however during gameplay without a human ally, the computer's A.I. will take over for the second on-screen soldier.


G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra PlayStation 2 Mission selection
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra PlayStation 2 Choosing the duo
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra PlayStation 2 Menu screen
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Wii Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "G.I. Joe : Le Réveil du Cobra" -- French title
  • "G.I. Joe: Geheimauftrag Cobra" -- German title

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USA Today PlayStation 3 Aug 06, 2009 3.5 out of 5 70
USA Today Xbox 360 Aug 06, 2009 3.5 out of 5 70
Digital Chumps Xbox 360 Aug 04, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamervision Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2009 5.75 out of 10 58
GamersGlobal Xbox 360 Aug 11, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Aug 14, 2009 8 out of 20 40
4Players.de Wii Aug 13, 2009 23 out of 100 23
Giant Bomb PlayStation 3 Aug 10, 2009 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Aug 13, 2009 20 out of 100 20
The A.V. Club Xbox 360 Aug 10, 2009 D- 16


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