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Good-bye action buttons, hello analog joystick. Rise to Honor masterfully evolves past the staccato rhythms of the jab-punch-kick school of single button press fighting to a more smooth, awesome-looking style of action/adventure combat that?s (in this case) intimately tied to the real-life kung fu techniques of martial arts movie star, Jet Li.
In ancient times, many people in China and warriors in particular maintained this ideal: to live for honor. Honor was of such a high value back in the day and is probably still considered so now. However, unlike the past where their everyday lives depended on the honor they built, I believe the importance of honor has lessened. Still, I think it will never disappear from their hearts. Welcome to Sony's new PS2 game, Jet Li's Rise to Honor.
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Imagine for a second that you’re Jet Li, incredible martial artist. Your mentor has been gunned down in cold blood in front of you. You’ve been tasked with a delivery of a letter that exposes you to death at every turn. You have to protect a childhood friend from being assassinated. Even worse, your job depends on surviving seemingly impossible numbers of weapon wielding thugs. Would you be able to Rise To Honor in Sony’s latest action title?
Mit “Rise to Honour“ ist es SCEE gelungen einen actionreichen Hollywood Martial Arts Movie glaubhaft auf die Konsole zu transportieren. Die Story ist zwar nicht neu, passt aber perfekt zum Szenario. Der lebensecht animierte Hauptcharakter sorgt gemeinsam mit den abwechslungsreichen Gegnern für die nötige Atmosphäre. “Rise to Honour“ ist sicher der Geheimtipp für Freunde gepflegter Beat’m up Action und absolut empfehlenswert! Den Award verdient sich Sony schon alleine für die sensationell in Szene gesetzten Kampf-Styles, die sogar den berühmten “Drunken Monkey“ wieder zu Ruhm verhelfen.
Zugegeben: Man muss schon ein Fan einschlägiger Hongkong-Actionfilme sein, um Rise to Honour in seiner ganzen Pracht genießen zu können. Denn Ambiente, Pathos und Stimmung dieses in den letzten Jahren immer populärer werdenden Genres wurden famos eingefangen und bekommen nicht nur durch die Mitwirkung von Jet Li Authentizität verpasst. Allerdings hätte sich das Team auf die gut inszenierte Action konzentrieren und die Stealth-Sequenzen kicken sollen. Denn was anfänglich noch als gut gemeinte Abwechslung zu Massenkämpfen und bleihaltigen Schusswechseln zu interpretieren ist, wird spätestens beim dritten Schleichlevel öde und vorhersehbar. Die KI der Gegner ist hier nicht vorhanden und das Gameplay wird auf pures Trial-and-Error reduziert. Technisch nicht unbedingt herausragend, aber den Filmvorlagen angepasst, wird sowohl grafisch als auch akustisch eine stimmige Kulisse für die Nonstop-Action geschaffen.
So there you have it, it's not quite a star game and it could be considered the same-old same-old after a while of play, since the various battles happen frequently and there's a lot of mooks to deal with of all shapes and sizes. It is however a good mix of game styles and will keep Li's fans happy while they wait for another movie.
IT IS NOT UNCOMMON now for games based on movies to be released. Rise to Honour bucks that trend slightly by appearing to be a game based on a movie, without the movie having been made. Jet Li stars in this action game that looks and plays a lot like his recent movies. The presentation even helps to create this impression with the game split into 63 chapters, each accessible in the similar fashion to a movie on DVD.
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Technisch gibt's bei Rise to Honour nur wenig Anlass zur Kritik. Was der Action an Abwechslung und Überraschungsmomenten fehlt, macht die Präsentation wieder wett: Die Kämpfe sehen extrem cool aus, insbesondere die Animationen sind sehr realistisch gelungen, und Jet Li wurde gut getroffen. Die Schauplätze lassen so schnell keine Langeweile aufkommen; die Grafik-Engine beherrscht außerdem schöne Spiegel- und Explosionseffekte. Neben der professionellen Synchronisation überzeugt auch die Klangkulisse: Aus euren Boxen schallen groovige Ambient-Tracks und krachende Kampfsounds - mit entsprechendem Equipment sogar in feinstem Dolby Surround Pro Logic 2.
In the end, Rise to Honor fails to live up to the lofty expectations created by all the hype surrounding the game. While it is by no means a bad game, there's just not enough substance to it, and the controls, which were touted as being revolutionary, are below average. If you're a big action fan, I can highly recommend the game as a rental, but even with all the DVD extras, and there are a bunch, it's not worth paying full price.
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As is the case with most brawlers, Rise to Honor is as linear as linear can get, and does little to invite gamers back for a second time. The entire game can be completed in roughly five to eight hours. As rewarding as the hand-to-hand combat is, Rise to Honor's thrills are short lived. It's an enjoyable play, but much like Jet Li's films, is nothing more than a lazy afternoon of fun.
The concept of games with a cinematic touch isn't exactly anything new. Some developers have been chasing the dream of presenting their products as interactive movies for years, with varying levels of success. These days, however, the technology is there to really make this dream more of a reality. But just because a game can properly emulate the storytelling and tension of a movie doesn't automatically make it great. Sony's new beat-'em-up, Rise to Honor, may have the flashy action and storytelling that you'd expect from a martial arts flick, but unfortunately, the gameplay doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.
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Brawlers are typically shallow, so I won't hold that against this title, but it's combat system just doesn't offer the precise control and interaction that I'm looking for in a game. Not a bad rental if you love Jet Li, but everyone else should steer clear.
It came out of nowhere. You're skimming through press releases, nearly fall asleep on this typical weekday afternoon. Then BAM! – you see the headline – Jet Li is coming to PS2. I was pretty shocked. Jet Li, the man who reportedly turned down a role in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions because the studio wouldn't pay enough, would appear in an all-new video game in 2004. A new, innovative gameplay style was promised, along with an involving story and voice-overs from Li. The developers also took the time to recreate Li's face in polygonal form. It's not perfect, but the early shots were convincing enough to excite the fans.
Rise To Honour se classe largement dans la section de ces jeux pop-corn qui se laissent manger, sans vraiment délivrer un souvenir impérissable dans la tête du joueur. Bien réalisé, le titre pêche complètement du côté de son gameplay où une jouabilité trop hasardeuse le rend finalement très fade. Les fans purs et durs de Jet Li devraient néanmoins apprécier, vu que tout repose sur les épaules de l'acteur.
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"Jet Li: Rise to Honor" scores several points for the innovative control scheme
that's destined to replace button mashing as the fighting tool of choice. But
it doesn't have the interactivity or variety to back up the chop-socky skills,
making for play that's tasty, but about as filling as a trip to a Chinese joint
at your local strip mall.
Rise to Honor is a serviceable beat-'em-up. It has fists, guns, loads of Chinese, unlockables, and over-the-top fights. It has interesting bursts of action with requisite melodrama—it really is just like the rest of Mr. Li's American work. Interpret that however you will.
After starring in some fantastic movies from Hong Kong and some decent movies in America, Jet Li is making the move to the digital realm with Rise to Honor on the PS2. With Jet Li providing the moves and Cory Yuen supplying the choreography, this is a title that's bound to please the martial arts fans out there. The only question is whether or not all of the flying fists and feet translate well into a videogame experience. In the end, all of the cinematic flourishes can't help save a game that might've been good a few years ago, but is a lackluster experience today.
This game should appeal to a wide variety of fans, from action game and movie fans, Jet Li fans, and fans of old style beat em ups. Those looking for a game with strategy or depth, why are you looking for those in a Jet Li game? It is an interesting game concept with a good commercial with a well known action star. That alone will draw some people to the game. It worked for me!
"Never judge a book by its cover." We've all encountered that expression. We've all probably come across it the same way, too. At a young age, some cardigan-wrapt and condescending geriatric has peered down their nose at us, and reeled it off with the sort of pride you can only get by imparting borrowed wisdom to a clueless child. See? You're nodding your head. And yet, how many times have we all looked at a bunch of screenshots of a new game, and found ourselves reaching for the black cap and gabble before we've even had a chance to snort in derision?
Despite its myriad flaws and often paper-thin gameplay, Rise to Honor is not completely unplayable (and saved from our lowest score) thanks to an overly generous continue and checkpoint system that ensures you'll only need to try most sequences once or twice. Casual gamers, and perhaps Jet Li fans, may enjoy taking the game for a brief spin, if only to satiate curiosity. Anyone else, though, has no reason to bother with what's essentially a mediocre brawler with a big-name endorsement. If you want a good brawler, go play Streets of Rage 2 or Double Dragon or the like. They might not have Rise to Honor's celebrity endorsement, but what they do have is solid gameplay that can, pardon, rise to the occasion.
Once Upon A Time In China And America, great minds from the video game and martial arts worlds put their heads together and came up with the grandest of concepts. The Last Hero In China was hired to play the leading role in a fancy new game that would mimic the best in kung-fu cinema. A project like this may have High Risk, but all that were involved were sure of its success.