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Kit Yun (character model after Jet Li), is an undercover Hong Kong police officer, tasked to protect Chiang, a boss of one of the Hong Kong crime gangs, and a friend of Kit's late father. But Chiang is contemplating leaving the life of crime which doesn't seem to sit well with certain key people in the organized crime and before soon everybody is attempting to assassinate him. Despite his efforts, Kit fails to protect him, but decides to follow the dying man's wish which consequently puts him in a non-stop action.

This is an action game heavily influenced by Hong Kong action movies with strong emphasis on martial arts. Jet Li motion captured his signature moves which gives this game a feel of actually playing one of his action movies, more to the fact that Cory Yuen was in charge of fighting choreography used in the game.

Game settings takes place in Hong Kong and San Francisco, both indoor and in the open. Story progress is linear and freedom of exploration is non-existent, but you can utilize your surrounding while fighting your enemies. From time to time you will get to use a cover system when in a firefight, but your main weapon of choice will most of the time be your martial art skill. You will often find yourself surrounded by multiple enemies where you will fight with basic attack moves and various combos. You can slam your enemies to the wall or desk, or hold and slide them along the bar counter, or you can pick certain objects and use them in your combat (i.e. take a stool and toss it at your opponent). Certain moves can be performed with your AI partner, when present, though that may more often be the case when it comes to boss fights.

Game progresses in an episodic manner through the key checkpoints from which you can continue your story. Audio track also gets unlocked as you progress through the story, and game soundtrack, as well as cut-scenes, can be viewed in audio/video player accessed via main menu. Beside the regular 4:3 aspect ratio, game also supports 16:9 widescreen format.


Rise to Honor PlayStation 2 Bigger enemies are usually much tougher, but you can perform more deadlier moves on them.
Rise to Honor PlayStation 2 Title screen
Rise to Honor PlayStation 2 Local gangs don't fight fair, thus could be harder to deal with on occasion.
Rise to Honor PlayStation 2 Certain machine-gun positions are impenetrable and you'll constantly have to rely on cover to reach them.

Alternate Titles

  • "Rise to Honour" -- UK title
  • "Jet Li: Rise to Honour" -- UK cover title
  • "Jet Li: Rise to Honor" -- US cover title

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GamePro (US) Feb 17, 2004 5 out of 5 100
Worth Playing Mar 03, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
Gameplanet Apr 27, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Feb 17, 2004 6.6 out of 10 66
GameZone Feb 20, 2004 6.4 out of 10 64 Apr 08, 2004 12 out of 20 60
1UP May 09, 2004 C+ 58
IGN Feb 17, 2004 5.8 out of 10 58
GameSpy Feb 16, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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One of the promo posters has Jet Li walking in a little alley in Chinatown in costume. It should be this picture here:

This picture is not taken on a set. This is a real street in San Francisco Chinatown, the Old Chinatown Lane between Clay st. and Washington st. However, they airbrushed out all the English lettered names. The yellow awning is "Utopia Cafe" on that street.

Feel free to come a visit when you can. The owner of that cafe has a picture of that poster up front. The food's good too. :D

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MAT (129600) added Rise to Honor (PlayStation 2) on May 12, 2004