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Medal of Honor: Rising Sun

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Very violent WWI shooter is for mature players.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun trades on the courage and honor of military service. But it doesn't punish even the most brutal of wartime violence. Goes to great lengths not to trivialize the brutality of war.


Non-stop blasting of Axis forces. Suspense, depictions of violence and dramatic sound combine for a tense and harrowing experience.


The occasional offensive -- though historically accurate -- racial slur.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this first-person shooter is a very violent game. But it also contains archival film from WWI and fictionalized "letters from home," which create an authenticity that keeps the carnage from feeling gratuitous. This game has an online option; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBadMario13company November 19, 2014

Amazing game

IF you must know This is a Clean Shooter (Played on Gamecube also on PS2 XBOX) [it's 2 discs on Cube] The Game has Great Co-Op Missions I did wit my o... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 year old Written byshadii April 20, 2011
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2009

Good for ages 10+

I think it is one of the best shooting games in the world
Teen, 17 years old Written byPazy April 9, 2008

What's it about?

MEDAL OF HONOR: RISING SUN starts on the fateful morning of Pearl Harbor and follows the U.S. military's conflict with Japan. The game depicts major battles of the Pacific, from the Philippines to Burma, through the eyes -- literally -- of a GI as he matures from rookie grunt to battle-hardened member of special forces. There's also a personal story here: Your brother, a fellow soldier, is taken captive while fighting by your side. Clues along the way hint at his fate -- and point to the game's next installment.

You earn medals that unlock secrets by accurately shooting your enemies.

Is it any good?

Archival film from WWII provides some powerful history (and fictionalized "letters from home" give players a sense of the era). The graphics are stunningly rendered: Carefully textured grass and shadows provide cover for stealthy advances. The sound is equally impressive; THX sound tips players off to the slightest of enemy's moves.

There's no blood or gore, but players kill sometimes hundreds of enemy soldiers on each level. A counter at the end of each level tracks how gruesomely you kill (by shooting enemies in the head, torso, legs, etc.). Ultimately, the game ends abruptly after too few missions. You can return for two-person games (against each other or collaboratively); story details disappear in this mode and gameplay gets glitchy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about war. How do courage and honor relate to brutality and wartime violence? The game might also raise discussion about how fictional depictions of historical events influence understanding of our past.

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