Excerpt: Rise to Honor attempts to bring the Hong Kong action film experience to the video game world. With extensive cutscenes, a cool DVD-like chapter/level menu, and the presence of Jet Li, the game makes a good effort at it. While I’m all for interactive movie experiences, I prefer to have plenty of interaction in my interactive movies and this is where Rise to Honor ultimately falls short.
Excerpt: In this age of borderless multi-national free enterprise, a franchise isn't considered a success unless a feature film, videogame, action figures and McDonald's Happy Meals all licensing the same "thing" are unleashed upon the world at exactly the same day, hour and minute. In this high stakes climate, financiers don't want to take any chances, so top Hollywood stars find themselves being "mo-capped" (motion-captured) for a licensed videogame in hopes of generating...
Excerpt: Chi has hit the proverbial nail on the head with his review of Rise to Honor , and I'm not sure what's really left to say other than, "Yeah, what he said!" However, since GameCritics actually wants me to talk about the game, I will. Rise to Honor is best described as a "high concept piece".
Excerpt: We all know that movie licences can generally be considered as pretty poor, and in this age of sequel upon sequel, that doesn’t look likely to change anytime soon. With this in mind, Sony have decided to take a slightly different route with Rise To Honour and have signed up everyone’s favourite Hong Kong movie star – Jet Li – to lend a hand and to star as the game’s main character.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Unique controls, action packed story and subtitles, what more could you want from a game based on the Kung Fu movie genre? Rise to Honor gives you control of the action star Jet Li as he kicks, punches and shoots his way out of the Hong Kong underworld. Motion capture, that is what this game screams. Each of the various attacks, jumps, blocks and weapon-work are wonderfully done and seem to be just as well choreographed as any (good) kung fu movie.
Excerpt: ise to Honor attempts mix a number of varying gameplay styles into one with some success. The game is non-stop action from start to end. Though one can finish it in 10-12 hours, it's a short, but sweet ride. Once you're past the learning curve, fighting and shooting are enjoyable. The game also has some special features packed in, such as a behind the scenes documentary right off the bat.
Excerpt: Using the R1 button in the interactive environments is one of the true highlights of the game. For instance, on one level you can snap-kick weapons that enemies have dropped directly into Jet Li’s hands, arming him with a complete new set of moves using those weapons. You can also use it to triangle-jump off of walls, hide behind cover or any number of other spectacular attacks/movements. Not only are the environments interactive but they also define your fighting style.
Summary: Many titles have attempted to fuse video games with cinematic presentations
with varying degrees of success. Sony's ambitious Rise to Honor stars
action-hero film star Jet Li in a game that blurs the lines more than most. The
game looks fantastic with polished, glossy production values and an interesting
plot that will have you reaching for the popcorn.