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Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is the 5th installment of the Medal of Honor series, released by Electronic Arts in November 2003. Rising Sun is another first-person shooter, set in World War II in the Pacific Theater, unlike most Medal of Honor games. This game features single-player and multiplayer capabilities (terminated as of November 2006). In the single-player game, the player assumes the role of Cpl./Sgt. Joseph Griffin of the United States Marine Corps.

A sequel was originally planned in which players would have assumed the role of Joseph's brother Donnie. However, the sequel was quietly canceled after Rising Sun received poor reviews.


  1. Day of Infamy
  2. Pearl Harbor
  3. Fall of the Philippines
  4. Midnight Raid on Guadalcanal
  5. Pistol Pete Showdown
  6. Singapore Sling
  7. In Search of Yamashita's Gold
  8. A Bridge on the River Kwai
  9. Supercarrier Sabotage


Medal of Honor: Rising Sun features many weapons used in the Pacific. American weapons are mostly used in the beginning half of the game. In the last few levels, however, Japanese weapons become available.





The award winning soundtrack in Rising Sun was orchestrated by Christopher Lennertz. Michael Giacchino, composer of the soundtrack for Frontline, left to work on the soundtracks of the series Call of Duty, after which Lennertz took over. Lennertz's score received overall positive reviews.

A promotional CD soundtrack was released for the game. Digital versions of the soundtrack were also made available and are currently for sale off of music services like iTunes.


Main Characters[]

Joe Griffin RS

Joe Griffin

Joseph "Joe" Griffin[]

Introduced in: Day of Infamy

A well-liked Marine hailing from Mather, Pennsylvania, Joe is the older brother of Donnie Griffin and Mary Griffin.


Donnie Griffin

Donald "Donnie" Griffin[]

Introduced in: Fall of the Philippines

The athletic and popular younger brother of Joe Griffin, Donnie started proving his heroism at the age of 13, when he saved two children from a house fire.

Donnie is captured by the Japanese during the events of the game, but is revealed to have been rescued in Medal of Honor: Heroes.

Gunny Lauton

Gunny Lauton

Jack "Gunny" Lauton[]

Introduced in: Day of Infamy

Gunny Lauton is a veteran soldier, and a senior member of the USMC. During the game, he serves as Joe's commanding officer, often fighting alongside him.

Edmund Harrison

Edmund Harrison

Edmund Harrison[]

Introduced: Pistol Pete Showdown

Lt. Harrison is a demolitions expert. Known among his comrades for enjoying his work perhaps a little too much, he is both feared and respected for his willingness to do just about any demolitions job, no matter how dangerous or crazy it is.

Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd

Michael Paul Floyd[]

Introduced in: Midnight Raid on Guadalcanal

A habitual planner, Floyd is known for preparing diligently for any contingency. However, his focus on winning the battle often obscures his perspective on the overall war.

Phillip Bromley[]

Introduced in- Singapore Sling

Bromley is an embittered hero, angry at the British government that did not prevent the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in spite of the intelligence he provided them. He works from hiding to sabotage the invaders.

Ichiro "Harry" Tanaka[]

Introduced in- Singapore Sling

Killed in- Supercarrier Sabotage

Hawaiian-born Tanaka is a pilot and undercover agent for the OSS. The son of Japanese immigrants, he is willing to give his life for a country that views him, like other Japanese-Americans, with suspicion.

Masataka Shima[]

Introduced in- Singapore Sling, there is also a picture of him in the Baseball Stadium in Fall of the Philippines

A high ranking Commander of the Japanese Imperial Navy and the game's main antagonist. He is foreshadowed in the early missions, one of the player's objectives in "The Fall of the Philippines" mission is to recover a photo of this sinister villain. He is first seen in the flesh in the "Singapore Sling" mission. He speeds by in his staff car, almost killing the rickshaw escorting Joe and Tanaka to the hotel. He is later seen at the hotel addressing several German officers about the wealth that the Japanese Empire has discovered in eastern Asia. He rushes out of the room when Bromley drops in. He is next seen in the "Supercarrier Sabotage" interrogating the player. When Tanaka tries to free Joe, Shima holds him at sword point, and slits his throat. Shima is seen for the final time raising up on a platform to the upper deck with Joe's captured brother Donnie, "Say goodbye American fool. This is as close to your brother as you will ever be!" he shouts. He then escapes with Donnie in a plane and flies to a Japanese POW camp.

Secondary Characters[]


Silas Whitfield

Silas E. Whitfield[]

Introduced in: Pearl Harbor

Quiet to a fault and steady under fire, Whitfield had proven himself as a skilled marksman. Played a crucial role in the battle at Pearl Harbor.


Frank Spinelli

Francis G. "Frank" Spinelli[]

Introduced in: Pearl Harbor

While considered by many to be “all talk and no action”, the smart-talking Spinelli had proven himself as a capable soldier. Played a crucial role in the battle at Pearl Harbor.

Martin Clemens MOHRS

Martin Clemens

Martin Clemens[]

Introduced in: Pistol Pete Showdown

A real-life Scottish guerrilla fighter, working with the Guad natives to rid Guadalcanal of its Japanese invaders.


Introduced in- Singapore Sling

A German officer headed to the meeting at the hotel in the "Singapore Sling" mission. Joe and Bromley sabotage his staff car when he drives by. Joe steals his uniform and infiltrates the Axis summit. While at the meeting, He barges in shouting that the player is an impostor, and that Joe has stolen his uniform. He manages to escape alive, despite Bromley shooting dead all the other German officers. He is neither seen or mentioned again in the game.

Serguey Borov[]

Introduced in- Singapore Sling

A Soviet traitor to the Allies. He plans to replace Stalin and declare peace with Germany. He too manages to escape the hotel alive during the shootout in the "Singapore Sling" mission. He is neither seen or mentioned again in the game.


Introduced in- In Search of Yamashita's Gold

This pilot of the Flying Tigers is shot down while flying over the temple in the "Yamashita's Gold" mission. Joe and Australian Chindits try to save him at the crash site, but he has been captured by the Japanese by the time the player reaches the crash site. Tanaka meets the player at the crash site and follows him to the temple. Once in the lower levels of the temple, the player saves Raj, locates Bromley, and escape by helicopter.


Rising Sun mainly met mixed reviews. IGN gave the game a rating of 8/10, the same rating as its predecessor. The game also garnered an average rating of 68/100 from Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews. Gamespot rated the game a 6.4/10. The game was noted for poor artificial intelligence, linear level design, and some of its unnecessary plot elements. The PS2 version suffered from several ingame glitches and was one of the many reasons for lower ratings by gaming magazines such as EGM, although it was also praised for being the only one to have online multiplayer.

Online Gameplay Use[]

The Playstation 2 and Xbox versions allowed online multiplayer in spite of the limited modes available in the game. With the discontinuation of the PS2 in 2013 and Xbox Live shutting down in 2010, online usage has ended.


  • This is the first game in the Medal of Honor series in which the Sikorsky R4 Hoverfly experimental helicopter is present during gameplay.
  • Most weapons, such as the BAR, Triple 25, Type 92 Howitzer, Welrod, Type 99 LMG and the Bazooka are only usable in one mission.
  • Rising Sun is the first (and so far only) game to feature American, British, Japanese, German and Russian soldiers all in one storyline.
  • A few of the levels in Rising Sun are reconstructed in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, with some notable changes.
  • This is the first game to feature a usable mounted machine gun on the elephant and other wildlife, such as an alligator.
  • There are no American M1 helmets in the game. All American NPC's wear Brodie helmets or no helmet at all.
  • This is the first Medal of Honor game to utilize players controlled by A.I. in multiplayer.
  • The end supposedly hints for a sequel, but it was canceled in 2006.
  • If the games campaign is played in Co-op, 85% of the American NPCs are not present from the single player mode.
  • The player can click the right stick in the main menu to cycle different camera angles.

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