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G.I. JOE: The Rise of the Cobra

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As COBRA unleashes its deadliest plot yet, the G.I. JOE TEAM is counting on YOU to lead the counterattack. Every mission is critical - and so is every G.I. JOE. Your hand-picked team of heroes must battle COBRA organization's deadliest bosses as you snake your way through enemy territory.


Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Mfg Part# 19142
SKU 210757836
UPC 014633191424
UPC 14 00014633191424
Format PlayStation 2
Review I will admit, I am a huge fan of 80s cartoons, but I am not one of those superficial crybabies that gets offended when you change something to modernize it. G.I. Joe is not a sacred ground for me, so when I heard a live action movie was in the works I said "I bet it will at least be entertaining". Alongside each summer blockbuster must also reside a tie-in videogame, and this time EA has the pleasure of delivering the goods. The Rise of Cobra has decided to inject a little bit of old-school flavor to the mix by calling on classics such as Contra and Ikari Warriors for inspiration. What we end up getting is a solid, if not predictable shooter, that manages to entertain, but still comes up short in a few key areas...On the surface you will learn everything you need to know about the game. You choose two characters, pick a level and move through it rarely releasing the fire button. This is classic arcade action at its most basic level, but for fans of the genre it works. Each character possesses different advantages and disadvantages such as stronger weapons, hacking abilities and of course nostalgia. The levels are your atypical endeavors consisting of themed backdrops such as snow, desert and lava and surprisingly the game runs around eight hours to see and do all the missions. I never found myself with a lack of new things to unlock or levels to conquer, and the score attack which rewards you for competing on a higher difficulty is certainly a welcome addition...G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a fun game. For better or worse the game takes an unusual spin on the whole movie-to-game tie-in and creates an experience that gamers from the 80s would likely relate to. I really enjoyed my time in the game, and while I wouldn't necessarily say it is for everyone, I think fans of action/arcade shooters and G.I. Joe would be wise to give it a look. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I could have with a game if I stopped worrying about everything it didn't do, and just enjoyed what it did. Even with its problems Rise of Cobra is an entertaining, and fun experience for fans of the subject matter.
ReviewRating 6
Review I grew up in the '80s and owned more than a hundred G.I. Joes. I was obsessed for the better part of my childhood with the action figures. Needless to say, I watched the show as if it held the secrets to the universe. So when G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra feature film was announced, naturally I vomited on myself. Nothing good can come from dredging up '80s nostalgia. What's next, bringing back Molly Ringwald's awkward dance moves from The Breakfast Club? What was worse, I knew that a summer feature meant new toys (that were lesser versions of my '80s collection), some form of fast food joint tie-in, and a new videogame. Cartoon-to-movie translations don't have a great track record for quality, but attempts at cartoon-to-movie-to-game translations fare even worse...The gameplay is simple. Move forward through linear levels, hold down the trigger and shoot everything in your path. Like Contra, there are some tough moments that require you to dodge incoming fire or risk death. Unlike Contra, it's just not very fun after the first hour. Destroying the same enemies, conquering the same obstacles and running through the similar levels gets old. G.I. Joe is a lengthy game and will probably take about eight hours for most people to finish. But I wish it was half that length, because it gets bogged down by its repetitive structure...As a fan of G.I. Joe, I expect a videogame version to make me feel like a Real American Hero. This didn't come close. The gameplay is unexciting and the visuals uninspired. There are moments when I found myself enjoying G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but those moments didn't last long. I wish I could give this a "Yo Joe!" but all I can manage is a "Yay, I'm done with this."
Reviewer Hilary Goldstein
ReviewRating 6
20 Levels - each with 3-5 areas to explore - across four environments.
75 File Cards and Various Intelligence Items Hidden Throughout the Game which can be used to unlock additional playable characters, special missions, 4 PSAs and other bonus content.
Characters Are Classified Into One of Three Units: Commandos who do well at close range, Heavys who possess extraordinary shooting skills but do it best from a distance and Combat Soldiers who are a balance between the two.
Choose From 16 Playable Characters (four of which are unlockable COBRA characters) - each with a unique set of abilities and weapons. G.I. JOE characters include Snake Eyes, Duke, Heavy Duty, Ripcord, Scarlett, Shipwreck and Gung Ho. Storm Shadow has been revealed as an unlockable playable COBRA character.
Drivable G.I. Joe and COBRA Vehicles designed for two-player co-op.
Exclusive All-New Storyline that picks up where the film ends and is inspired by 45 years of rich G.I. Joe history.
Gear Up With the Latest in High-Tech Gadgets like the film-inspired Accelerator Suit which makes you invincible and gives you short bursts of additional fire power.
Three Difficulty Levels appealing to players of all ages and skill levels (Casual, Advanced and Hardcore).
Two Player Co-op lets players choose an elite team and call in support from other G.I. Joe characters.
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 19142
Manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc
Product Name GI JOE: The Rise of Cobra
Package Type Retail
Brand Name EA
Platform Supported PlayStation 2
Features Assemble an elite G.I. JOE team and call in reinforcements when the mission gets down and dirty Choose from 12 of your favorite G.I. JOEs, each with a unique set of skills and weapons Gear up with the latest in high-tech gadgets Jump into, steal or hijack powerful G.I. JOE or COBRA vehicles, then fire away!
Software Name GI JOE: The Rise of Cobra
Software Sub Type Action/Adventure Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Maximum Number of Players Supported 2
Multiplayer Supported Yes
Release Date 2009-08
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Format PlayStation 2
Game Genre Adventure
Max # of Players 2
Damian Riera Munoz, ...a fun and enjoyable title...
Matt Cabral, Play Magazine ...G.I Joe manages to pack in plenty of third-person, fast-paced arcade-flavored fun.
Vic Mercer, ...created for the fans of the series...
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