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Medal of Honor: Rising Sun

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Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
Cover Artwork
Release Date: November 11, 2003
Developer: EA Los Angeles
Publisher: EA Games
Series: Medal of Honor
Platforms: GameCube
PlayStation 2
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is the fifth installment in the Medal of Honor series, released by Electronic Arts in November 2003. It is the first Medal of Honor game to take place in the Pacific Theater; and follows US Marine Joe Griffin through the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Singapore, Burma, and Thailand. Unlike previous MOH installments, Rising Sun is fairly short featuring only 9 levels. A sequel was planned for Joe Griffin's brother Donnie but was quickly canceled due to Rising Sun's negative reception.

Note: An emulator was used to capture very high-resolution screenshots of this game for clarity. This upscaling required disabling some post-processing effects due to resulting graphical glitches. All screenshots have been checked against original PS2 footage to ensure that any glitches noted on this page are also present in the PS2 version.

The following weapons appear in the video game Medal of Honor: Rising Sun:


Colt M1911

The early M1911 is the main sidearm for the first few missions.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Holding the "M1911" in-game.
The aiming animation is just a zoomed screen; the iron sights are never used by any wielded gun.
Dropping out the magazine by pressing the mag release. Every weapon has only one reload animation; no matter if it still contains some bullets or is shot empty.
Putting in a new one.
Unswitching the slide stop with the left thump. Note the early grip part with two diamond markings and no A1-style frame cutout behind the trigger.
Melee animation.

Luger P08

The Luger P08 only appears in the art for Kandler and Sergei Borov when chosing the player's default multiplayer character.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm

Nambu Type 14

From the third campaign mission "Fall of the Philippines" onwards, Japanese officers can be seen using Nambu Type 14 pistols which are unusable for the player. German officers in Singapore are also armed with Nambu pistols instead of their own sidearms.

Late Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu

Webley .38 Mk. IV

The second sidearm used by Japanese officers is the British Webley .38 Mk IV revolver. The reason for this revolver appearing in-game is unclear; either they are captured weapons or a stand-in for the Type 26 Revolver. Like the Nambu Type 14, they are not playable.

Webley Mark IV - .38 S&W
A dropped Webley revolver next to a dead Kenpeitai military police officer.

Welrod Mk. II

A suppressed Welrod Pistol is used in the mission "Singapore Sling". The pistol in-game is incorrectly shown as a single-shot weapon instead of a magazine-fed pistol.

Welrod Mark II - .32 ACP
Holding the "Welrod" in the streets of Singapore at night.
Cycling the action.
Opening up the chamber.
Bringing in a (rather oversized) .32 ACP round...
...and putting it into the chamber.
Closing the bolt.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928A1 Thompson appears simply as the "Thompson" and holds only 20-rounds in its 30-round stick magazine.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Holding the "Thompson" in-game.
Firing the gun shows the moving charging handle.
Grabbing the used magazine.
Getting a new one in position. The charging handle is never touched during the reload; this is correct, as the Thompson features an automatic bolt hold-open and fires from an open bolt.

Sten Mk. IIS

The suppressed Sten Mk IIS is used by the player for a few missions and is used by Major Phillip Bromley. Like the Thompson, the magazine only contains 20-rounds, despite having a 32-round detachable box magazine.

Sten Mark IIS (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Holding the "Sten Mk II" in-game.
Starting the reload.
Inserting a new magazine.
Pulling back the charging handle. The Sten is one of two weapons in-game in which the charging handle is touched during the reload.
Major Bromley interrupting a Japanese-German meeting dual wields two Sten Guns in "Singapore Sling".

Type 100

Though it was originally planned to be a useable weapon in the game, the Type 100 submachine gun is only seen in the first cutscene of the final mission.

Type 100 (1944-1945 model) with magazine removed - 8x22mm Nambu
When PFC Tanaka gets off the plane, the Japanese sailor on the left is holding a Type 100 while talking to the other sailor on the right who has a Type 99 LMG.


Winchester Model 1912

The Winchester Model 1912 shotgun is Gunny's weapon of choice and is eventually used by the player in further missions.

Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun" with heat shield and bayonet lug - 12 gauge
Holding the "shotgun" while enjoying the view of The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Pumping the shotgun; an ejecting shell is seen flying out.
The reload is done off-screen with most likely a speedloader.
Finishing the reload by chambering the shotgun.


Arisaka Type 38

Japanese soldiers at all levels often carry Arisaka Type 38 with Type 30 bayonets attached, which they can use to perform a banzai attack. The soldiers are also able to fire two or three shots rapidly in semi-action despite being a bolt-action rifles. After these soldiers are killed, they disappear with their Arisaka rifles; so the player can not pick them up. However, sometimes the ammo of the Arisaka is (incorrectly) usable for the M1 Garand and M1903 Springfield rifles.

Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mmSR
Arisaka Type 38 rifle with Type 30 bayonet - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I

The Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I is seen in the hands of Chindit fighters, some Guadalcanal natives, and (real-life veteran) Martin Clemens. Not usable by the player.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I - .303 British

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is used by the player in a few of the missions and by US Marines in the 3rd mission. It is shown as the main rifle of the Marines, even though in the real battle of the Philippines, they mainly used the M1903 Springfield as their standard weapon.

M1 Garand - .30-06
Holding an "M1 Garand".
The aiming animation gives a closer view of the front sight.
The beginning of the reload offers a nice view of the empty chamber. The reload can only be performed when the gun is empty.
Bringing in the en-bloc clip.
About to insert the clip into the chamber.
The bolt closes by itself.
A Garand on the ground.

Springfield M1903/A5

The M1903 Springfield equipped with a Winchester A5 telescopic sight appears as the only sniper rifle in-game.

Springfield M1903 with Winchester A5 Scope - .30-06 Springfield
Holding the "Springfield '03" in-game.
Lookinh through the Winchester scope.
Cycling the bolt-handle.
Reloading the rifle.
The melee animation reveals the buttstock.
An unscoped Springfield rifle at the beginning of the mission "Midnight Raid on Guadalcanal".

Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

The Lewis gun appears in Ichiro Tanaka's artwork for selecting the player's multiplayer character.

Lewis Gun - .303

M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle

After reaching the deck of the USS California, Joseph Griffin receives an M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle from Jack "Gunny" Lauton to defend the ship from air attacks. This is the only time it is available in the campaign. It is featured in the multiplayer mode.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle without carry handle - .30-06
Joseph Griffin witnesses the Day of Infamy with the M1918A2 BAR.
The BAR is the second weapon in-game on which the charging handle is used.
A Marine with the BAR.

Type 11

The Type 11 light machine gun is seen many times being used by Japanese soldiers and can be used in several missions by the player.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm Arisaka.
The "T-11" wielded in multiplayer mode.
The stripper clips in the "magazine" are moving after 5-rounds are fired.
Reloading off-screen.

Type 99

During the final mission, the Type 99 Light Machine Gun is first seen in the opening cutscene and then used by Japanese sailors.

Type 99 light machine gun - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
Holding the "T-99" in-game.
Removing the used magazine off-screen.
The same is done with the new magazine.
A Type 99 LMG on the ground. Note how it lacks a pistol grip; given that the bottom of the trigger guard is modeled (and the trigger guard itself has been pushed further back), this seems to be intentional, for whatever reason.


M9A1 Bazooka

An M9A1 "Bazooka" is used in the seventh mission "In Search of Yamashita's Gold".

M9A1 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
Equipping the "M9A1 Bazooka", first the character unfolds the 2.36 sight.
Holding the launcher.
Looking through the sight.
Inserting a new round off-screen.

Grenade & Explosives

Lunge Mine

During the Philippines Invasion, the "Pole Miners" are armed with Shitotsubakurai Lunge Mines. Historically, this is quite inaccurate as the Japanese would not have been using such suicidal tactics early in the war in 1941, when they were on a seemingly unstoppable offensive in the Pacific and South East Asia. It was much later in the war (1944-1945) when they began to desperately turn to suicide tactics like the Lunge Mine, the Kamikaze raids and the human-mine.

Render of a Lunge Mine used by the Imperial Japanese Army participating in Self-Sacrifice
Two Japanese soldiers running with their Lunge mines towards the M3 Stuart in "The Fall of The Philippines".

Mk. 2 Hand Grenade

One Mk 2 hand grenade is seen hanging from Major Bromley's uniform.

Mk 2 high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade

Type 97 Frag Grenade

The Japanese Type 97 hand grenade is the only playable grenade in the game.

Type 97 hand grenade without pin

Mounted Weapons

14-Inch/50 Caliber Naval Gun

The main armament of the USS California are 4 × triple 14-Inch/50 Caliber Naval Gun.

14-Inch/50 Caliber Naval Gun - 356mm

Browning M2 Aircraft

The PT-20-class motor torpedo boat in the second mission "Pearl Harbor" has a turret with dual-mounted Browning M2 Aircraft machine guns.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Fixed - .50 BMG
Manning the turret while watching the sinking of the USS California.

Browning M2 Water Cooled

The player is tasked to man a water-cooled version of the Browning M2HB to shoot down various Japanese planes and incoming torpedoes aboard the USS California at Pearl Harbor.

Browning M2 Water Cooled - .50 BMG

Browning M1919A4

A Browning M1919A4 is seen mounted in the M3 Stuart Light Tank.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield

Type 11 light machine gun

The Type 11 light machine gun appears also as a mounted weapon that has unlimited ammo and no cooldown.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun with bipod/sling - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Unlike the portable variant, the mounted one's magazine does not contain ammo.

Type 96 15 cm Howitzer

Various Type 96 15 cm Howitzers can be seen in the single-player campaign and multiplayer maps.

Type 96 15 cm Howitzer

Type 92 battalion gun

During the mission "Pistol Pete Showdown", Sgt. Griffin encounters a usable Type 92 Battalion Gun.

TType 92 Battalion Gun

Type 92 light machine gun

A Type 92 machine gun is mounted on an elephant (!) back in Burma, and at the end of the level "Supercarrier Sabotage", when mounted on a Japanese Aichi D3A "Val" Type 99 Carrier Bomber.

Type 92 light machine gun - 7.7×58mm Arisaka
The elephant mounted Type 92.
The Aichi D3A's rear-mounted Type 92.
Manning the Type 92.

Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Gun

Several Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Gun can be seen throughout the single-player campaign.

Type 96 AT/AA Gun on triple mount - 25x163mm
Two Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns mounted on the supercarrier.

Type 97 light machine gun

The Type 95 Ha-Gō light tank has two mounted Type 97 light machine guns.

Type 97 light machine gun in tank configuration - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
A disabled Type 95 Ha-Gō light tank.

Type 99 20 mm Cannon

Japanese A6M "Zero" fighters have poorly modeled Type 99 cannons in their wings. The nose-mounted Type 97 aircraft machine guns are not visible.

Type 99 Mark 2 cannon - 20x101mmRB

Type 99 81 mm mortar

What appear to be Type 99 81 mm Mortar are sometimes used by Japanese soldiers. They can only be seen from a distance; after reaching the mortar's position it is no more there.

Type 99 Mortar - 81 mm (3.19 in)

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