Rising Storm Review

Rising Storm is a stand alone expansion from the award-winning Red Orchestra franchise. Tripwire Interactive has taken all the realistic audio and graphics of RO2 and further improved upon it for Rising Storm. Gamers can look forward to many more features within this newest entry which include new levels, new weapons and most importantly new factions.

Rising Storm will have players fighting across many famous locations.  This includes intense beach assaults, jungle skirmishes and other epic battles that span across multiple historic locations. The great thing about Rising Storm is the different factions offered.  Players now have the choice to be either the Americans or Japanese this time around with up to 64 players online.  There are also several classes including Assault, Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, Scout-Sniper, Sniper, Machine Gunner, Light Mortar, Flamethrower, Commander Squad Leader and Command Leader.  Current maps include Hanto, Saipan, Guadalcanal, Peleiu, Kwajalein and Iwo Jima.

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Tripwire Interactive has introduced a new type of gameplay for Rising Storm in regards to asymmetrical warfare. Players that choose to be Americans will have certain advantages such as superior firepower. Japanese players will exhibit a relentlessness will to win and are a force to be reckoned with. Add to that their mortars which can and will take out enemies from nearly any location. Grenades can also be planted causing the same devastation. When the action closes in, the Japanese players can put their bayonet’s to use. This brutal attack is famously known as the banzai charge and gamers don’t want to be on the receiving end of this.

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Veterans of RO2 will be happy to hear Rising Storm sticks to the franchise’s realistic roots.  Every bullet counts and it only takes one good shot to take out your enemy.  The same applies to yourself so new players will have a learning curve to adjust to as this is not a run and gun style shooter.  Players will need to take cover and be strategic to stay alive.  Its best to keep moving and be aware of your surroundings and nearby cover if you expect to survive long in Rising Storm.

Graphically everything from player models and weaponry to the game’s multiple environments look quite nice thanks to the efficient rendering from the Unreal Engine 3. The jungles are alive with detail and the star filled skies at night are a nice touch and show the polish and effort put forth for Rising Storm to be more visually impressive on capable gaming rigs than its predecessor.

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Key Features

  • Large Scale Multiplayer Combat in The Pacific: Take part in the brutal fighting in the Pacific online with up to 64 players at a time.
  • Iconic Battles: Experience iconic battles such as Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Guadalcanal as the US military struggles to clear the Japanese from the islands in the Pacific.
  • Asymmetrical Gameplay: Far from the mirrored gameplay seen in other shooters, both sides utilize historical weapon sets and each have unique gameplay capabilities. American firepower is matched by Japanese ferocity and guile with such features as banzai charges, booby-traps, the infamous “knee mortar” and more. This creates a unique gameplay experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
  • WWII weaponry redefined – again: all of the weapon functionality you expect from the franchise returns – true to life ballistics, bullet penetration, breathing, adjustable sights, free aim, weapon bracing, and more, create WWII weaponry that has no equal. To that add over 20 new weapons including the devastating flamethrower and the portable “knee mortar”.
  • Morale: Your soldier’s state of mind plays a bigger role than ever. Banzai charging Japanese soldiers can heavily suppress the Americans making it difficult to return fire and allowing the Japanese to close the distance. The Americans can use their firepower advantage to suppress their enemies and gain the advantage!
  • Bonus Content: All Red Orchestra 2 multiplayer content is included with Rising Storm as a free bonus. Fight in the Pacific, then fight on the Eastern Front at any time, all in the same game and same server browser. Find out what made Red Orchestra 2 PC Gamer’s Multiplayer FPS of the Year in 2011 with this award winning content.
  • Full Mod SDK and Steam Workshop Support: Download some of the amazing existing community made content for Red Orchestra 2, or try your hand with the mod SDK and make your own maps or mods for either Rising Storm or Red Orchestra 2.
  • Persistent Stats Tracking and Player Progression: Persistence constantly gives the gamer something to strive for and keeps them playing. Grow in rank, earn achievements, improve your abilities, and become a Hero!

Final Thoughts

Rising Storm simply improves upon the realistic formula that has gathered an impressive following for the gritty and authentic gameplay experience delivered by this franchise. Fans of flamethrowers and bayonets alike can rejoice, your game is here.

Review Rating: 9/10

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System Requirements


  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.3 GHz or better
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphics: 256 MB SM 3.0 DX9 Compliant NVIDIA® GeForce 7800 GTX or better ATI® Radeon® HD 2900 GT or better
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB free hard drive space
  • Sound: Windows Supported Sound Card
  • Other: Broadband Internet Connection required


  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Quad Core 2.6 GHz or better
  • Memory: 3 GB
  • Graphics: 512 MB SM 3.0 DX9 Compliant NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 260 or better ATI® Radeon® HD 5750 or better
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB free hard drive space
  • Sound: Sound Blaster Audigy or better

Written by: Dan Adcock

Avid gamer who enjoys the older nostalgic titles as much as the newest AAA releases. Remakes from the classic 8 and 16 bit era are some my absolute favorite titles. I also enjoy experiencing new IP's on each and every platform, especially when the creators give the game an artistic look and unique presentation never seen before. I've been lucky enough to start out gaming on the NES. Since this rebirth of the industry, I have witnessed the evolution of gaming, both in its incredible growth in overall popularity and as an entertainment medium juggernaut. With the next generation of gaming upon us, there simply hasn't been a better time to be a gamer and I can't wait to experience all that it has to offer.


Dropping the hammer on games, gadgets and gear since 2011