Rising Storm is a truly incredible WW2 multiplayer experience. Fans of Red Orchestra 2 will be more than satisfied but even new people to the franchise (like me), will most likely find the gameplay addictive and the experience one of a kind.
This game also includes the Red Orchestra 2 multiplayer so you can fight in the Pacific AND the Eastern Front. There are huge 64 player battles in extremely large maps that really makes you feel like you’re part of a war instead of a multiplayer shooter.
Red Orchestra has always been about realism which means limited HUD, quick deaths, a bleed out system, and a morale meter. Red Orchestra 2 players won’t be surprised by these features because they aren't anything new, but I just wanted to mention them for new players. The moral system affects the shakiness of your screen and the amount of colour you can see. If an enemy suppresses you, it will quickly drop. If artillery falls near you, it will drop. If you witness a fellow teammate getting killed, it will drop. There are lots of things that affect it but over time it gradually recovers.
Aside from the new maps and new weapons, the best new features are the distinct differences between the American side and Japanese side. The Americans have superior weapons whereas the Japanese have dirty tactics like grenade traps and Banzai rushes. So any Japanese soldier can use his grenades as traps by planting them in the ground. Luckily enough, they aren't triggered by fellow Japanese. The Banzai charge is a really interesting feature. Any soldier can charge forward while quickly diminishing morale of the Americans affecting their aim etc. The more Japanese that group together during the charge, the higher the morale drop for the Americans. While performing a Banzai charge the Japanese are also more resistance to gunfire. The Japanese weapons aren't as good as the Americans, but the effective use of these tactics can really make a difference.
There are various game styles that have been added such as “Action” which includes a more revealing HUD. So far I’ve only played Objective mode so I can’t tell you much about the game modes, but objective is very fun and really emphasizes teamwork.
It’s nice to play a game where teamwork is important and although one player can’t do much, a whole squad working together can really make a difference. I enjoy the visceral nature of the game and the realistic sounds used. It really is a definitive WW2 experience that I won’t forget!