G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (video game)

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Double Helix Games (PS2/PS3/PSP/X360/Wii)
Backbone Entertainment (DS)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360,[1] Mobile phone[2] Nintendo DS,[2] PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) August 4, 2009
Genre(s) Action

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the title of a video game adaption of the film of the same name. The game takes place after the film. The 360 and PS3 versions are based on the same code, while the DS is an entirely different game unto itself, and the Wii, PS2, and PSP version are also based on relatively similar code.

A significant feature has Joseph Gordon-Levitt reprising his role of Cobra Commander while the rest of the characters are done by voice actors.

Plot summary[edit]

After the events of the film, Duke and Scarlett travel to the Arctic and free Heavy Duty, Ripcord and Snake Eyes from the M.A.R.S Detention Center. Also, they fight the Baroness and bring her to the Pit. In Egypt, the Joes learn that Cobra is taking the Apep's Eye (Gem), and must defeat Firefly. In the jungle, the Joes discover that Cobra is making a pyramid-like (zigurat) building in the middle of the jungle. From there, the Joes must defeat James McCullen (who now takes the identity of Destro) at the rooftop of the pyramid building. Finally, they must defeat the Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow at North Magnetic Pole Volcano base.


Duke and Snake-Eyes take aim at a Cobra Razor gunship.

Among the classes included for the various characters in The Rise of Cobra include Commando who do well at close range, Heavy Weapons who possess extraordinary shooting skills but do it best from a distance and Soldier who are a balance between the two .[3] The classic "Yo Joe!" battle cry is in the game, being used as an invulnerability power-up when the G.I. Joe character gains access to the Accelerator Armor, allowing them to be undamaged while attacking Cobra troops and vehicles.[4]

Agent Helix[edit]

Agent Helix
G.I. Joe character
Agent Helix.jpg
First appearance 2009
Affiliation G.I. Joe
File name Classified
Birth place Classified
SN Classified
Rank Corporal E-4
Primary MOS Commando
Secondary MOS Covert Operations
Series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Agent Helix appears as a playable character in the video game, voiced by Nancy Truman. She was designed by Mayan Escalante, a character artist at Double Helix Games, as an un-lockable character in the video game. She then became an action figure in the 2009 edition of the toyline.

Agent Helix is a covert operations officer with advanced martial arts training and expert marksmanship. Her favorite weapons are dual 10mm Auto pistols. An Olympic-class gymnast, her distinctive "Whirlwind attack" is an overpowering combination of kicks and firepower.


The game received mixed to negative scores from a lot of websites. It achieved a Metacritic average of 42% on the Xbox 360, and 43% on the PS3.

IGN gave the main console version a 5.8 / 10,[5] criticizing the game's poor graphics and gameplay in general. IGN also gave the DS version a more positive 7.1 / 10.[6]

GamesMaster magazine in the UK was slightly more upbeat about the Xbox 360 incarnation, calling it "an enjoyable if throwaway action game that weighs in at a not so throwaway price."

IT Reviews complained that the game consisted of "repetitive bouts of blasting the same enemies, through the same terrain," and added "much of the time it feels as though you're only half playing the game."[7]

G4TV's X-Play gave the game a 1/5, saying, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the new gold standard for lazy and uninspired cash-in licensed games. It could perhaps be argued that the developers didn’t have much to work with given the source material, but that doesn’t help the unfortunate consumer who ends up stuck with this Junkyard Dog of a game in his collection." [8]

Gaming Nexus commented that "There's no reason to buy G.I. Joe as long as there is at least one other game on the store shelf." [9]


  1. ^ Tracey John (2009-03-12). "First 'G.I. Joe' Screens are half the battle". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b Jay Cochran (2009-03-12). "A Look At The Upcoming G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra Video Game". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Cameron (April 2009). "Yo Joe!". GamePro 247 (April 2009) (Bob Huseby). p. 47 
  4. ^ "G.I. Joe Guide & Walkthrough - PlayStation 3 (PS3) - IGN". Guides.ign.com. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ "IGN Xbox 360 Review". Xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  6. ^ "IGN DS Review". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  7. ^ "IT Reviews". IT Reviews. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  8. ^ Keil, Matt (2009-08-06). "G4TV Review". G4tv.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  9. ^ "G.I. Joe - Review - by Cyril Lachel". Gaming Nexus. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 

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