Monday, December 04, 2006

Red Steel Review

Set in modern-day Japan. Players master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Wii's unique controller, provided you can hang onto it that is.....

Scoring 65% from 24 reviews on Metacritic.com

Reviews Summary

Clearly designed with the hardcore gamer in mind. It's slick, addictive and as close to "cool" as a game can get
The swordfights, are a profound disappointment.
It's liquid movement... A massive improvement on previous console FPS control
It's a broken, buggy game, completely rushed to retail in time for the launch.
It's a superb shooter with a great plot, innovative gameplay and some really brilliant moments that will surprise even the most seasoned of gamer.
15 hours of play in the main mode, some control issues and patchy inconsistencies
Requires some learning and patience.
You will enjoy Red Steel the first time around, no space for replayability.
Minor control issues, inconsistent in terms of visual acuity
Most of Red Steel’s faults lie with the game’s presentation

Official Website

(dont' bother with the downloadable fankit, it's crap)

Clickable inkies

23 comments:

rc said...

I've been on the fence about the Wii for a while, but games like these really test my resolve...

There will be a small crowd of gleeful (and slightly intoxicated) friends joyfully flailing their arms like rabid mimes in my home this Xmas, methinks...

Oh, wow! I just looked at the other side of screen - "Booty Luv"! Sounds promising :)

gnome said...

Hmmm.... and I do mean hmmm.... Can't see me playing that one...

fatherkrishna said...

This is the one that really got me interested in the Wii when I watched a demo DVD back in the summer. The way the player click, click, clicked on his enemies and then just picked 'em off rapidly one by one with his shooter looked great. The thought of sword fighting using the motion senser (nunchuck?)looked fab. Plus anything Japanese and I'm sold.
Whilst the official Nintendo mags continue to gush, I've already heard some grumbles... still looks bloody great to me though. Fine review as usual my dear Elderly...

Oh and BTW, (feigning nonchalance whilst barely able to contain himself) Old Gnome has err... you know... let me, err... write on his new site... yeah I think... I just might... give it a go...
(Father krishna saunters out of Elderly's front door cooly, looks back to make sure no ones looking, then somersaults over the garden wall screaming with joy...)

The Elderly said...

Booty luv does sound promising until you watch it, like video like game, the smooth sword moves seen on the ad are nowhere like the gameplay i'm led to beleive... which is a horrific pity.

in udder words, i find myself humming along to Gnomes thoughts, mind you i've just read a review for Yakuza on the ps2, which has me interested... do i may get my taste of ninja swords this christmas after all....

on a lighter note.... (pulls out an f# from his kit bag....) congratulations on your entry into Gnomes domain.....

..mind the ........... too late shoulda warned him about the broken bottle bank outside my wall.... oh well

(picks up phone....)

"ah nurse busy week your having this week......"

fatherkrishna said...

Krishna picks himself up... dusts off the obvious wounds that a fat fecker like himself will induce if he trys to get all gymnastic on yer ass whilst carrying a couple of extra pounds... and then hobbles off wounded to the nearest A & E... And yet y'know... carrying the knowledge that Gnome has let 'himself' in on his latest Blogfest transcends all his gaping wounds... He staggers tall into the grey light of dawn chuckling worryingly about his new-found blogging status... then stumbles over an unsuspecting garden wall... bloodies his nose and soils himself (AGAIN)! so nothing new then.. g'night children wherever you are...

TheTimeRunner said...

I played the store demo of this game and I'm unimpressed. It really needs more work.

but it does give us a taste of what could happen if LucasArts comes out with a lightsaber game....

elderly said...

helllllloooo timerunner, Lucas arts, wii controller and light saber.... you must be a marketing agent, i'll buy 5 please......

FC this soiling business has me worried, not wishing to dissuade your from your liquid dietary requirements or indeed mention the substantial upholstery and carpet cleaning costs i've undertaken of late....

no on a more serious note, you do realise that without solid food your intestines will shrink and stick together.

though admitedly that would stem the flow so to speak...

gnome said...

can't think of anything to add really....

Let's smile


:)

fatherkrishna said...

Elderly you're right I've pushed the soiling thing too far! Jayzus! I don't really do it, just pretend to for blogging/comedy purposes.
However, I do understand that...
It's not an image most casual web browsers would want to associate with your esteemed blog!
Will eat plenty of solids and restrict liquid diet from now on...
LOL!
You see this is the point where I have to reign the madness back in...
Just mention soiling yourself ONE time too many, and people take offence... LOL!!
FK quietly and without incident, allows his carers to slip on the straight jacket and goes back to his flower arranging on the ward.

Whilst soiling himself...

LOL!! I'll never mention it again...
This is why last week I almost got barred for posting on the PlanetDreamcast Forum...
I don't know when to stop...
But I will now...

The Elderly said...

..what we can't mention soiling again?.... right that's that then.... Gnomes was right amile is all one can add....

musn't smile too hard too, i'll end up soil.... woops sorry!

gnome said...

:)

(shit!)

DEITRIX said...

I just picked up my Wii for my sons xmas gift today.. :)

Won't be playing it till xmas day tho'.. :(

I'm passing on this game, alot of mixed reviews- so I'm guessing I will rent..!!!

The Elderly said...

....oh dear....! try holding your nostrils next time, works for me everytime......

am Deitrix, how do you feel about adopting?...... you must be the greatest Dad in history........

(holds nostrils.....)

:)


....shit!.....

note to Gnome,
that technique is not 100% guranteed... now if you'l excuse me........

gnome said...

:)

(crap!)

The Elderly said...

....(makes mental note for the millionth time..... no more indian curries....)

fatherkrishna said...

This made me laugh a lot, and has a certain resonance due to recent 'poosts' on my behalf...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?y=wGZ10vXxks

fatherkrishna said...

It's not working!!

fatherkrishna said...

Try...
http://forumplanet.com/planetdreamcast/topic.asp?fid=1444&tid-1987291
LOL!

The Elderly said...

...link didn't directly link switched back to home page... whats i looking for? and how you malform a vid code......

fatherkrishna said...

Believe me Elderly I have expertise in being innapropriate and crap at IT skills...
Have just nearly caused a riot on the Planet dreamcast forum by mentioning the MCFC/MUFC derby tomorrow... (Which I will be attending..)
Had some guy wishing himself part of a 'soccer' hooligan 'firm' and telling me about his recent fights!!!
Shite!
A lesson learned in 'netiquette' me thinks... and how careful you've got to be in the public arena...
i'm just used to us lot having a laugh!
Sneaking off to bed with my blogging tail between my legs!!
Holy shit!!

The Elderly said...

...were in a public arena?..... (rushes off to put trousers on...... runs back.....) feck!.....

I am quite sure neither neither your presence, comments or IT skills or indeed your pre-ordained following of MU has anything to do with the behaviour of the few neatherthals infesting the forums. A hot mocha says he's gone on next visit......

Boing!....Zebedee says it's time for tea

DEITRIX said...

Im the greatest dad, till he breaks my tv with the Wiimote...!!

Then you shall see the fury of hell itself-

Sorry I can't adopt- I enjoy telling the wife we need to try on making more babies.... :)
Its my only chance, and if I adopt she will never give me the time of day and then I will have to pay hookers... Then all hell breaks loose!!

The Elderly said...

..hooker aint' tha.... oh yes i see... well though slightly depressed following my failed adoption bid, I am glad to know it's for a more noble cause...... re kids and your tv screen, superglue on their hands would be a workaround, though your going to need more than one remote, and perhaps a note for their teacher.....