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Red Steel (Wii)

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Description

Taking place in both the USA and Japan, Red Steel is a crime themed shooter that has the player controlled Scott Monroe fighting off various members of the Yakuza clans in order to rescue his fianceé.

It features sword duels and gun fights using the Wiimote, to allow the player to swing the control as they would swing a sword. The positioning and movement actions of the Wiimote also let the player aim their weapons almost as they would a real gun.

Not only must the player fight off many clan leaders, but the option is often given to spare lives of the enemy. This is wise as it leads the player gaining more friends, rather than more opponents in the future if the Scott is seen to be dishonorable.

It is up to Scott to hopefully gain allies and uncover the reasons for his financeé's kidnapping.

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Red Steel Wii Main Menu
Red Steel Wii Title Screen
Red Steel Wii Select your profile
Red Steel Wii Loading Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Reddo Sutīru" -- Japanese title
  • "レッドスティール," -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Fun for fans of light-gun genre, yet not of Samurai Shodown. Minter064 (26) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Excellent New-Gen fps (with some dodgey sword play) Ynda (18) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

N-Zone Jan 20, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov 19, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameZone Nov 27, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
Games Master Dec, 2006 79 out of 100 79
4Players.de Dec 12, 2006 70 out of 100 70
Video Game Talk Dec 12, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Deaf Gamers 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
G4 TV: X-Play Nov 20, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamer.nl Dec 20, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Nov 17, 2006 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

In the real world, the Japanese organized crime community known as the Yakuza almost always go to a lot of trouble to cultivate the appearance of charitable, polite and reasonable businessmen. Since almost everybody does what that Yakuza members politely advise them to do, there is almost never any need for violence, and only a very small fraction of the Yakuza follow any kind of ultranationalist or other far-right ideology. Each Yakuza extended family has its leader, whose title is "Oyabun", or "elder brother," -- the same name is used to refer to the combat knife belonging to the character "47" in the Hitman franchise of games.

The term for the group itself derives from "ya-ku-sa", a losing combination of numbers rolled in gambling. This is left over from the fact in medieval times, Japan's military government tended to hire certain con artists who were among the forerunners of today's Yakuza. During times of economic depression, the con men would be sent to gamble with day laborers on public works projects. In exchange for a commission fee, the swindlers returned some of the government's money!
Keeper Garrett (963) added Red Steel (Wii) on Nov 20, 2006