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Red Steel (Wii)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.7
Overall MobyScore (16 votes) 3.0


The Press Says

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90
NGamer
Not only making excellent use of the Wii's controllers, this is huge fun in it's own right. For a launch title to get so much right is an indicator of great things to come.
80
N-Zone
Ich kann beim besten Willen nicht verstehen, warum Red Steel erst ab 18 Jahren freigegeben ist: Das Spiel ist weder besonders brutal noch fließt während der 12-stündigen Spielzeit ein einziger Tropfen Blut. Trotz (oder gerade aufgrund) mangelnder Story ist Red Steel vielmehr ideal für Feierabend-Rambos, die nicht immer Lust auf knackige Rätsel haben.
80
Gamezine
Ne passez pas à côté de cette nouvelle expérience unique. Foi de Ryo, ce Red Steel est le genre de jeux qui ne court pas les rues pour l’instant, et qui devrait pousser le jeu vidéo dans le bon sens. Bien joué. Ce serait bien un petit Red Steel 2 maintenant, d’accord M. Ubi ?
80
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
There's no doubt that Red Steel is worth the purchase when you grab your Wii. 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. It's a decent length too, with a good 15 hours of play in the main mode.

But some control issues and patchy inconsistencies (mainly in the physics and level design) pull it short of earning that juicy 9 score. Still, of the 27 Wii games that will launch in December, Red Steel is certainly one of the best.
79
GameZone
Red Steel is fun, but it’s not for everyone. Those who do not wish to hold up their controllers and have the patience to learn a new control style will not be enthused. Give the game the time it deserves, however, and you’ll find that, in spite of its repetition, this is one very cool and exciting shooter.
79
Games Master
Some clever ideas and enjoyable moments, inside an average (but solid enough) shooter.
79
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Red Steel puts it all out there and allows you to do many of the things FPS games allow you to do. It is a fun and skilled gamer experience that requires some learning and patience. You will enjoy Red Steel the first time around, but I don’t see any space for replayability value.
78
eToychest
However, despite its faults, the long and short of it is that Red Steel is a fun first-person shooter, and hopefully a decent indicator of where developers will be able to take this genre on the Wii. The title controls extremely fluid, and is likely to draw praise from those PC gamers who up until now have been turned off by how the first-person shooter genre has been portrayed on the home console market. This is certainly one of the stronger titles for the Wii's retail debut, and while certainly not for everyone, is still a commendable example of the immersive experiences the Wii is capable of conveying.
78
GameTrailers
The Wii was originally designed to be a system that would bring new players to gaming, but if games like Red Steel are any indication, things aren’t necessarily more accessible. It’s an ambitious game with controls to match, but once you get the hang of its ins and outs you’ll definitely have a good time blasting and slicing your way through the Yakuza. It’s a game like no other, but it takes a great deal of patience before you’re able to truly enjoy it. If you’re a core gamer looking for a launch game, Red Steel is a nice choice. Casual players should give it a rent first to see if their manual dexterity is up to the task.
75
Gamers.at
Das Bild des zweischneidigen Schwertes bietet sich leider an. So überzeugen das gut funktionierende Zielsystem und die gelungene Atmosphäre. Die Kehrseite des blanken Stahls sind jedoch eine qualitativ sehr schwankende Optik, abwechslungsarme Schwertkämpfe und teils sehr frustrierende Stellen. Was mich schließlich trotzdem zum Red Steel Fan gemacht hat, war die coole Atmosphäre des Spiels und die vielen Momente, in denen ich stolz auf einen gewonnenen Kampf war. Mein Tipp: Ausprobieren!
74
GamesFire
Red Steel hat seine Macken, dennoch macht der Shooter Spaß. Die Story ist anfangs zwar alles andere als spannend, dafür möchte man im Laufe des Spiels immer mehr darüber wissen, warum sich die Entführer von Miyu so für das Katana-Giri interessieren. Dank der passenden Grafik und der überzeugenden Soundkulisse wird Red Steel gut präsentiert, auch wenn das Ganze durch die teils relativ hartnäckige Steuerung getrübt wird. Wer offen für ein neues Steuerungprinzip ist, auf Ego-Shooter steht und genügend Kondition für die teils frustrienden Schwertkämpfe mitbringt, der wird mit Red Steel sicherlich einige gute Stunden verbringen können.
70
games xtreme
It is a fun game but the initial frustration and problematic controls will put quite a few people off, especially those that want an instant fix and can’t be bothered to play further into the game to find out what happens next. It might be a bit of a clichéd story and the graphic novel/photo kind of storytelling worked in Max Payne, but here it falls a bit flat and leaves you wondering if the game is going to get better. It does, but you’ll need to play a fair way into it before the story opens up beyond the initial focus. The multiplayer is enough to keep you amused for a while but nothing beyond that, which is a shame, but those are the breaks as they say. A good effort but hopefully if there’s a sequel we’ll see something truly special.
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Nintendo-Online.de
Red Steel ist für mich ein zweischneidiges Schwert. Es macht natürlich furchtbar viel Spaß dank des innovativen Gameplays. Die Steuerung funktioniert nach einer relativ langen Eingewöhnungsphase sehr gut, auch wenn manchmal etwas träge reagiert wird. Man muss sich eben darauf einstellen, dass es kein flotter Ego-Shooter ist, der wohl mit Sicherheit auf Wii genauso möglich wäre, sondern dass man mehr aus der Deckung agieren muss. Da das Spiel auch komplett so ausgelegt ist, gibt es damit auch keinerlei Probleme. Wenn man jedoch von der anfänglichen Begeisterung über die neue Steuerart absieht, bleibt nur ein solides Spiel, das wenige echte Höhepunkte bietet und technisch enttäuscht. Als Launchtitel ist Red Steel jedoch zu empfehlen. Der zunächst erwartete, rundum gelungene Shooter ist es jedoch nicht.
70
Eurogamer.fr
« Red Steel » est intrinsèquement un jeu démodé, linéaire, moche et directif, mais par ailleurs réactif, explosif et souvent extrêmement divertissant. Il offre quelques moments inspirés et une aventure solo consistante, mais l’ensemble est plombé par un graphisme exécrable et l’impression diffuse que « Red Steel » n’est pas tout à fait fini, qu’instillent les séquences soit disant cinétiques, qui ne sont en fait que le défilement d’un story-board image par image, l’animation saccadée, ainsi que l’étrangeté et le minimalisme de ce qui tient lieu de textures. Tout cela ne suffit jamais à gâcher le plaisir que procure « Red Steel », mais à une époque où l’on attend d’un FPS qu’il soit beau et bourré d’action, il n’est tout simplement pas au niveau. «Red Steel » est un prototype, il en fait juste assez pour montrer qu’un jeu d’action à la première personne sur Wii pourrait être vraiment génial, mais il n’utilise malheureusement jamais ce potentiel.
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Softpedia
Red Steel is an average game and it's a pity that such a good title can be pulled down to the side of mediocrity by its controls and camera angles. Without those flaws, Ubisoft's latest first person shooter would have shined brighter, getting more credit from critics and gamers. Still, there are people who adore such controls and love this game, so Red Steel can be considered a title that's aiming for the top and with a sequel coming up, it might as well reach it.
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Eurogamer.de
Red Steel ist besser als sein Ruf. Mit diesem Satz könnte man den Eindruck zusammenfassen, den ich beim Zocken erhielt. Klar, das Spiel wird dem vom Marketing erweckten Hype nicht gerecht - so schlecht wie es einige Medien machen wollen, ist es aber noch lange nicht. Im Gegenteil: Die Shooter-Einlagen machen nach der Gewöhnung an die neuartige Steuerung viel mehr Spaß als bei Call of Duty 3 und gehen deutlich intuitiver von der Hand. Wenn Ubisoft nur die Schwertkämpfe besser hinbekommen und diversen Räumlichkeiten mehr Beachtung geschenkt hätte, nicht zu vergessen stimmigere Zwischensequenzen und die Ausmerzung etwaiger technischer Patzer, könnte man den Titel durchaus als gelungenen bis sehr guten Vertreter des Actiongenres sehen. Wer also über die Ungereimtheiten hinweg sehen kann und einen geradlinigen Shooter sucht, der durchaus von der neuen Wii-Steuerung profitiert, sollte Red Steel definitiv eine Chance geben.
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Video Game Talk
When using the manual aiming system in handling the controls, the Red Steel can be very entertaining and quite fun to play. Once the single player chapters are complete, multiplayer can add a bit of replay life assuming your real life friends are up for it. Those looking for an online experience will be out of luck. The entire single player storyline takes about 10 to 12 hours to complete and messing around with the multiplayer variances will eat up a bit more time. I can’t recommend purchasing this title as the control system will frustrate many Wii owners to no end. But for Wii owners familiar with the intricacies of a first person shooter, it’s certainly worth a rental to enjoy the story and all the action.
70
4Players.de
Man kann diesem Spiel locker unter 60% geben, wenn man mit der Steuerung nicht klar kommt oder Texturen vergöttert. Aber da sind diese Katana-Kämpfe, die ein Gefühl von dem vermitteln, was der Wii in Zukunft leisten könnte - das Blocken und Ausweichen, die gezielten Hiebe. Noch ist da viel Luft nach oben, aber der Weg ist richtig. Und trotz der technischen Schwächen habe ich Red Steel wieder und wieder gespielt. Ich mag die Schüsse zur Entwaffnung, die Neonlichter Tokyos, die Musik. Es ist letztlich das Neue, das erfrischend Andere in der Steuerung, das das Actionerlebnis für mich unterm Strich befriedigend macht.
70
Gameslave UK
Red Steel is a difficult game to judge. When you're in the swing of things and blasting away enemies with ease, it's easy to forgive the game's technical faults and simply enjoy what is a fun little title. In an age when gamers demand the most from their games, it's obvious that Red Steel will come under criticism for it's flawed control and average graphics. But stick with it past the clumsy opening hours and you'll be rewarded with a fun FPS that feels very fresh despite its linear roots. As it stands, this is a fun but flawed launch title, but one that gives me great hope for the Wii. It's obvious that the ingredients are there for a revolutionary console FPS experience - roll on Red Steel 2.
70
Worth Playing
The thing about Red Steel is that it's difficult to say if you should play it or not. Do you have a great nostalgia for first-person shooters of the early '90s? Do you really want to play through an early '80s action movie? Can you handle occasionally getting trapped in a Death Spin while being shot to death from enemies at which you can't quite manage to aim? If you can tolerate these things, Red Steel will reward you with improbable scenarios and enjoyably destructive firefights. If you demand your A.I. to be spot-on and choose cover that isn't made up of boxes of grenades, or if you get annoyed easily by not quite having the timing right to trigger pre-recorded sword combos, then maybe you should sit out this rather imperfect – but fun – FPS for the Wii after all.
68
Gamesmania
Wenn Red Steel eines bewiesen hat, dann dass die Wii-Remote mit Shootern ausgesprochen gut harmoniert – wenn sie auch nicht so intuitiv ist, wie manch einer erwartet hat. Ubisoft geht in Punkto Steuerung zwar in die richtige Richtung, hat aber nicht das passende Spiel zur Hand – mehr FEAR und weniger Quake wäre hier vermutlich besser gewesen. Aber auch unabhängig von der Steuerung ist Red Steel ein enttäuschendes Spiel, dessen Story, Leveldesign und Grafik unter dem Genre-Standart liegen. Zwar muss man Red Steel zugute halten, dass die Erwartungen riesig waren und das Core-Gameplay durchaus Spaß macht, im Ergebnis ist Red Steel aber nicht mehr als ein mittelmäßiger Launch-Titel.
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Deaf Gamers
There are those that are going to appreciate what Red Steel has to offer and those who are going to look at the game’s numerous problems and take a completely negative view of the game. The sword fighting could have been better, so could the AI and so could the graphics. The controls don’t feel as good as they could have. The animation glitches are also annoying. The game is also far too linear. However, putting those problems aside for a second, it’s difficult to argue that the game isn’t fun at times. There are moments when the game is genuinely enjoyable. If you’re looking for an FPS/action game for your brand new Wii, then it comes down to Red Steel or Call of Duty 3. Call of Duty 3 is the better game but if you want a change from the World War II scenario and can put up with the game’s inadequacies then Red Steel is certainly worth a look, although in fairness it’s easy to see future Wii titles surpassing what’s on offer here.
67
The Video Game Critic
The graphics are decided low-resolution compared to other recent first-person shooters, but I still enjoyed the Japanese settings and attention to detail. Yes, there are boring locations like factories and warehouses, but also imaginative areas like dance clubs, massage parlors, a working car wash, and a fun house. I really enjoyed riding the conveyer belts during factory shootouts. Red Steel's musical score is terrific, and I love how it picks up the tempo during critical confrontations. Topping it all off is a nice four-player split-screen mode. Red Steel may not have lived up to its lofty expectations, but judging it for what it is, I'd have to say that it's a lot of fun.
65
Jeuxpo.com
Premier FPS exclusif sur Wii, Red Steel ne sera pas la révolution attendue mais demeure une production sympathique, mais non sans défauts.
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Extreme Gamer
Red Steel is one of the most interesting and ambitious launch titles for the Wii, and even though it doesn't provide a flawless experience, it's still fun. For me Red Steel lands in the middle of the 9's and 4's with a solid 6.5. I would like to see this series evolve into what gamers expected and I think Ubisoft is on the same wave. You would be safe with a rental of Red Steel, and I've even suggest this game for purchase, just keep in mind, it's not going to be a Resistance or a Gears of War.
62
Video Game Generation
I can basically sum up my Red Steel experience in four words that can be applied to any part of the game, "Why isn't it better?"
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GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
It would’ve been fantastic to see a title such as Red Steel hit it big right at the launch of an extremely innovative console, but instead this game feels way too rushed. The idea is certainly creative, and if a Red Steel 2 comes out Ubisoft could easily release a polished sequel that could be so much better. As it stands now, though, Red Steel is worth trying out if you aren’t overly critical, but it’s hard to recommend this title for purchase because the initial amusement won’t last you too long.
60
UOL Jogos
"Red Steel" não é um jogo ruim, mas falha em quesitos básicos, que comprometem a experiência como um todo. Gráficos, controles, multiplayer e mesmo o transcorrer da campanha single-player, decepcionam aqueles que aguardavam um game de tiro acima da média. Assim, fica difícil indicá-lo para qualquer perfil de jogador, deixando para "Call of Duty 3" o título de melhor shooter da leva inicial do Wii. Quem sabe outra produtora - ou a própria Ubisoft, à medida que "Red Steel 2" já está em produção -, aproveite as boas idéias do game para um novo projeto.
60
Game Freaks 365
The story is generic with some frills added. Basically you’re saving a kidnapped girl from a bunch of thugs, but Ubisoft added in little tidbits like trying to get married to her and family history, etc. Sadly, though, the game is nothing more than “cutscene, level, cutscene, level, cutscene, level”, and they aren't very well done to begin with. All in all, Red Steel may be a good game to bring Japanese gamers to FPS games, but as far as US gamers go, there’s not much to like. No good multiplayer, totally linear and predictable story, buggy and frustrating engine, and only a few redeeming points. Call of Duty 3 brings a much better FPS experience to the Wii, even though it’s on the other next-gen consoles as well.
60
Gamer.nl
Red Steel weet als spel op zich niet te overtuigen. Het is de besturing die met het schieten en de ontzettend toffe zwaardgevechten het spel redt. Het is dus de vraag of je de matigheid van het rest van het spel kunt negeren om te genieten van de eerste First Person Shooter op de Wii.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Red Steel is an old-fashioned game at heart, linear and cheesy and a bit inflexible, but also responsive, explosive and often greatly entertaining. It has inspired moments and a substantial single-player venture, but the whole thing is undermined by the terrible presentation and the all-permeating impression that Red Steel isn't quite finished, from the story-board-sketch cut-scenes to the jerky animation and weird, basic, placeholder textures. It's never enough to stop Red Steel from being enjoyable, but in an age where we expect our FPSs to be beautiful as well as action-packed, it's just not up to standard. Red Steel is a prototype - it does just enough to show that a Wii first-person action game could be genuinely superb, but sadly, it never capitalises upon that potential itself.
60
G4 TV: X-Play
In the end, this is a collection of average FPS elements merged with highly innovative controls that don’t really mesh too well. It’s frustrating almost as often as it’s fun, and the gameplay never quite becomes second nature. Red Steel’s controls save it from being a sub-par game, but also keep it from being great.
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IGN
Red Steel doesn't live up to the hype. It nails everything except gameplay control, which is absolutely and indisputably the most important factor. It's especially unfortunate because the game's aiming sensitivity is fine. When your screen is still, you can easily target and pick off enemies – you'll be able to unleash head-shot after head-shot, to be sure. The problem is that you can't turn from left to right without dragging your screen there with the reticule, which is ridiculous. It's either an oversight or a terrible design choice, but either way it profoundly interrupts the fast-paced action that bombards players from beginning to end. It might seem like a simple thing. You might be telling yourself that you can live with it.
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Retroage
Mówiąc prosto z mostu Ubisoft po prostu dużo gada, ale mało robi (przynajmniej jeśli chodzi o Wii). Jak na 128-bitowca jakim jest aktualna stacjonarka Nintendo to naprawdę jedna z najniższych półek. Podsumowując Red Steel jest tytułem ewidentnie zrobionym na szybko i na odwal się, jednak co by nie mówić to z tego wszystkiego dwie rzeczy można wyróżnić, tj. całkiem niezłe sterowanie i muzykę.
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GameSpot
Red Steel isn't completely devoid of merit, but it's a half-baked, buggy game that feels rushed and poorly executed. There's a good concept in here somewhere, as a swords-and-guns shooter pitting you against yakuza villains certainly seems like it could be very exciting. However, the experience itself hardly fulfills any of the promises behind it. So if you're looking for an exciting new way to simulate gunning or cutting lots of dudes down using the Wii Remote, you'd best keep looking.
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Lawrence
If Red Steel were released on any console but the Wii, it would come and go without anyone paying any notice. It would be another generic, sub-par FPS that offers absolutely nothing new. However, it is on the Wii, and it is a launch title, so it will obviously sell a decent amount. I just hope that the unfortunate consumers who purchase it don’t assume all FPS games on the console will be this mediocre. Blame Red Steel, not the Wii.
50
Nintendo Life
On one hand the controls in Red Steel are perfect offering precision targeting, yet on the other hand the sword fighting feels poor and unresponsive. At times the graphics provide some of the best effects we’ve seen on the Wii, yet at other times the textures look drab, rough and uninspiring. Even the voice acting is a mixed bag going from convincing to hilariously unconvincing. All I can say is this is one of those games you have to try for yourself. Hey, if you don’t like it there is always eBay right?
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Jeuxvideo.com
Le résultat était à craindre avec les délais imposés par Ubisoft à l'équipe de développement. Red Steel s'efforce d'exploiter le système de jeu de Nintendo mais la révolution se fait attendre avec des contrôles souvent imprécis et surtout trop limités et frustrants. Et quand bien même on passerait outre, il faut encore composer avec un game design et une architecture complètement dépassée à notre époque. Il reste alors un gros nanar d'action qui vaut pour l'aspect novateur des commandes de la Wiimote.
50
Game Shark
Speaking of glitches, I did have two freezes that required a full system restart, but other than those, the game ran pretty flawlessly. In the end though, when it comes to Red Steel, if you do finish the game, you have to ask yourself, ‘would I have finished it without the Wii control scheme?’ Probably not.
50
Deeko
Don't let the score dissuade you from the purchase. If you're actually interested in feeling how the Wii remote can revitalize the stale FPS genre, then I urge you to check out Red Steel. If you can look past the rough graphics — and put aside the overly-harsh criticism that the mass game media is raining on the parade — you'll find a very interesting and inspiring experience that is sure to satisfy your urge to experience the Wii remote in an inventive way. It's definitely not the best launch game, and it will be undoubtedly surpassed by the second-generation FPS games that are imminent, but it does implement the Wii's controls in a way that's sure to become the console's standard as it sees more refinement.
50
1UP
Don't be fooled into thinking Red Steel reinvents the FPS. It's nothing more than a ho-hum shooter with a creative but flawed gimmick stapled on. Sure, it might not steal the launch lineup, but at least it proves this type of game is welcome on the Wii.
40
GameSpy
There has been criticism on both sides of the fence. There are those who feel that Red Steel has a steep learning curve that takes some getting used to. There are then people such as myself, who attribute such statements to fanboydom, console launch fever, or buyer's remorse. All of the aforementioned could be considered impairments of judgment. It's a broken, buggy game, and if the statement about learning curves were true, it would still take far too long to gain wings before the average gamer would grow disenchanted. The game feels completely rushed to retail in time for the launch.
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videogamer.com
Sadly, Red Steel is nothing more than a rushed launch title that will inevitably end up in bargain bins across the globe, and that's unfortunate. Why? Because Red Steel has a ton of potential. Sure, my old Biology teacher said the exact same thing to me and look where my potential got me... Nevertheless, Ubisoft is a talented group and had all the right ideas, and with a bit more development time, Red Steel could have been a great demonstration of the Wii's controls. As it stands, you're better off holding off on Wii FPS action until Prime arrives.
30
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Playing any mode with a standard controller would reveal Red Steel's shallow innards. Aside from the input device, Red Steel offers nothing new or innovative. A few explosion-prone areas provide some cheap thrills, but by the fourth level, the game has lost all momentum. That's assuming you'll fight the controls long enough to get that far.
30
FZ
Red Steel är en stor besvikelse. Visst är det en av de första förstapersonsskjutarna till Wii, men det lovar verkligen inte gott för genrens framtid på Nintendos nya konsol. Det ska dock påpekas att de flesta av spelets tillkortakommanden inte beror på konsolen i sig utan snarare på dumma designval och brister hos utvecklingsteamet. Med rätt utvecklare och idé tror jag fortfarande att FPS-genren kan fungera riktigt bra på Wii, även om Red Steel har gjort sitt bästa för att övertyga mig om motsatsen.
25
Game Revolution
UbiSoft almost had us. Give a bunch of gamers a remote to swing and of course we'll want to use it as a sword. Predictable? Infantile? Yep. But so is Red Steel, which is as childish as shooters come, and definitely not the game we wanted for the Wii's launch.
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Trigames.net
Red Steel ends up being an over-hyped disappointment. There are novel ideas that could shine with proper execution, and perhaps Ubisoft can craft a much more polished sequel. As it is, it's a treasure trove of missed opportunities.