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GF Rating
5.6

3403 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

My name... is not... Johnny

posted by KintaroOe (YAKIMA, WA) Dec 16, 2011

Member since May 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

First of all, if you can place the movie quote in the title, play this game. Secondly, Red Steel is a horrid game. It's also one of the most fun times I've ever had on my Wii. The controls are awful, since it's a first generation Wii title trying something new and pretty much failing. Thankfully you don't need to control the game very well to succeed. Most levels amount to you rounding a corner and seeing a ton of dudes in front of you to pick off shooting gallery style. Occasionally you'll want to crouch behind a box to regenerate health, but that's the extent of it. The sword fighting is totally shallow, and strangely obligatory... why not just shoot these dorks? But it's still fun, and that's what's important.

What makes this game memorable is its atmosphere. If you have ever loved terrible 80's action films, especially ones that seem to think Japan is a super neat land populated solely by Yakuza and ninjas, this is your game. Think Dolph Lundgren in Showdown in Little Tokyo. All of the characters have atrocious Japanese accents, and you are taunted with barbs like "You're a long way from home, g-----!". The graphics are fairly low-res, but with some really awesome lighting effects. The rays of sunlight in buildings and explosions effects in particular are fun. The story is inane, and your girlfriend is the most annoying damsel in distress to walk the earth. I really didn't care a lick about saving her. Thankfully, there were angry Yakuza to ventilate, which I was totally fine with doing. There's also lots of Fast and The Furious style gang members and exploding cars to liven things up.

Red Steel is by no means a great game, and indeed is barely competent. But you should still play it.

Note, the bleeped word above is the Japanese word for foreigner, which Gamefly won't let me use in a review. Bleah.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

chopping the enemy to pieces

posted by trex6504 (HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA) Dec 12, 2011

Member since Jan 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I rented this game after reading other reviews and because i like first person shooter games. When I started this game I was unhappy with how poor the graphics are, the subtitles take up most of the screen and the characters look like a bad saturday morning cartoon. The controls are pretty good moving with the nunchuk and aiming and shooting with the wii remote. The thing I didnt like about the controls was the fact that you need to duck and pick items up by swinging the nunchuk up and down. Also I didnt like the fact that you could not reload the guns, so after you were out of ammo you had to find another gun all while being shot at. This game would have been better if you could shot swing the sword and move all with just the wii remote. I would recommend this game as a rental, dont waste your money on this game there are better first person shooters out there for the wii. better luck next time ubisoft.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Don't go by online publishers ratings

posted by PiercedLip (BARBERTON, OH) Dec 20, 2006

Member since Dec 2006

19 out of 22 gamers (86%) found this review helpful

I knew going into Red Steel as my first game that was a First person shooter it was going to be different. The controls definately felt off at first, but after getting used to the Wii controls I was able to pick off people with headshots constantly.

Don't listen to online reviews from major sites bashing the game. The graphics are fine, the controls are new, and its an amazing effort. This game left me wanting more, and when I beat it, I was upset it had ended. I plan to replay it and try to get a higher % score at the end.

If this is just a taste of whats to come on the Wii, I can't wait for the coming 2007+ lineup!

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