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Red Steel (Wii)
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Red Steel (Wii)
Date: 19/09/08, updated on 19/09/08 (78 review reads)
Advantages: Interesting Control Method
Disadvantages: Average Gameplay
Red Steel was probably the initial first person shooter game available for the Nintendo Wii (but don't quote me on that).
It promised revolutionary controls using a combination of both the motion sensitive Wiimote and Nunchuk - the expectation was therefore rightly quite high.
The story is based in Japan, and involves recovering the central characters girlfriend who has been kidnapped by the Yakuza.
Graphically, for the Wii, the game isn't that bad. It isn't that great either when compared to other next-gen shooters. Textures are poor, but if you squint your eyes at the screen, you won't know the difference ;) This lack of visual beauty isn't the fault of the game designers, but due more to the techincal limitations of the Wii hardware.
The control method actually works really well - and until the novely wore off, added a lot of enjoyment to the game. Although it took a while to get used to, controlling the player feels quite natural after a playing through the first few levels - using the Wiimote as a gun aiming device is especially pleasing.
However, there are boss battles which let the game down badly. In these situations, you're forced to use a sword - even if you've got a gun in your back pocket. These battles involve randomly slashing the wiimote back and forth at the screen - at no time do you really feel in control of proceedings.
The AI of the computer controlled players isn't bad, with onscreen enemies occasionally deciding to take cover behind objects. In the majority of instances however, they're not so clever and are generally waiting to be shot.
There are some really creatively designed levels in the game - one of which is the difficult and somewhat freakish ski-slope area, where you have to battle some 'power-ranger' style opponents.
On any other platform, this game would generally be considered as rather poor. However, because of its intuitive control method, Red Steel deserves a look from avid FPS fans.
Summary: Not a bad effort
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