|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Paris||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 23, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Red Steel 2 is set up with a slightly less linear approach, as well. Caldera will act as a sort of hub throughout the game, and you can move freely throughout the land, unlocking new areas as you progress through the story.
Most areas of the game world are set up to allow for close-quarters combat, as the developers feel that Red Steel is, at heart, a first-person brawler. They want you to get up close and personal with foes, and the variety of enemies and A.I. are designed to allow players to really get the most out of the fluid sword and gunplay. What we're most excited about, though, is the organic flow of gameplay in Red Steel 2, as elements of the game are no longer broken up into clearly defined segments. It's an exciting new template with extremely solid mechanics as its foundation.
You may have caught a glimpse of Red Steel 2 recently when a trailer for the game got leaked onto the Internet. Most folks assumed that what was contained within the video was not actual in-game footage, but from the latest gameplay screens we've seen, they seem to match up with the video in a most convincing way. It's not terribly surprising, however, that Ubisoft would be one of the first third-party game makers to crack the Wii code in terms of visuals. The publisher was not only an early adopter of the system, but they were very strong proponents of Wii, putting tons of their company's resources into developing for the system before its launch. The result? Red Steel is poised to be one of, if not the, very best-looking games on Wii.
It's only taken Nintendo three years to get Wii to function on the level it was originally intended. In that time, Ubisoft has been hard at work creating something fans have long dreamed about. The wait is almost over, and we couldn't be more hyped. This is not only a new beginning for the Red Steel franchise, but also for Wii as a system. Don't miss out on this really exciting rebirth when Red Steel 2 releases later this year.
CCC Freelance Writer