Red Steel 2 cutting up Wii MotionPlus

Next month's Nintendo Power cover reveals that sequel to Ubisoft's bloodless sword-based action game will use the forthcoming Wii Remote-enhancing add-on.

When the Wii went on sale in November 2006, one of its most anticipated launch titles was Red Steel. Developed by Ubisoft's Paris studio, the game was touted in Wii commercials as the main hardcore action game among the motion-sensing console's initial lineup. The first television spot for the game showed a young man hacking, slashing, and shooting his way through waves of yakuza.

Will there be blood?

However, when the largely bloodless, Teen-rated Red Steel was finally unsheathed, it was far from the M-for-Mature bloodbath that many expected. Critics blasted it as a major disappointment, with GameSpot's review (viewable below) calling it a "buggy, thoroughly unimpressive game" with a flat story and underwhelming swordplay.

Now, after years of rumors, Ubisoft is finally taking another whack at Red Steel. Nintendo Power magazine has teased its June issue by releasing an image of the cover--which features Red Steel 2 front and center. "Finally, wielding a sword in a Wii game feels as real as you'd always dreamed," crows the tagline.

Actual cowboys never had coats that fancy.

Just as intriguing is the image on the magazine's cover, which shows what looks like an Old West cowboy toting both a massive revolver and a katana. A tease of the contents page shows the figure sporting an ornate duster trenchcoat with futuristic armor inlays, perhaps indicating some sort of sci-fi Western mix or perhaps a supernatural frontier locale a la Darkwatch.

More importantly, the Nintendo Power teaser reveals that the new game will take advantage of the Wii MotionPlus, the Wii Remote motion-sensor-enhancing add-on set for release on June 8. How exactly the peripheral, which will also come bundled with Wii Sports Resort on July 26, will improve swordplay is not revealed, nor is a release date mentioned.

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zakrocz
zakrocz

I don't recall seeing anything about Red Steel being hyped as a gory M rated game before release and as i am a proper 'mature' gamer, blood and gore do not equal mature gaming!!! Anyway i actully enjoyed the gunplay in Red Steel using the Wii's control system as the best alternative to the PCs mouse & kb for FPS's. What i didn't enjoy about the game were the later sword fights which were just damn right annoying, so hopefully they'll get that part right this time round.

Adziboy
Adziboy

No, but the reason gamespot and many others wanted M, is because that's what it was advertised. It was advertised as a gory, bloody hack and slash type game with shooting. What was given out, was poor sword fights, no blood and gore and the shooting was the opposite of realistic.

Rod90
Rod90

I agree with blankshore. I would like that the Red Steel 2 would be M-mature, but it's not neccessary for a game to be better.

blankshore
blankshore

Why is everyone complaining that the original wasn't rated M? I honestly don't understand why blood and gore make a game better. It's truly a sick society we live in where shooters aren't accepted unless they have buckets of blood.

INFAMOUSHAVOC
INFAMOUSHAVOC

3 million sold wow that's great! I wonder how many gamers trade it in at gamestop and gamecrazy?

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@INFAMOUSHAVOC The first Red Steel sold 3 million and had mediocur reviews but the original Killzone sold 1.5 million and also had mediocur reviews if Sony can go from Killzone to Killzone2 Ubi-soft can go from a rushed Red Steel to a good Red Steel 2.

INFAMOUSHAVOC
INFAMOUSHAVOC

sweat steel there no blood in redsteel lol more like flop steel though ubisoft would of learn it lesson the first time around but its ok they got splinter cell to help them with there loses from this game

kytomasi
kytomasi

OH Geez............................ i hope they make BIG updated to everything.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

The first game was so bad! I twas unplayable!

LittleDuck
LittleDuck

Well, so far it looks good but so did red steel 1. On the plus side, there is no way in hell it could get worse. I think there should be an easy and hard mode for core gameplay and for samurai swording. So it doesn't alienate people yet still presents a challenge.

spazzx625
spazzx625

The video review just makes me miss Greg K :( The first game was solid enough an idea, just rushed. I think this one could actually be a good game

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Wii M+ is no surprise. I hope Ubisoft makes a genuine effort to: 1) Take their time and make it right - rush jobs taint your image 2) Go for an M rating, there's no shame in it - Remember how beloved the "sweat" mechanics in SNES Mortal Kombat were? Most gamers are big people now. You promised me "red", I want to see some red, you sissies. 3) COMPLETELY unrelated to RS1 - They will let you get away with it. Like the Final Fantasy series or CryENGINE games. I hope these pictures mean it will be.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

I thought the first one was okay, but there was definitely a huge amount of room for improvement. If they could fix everything that was wrong with the first one, then this might end up being good. I'm also curious to see how Wii Motion Plus will be used. If it's used for the sword fights (which were horrible in the first game), then they might be immensely better than they were in the first one.

blankshore
blankshore

I'm playing Red Steel right now and I'm having a blast! Maybe it's because I was expecting it to be horrible, but I think this game is waaaay under-rated. I think if they clean up the presentation, make the controls a tad smoother, and use Motion+ for the sword fights this could be a real winner

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Just... WHY!? What a waste of time, developers, and money.

6h05tly
6h05tly

I thought the first Red Steel was good, though the sword play felt awkward. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

blueworm
blueworm

if this game was 100 times better than the first one it would still only be mediocre

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

controls worked well on RedSteel? man that's so BS. Nintendo and UBI selled to all of us the dream that in Redsteel the freaking character make exactly the movements you do. Wen i brougth the wii and the game almost on launch i was so exited about that kind of control, but in 5 freaking minutes you realize that the character not only don't make the same movements, but that reacts kinda bad at every stance you do. The only way to play it is making 100 random movements per minute in funny ways... just like any Wii game -i have to say- let's see how wii-motion-milking-plus enhanches and corrects this.

da_chub
da_chub

redsteel was hyped to much and it failed to live up to its hype. it was a B game. controls worked well, i never had a big issue with it, just took some getting used to. i stood up to do sword fights, worked better then sitting. cant wait for second one. PS: Ubisoft has a lot of good games(Prince of Persia, Assasins Creed, Farcry, i dont know why they get trashed on becasue they have some crappy games too.

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

Nintendo Power is still around? Who is subscribing?

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

I thought Red Stell was terrible BUT I believe the sequel could be awesome. A lot of the biggest problems was the controls. I love the concept of the game and everything so if the controls work great and the sequel (unlike the first) is polished than this game could kick ass! :)

Razoroo
Razoroo

Please be good this time. Ubisoft really cheesed me off with that piece of turd they called Red Steel. Here's hoping the sequel is a massive improvement.

parmesanhorn
parmesanhorn

Mozillla Posted Apr 29, 2009 10:35 am GMT Arclight_Blue red steel one was rushed because first i haven't played red steel one but i did play farcry vengence and it had rushed graphics ubisoft thought there game wouldn't sell well on wii when they did salw very well ubisoft was like WoW! lets make no more heroes good and make the sequel to red steel hit a home run on the wii.... _____________ I think the probem was more like they thought it would sell anyway. So they rushed it. As for NMH, Ubisoft only published it, and only in America. It's a Grasshopper-game. Who knows, maybe this will be good. At least it looks like they dumped that stupid US bouncer big in Japan-setting.

XenoLair
XenoLair

This one should really be better than the first yeah :/ I was disappointed when i first played Red Steel... They can make it a lot better with Motion+, at least lets hope so :)

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

i hope this games turns out to be much better then the first one.

Mozillla
Mozillla

Arclight_Blue red steel one was rushed because first i haven't played red steel one but i did play farcry vengence and it had rushed graphics ubisoft thought there game wouldn't sell well on wii when they did salw very well ubisoft was like WoW! lets make no more heroes good and make the sequel to red steel hit a home run on the wii....

Arclight_Blue
Arclight_Blue

with extra dev time(the first one was obviously rushed) and Motion Plus, this can turn out really good.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I actually enjoyed the first game but I dont much like the look of this one's cowboy-esque sci-fi look. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Also I'm not shelling out extra bucks for the WM+ so it had better be bundled for free!

lonelogan87
lonelogan87

i do have to give red steel credit though it was a launch title so w/e

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

i hope this game would be good..

lonelogan87
lonelogan87

i have to say red steel was one of the most disappointing games ive ever played more so than other games because it just seemed that it would be so cool to wield a sword with a motion sensing controller. it was fun at first but we all know that it was lacking in almost every department. i really hope that red steel 2 improves a lot because it has sooo much potential to be a great game.

lonelogan87
lonelogan87

i have to say red steel was one of the most disappointing games ive ever played more so than other games because it just seemed that it would be so cool to wield a sword with a motion sensing controller. it was fun at first but we all know that it was lacking in almost every department. i really hope that red steel 2 improves a lot because it has sooo much potential to be a great game.

GC4ever
GC4ever

red steel was good, felt like it was really rushed but still good getting the sequel for sure

OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

i bought red steel for low money. i did not mind it, but a sequel should be good. i'll be buying it for sure

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

Well I was disappointed with Red Steel as I think most were. Not because it was awful but because it just wasn't great, as I was lead to believe it was going to be. So with Motion+ so near and the guaranty that it will be implemented, I am very much hopeful and excited about the sequel that will undoubtedly improve upon the formula in all the right areas. If done correctly this time around, Red Steel 2 could be a premium AAA exclusive for the Wii. Right after The Conduit, Pikmin 3, and Punch-Out!! this is on my list of most anticipated games.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Well I just hope they learned from the first one and make this a great game.

gudni
gudni

After seeing the gameplay perfection that The Conduit is looking like it has achieved, this better be atleast at COD:World at war standards(which is great, but still not as fluid and precise as MP3 and Medal of honor:heroes 2).

SonicTheMonkey
SonicTheMonkey

From the first time I heard about Red Steel I could see its massive potential staring me right in the face, it just seems that a few relatively simple obstructions like clunky controls, glitches, and awful dialogue stood in the way of greatness. Much like Assassin's Creed, I think that the lessons seemingly learned by the devs from the first game could skyrocket the second game to greatness (don't get me wrong on Assassin's Creed however, I thoroughly enjoyed that game, though I did find there to be some obvious and annoying flaws). Finally, a Wii game with Motion Plus that I'm actually interested in. Hell I'll just settle for a new Wii game that I'm interested in.

star77241
star77241

This has to be better than the first. Devs have come along way since then on the Wii. When I first played RS it didn't seem so buggy but I just recently started playing again and I don't know how I ever played it before. I hope this time they get rid of the zoom-with-your-arm crap. That was a horrible idea.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

This better be a whole lot better than the original. I'm generally very happy with my Ubisoft purchases, whether they're on my 360 or my Wii, but this had better be good.

TaMuK711
TaMuK711

I really hope they do well, I love the art style they have shown so far!

nappan
nappan

Red Steel 2 has a loooot of room to improve over RS 1. I don't doubt the abilities of the devs, but I DO doubt the ability of the Wiimote to provide what people really want from a motion control sword/gun game. We'll see.

leafdj
leafdj

Okay. I'll give the franchise another shot, as long as they bring back the duels with the power rangers.

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

even with red steel's flaws it was still a good game and im lookin forward to playing red steel 2

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Im ashamed to own the console that gave birth to RedSteel hopefully RedSteel2 wont be the rushed glitch fest that the first one was.

ftjx
ftjx

ohh, Greg Kasavin....that picture reminds me of the once awesome site gamespot. How I miss those days seriously.

mike2640
mike2640

Yeah...the sword/gun thing could be really cool with a good control scheme. Call of Duty: World at War already proved that FPS games can be awesome on the Wii if they take advantage of the motion controls correctly, and if they get the sword-fighting right, this could end up being a great game. But if it's too much like the first one (buggy controls and action), I'll be disappointed. Here's hoping they take the time to develop a good game with tight controls and a deep story!

remmbermytitans
remmbermytitans

Well, I'm glad that companies are taking another shot with the Wii. Maybe this time they can pull it off.