Red Steel 2 Updated Hands-On

Payne brings the pain in our first look at Red Steel 2's boss battles.

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Ubisoft's upcoming action game for the Wii, Red Steel 2, puts a sword (and a gun) in your hands and lets you get to work hacking up bad guys by the dozen in a revisionist Old West that's equal parts The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, motorcycle gangs, and feudal Japan. Earlier today, we had a chance to check out an updated build of the game, which showed off something we hadn't seen yet: boss battles.

Enter Payne, a heavily tattooed beast of man--the kind of guy who carries a big sword and knows how to use it. He's the leader of the badass biker gang known as the Jackals; he's also the guy you see in the very first scene of Red Steel 2 dragging the hero of the game through the desert after chaining him to his car. As it turns out, Payne and his cronies have taken over a town known as Caldera and are taking residence in the mayor's home.

The visual design in Red Steel 2 is a far cry from its predecessor--forget the modern-day time line and the Los Angeles setting. Its combination of Old West and Japanese influences create a look that's all its own. When you encounter Payne to do battle, for example, you'll do so in the courtyard surrounded by Japanese-inspired architecture. Once Payne spots you in the courtyard, he immediately calls out a couple of his henchmen to assist him. These enemies are easy to take down but can be considerably annoying if you let them stick around while focusing on the much more present danger of Payne himself. As for the boss--he's big, strong, and faster than he looks. And you'll need to make the most of the game's intriguing controls if you hope to have a chance of survival.

It's those controls, particularly when it comes to the sword combat, that serve as Red Steel 2's hook. Your character's sword is drawn by default at all times, so a simple swipe of the Wii Remote will slash out. You can also move the Wii Remote forward for a stab motion. The Wii MotionPlus accessory makes the swordfighting a much more tangible experience. For example, how hard you slash will determine how hard you are striking an opponent.

You can also block with your sword by pressing the A button, and which direction you hold the Wii Remote when blocking will be important in some cases. For example, if a character is looking to attack you with an overhead vertical strike, you'll need to deflect it by holding the Wii Remote (and thus your sword) horizontally. As for Payne, his attacks seem to come from every angle. He'll even kick you into the air and attack you as you fall--an attack you'll be able to use against enemies yourself once you've finally defeated Payne.

Of course, defeating Payne is more difficult than it sounds--his speed, strength, and aggression make him a formidable foe (and don’t forget those pesky cronies--they'll take you out if you aren't careful). And the boss fight was too much for us on our first try. However, we did watch Ubisoft producers as they successfully defeated Payne, which led to a brief cutscene and a teaser that suggested Payne has more tricks up his sleeve (read: "second stage boss battle").

Red Steel 2's release date has been moved to early 2010, which will give the development team at Ubisoft Paris time to polish the game. This is something the original Red Steel could have benefited from as well. Here's hoping that the extra polish time pays off because what we've seen of the game so far suggests that things are conceptually heading in the right direction. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

Discussion

51 comments
olgofonz
olgofonz

looks like it might end up bein pretty good this time around. love those graphics- borderlands anyone?

ganon21
ganon21

thanks xblane, that helps.

kok1kz
kok1kz

it is likable and i want it

xblane
xblane

@ganon21 Quarter 1, as in, the first 3 months

ganon21
ganon21

This game is going to be so awesome. On the release date it says Q1 2010, what does the Q1 stand for? I never knew what it meant and it would help if I did.

chrlil
chrlil

When Nindendo decide to make 1080p ilbuy agame for my wii and dont get mad seriously thin wii games on hd

z827
z827

I'm focusing on buying Monster Hunter 3 if it is ever released internationally but I guess I might get this to help in my waiting ordeal XD

Karrotjuce
Karrotjuce

I'm definitely buying this game, the first one looked fun, but then I decided not to get it in favor of overlord. now this or overlord 2? I wonder...

Mike0193
Mike0193

sounds like it's gonna be way better than the first... the first one was pretty fun but not soo awesome. Hopefully the developers are working as hard as it seems ^_^

superfakerbros
superfakerbros

I'm definetly going to want to get it but unfortunetly I only get like 3-4 games a year so I'm not sure I'll get it but I hope that I will.

SpiKeX-Crom
SpiKeX-Crom

hmm, hopefully it's better than the first piece of crap

gbyd
gbyd

Cyber Ninja Much?

onizuka_garu
onizuka_garu

That should be REALLY a lot more of this kind of game. But unfortunately sports and stupid mini-games sells A LOT (much more than the cool games). They don't sell on PS3 and X360, but they really DO on Wii.

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

this is the kind of games that there should be a lot more of on the wii to attract a more hardcore gaming community because honestly there are not many games on the wii that don't involve sport or games that have a story line or games that have 100 mini games on them cause quiet frankly they don't sell ! if u own one that's all you need !!

SloLynx
SloLynx

Wow, not bad, but we'll see if it will be worth getting :D

ClutchDemagogue
ClutchDemagogue

It looks good, sounds like they're working hard on it and making it much much better than the first one

Jerry_15
Jerry_15

This game looks great! HipYoungster were u find pic of bleach I want to put it like image in my profile

HipYoungster42
HipYoungster42

Gosh, this looks amazin'. Definitely pickin' this up.:D

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

errr..i dont feel like reading... sides i have a PS3 =P

calebcop
calebcop

I hope they've learned from the first and made it better. Plus with Wii MotionPlus it should be even better.

Murdouken
Murdouken

The whole point is that it's nothing like the first one.

osmprog
osmprog

if its anything like the first one ... its gona SUCK big time !!

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

Red Steel 2 is like Uncharted 2, both super thrashing it's prequels!

elozl
elozl

Its better now than never!

Lukestar624
Lukestar624

oooooo looks much better than the prequal...gonna be cool!

G_W_X
G_W_X

Hey you..YES YOU the so called "hardcore gamer" who says Wii is for kids only(the passionate PS3 and 360 lovers AND PC to an extent? er...yeah.). For others who have the excuse of: full of shovelware and minigme crap...no "REAL" games(well check the 2009 line up from January to now actually..a lot of Wii games to at least try(new IPs) before you buy...certainly not for the shovelware on minigame compilation pile...check it! I could list....but not all Cursed Mountain is one. oh a? ... Red Steel 2 with motion plus. Check dis! XD Cant wait!!!

Zopath
Zopath

Wish it wasn't on wii... seems like a concept better suited to the ds. that would be sweet.

rustyjp
rustyjp

meh i like the charactor but it doesnt look so good

magicianhunter
magicianhunter

If this one turns out to be really good(and of course sell well) other 3rd publishers will probably try to create more games on the console's standard and unleash wii's true potential which is no other than it's controls.Please Ubi don't mess this up!

thetravman
thetravman

The sword play sort of sounds like Wii sports resort, only using the A button. If the sword is as good as Resort, than I'm not worried.

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

looking forward to it. :D I was a little sad it got delayed, because I am not certain if I will have much time at all for games after the christmas holiday. If it makes the game better, I'm all for the delay. I might end up getting it 2 or 3 months late though. I have metroid prime for the holidays. :P

Dumfanboys15
Dumfanboys15

Kick enemies in the air and then slash them while theyre falling??? COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

I wish the Wii had had this kind of stuff coming out through its entire life cycle, and not only now, three years into the system's lifespan.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

this is one of the reasons i kinda want a wii, this and that new final fantasy wii title!

wahyudil
wahyudil

red steel heroes ... it seems red steel 2 will come in the way of no more heroes style story .... maybe Ubisoft should make Red Steel 2 into a new franchise with new name to make it a perfect franchise ... despite the ugly first red steel ...

never-named
never-named

So little hype for such a promising game? Sort of surprised!

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

I might end up picking this up when it comes out