Red Steel 2 Updated Hands-On

We check out some later levels in Ubisoft's upcoming action game for Wii.

In our last look at Red Steel 2, Ubisoft's upcoming Wii-exclusive action game, we got a feel for the game's hack-and-slash gameplay (thanks to the Wii MotionPlus-powered gun and swordplay), as well a deeper understanding of the pulp sci-fi meets spaghetti western setting in which the game takes place. There's still more to learn about Red Steel 2, however, as we found out after recently checking out one of the later levels in the game.

Jumping into the seventh level of the game, we were surprised by the setting: You begin the level on the roof of a speeding train. Moving at such high speeds, you'll find yourself sliding backward when you aren't pushing forward with the analog stick on the nunchuk. With simple movement hampered, combat becomes a bit more challenging as you quickly find out when you are attacked by a handful of Jackal goons. This being a later level in the game, the Jackals have stepped up their game with some tougher opponents. As a result, these guys are quick, apt to dodge fire from your revolver, and are skilled at blocking strikes from your sword.

Hacking hard enough will stun these Jackal ninjas and give you an opening large enough to finish them off with a well-timed slash or two. We also took advantage of the additional weaponry we had on hand, including a double-barreled shotgun and a Tommy gun; you can switch between any of these guns by pressing the assigned direction on the Wii Remote's D pad.

As you make your way through the train car, as well as an army of Jackal enemies, you'll eventually reach the lead car and your unnamed nemesis. Before you can leap across to confront him personally, he disconnects the train's engine from the cars it's pulling and tosses a grenade at your feet. The train explodes and your enemy escapes unharmed. Of course, it takes more than a simple exploding train to stop a member of the Kusagari clan, and a brief cinematic follows showing the hero picking himself up to continue on foot.

Some time later (three days, according to the cinematic), you end up in yet another hub world, which looks to be completely deserted. You start out in an empty saloon before coming to the local sheriff's office. Inside, you find a radio receiver where you make contact with your sensei Jian, who encourages you to go out back and continue your training, despite the fact that he's not there in person. You'll find a handful of training dummies and can learn a new technique known as the "bear." By holding down the A and B buttons on the Wii Remote, you can charge your sword then stab it into the ground to create a tremendous shockwave that can stun (or defeat entirely) several enemies at once.

You'll use that bear attack early and often in this town. Soon after your training is complete, you'll head over to the gambling hall where you'll meet a man named Songan who has a few missions for you that mostly involve defeating as many Jackals as possible. He's also got a shop inside the hall where you can buy upgraded armor, Kusagari emblems, or masks that will give you improved attacks against certain enemies. Most of these upgrades are pricey, so you'll need a lot of cash on hand to take advantage of them.

In addition to the story missions--which mainly involve surviving multiple waves of Jackal enemies--you'll have various side missions you can accomplish to earn cash. These include raiding Jackal weapon stashes hidden all over the town or finding wanted posters with your name on them and tearing them down. The final mission in this level features a showdown against a chaingun-wielding samurai that proved to be one of the more difficult fights we've seen yet in Red Steel 2. Not only does the gun do enormous damage (eventually penetrating your defenses even if you're blocking with your sword by pressing the A button), but the guy holding it also has a huge see-through shield mounted on the gun that effectively prevents him from your frontal assaults. We were able to finally take him down by using the dash ability (pressing the A button and moving the nunchuk in any direction) to get around his defenses and then hack him up from the rear.

These guys are no match for you and your Wii Remote.

Based on our last two looks at Red Steel 2, it's clear that Ubisoft is trying to straddle the line between action and accessibility with this game. You spend lots of time hacking and slashing, but there's zero blood onscreen, which, depending on your point of view, may be a disappointment. We also have yet to run into an enemy that's given us too much of a fight (at least on the normal difficulty level), which makes us question just how much of a challenge this game will pose for most players. The game's visual amalgam of high tech and Old West continues to be one of its high points (as is the spooky spaghetti western theme music). Will the gameplay live up to the artistic design? We'll find out when Red Steel 2 is released on March 23.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

49 comments
Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

You people actually play this garbage on the Wii? LoL. It's no wonder I don't own one. It's all crap.

TurboLung
TurboLung

Can't wait for this game. Love the videos and concept. Awesome!

Rovelius
Rovelius

Sounds promising :D too bad I still have so many games to buy on PS3, this one will have to wait a while...

lozvil
lozvil

@Rytko This game is design for the Motion Plus Addon, and that's the good thing about it. It will make it more natural. If they designed this without that said addon, it will make it just the same as the first one. So I think that will make this game worth getting. And for sure, in the future, most of the Wii games will be using Motion Plus so might as well get it.

SilvrSlayr96
SilvrSlayr96

hmm...... maybe its time to get the dust off my wii

Rytko
Rytko

I want to get this game but buying the Motion Plus just to play? Seriously? It's another way to get money off of us. I hope that this game is worth the money.

d_ano
d_ano

looks pretty bad t ome i enjoyed the first 1 but it looks like they have gone all cartoon on it and by the looks of things the sword is pretty useless. he could have killed them 2 guys easy just using the gun

npbeersy
npbeersy

As a wii FPS fan I'm rooting for this game. There are so few FPS games scheduled for the wii. A few solid ones might turn that trend around. I will pick this up when it comes out.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I hope this does well, because I'm really looking forward to this game. The Wii could also use more good FPS's.

AwesomeChange
AwesomeChange

Looks awesome and the lack of blood doesn't bother me at all. If it comes in a bundle with Motion Plus I will buy it.

KeArNiCe16
KeArNiCe16

this games seem ok i might rent it but i still like the direction they went with red steel one

TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

happy they went for styalized rather than realistic.

Zanoh
Zanoh

Way I see it it goes down like this: If the game is good in not only the controls but the total package of it (Story, Music, etc) = It will be probably one the best Wii FPS games I ever had since the Metroid Prime Trilogy package. If it isn't = I can thank Ubisoft for supplying me a copy of WM+ with the game, sell the game and keep the peripheral to enjoy WM+ games down the line :)

Dualmask
Dualmask

Blood would add authenticity, but the Soul Calibur series proves a game can have hack and slash without blood and still be entertaining. Of course, folks tend to expect more realism in their first person games than in fighting games...but to me, the lack of blood is irrelevant. If anything were going to hold me back from trying this game, it certainly wouldn't be something so minor as a lack of blood.

Xyllix
Xyllix

I'm surprised alot of people are hating on this, Redsteel 1 was garbage, but now with the Wii motion plus and a completely different theme it looks promising. Also you can almost guarantee no inacurate swings with the Wii motion plus

greenarcher02
greenarcher02

@gamerdad7 no... it's impossible for this to be a waggle fest... waggle never works for Wii Motion plus.. if done properly anyway, but i've never seen a WM+ game that became a waggle fest.. even NHL 2K10 was better with WM+...... i just hope this doesn't get too linear...

macro7857
macro7857

This looks great but still needs some work i might get it when its released

millsbum199
millsbum199

well if this gets like at least a 8.5 or up ill get it other wise ill wait till the new transfomer game is relases on the wii

Zeppelin17
Zeppelin17

what a piece of s*** total garbage.....

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

If it improves on the first one that's not much of an accomplishment. Even the video makes this game look shallow and extremely linear.

uneac
uneac

well i know nothing about this one game.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Bleh, more katanas... im skipping this one.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I still don't know about this one. Ubisoft has a bad reputation when it comes to Wii games. Red Steel looked promising at the time, but turned out to be a total mess. Best not to get too hyped over the sequel. It could go either way.

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

This game is No More Heroes with a gun. This'll be fun

djanderson158
djanderson158

@solidniko Yes, MotionPlus is required to play Red Steel 2. If you don't have one, Ubisoft is selling bundled copies of Red Steel 2 with a MotionPlus.

Zelda344
Zelda344

looks cool but i dont like how the main character looks like

solidniko
solidniko

do u have to have the wii motion plus?

Nova_Mongoose
Nova_Mongoose

does anyone else think this looks incredibly stupid?

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Pure and utter gimmick controlled toiletry.

JohnnyDanger87
JohnnyDanger87

this is what people wanted from the first red steel, now it looks like we will get just that.

gamerdad7
gamerdad7

This looks like a bad graphics waggle fest. Have fun. Let me know how it turns out.

jjjrrr11211
jjjrrr11211

looks cool but i already gave away my wii for an xbox. this game took too long to come out

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

cant wait to see a score and review.

Smithers2286
Smithers2286

This game is looks outstanding. Red Steel ended up being such a dissapointment, but I think Ubisoft is going to redeem itself with the second game. Lets just hope that gamers alike reward them for their efforts.

pofolonies
pofolonies

oh wow i so want this game! i wasnt really into teh motion plus thing with wii sport resort but ill totally get it for this game

Tri-Enforcer
Tri-Enforcer

The game looks nice visually and has some interesting game play mechanics for the moves that you do. However, I heard the adventure is pretty short and it definitely does not have multiplayer. So I question this game's replayability and that's why I'm renting this.

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

i really hope this is good. the original was just average, and i really hope this game shows the Wii Motion Plus is worth it.

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

Yes, I suppose we will see... Oh how much I want this to be good. I'll be checking some reviews before I buy. I know what I want, and I'll see if anyone mentions those things.