Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Brotherhood of Steeeeell!!!! I mean, Red Steel reviewed...

Hey all! New contributor here. Anyway, I'm gonna talk about the game Red Steel for the Wii. Basically, you have an FPS for the Wii, that adds some swordplay to the traditional FPS run-and-gun game. The story is pretty straight-forward, with you having to save your fiancee from the Yakuza, and you get embroiled in politics along the way.

Where the game shines is in the use of the Wii-mote to aim, look, and shoot your weapons, making it someone like a cross between Goldeneye and House of the Dead. It doesn't take long to get used to using the controller like a gun, and for the most part, the aiming is somewhat forgiving. Movement is accomplished via the nunchuck, and feels pretty natural.

Swordplay has your wii-mote control the sword, and the chuck control movement & your off-hand sword. It's pretty slick, and easy to get the hang of. If you turn up the sensitivity, it helps, since I lost some fights the 1st few times around because I wasn't responding fast enough.
Anyway, Red Steel is a solid game, showing the potential for FPS's on the Wii. Definitely worth a rental, or a buy at around 20-30 dollars. I think it took about 11 hours for me to complete the game, but I also spread that out over months, and I'm not sure the time accounts for level restarts, as the saving in the game is somewhat odd, and I think mostly just saves at the start & end of a level, meaning if you quit halfway, it's back to the beginning for you. Check it out, shoot some baddies, and look forward to what the controls will be like for Resident Evil 4: Wii edition.

1 comment:

MixMaster said...

Might have to get a Wii eventually...was playing the tennis game this weekend at a friend's house and that was pretty fun too...