The Red Star PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Over the course of several generations, the once mighty empire known as The United Republics of The Red Star (U.R.R.S.) slaughtered millions of its own people by the order of a single man. This man was their leader, Imbohl; a mighty sorcerer whose insanity turned his people's Utopian dreamsOver the course of several generations, the once mighty empire known as The United Republics of The Red Star (U.R.R.S.) slaughtered millions of its own people by the order of a single man. This man was their leader, Imbohl; a mighty sorcerer whose insanity turned his people's Utopian dreams into a nightmarish scheme driven by the desire to forge his own immortality. Haunted by the ghosts of their nation's tragic past, the Heroes of the Red Star, at the battle of Kar Dathra's Gate, discover the true nature of their people's struggle, abandon their duties as soldiers of the Red Fleet, and embark upon a quest to liberate their people from Imbohl's dark legacy. [Acclaim] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. The Red Star is an amazing game; it's fast, fun, and loaded with variety. [July 2007, p.52]
  2. Despite spending years on the shelf, The Red Star ably delivers a unique and challenging blend of beat-'em-up and top-down shooter action.
  3. I'd suggest you treat The Red Star like you would a dead dog full of lovely cream cakes: ignore the stench of old mank and dig right in to the deliciousness!
  4. A decent, side-scrolling action romp, with admirable multiplayer offering and enjoyable gameplay. This, comrade, is well worth an investment.
  5. The graphics are what you'd expect from a PS2 game, with a nice gloomy futuristic style. For only $20, The Red Star is a great example of why the PS2 still rocks, and why old school gaming is far from dead.
  6. Hardly groundbreaking and extremely limited, but worth a look at for ease of play and price. [June 2007, p.82]
  7. The warfare is as dull as the characters. [June 2007, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. SteveL.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    A throwback to beat 'em ups, this game has the artistic style and diversity of skill sets to set itself apart. The only problem with A throwback to beat 'em ups, this game has the artistic style and diversity of skill sets to set itself apart. The only problem with this budget title is that with its low profile release, virtually no stores carry it so you've got to take it upon yourself to order it online.... now... before it's short supply gets dried up! Expand
  2. BushM
    Dec 2, 2007
    10
    I love this game. I just stumbled across it used for $13 yesterday. Its really fun. I remember I was so pumped for this game like 4 years ago I love this game. I just stumbled across it used for $13 yesterday. Its really fun. I remember I was so pumped for this game like 4 years ago before it got canceled. I was so confused when I found it. I didn't that it even came out. why didn't I see any reviews or any news at all for this game? Expand
  3. BrianK.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    Finally came out! Plays great! Love the old-school vibe.
  4. CharlesN.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    My time with this game encapsulates some of the best times of my life.
  5. AshbyH.
    May 7, 2007
    9
    Totally old school, totally fun. Graphics are not the best, but not ugly either. If you like old school, hardcore games (Think anything Totally old school, totally fun. Graphics are not the best, but not ugly either. If you like old school, hardcore games (Think anything Treasure made back in the day). Pick it up now! Expand
  6. Damien
    Mar 21, 2008
    8
    Definitely ahead of its time when it was scheduled to initially release...though not graphically, but gameplay wise. A great action adventure Definitely ahead of its time when it was scheduled to initially release...though not graphically, but gameplay wise. A great action adventure meets platform shooter. Very reminiscent of old-school arcade games like Contra or Aliens. Definitely worth a playthrough even if you aren't familiar with the franchise. Expand