The Red Star PlayStation 2

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
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  1. Hardcore Gamer
    100
    The Red Star is an amazing game; it's fast, fun, and loaded with variety. [July 2007, p.52]
  2. Play Magazine
    90
    Visually there's nothing like it--it is a purely artistic endeavor and as shooters go there's nothing here not to love. [Dec. 2006, p.81]
  3. 90
    If you're an action-shooter fan, looking for a pleasant distraction, the game delivers a quality experience, considering the $20 price tag. However, if you're a fan of the comics and were hoping for some of the glorious art style and heavy plot twists, you might just wish that XS Games had left The Red Star on the shelves to rot.
  4. It doesn’t feel quite as polished as Konami’s PS2 Contra titles, but the bosses are large and feature a similar robotic look that many of the Contra bosses are known for.
  5. 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.
  6. The game can grow repetitive over time, but being able to use three multitalented superheroes helps the game significantly -- especially with two players working together. In addition, the graphics and sound excel, and at only $20, it's an essential purchase.
  7. Although enhanced graphics and special effects would have improved the game cosmetically, there's no denying that the mechanics are dialed-in and the developers have some damned good heads on their shoulders. Add in the fact that it retails for a rock-bottom $20 brand-new, and The Red Star and becomes the next surprise hit that's on every B-list hound's radar.
  8. Self-esteem issues aside, The Red Star is a great game that stands on its own, despite the hardships its development went through.
  9. 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!
  10. AceGamez
    80
    Simple, harmless entertainment, an old school arcade game jazzed up (a little) for today's gaming generation - and as such, it does just fine.
  11. Purely from a gameplay perspective, it works.
  12. Play UK
    79
    It's cheap and it made us cheerful with its retro gameplay and easy-going difficulty levels. [Issue#153, p.85]
  13. 75
    Where The Red Star is best is in its combat system, which brilliantly blends melee attacks, shooting, and blocking defenses. There's an almost poetic beauty with the mastery of these, as you unconsciously perform incredible attacks by switching between and blending the three.
  14. 75
    The Red Star, whilst not a title that is groundbreaking in any way, offers some incredibly fun gameplay and is definitely worth a second glance for those wanting some old-school style fun.

Awards & Rankings

#33 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#56 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Full Review »
  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? Full Review »
  3. 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! Full Review »