Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 65
    I like Streets of Rage and Ikaruga, but The Red Star only offers glimpses of gameplay that feel like those awesome titles. The boss fights are fun and I enjoyed upgrading my weapons and abilities with the points I earned, but there’s no story here, the game isn’t all that challenging, and it’s pretty mundane looking.
  2. 75
    As a $15 game, though, The Red Star is a great deal, considering it was at one point set to release as a full-priced game. For old-school action game fans, this one's a must-download.
  3. Fans of both old school shooters and 2D beat-em-ups will fall in love with the merging of these two genre.
  4. An excellent and testing shooter. [June 2010, p.117]
  5. 60
    It's a blast to play, and probably the most fun we've had with video game Russians, outside of performing spinning piledrivers with Zangief.
  6. The Red Star is a great game, just one that wasn’t designed for most people to get excited about.
  7. The Red Star is a fine game, and should be played by fans of the brawler and SHMUP genres. Whether you dig up a PS2 version or get this one on PSP, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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