• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2006
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  • Summary: Red Steel is set in modern-day Japan. Players master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Wii's unique controller. As the story unfolds, your fiancee has beenRed Steel is set in modern-day Japan. Players master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Wii's unique controller. As the story unfolds, your fiancee has been kidnapped and her father - a Japanese mafia kingpin - murdered by a rival gang. The only way to save your loved one is to journey from Los Angeles to Japan and confront the Tokyo underworld. You'll replicate sword-fighting movements and eliminate enemies quickly by directly targeting with the Wii controller and shooting them. Execute deadly combo moves using multiple swords or choose from a variety of firearms for longer-range attacks. Learn to harness your mental power to unleash powerful attacks in dire situations, and use the "focus system" to freeze time and effectively target several enemies at once. Learn the art of Japanese fighting, and then use these skills to take out your enemies or gain their respect and loyalty by sparing them. Challenge friends with various split-screen multiplayer modes to see who the real master is. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  • Developer: Ubisoft Paris
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Modern, Modern, Arcade
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    91
    Clearly designed with the hardcore gamer in mind. It's slick, addictive and as close to "cool" as a game can get. [Christmas 2006, p.68]
  2. It is a fun and skilled gamer experience that requires some learning and patience. You will enjoy Red Steel the first time around, but I don’t see any space for replayability value.
  3. Most of Red Steel’s faults lie with the game’s presentation. Enemies shout annoying obscenities in your direction during every firefight, the cheesy score is bad enough to incite chuckles, and the jaggy graphics look worse than many Xbox and PlayStation 2 games.
  4. It blazes a lot of new trails but doesn’t make much headway, and the traditional shooter elements aren’t done very well. The multiplayer really needs more depth, but hopefully the inevitable sequel will do it better, because I can’t imagine playing deathmatch very long with the controls as they are.
  5. It's a decent FPS, with great (for the system) graphics and audio, and makes for a decently enjoyable run, although it's only worth making the run once. Rent it first.
  6. 55
    Unfortunately, Red Steel was built on the premise that the controls would bring a new level of immersive gameplay and fun never before seen in the genre. This was never truly delivered and in turn has done more harm to the game then aid.
  7. A time machine that only goes backwards to the age when a glut of no-name shooters clogged the shelves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 67
  2. Negative: 15 out of 67
  1. Dec 4, 2017
    10
    A solid FPS game for Wii. Red Steel was a game that led me to an action-filled Japanese world where we had to fight ourselves with fun samuraiA solid FPS game for Wii. Red Steel was a game that led me to an action-filled Japanese world where we had to fight ourselves with fun samurai swords encountering melee enemies and shoot agianst enemies trough the level. Can say sometimes it was very annoying with the melee fighting but otherwise Red Steel shows a good excercise of a motion FPS game. One thing I don't understand, it's way to underrated!! Expand
  2. ChazS.
    May 23, 2007
    9
    I don't understand why some people don't like it, ok the sword fighting lets it down, but frankly this is only because the rest of I don't understand why some people don't like it, ok the sword fighting lets it down, but frankly this is only because the rest of the game is so good. Red Steel is entertaining game that is in my opinon the best shooting game on the Wii, and it will take a seriously good game with an even better concept to take this away from it, in fact I'm not expecting this to happen unless a sequal is released. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2012
    8
    I bought this game after reading about it in Nintendo Power when it first came out. After buying it i found that it was a pretty good game. II bought this game after reading about it in Nintendo Power when it first came out. After buying it i found that it was a pretty good game. I see alot of people complaining about this game mostly because of the graphics and how its not realistic like the PS3 or 360. The graphics are good and who cares if it isnt just like real life.The story is good, the motion controls are good and reacts to your movements pretty well.Aiming with the gun is pretty easy and you can even tilt your gun sideways. If you're looking for a good game to play for your Wii Then buy this, but if you are looking for something that has "real-life graphics" then play something else. Expand
  4. ChrisH.
    Nov 22, 2006
    7
    Critics are slamming it a little too hard. Dual-analog control sucks anyway, this is paving the way for the Wii's future. Not perfect Critics are slamming it a little too hard. Dual-analog control sucks anyway, this is paving the way for the Wii's future. Not perfect but pretty fun. Expand
  5. FrankO.
    Jan 7, 2009
    7
    one word: solid It's not the best game I've played in my life, but by far not the worst. It has its problems: some bugs which one word: solid It's not the best game I've played in my life, but by far not the worst. It has its problems: some bugs which should've been fixed and strange swordfight. But: It was a launch title and therefore you should find it on your bargain desk. The solo-campaign took me about 10 hours alone that should be worth the money. At then there is a really fun split-screen-multiplayer-mode. My friends picked up the controls easily in 15 minutes and then the real fun began! Give it a try, I wasn't dissapointed Expand
  6. JonnyT.
    Dec 11, 2006
    6
    I was really hyped for this game but i gotta say i was disappointed. I personally dont mind the bad graphics all that much. But in multiplayerI was really hyped for this game but i gotta say i was disappointed. I personally dont mind the bad graphics all that much. But in multiplayer mode, theyre just way too horrible to overlook. youre player's arm doesnt even match with the person youre using! Pretty bad v-acting Controls were alrite but too difficult to explain to my friends for multiplayer mode. Expand
  7. AlexC.
    Dec 31, 2006
    0
    This game SUCKS I have a Wii and have never played a game this bad the controls are really hard, and the sword fighting isnt much better.

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Awards & Rankings

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#3 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
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#3 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006