Ubisoft Red Steel
More gore needed.
- It's a good idea, katana battles can be fun
- Graphics aren't great, difficulty level can get irritating
Red Steel sounds great in theory, but the execution leaves something to be desired. It's buggy and unevenly presented, which spoils what fun there is to be had. However, it did give me a taste of how FPS games can and will change on the Wii, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the genre will play out in the future.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
Red Steel was one of the most highly anticipated games for the Wii. The mix of guns and swordplay coupled with the Wii Remote promised to be both a novel and exciting idea. Unfortunately, the game suffers from poor execution and a number of style issues that severely hamper what could have been a great title.
The first indication that something was amiss with Red Steel was the incongruence between the game's title and the game's rating. Something titled "Red Steel" promises plenty of action and blood; even the box art evokes memories of the splatter-fest movie Kill Bill. But the game is stuck with a 'T for Teen' rating, so you know right off the bat that the action is going to be decidedly PG-13.
So, the game isn't as gory as I would have liked. At least it's fun, right? Not so fast. First, the much anticipated control scheme doesn't work so well. It makes a good attempt at taking advantage of the Wii Remote's capabilities but it's implemented unevenly. You move with the Nunchuck's analog control stick, aim with the remote and shoot with the B button. Actions like reloading, opening doors and hitting switches are done by moving the nunchuck attachment around.
It's a good idea, and will probably work well in further implementations but the default sensitivity is set way too low in Red Steel. Going into the options menu and tweaking it makes things marginally better, though.
As Sharp As A Ginsu
And what of the other big novelty draw of Red Steel, the sword fights? Surely that lives up to expectations, right? Sadly, no. The entire thing feels like a slapped together affair. Every time a gangster with a sword appears and you draw your sword, you can't help but ask yourself, "Wouldn't it be easier to just blow him away with my shotgun like I did to the last 30 of his friends?" Yes, but I suppose it's dishonourable or something like that.
There isn't a lot of depth to attacking as you can only swing horizontally and vertically, and defence is done with the nunchuck, which takes getting used to. Despite all this, I still found myself enjoying myself during the katana battles — at least until they reached a level of difficulty that is sure to drive anyone up the wall.
The graphics don't help the game either. The game is not a looker. The environments are mostly clean and have a lot of objects in them to duck and dodge around, but both they and the character models are stiff and unimpressive. Also, the cut scenes are done with still-frame images with a streaky look imposed on them that renders everything hazy and stiff-looking that does nothing to get you into the story.
If you're taking a break from the single player mode, you'll find that the multiplayer mode's feel is decidedly Goldeneye-esque, but with less of the addictive fun and is just as dated. There are three modes in multiplayer: Deathmatch (traditional frag-fest), Team Deathmatch (frag-fest with teams) and Killer. Killer mode is the more interesting option, involving specific objectives given to each player. Unfortunately, the divided screen makes the difficult aiming scheme even more difficult and robs the multiplayer of any fun.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Nintendo Switch software update: What does 4.0.0 feature and how to install it?
- Robot House announce vacuum-bot adventure game ahead of PAX Australia
- Wargaming launches ANZ servers for World of Tanks
- VR fairytale game Luna due for Oct 17 release
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Get set for Amazon Australia Black Friday launch
- Destiny 2 PC review: A port worthy of PC gaming's mightiest rigs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSolution Architect - API / SaaSOther
- CCService Delivery Coordinator - TelcoVIC
- FTBusiness Intelligence Analyst (Report Analyst)Other
- FTMid-Level Drupal Developer (Brisbane Location)QLD
- CCSenior Salesforce Functional ConsultantNSW
- TPSenior Network EngineerVIC
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- CCDevelopers ? Multiple opportunities (Brisbane)NSW
- CCSenior Internet Services Engineer - DevOpsNSW
- TPFrontend Developer - AngularNSW
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | CommunicationsQLD
- FTReporting AnalystQLD
- FTPayments Solution DesignerNSW
- FTSharePoint Admin & Developer- Australian Citizens onlyOther
- FTAutomation Tester - 12 month contract - Big 4 BankOther
- TPPrincipal Project Manager|HRIS ProgramQLD
- FTBusiness Analyst - InsuranceOther
- FTDisaster Recovery Technical Business AnalystOther
- FTChange Manager, IT & Business ProjectsOther
- FTProgram Director - ieMROther
- FTScrum Master | 6mths +Other
- TPSAP ABAP DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior Business ConsultantOther
- CCCRM Technical ConsultantWA
- FTJuniper EngineerOther