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Red Steel review

It shoots, slices and dices, but is it any fun?

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Remote aiming kinda works

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    Executing advanced sword tactics

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    Cool ideas


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    Turning is slow and clunky

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    Learning controls is a chore

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    Multiplayer is so N64

Shoot him in the head, then cut it off with a three-foot-long sword. Sounds like the best of both worlds, right? On paper, the blade-and-bullet aggression of Red Steel seems irresistible, but learning the complicated controls and coping with the overall sludgy gameplay really get in the way of any visceral sensations.

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DescriptionA cool idea that just doesn't work. Word is there's already a sequel in the works for this sword-happy shooter, so let's hope it turns out better than this murky affair.
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
A full-time freelance writer based in Lizzie Borden's hometown, Matt Cabral has covered film, television, and video games for over a decade. You can follow him on Twitter @gamegoat, friend him on Facebook, or find him in the basement of an abandoned building hoarding all the canned goods, med-kits, and shotgun shells.