Article by Chris Bahn (Email) June 14th 2009, 07:01PM
As we were concluding our tour through Ubisoft's E3 lineup, our final stop lead us to Red Steel 2, the sequel to the troubled launch title released on the Wii in November 2006.
Red Steel reminds me of a virtual recreation of Kill Bill, sans the all-star Hollywood cast. However Ubisoft Paris did aspire to create a game that would deliver "the style and flair of a contemporary action movie,", so my analogy is definitely appropriate. The original release was recognized for making clever use of the Wii's motion senor technology, which worked in conjunction with the Nunchuk accessory. The sequel looks quite different from that game, but fans can still look forward to a fun experience that combines classic swordplay and modern-day weaponry.
Twisting the Nunchuk allows you to reload your firearm and twisting your Wiimote makes the on-screen sword turn to slice up your enemies with a variety of brutal maneuvers. To help enhance the accuracy and create a more enjoyable experience, Ubisoft Paris designed the sequel to take advantage of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, announced at the Nintendo E3 2009 media briefing. With Red Steel 2, the add-on not only captures your movements more closely, it is capable of measuring the amount of "virtual pressure" you apply (think back to Nintendo's presentation where a player simulated using a bow, swinging a golf club, and fishing).
I openly confessed to the group who accompanied me on the tour that I've never played the original release outside of a demo, so you can imagine the degree of awkwardness I felt at first when talking to a member of the Ubisoft Paris team. Thankfully, Bruno Giley was a really down-to-earth guy who was more than happy to answer a few questions and bring me up to speed. In our discussion, he briefly takes us through some notable highlights that will be featured in Red Steel 2. There was a lesson to be learned here: always know your sources, especially when you're looking to find out more about a highly anticipated release. I better make plans to get this put into my stocking this Christmas, just in case a third installment makes an appearance at next year's expo.