Red Steel 2

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29th March 2010

Red Steel 2 launch trailer

23rd March 2010

Red Steel 2

19th February 2010

Red Steel 2 trailer

French mag points to Red Steel 3

Vitality Sensor support mentioned.

The latest issue of France's Official Nintendo Magazine is apparently reporting that Red Steel 3 is in development at Ubisoft Montreal.

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Red Steel 2

The good, the bad and the waggly.

For me, Red Steel 2 began with a mini-game: track down the Wii MotionPlus. Under the sofa? Stuck in a box in the hallway? Lodged behind the dim mahogany bulk of my travel luggage? I spent the best part of 30 minutes searching - 30 minutes that served as a reminder that few developers have chosen to take a risk on Nintendo's handy piece of kit. Granted, Ubisoft's latest, which is a genuine MotionPlus exclusive, is hardly the most foolhardy undertaking in the whole sweep of history: after all, Enrico Fermi once built a nuclear reactor on a squash court. That was pretty stupid. He wasn't hoping to charge people to play with it, however.

In this case, though, Ubisoft's strategy is easy to applaud. While Red Steel 2's relationship with the MotionPlus is faintly troubled - at times, you're revelling in things which would have been impossible with the standard Wii remote, while at other moments you could be forgiven for thinking the magical device is merely a new form of credibility tax - you can't question the developer's intentions. Ubisoft Paris has taken the chance to build a 'proper' action experience for the Wii entirely seriously, and while Red Steel 2 is hardly a perfect game, it's often an extremely enjoyable one.

Don't worry if you've forgotten the first Red Steel: so has the sequel. One game in and it's reboot time for the swords-and-shooters franchise. Red Steel 2 has no returning characters, no mediating subtitle (although having spent the best part of a weekend waving the remote around I reckon You'll Never Play the Accordion Again might have been appropriate) and no real links to the first game at all.

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Red Steel 2 dated for Europe

End of March for MotionPlus slasher.

Ubisoft has announced that it will release Red Steel 2 for the Wii on 26th March. That's the same week as the North American release on 23rd March.

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Slash and grab.

There's always been something satisfying about hitting things with other things. When I was a nipper, a stout stick and a collection of other, slightly less sturdy things to clatter with it was pretty much the height of sophisticated entertainment. These days I tend to keep the urge to batter random objects mostly under wraps, but when the opportunity arises to do it in a socially acceptable environment, I am totally there - wrists cocked and feet planted.

Ubi: Games delayed to ensure quality

Splinter Cell and Red Steel 2 needed time.

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has said that Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 have been delayed in order to make sure each full game lives up to their E3 demos.

E3: Red Steel 2 bundled with WMP

Creative director details game.

Ubisoft has announced that Red Steel 2 will be bundled with the Wii MotionPlus peripheral, which it requires to work, when it comes out this Christmas.