Parents' Guide to

Red Steel 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nonstop violent swordplay but no blood, for older teens.

Game Nintendo Wii 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 11+

Perfect as a present for an 11 yr old!

It's a very good game, though it looked violent, but actually, the rating isn't true at all! I mean, if once there is a bad word, mute the sound! It's not worse than what your children will hear at school! Then, violence: There is no blood, and if your son has watched Zorro or even the first 3 star wars, it's fine! I played with my son, one at a time, and I can assure you: for someone who never plays video games, I had a really good time. My 11 yr old was fine playing it, because normally you tend to get more mature if you have a little brother, but I wouldn't recommend it for any kid under that age. This is Heather Hills, parent of two children, from somewhere in America.
age 6+
This game has a western setting. Much different from the gang wars oriented original game (which is way better) This one's okay. The swordfighting is more realistic, thanks to the Wii Motion Plus, and can be pretty fun. The game has a cartoonish look to it, is very mild in all aspects and fine for kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (14):

Red Steel 2 is definitely a better game than its predecessor, which dashed many hardcore gamers' motion sensitivity hopes when it didn't deliver the sort of one-to-one real world mimicry they had imagined. Controlling our hero's sword in this pseudo-sequel is much more natural and realistic. There are times, especially when blocking, that the sword hilt on screen almost perfectly mirrors our real-world movements. Other activities, such as twisting combination locks on safes, deliver similarly realistic control.

However, players will likely come away at least a little disappointed with the most important mechanic: Swinging a sword. The game registers vertical, diagonal, and horizontal slashes with better accuracy than any other sword fighting game on the Wii, but it's still a long way from perfect replication. You'll need to make careful, exaggerated movements, and there are times when swipes simply aren't recognized. That's not to say the action isn't fun; it's simply not the "deadly precision" advertised on the box.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: March 23, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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