1. Red Steel 2

Re: Red Steel 2

  • Gezien het feit dat Red Steel niet zo'n hele goede game was, maar wel een millionseller was denk ik dat Ubisoft er heel veel geld in heeft gestopt. Er is online-gaming toegevoegd en ze hebben geluisterd wat er nou mis was met de orginele Red Steel. Ik denk dus dat dit zeker een topper kan worden. Het enige wat ik denk is dat de game niet lang in ontwikkeling is geweest. (Ik weet niet of een jaar veel is, volgensmij niet)

  • Jaja… het is nu officeel mensen. Volgens het official Nintendo Magazine komt het vervolg van Red Steel (dat niet Red Steel 2 gaat heten, maar het krijgt een andere titel) ergens in de winter van 2008. Er is op dit moment helemaal niks bekend, behalve het feit dat deze game wel online gaat (volgens bepaalde vacatures van Ubisoft wel) maar dat was het ook zo’n beetje. Nu is alleen de vraag: zitten we daarop op te wachten? De Wii heeft zeker zijn shooters nodig, maar zal de game daadwerkelijk beter worden dan zijn voorganger? Gezien het huidige software aanbod van Ubisoft op de Wii kun je hier aan twijfelen.

    Wat denken jullie?
  • Ik heb nu het gevoel: Eerst zien dan geloven. Ik wil geloven dat deze game een stuk beter zal worden als deel 1, maar ik verwacht voorlopig nog niet te veel.
  • Het concept is geweldig, alleen heeft Ubisoft het hopeloos verknalt met Red Steel. Mijn verwachtingen zijn heel tweestrijdig, aan de ene kant heb ik er vertrouwen in dat Ubisoft niet weer een game wilt verpesten en dat ze geleerd hebben van Red Steel. Maar aan de andere kant zie ik het zo weer gebeuren dat het een mislukt spel wordt.
  • Games als RE4 en Metroid 3 zijn niet echt shooters te noemen.
    Het zijn idd geen FPS games. Maar ondanks dat hebben ze een betere besturing dan dat Red Steel had, dus laat Ubisoft lekker kijken naar deze twee games voor het vervolg.
  • Ik heb redsteel ook en mij lijkt Red Steel Sequel wel tof, hopelijk wel mooiere Graphics want bij Red Steel waren ze bagger
  • Ik verwacht zeker wat van deze game. Ubisoft moest Red Steel klaar hebben met de launch van de wii in Europa, daardoor hebben ze hem een beetje afgerafeld. Maar nu ze de tijd hiervoor nemen, denk ik wel dat het wat kan worden. Zeker met een online multiplayer!
  • Hij werd ook aangekondigt begin dit jaar als Red Steel 2, daarna niets meer van gehoord. Denk dat ze eens goed de tijd moeten nemen voor die game.
  • Tja ik vond het eerste deel wel leuk of ik de tweede ga spelen??
    Misschien wanneer ze er een multiplayer instoppen!

    Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party is redelijk goed :'D
  • Eerste trailer
  • Hallo daar beste Insiders,

    Bij deze een interview met het dev team van Red Steel 2. Wilde dit even met jullie delen :

    • Why did you not continue the game where the Red Steel ended?

    Well, it was certainly a tough call. The fans and the team had a lot of affection for the setting and characters of the first Red Steel, and it was certainly tempting to pick up where the first game left off.
    However, as we developed our gameplay and art style for Red Steel 2, it became clear that what we were doing would work much better in a new setting: a setting that was built around this new type of combat we had built, and a setting that better fit what we wanted to do with the game visually.
    So, we took a good hard look at what was really cool about the first Red Steel (guided by a mix of our own gaming tastes and our quite passionate feedback from the fanbase). From this, it became clear that the strong Asian-style setting and the mix of modern action gun combat plus katana-based sword fighting is something that resonates with a lot of people, us included, but that there was room to take the franchise in a new direction while still keeping that “Red Steel” core.
    So, we started there. Then, we began to build what would become an entirely new world, story, characters, and visual style around those core concepts. What you see is the result.

    • Why keeping the name Red Steel, since the game seems totally different from the first?

    The answer to the first question (above) deals with some of the reasons for this, but let me add a little bit more detail here.
    We want this game to be great. Towards that end, we spent a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears, really digging down into what worked and what didn’t in the first game. This is often a difficult process for game developers: examining your own work is challenging, but it’s really necessary to make the best possible title.
    So, we felt that, at its heart, “Red Steel” was all about two main ideas: physically-immersive first-person combat with a sword and a gun, and a modern “East crashes into West” style of setting. We figured that if the new setting and characters were cool enough, while still retaining the core ideas, players would embrace them.

    • Is Red Steel exclusively a Wii brand, or do you consider releasing it on other platform in case of big commercial success?

    Red Steel 2 is Wii exclusive, and WiiMotion Plus exclusive. The core gameplay of intense, 1st-person swordplay simply doesn’t function the way we want it to without the WiiMote. This means that even if the game turns out to be the best-selling game on the Wii, the core experience would be lost if we ported it to another system without the abilities of the WiiMotion Plus.

    • How come there is no blood in the game?

    We get asked this a lot. In fact, we asked ourselves this question at least a thousand times before we made the final call. I’m going to hit a few major semi-philosophical points (very briefly, I swear) to give you some background, and then give you the direct skinny.

    First of all, let’s be clear: blood, decapitation, dismemberment, etc, is clearly a big part of the swordfighting fantasy. Plenty of games have done it, many quite well. However, it’s not the entire fantasy. It’s not even really most of it. Swordfighting for me is all about power, skill, and movement – not necessarily gore.

    Second: a lot of people out there have very strong opinions about this topic. We knew that blood (or the lack thereof) would be a make-or-break issue for many players – the debates around violence in games (pro- and con-) can get pretty extreme. Even so, our team isn’t focused on those kinds of issues, really. Instead, we’re trying to make something entertaining, something truly fun to play, a game where you play a real hero, a badass with a sword and a gun.

    Third: it’s a lot harder for me to believe that the guy that I’m playing is a true hero when he slices his enemies up for fun before killing them.

    So, now the actual answer: building our game with realistic violence in it would, for many players, interfere with just having a good time with a sword and gun. And, that’s sort of the whole point of all the work we’ve been doing.

    Blood and gore just isn’t what this game is about, and we want to be true to the game we are making. That won’t necessarily make everyone happy, but we believe that at the end of the day, if you like the idea of swordfighting, we’ll have a game that is worth your time.

    • Are you intenting to make the Red Steel franchise as big as Rayman, Splinter Cell or Assassin’s Creed?

    We intend to make the Red Steel franchise bigger than Pokémon.
    Just kidding.
    But not really.
    Honestly, I would love nothing more than if everyone with a Wii bought and played our game, and then went out and convinced all their friends who didn’t have Wiis yet to buy one and do the same thing.
    The team and the company, of course, are determined to give players something great. At the end of the day, though, the fact is that how big the Red Steel franchise becomes really depends on how much you guys like the game when you finally get your hands on it. We’re going to do everything we can to make that be “a lot”.

    • Does RS2 use the quantum3 engine for graphics?

    Red Steel 2 uses an in-house engine called Lyn. It suits our gameplay and our development style very well, and lets us take advantage of the efforts made (and being made) by other teams inside Ubisoft that are using the same tech. Quantum3 does look like a pretty cool engine, though.

    • What is more important to the dev team: smoother controls or better graphics/art style?

    This is less a question of what is more important to the team than it is a question of what is important to the game. A first-person game with quick, exciting melee-attacks and precise shooting gameplay simply must run at 60fps, and that’s what we have. Thus, every decision we make is colored by the requirement to keep the gameplay smooth and responsive.
    But, of course, we all also want the game to look spectacular. Paradoxically, by having agreement about the 60fps principle from the beginning has liberated the art team: it has allowed them to focus 100% of their effort on getting the absolute most they can out of that 1/60th of a second, instead of looking for other compromises. As a result, Stephane Bachelet and his team have developed a look that is exciting, suits our gameplay, runs very well on the Wii.
    So, to the team, both are important. But we all know that for a first-person action title, gameplay comes first.

    • Where did you get the inspiration for the art style from?

    From Stephane Bachelet, Artistic Director
    Our look is what we think of as a “game look” – it looks like a game. We’re not trying to make a movie game, or a simulation, or anything like that. We want every piece of what we give the player to be focused on having fun fighting with a sword and a gun. Of course, the limited resources on the Wii were a factor for us, but our main focus was finding a look that fit our game feel and setting, that really excites us (and then, hopefully, our players).
    Additionally, we wanted our look to give our designers the best tools to make the game really fun – and for melee combat that means strong feedback, big effects… we didn’t want the look and the gameplay to fight with each other. We wanted a look that made the game design better, and a design that made the look better.
    We think we’ve found what we were looking for with what we’re currently calling a “graphic novel” approach. Our references are very diverse (Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz for Elektra Assassin, Akira, Gunm…). We’ve pulled out some of the details from the world, but left it a grungy, dirty place: a look with strong contrasts but with a good dose of reality underneath. We don’t want to over-spend on details that don’t make the game better, but we still want the world to seem real.
    It’s a difficult balance to strike, and we will no doubt be working on it until the day we ship, but we’re pretty excited about it.

    • What is a hard decision to change the artistic direction for RS2?

    From Stephane Bachelet, Artistic Director
    We started with our gameplay: the sword and the gun. Everything comes from that, really. We asked ourselves, with these weapons, where do we want to be?
    The katana itself made the first part of our answer simple: Asia will always be one pillar of any Red Steel experience. So, we asked ourselves: if the “natural home” of our sword is the Far East, what is the “natural home” of our gun?
    We could have gotten into a chicken-and-egg problem here - because, of course, we can choose what gun the player uses. But, for us, the classic .45 caliber revolver is such a great weapon that this part was easy, too. What’s the “natural home” of the revolver? The Far West – specifically places like what you find in the films of Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, etc…). So, our setting: Far East meets Far West, in a modern time. The more we worked with these ideas, the cooler we felt it was… and here we are.

    • How does RS2 handle loading? (The first one had lengthy loadings)

    One of the advantages of using the Lyn engine is that there is support in there for a certain amount of data streaming. We are using this to our advantage to create much larger spaces than the Wii could normally support. We still load from time to time for specific transitions (and these load times are quite manageable), but we intend for the majority of the experience to be largely load-free.
    Of course, this means a certain amount of ‘portaling’ of the environment, but we think that’s a pretty fair trade.

    • When you kill an enemy, he disappears very fast unlike in RS1, is it to give an arcade feeling to the game?

    Well, let’s first say that the enemy death effects that you’ve seen so far aren’t final, and so what you see in the final version may very well change some. We’re big fans of polish and details, and that sort of thing will certainly get a second, third, and fourth look before we press the discs.
    That said, it’s certainly safe to say that the core gameplay experience in Red Steel 2 has taken some of its influence from arcade-style aesthetics. We’re striving to create a fun, fast-paced, legibile, and exciting game: that’s something we have in common with many traditional more ‘arcadey’ games, so it’s only natural that you would see similarities there.

    • At the beginning of the game when you’re being dragged, do you have any control of how you move or is it completely controlled by the game?

    During that intro, the player can use the cursor to look around. Of course, you’re being dragged along behind a motorcycle through the desert, so you can’t actually turn around, but you can shift your focus towards things you are interested in (as they hurtle by).
    As I’m sure you have realized, the whole point of this sequence is of course to just toss the player right into the fire. We believe that without some kind of interaction, this sequence would be just watching a movie… and this is a game, see. So, we put in the extra 10 million man-hours required to make it interactive.
    Here’s a secret, though: part of the hidden design goal of that sequence is also to give the player something cool to see while they are (unconsciously, perhaps) experimenting with their interface and beginning to gain comfort with pointing and turning, so that by the time they are standing in front of the fire, they already have some basic familiarity with the way our controls work.

    • Will there be other similar sequences?

    We love making these – as long as they are amazingly cool, we’ll put as many of them in the game as we can manage to build. Try and stop us!

    • In the E3 video interview when Jason talks about the difficulty settings he says that beating the game on Ninja difficulty is going to be an achievement, does that mean that there's going to be an achievement system like on the Xbox or is it just unlocking something in-game?

    Well, in that specific case, I was using the word “achievement” in its literal sense of “having done something incredibly challenging”. I was trying to convey the idea that I want give players who can beat this game on the hardest setting a sense of real accomplishment, both in the sense of gaming and in the sense of physical motion and dexterity. Being able to swing a sword around with skill and accuracy is something a lot of people think is pretty cool, and I want our best players to have something to be proud of.
    As far as an actual system of achievement goes, we like the concept of rewarding the player for pushing themselves to attain difficult goals, so you never know what you might see. Stay tuned for more info on that.
  • Nee lol, 40 ennemies met je katana gaan kappen :S
  • Hrmpft gateway timeout …
  • Het is idd jamer dat we wat weinig over deze game horen. Persoonlijk vond ik Red Steel al vermakelijk, maar de nieuwe stijl in Red Steel 2 is nog vetter! :9
  • Ah. Ik was in de war.
  • mij hoor je niet klagen. MP is overrated in elke game IMO. (een cod is nooit zo leuk als een metroid)
  • WTF, wat ziet dat er fucking mooi uit?
  • zo te zien is het mijn geluksdag vandaag <img alt=":D" src="/plugins/sceditor/emoticons/grin.png" />

    de brand-manager van RS zag mijn club en besloot mij een kleinigheidje te geven <img alt=":D" src="/plugins/sceditor/emoticons/grin.png" />

    en ik mag het spel ook nog eens gaan uitproberen! wat wat gehype toch kan veroorzaken _O_

    Wees eens meer duidelijk? En ik blijf nog steeds hopen dat Ubi de reviewgame opstuurt…
  • —> check je profiel ;)

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