Tuesday, April 12, 2011

5 Years Ago, This Day...and GIVEAWAY!

Coffee Beans:
     Before we knew it as the Wii, we knew it as the Revolution.  In March of 2006, there were rumblings of a FPS being developed for Nintendo's next console.  Screenshots were even leaked/scanned from magazines, and it was said that Ubisoft was developing it.
     Well, on April 11, 2006, 5 years this day(Tuesday), not today, Ubisoft officially made the announcement, with a press release, that they were developing Red Steel for the Revolution.

     A portion of the press release said, "Today Ubisoft...announced the development of Red Steel, an exclusive first-person action title for the Nintendo Revolution(working name of the new Nintendo platform).  Red Steel is set in modern-day Japan.  Players will master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Revolution's remarkable controller."

Filtered Thoughts:
     Red Steel seems to be one of those games with a very love/hate type of relationship with gamers.  I rented the game first, because of the wide range of review scores.  I found that even with some control issues, the game was fun and I enjoyed it enough to play through it at least twice.  I would say at its current prices, used or new, the game is worth a try...or at the least, a rental.
Does that "Drinks" machine have any coffee!
     So, to put money where my mouth is, I'm giving away a copy of Red Steel for the Wii.
     Now, I know some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you enjoyed it, why are you giving it away?"  Well, it's actually an extra used copy I picked up just to giveaway on the site, as I'll be keeping my copy of the game.
     If you just started following my blog within the last year, you may have missed my Red Steel videos I put together in February 2010, and three things I liked about the original I was hoping Red Steel 2 would keep.
     You can see those videos by clicking the links below, but if you want to play the game without perhaps seeing some spoilers, you probably want to wait:
     1)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel
     2)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel, Part 2
     3)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel, Part 3

Trying to give this guy another "permanent" marking.
     From my research, I think Red Steel was the first FPS announced for the Wii, and it garnered much attention due to the fact it was an "exclusive" title for Nintendo's new system.
    When the game released though, it was met with a wide range of critical reception.  Red Steel has a "professional" review score average of 65.83%, based on 59 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     I converted the 92 Amazon.com customer review scores to a 100% review scale, and the average for it was 68.47%.

Contest Details:
     What must you do to enter this giveaway?  Well first, it's open to U.S. residents(unless the game will play on all North American Wiis), then I'll open it up to Canadian readers as well.  So, if you're in Canada, and you know Red Steel will play on your Wii, you can enter also.
     Enter by:
     1)  Being a public follower of this blog.  You can register for that on the right sidebar.  I'll contact you through the email address you're registered with, unless I already have an alternate email for you.
     2)  Leaving a comment on this post, saying something like, "I want Red Steel more than my morning cup of coffee!"
     3)  Get a Bonus Entry by - retweeting this on your Twitter account(there's even a little button below this post for Twitter tweets) AND/OR, "LIKING" the CoffeewithGames Facebook Page...found HERE.  Once you retweet this page, or "Like" the CoffeewithGames Facebook Page, leave a comment saying, "I retweeted this page, I want my Bonus Entry more than a cup of coffee!" or, "I 'liked' Facebook page, I want my Bonus Entry more than a cup of coffee!"

     If you aren't sure how to become a follower of this site, you need to look at the right sidebar and find the "Follow and Subscribe" box, pictured below; then just click the "Follow" button to start the process.

     The contest will run from today, April 12, 2011, through April 26, 2011 and close on April 26 at 11:59PM EST.  I'll contact the winner after the drawing, and post it up probably sometime on Wednesday April 27.
     The rules may change if necessary, though I always try to keep them pretty simple.

     If any of you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments on this post, or by emailing me at Scott(@)CoffeewithGames.com(just remove the ( ) from around the @ symbol).

     Have any of you perhaps played Red Steel recently?  If so, what are your thoughts on the game?
     Also, if you have played Red Steel 2, and you watched my videos linked above, did the game keep any of those things I was hoping it would keep from the original?  I still haven't played Red Steel 2 yet, so I don't know.

     If you don't want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can find the game on Amazon.com right now for less than $10, just click the image/link below:


  1. With the exception of disarming enemies and making them surrender, I would say that Red Steel 2 kept the things you loved! You can blow the holy living crap out of just about everything you see(and are encouraged to do so in the interest of collecting money), and there are some pretty great explosions spiced throughout the game.

    Add to that the fact that the swordplay is immeasurably better than the original, and I think that Red Steel 2 is definitely worth playing! It is a solid, good-looking game, and although the story is nothing to write home about, it carries the action competently from setpiece to setpiece.

    Plus, there's just nothing like slicing someone up into the air, shooting them 3 times, leaping above them, and slamming them back to the ground with the edge of your sword. I'll lend you my copy of the game if you'd give it a try.


  2. Tweeted, liked, already following and posting here - but more to get you advertised than the game, but put my name in the hat (or coffee container) anyway. That said, the 2nd game was a lot of fun - I think my review on my blog is similar to BitNick's remarks. Not much of a story to it, but the action is good, get-off-of-the-couch fun. Never did play the first Red Steel.

    I do recall when the Wii was tentatively named Revolution - had forgotten all about that though until I read your post here. Good stuff as always. :)

  3. @BitNick:
    "With the exception of disarming enemies and making them surrender..."
    I thought I remembered seeing an early trailer for the game, that showed a slow-motion sequence of him disarming enemies...perhaps it was just a cut-scene though?

    "I'll lend you my copy of the game if you'd give it a try."
    Thanks for the offer! I would even pay for shipping, so it wouldn't cost you anything, BUT I'm going to try and finish some more games from my New Year's resolution, which I'll probably be posting about here soon...due to a change I may be making to it.

    BTW, did you play the original Red Steel?

    So, when you said, "...but put my name in the hat (or coffee container) anyway.", what you really meant was, "I want Red Steel more than my morning cup of coffee!"?

    Thank you both for the comments/feedback! I appreciate it!

  4. Hey Coffee! I want Red Steel, but more than my morning cup of coffee? I think that is on the border of blasphemy. :)

  5. @Tim:
    LOL, I'm surprised nobody else called me out on the line!
    Thanks for entering.

  6. Retweeted, but I can't say I want it more than morning coffee. That is just wrong! I need two large tervis tumblers full to get rolling.

    Looking forward to getting home soon for some 007 action, then look at rs or rs2. :)

  7. @Robert:
    Feel free to shoot me an email when you're hopping online in 007!

    Also, thanks for the tweet!

  8. I want Red Steel more than I want the WiiHD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. I tweeted this and posted this on my FB.


  9. Lol Charlie. No Wii 2/HD hype train for you? The news feeds are getting pretty saturated with them lately...

    I agree, at this point red steel is more interesting.

  10. great game.. played it a few hours at a friends house a while back.
    very cool of you to give away a copy. i'd sign up, but i don't want to push my luck.. i won a 3ds earlier this week :)
    wait, so just commenting signs me up? crap.. make sure you skip past me when getting all the entries together :P

  11. Retweeted,followed,and Facebook "liked" and I want Redsteel more then maxwell coffee

  12. I got Red Steel a couple of years ago before The Conduit came out and I was surprised how fun the game could be sometimes, and it definitely didn't deserve to be bashed as much as it was. I only made it through half the game though before losing interest.

    The graphics still hold up pretty well today too.

  13. Giveaway is now closed. Thanks everybody that entered! Winner will be drawn soon, and contacted!

  14. Red Steel is my favorite new IP this generation, No lie. Really hope we get a Red Steel 3 on the Nintendo Cafe


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