Excerpt: It’s common knowledge that most games in the modern age are easy to get on with, and this is a sharp contrast when compared to previous gaming generations that have now gone by. Sometimes we wonder how we tolerated the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming, as they were both eras that offered some brutally difficult games. If you have pined for the return of these days, then maybe The Red Star will offer up that rare challenge that you have been looking for.
Excerpt: The last few months of retail releases have had a number of surprise arrivals for fans of small titles and niche offerings. For example, the kissing RPG Chulip had been lost in limbo for quite some time before suddenly appearing on shelves. Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer has made its way stateside against the common consensus, and the subject of this review, The Red Star , had been missing in action after making a strong impression on a demo disk and a brief...
Excerpt: Let's not start of on the wrong foot here. This scrolling beat-'em-up cum scrolling shoot-'em-up is a great little title. Dated might not quite be the right word, but it certainly is old-fashioned. I don't mean that it's set in 1940's England and filled with quaint and idyllic ways, as it is absolutely a futuristic game. Rather, everything about it reminds of a time long since passed, which on the immature video game timeline, means about five or ten years ago.
Conclusion: A graphically updated mix of Super Probotector and Streets of Rage, it’s hard to fault The Red Star for choosing it’s source material well, and replicating it in an enjoyable ‘highlights’ type package. But it’s also hard to ignore the huge range of updated classic flooding the console download markets for less, and with more replayability due to online leader boards. But for those looking for a quick and fun PS2 game, it’s still worth a try.