The Red Star (video game)

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The Red Star
The Red Star Coverart.jpg
Developer(s)Acclaim Studios Austin
Archangel Studios
Publisher(s)XS Games
Designer(s)Stephen Dupree
Peter Ong
Ara Shirinian
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, iOS[1]
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • PAL: April 20, 2007
  • NA: April 23, 2007
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: March 17, 2010
  • EU: January 5, 2011
iOS
June 22, 2010
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The Red Star is an action video game, based on The Red Star graphic novel.

Gameplay[edit]

This game is a mix of different types of games. It has been described as a fighting, action, and shooter game rolled into one.[1] RPG elements are also apparent as players have the option of upgrading certain attributes of a character depending on how well levels are completed.

Story[edit]

This story is based on The Red Star graphic novel, set in a futuristic, magic-using Soviet Union, which uses floating Skyfurnaces (gigantic magical ships, reminiscent of all-metal blimps) and Warkasters (sorcerers) to conquer its enemies.

Characters[edit]

Playable characters are Makita, a Nokgorkan rebel, Kyuzo, a bodyguard of Maya Antares, and Maya Antares herself, a warkaster (sorcerer and human energy cannon). Maya is unlocked by beating the game once.

Versions[edit]

Xbox[edit]

An Xbox version of the game was originally developed in parallel with the PlayStation 2 version. The Xbox version was completed and a press review copy in the shape of the entire finished game was circulated among gaming publications, including Game Informer,[2] but the game was never commercially released. A few months before Red Star was to be released, it was featured as a playable demo on Demo Disc #35 of OXM, the Official Xbox Magazine (US).

PlayStation 2[edit]

The Red Star was originally scheduled for release for the PlayStation 2 and the aforementioned Xbox on September 4, 2004.[2] The first time that gamers could get their hands on The Red Star was in August 2004 on the Official PlayStation Magazine Demo. Even Game Informer made an early review on both the PS2 and Xbox versions.[2] Soon after, Acclaim Entertainment went bankrupt. XS games and Jak of All Games picked up where Acclaim left off.

PlayStation Portable[edit]

The PSP port was released in March 2010, exclusively through PlayStation Network.

iOS[edit]

XS Games announced the iOS version of The Red Star on March 5, 2010, for release in Spring 2010. It is no longer available for download.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
iOSPS2PSP
1UP.comN/AB[3]B[4]
Destructoid4/10[5]N/AN/A
EdgeN/A6/10[6]N/A
EurogamerN/A7/10[7]N/A
Game InformerN/A7.5/10[2]N/A
GameProN/A4.5/5 stars[8]N/A
GameSpotN/A8.1/10[9]N/A
GameSpyN/A3.5/5 stars[10]N/A
IGNN/A6.9/10[11]6.5/10[12]
OPM (UK)N/A(OPS2) 6/10[13]
3/10[14]
8/10[15]
PSMN/A6/10[16]N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings76%[17]74%[18]74%[19]
Metacritic66/100[21]72/100[22]71/100[23]

The game received "average" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[21][22][23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Vo, Long (October 6, 2006). "The Red Star Review (PS2)". The Next Level. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mosley, Jason (March 8, 2010). "Coming Soon: 'The Red Star' – Both a Top Down Shooter and Beat 'Em Up Game". TouchArcade. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Juba, Joe (October 2004). "The Red Star (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer. No. 138. GameStop. p. 124. Archived from the original on January 8, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Sam (April 24, 2007). "The Red Star (PS2)". 1UP.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Kennedy, Sam (March 26, 2010). "The Red Star PSP Review". 1UP.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Carey, Sean (July 8, 2010). "Review: The Red Star (iPhone)". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Edge staff (May 2007). "The Red Star (PS2)". Edge. No. 175. Future plc. p. 95.
  7. ^ Lyon, James (April 29, 2007). "The Red Star (PlayStation 2)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  8. ^ Glasser, AJ (June 11, 2007). "Review: The Red Star (PS2)". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Davis, Ryan (May 4, 2007). "The Red Star Review (PS2)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Joynt, Patrick (May 14, 2007). "GameSpy: The Red Star (PS2)". GameSpy. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Seff, Micah (June 7, 2007). "The Red Star Review (PS2)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Miller, Greg (March 22, 2010). "The Red Star Review (PSP)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Red Star (PS2)". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine. No. 84. Future plc. April 2007. p. 77.
  14. ^ "The Red Star (PS2)". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. No. 7. Future plc. June 2007. p. 101.
  15. ^ "The Red Star (PSP)". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. Future plc. June 2010. p. 117.
  16. ^ "Review: The Red Star". PSM. Future US. July 2007. p. 85.
  17. ^ "Red Star for iOS (iPhone/iPad)". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  18. ^ "The Red Star for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Red Star for PSP". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  20. ^ "The Red Star for Xbox". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Red Star for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "The Red Star for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "The Red Star for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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