The Red Star (video game)
|The Red Star|
Cancelled (Xbox) April 23, 2007 (PS2)
March 19, 2010 (PSP)June 22, 2010 (iOS)
|Genre(s)||Action, Beat 'em up/Shoot 'em up|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
This game is a mix of different types of games. It has been described as a fighting, action, and shooter game rolled into one. RPG elements are also apparent as players have the option of upgrading certain attributes of a character depending on how well levels are completed.
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.
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.
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, 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).
The Red Star was originally scheduled for release for the PlayStation 2 in the fall of 2004. The first time that gamers could get their hands on The Red Star was in August 2004 on the Official PlayStation Magazine Demo. Soon after, the maker of the game, Acclaim Studios, went bankrupt. XS games and Jak of All Games picked up where Acclaim left off.
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