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Did Wii Owners Enjoy Red Steel 2? What Do the Hours Say?

May 29, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Red Steel 2 has been out on the Wii for more than 2 years now. It was developed by Ubisoft’s Paris studio, and published by Ubisoft. The game did have a U.S. commercial for advertising, I believe two actually, and the game released with two versions being available for purchase.
     One was the software only version for $49.99, and the second version was $59.99 and included a Wii MotionPlus unit which is required to play the game. Both versions have seen big price drops since they released, like most games do. The software only version can now be found for under $20 where available, and the Wii MotionPlus bundled version, while harder to find directly from retailers, can be found for around $30.

     Did Wii owners enjoy Red Steel 2? What do the reported game-play hours for the game show, and can we draw any conclusions? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Red Steel 2 now has approximately 66,540 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data with 797 days possibly reported, which is 21,951 more players having reported data since March 28, 2011.
     Red Steel 2’s 661,975 Total Hours of reported game-play is an increase of 232,950 Total Hours since last year’s report, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is now 1 Hour 47 Minutes.
     The game’s “professional” review score average has not changed since last year, and remains at 80.62% based on 47 reviews on GameRankings.com. Red Steel 2’s customer review score average on Amazon.com has changed though, and there are now 18 more customer reviews than last year. The customer review score average is now 87.53%, based on 77 customer reviews between both versions of the game listed.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     So, did Wii owners enjoy Red Steel 2, and can we conclude anything from the reported game-play data with another year added to it?
     I think we can safely say from the reported game-play data, mainly the game’s average play-time reported as 9 Hours 57 Minutes “Per person”, it appears that the majority of Wii owners still enjoy the game enough to complete it once, but are not beating it a second time.
     If the U.S. Red Steel 2 players were beating the game at least twice, I would expect the reported hours “Per person” to be averaged more around “15 Hours”, as some of you have commented in the past the game offers about 10 hours of game-play on the first play-through.
     Perhaps Red Steel 2 has more hours averaged in other countries, showing it is played more often in those countries, and Dexter might be dropping Canada’s reported hours in the comments below that we can look at.

     Have I played Red Steel 2 yet? No, but I may be making a trip to my local Game Stop store today, where I originally reserved Red Steel 2. I believe I still have $5 on the game and I might just pick it up today, only a few years late. After all, better late than never though, right? If I can get around 10 hours of game-play out of it for around/under $20, and enjoy the Wii MotionPlus controls, I think that’s a pretty good deal.
     Before Red Steel 2 released, and being a fan of the original Red Steel, I put together three videos and posts all under a “What Red Steel 2 should keep from the original Red Steel” title. They showed some of the things I enjoyed from the original game and am hoping Red Steel 2 has, and if you missed those videos you can see them below:

     If I end up getting Red Steel 2 today, or not, I will make it known in the comment section below.

Questions
     Did any of you perhaps get Red Steel 2 in the last year, and beat it? If so, do you remember about how many hours it took you from start to finish?
     If you purchased Red Steel 2 soon after it released, and would recommend it to other Wii owners, have you completed the game more than once by now?

If any of you are interested in Red Steel 2, or even the original Red Steel, you can see links to the games below on Amazon.com:

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