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Red Steel 2 Has Live Action, But Not How You'd Think

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While checking out Red Steel 2 earlier this month I couldn't help but notice that the game, like Mad Dog McCree, has its own form of live action.

No, you won't be slapping leather against the likes of One-Eyed Jack, instead you'll be following along as a woman shows you how to play the Wii game.


Originally, Red Steel 2 used animated pictures, Roman Campos Oriola, the game's lead designer, told me when I asked about the woman in the box. But people would watch the video, which was meant to demonstrate how you have to swing with the remote from the elbow or hip to play the game, and would then go back to playing with tiny wrist movements.

"We thought 'Maybe people don't get the motion because they don't see someone doing it'," Oriola said. "We tested out an instructional video with someone from the studio showing the motions and everyone understood it."


So the team cast a model to come in and shoot a series of short tutorials that show a player how to waggle their Wii remote for optimal gameplay.

I'm not sure that the end result works for me. Sure, I get what I'm supposed to do, but the instructional video and the game that uses it clash on some very basic level.