Saturday, January 20, 2007

'The Red Star' to finally see the light of day

The Red Star, a game based on a highly regarded comic series, was originally planned for a Fall 2004 release. It was 100% complete, had advertising in several gaming magazines, the box-art was complete, and had reviews by some outlets (and it received genuinely good scores as well). However, its publisher at the time, Acclaim, once known for putting out quality game releases, failed to release anything really noteworthy this generation (and even though they did put out a few decent releases, such as Aggressive Inline and Dave Mirra’s Freestyle BMX 2, they tanked sales-wise, too) and ultimately went down under due to this.

However, this good-looking comic-based game will now see the light of day thanks to budget-game publisher, XS Games. XS Games is known traditionally for putting out trash, but this looks to finally be a decent game by the little-known company. Even better yet, just like the recently-released Victorious Boxers 2, it will be sold at a value-price. At only $14.99, this might be a welcome addition to anyone who still hasn’t upgraded to a next-gen console (or is looking for something to play in between those long waits for the big next-gen releases). Originally slated for release across both Playstation 2 and Xbox, the Red Star will now be released exclusively for Sony’s little black box. Look for the Red Star in stores late February.

Also, check out how the box-art has changed through time. The original cover looked quite classy, while the new art…. looks like a typical, generic budget game. Sigh.

Key (left to right), the original intended box art, another possible choice for the original final release, and the current box art).


At 7:12 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

So, this is a comic book cross-over... I'm guessing some sort of espionage thing?
I think the box art looks OK, but then I'm cheap and shallow...

At 9:07 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Ah! Red Star!

(starts singing the International)

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Wedge14 said...

I wonder if all those old reviews and this game really stand the test of time?

At 9:01 PM, Blogger The Elderly said...

never heard of it, till now, and now im intriqued... (takes out big book of games to play before i die.....)


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