Red Steel 2 scraps the yakuza theme and contemporary setting of the original, replacing it with an aesthetic that combines the Old West with a sprinkling of Asian architecture and advanced technology. Your nameless hero is the last of the Kusagari, a clan who protected the people of the Red West from the marauding biker gangs that infest the region. Returning to the town of Caldera after spending some years in exile, you set out to learn who is behind the deaths of the Kusagari and avenge your fallen brothers. Unfortunately, the characters are underdeveloped and the story is nearly incoherent. For example, the mission description will tell you to do something, but often, it won’t be especially clear why you’re doing what you’re doing. You also learn so little about the main character and the villain that it’s impossible to care about the quest for vengeance that drives the story forward. A turn of events near the end of the game that’s meant to stoke the fires of your rage falls completely flat, and the final battle along with the subsequent ending are almost shockingly underwhelming.