Reviews and Problems with Command & Conquer Red Alert 3
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Command And Conquer: Red Alert 3: Reviewed (PC)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: It doesn’t feel like a long time ago since the third in the original Command and Conquer series hit our shelves. It was a year and a half ago when Kane and his cohorts threatened annihilation on the PC’s of the world. In real life though, much like this long running franchise, there are three main factions. The first are the people who have more of a soft spot for the Tiberium saga.
Excerpt: The second sequel to one of the most well known Real Time Strategy games of all time, Red Alert 3, has a lot to live up to. Since this is the first Red Alert game not developed at the now defunct Westwood Studios, there are bound to be changes. The game starts out in a familiar enough way; a Russian scientist and two officers take a time machine back to 1932 to kill Albert Einstein, in the same way that Einstein killed Hitler at the beginning of the first Red Alert.
Excerpt: Uprising, the first expansion to last year's excellent RTS Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, is a curious beast. It's a download only, standalone, entirely single-player experience. That's right, we said entirely single-player experience. Which is a strange choice from developer EA Los Angeles. The best thing about Red Alert 3 was the co-operative campaign - well, that's we we thought anyway.
Excerpt: Eight years on from its predecessor, Red Alert 3, if nothing else, shows just how difficult it is to innovate in the real-time-strategy genre. Essentially the RTS has remained the same for nearly 20 years, developers not daring to deviate from the tried and trusted RTS fundamentals pioneered by the likes of the original Command & Conquer developer Westwood Studios back in the early to mid 90s.
Conclusion: You may enjoy the four main campaigns like we did (the Yuriko Omega chapter is great and feels quite different from regular C&C scenarios). However, there won't be much to take up your time once you're done.
Pros: New units, the new campaigns are fun, especially the Yuriko Omega, a few cool new music themes;
Cons: Roughly the same experience as before, AI quirks, lack of multiplayer and co-op.
Excerpt: Time machines, eh? They’re always causing trouble, whether they’re helping Marty McFly get into all kinds of shenanigans in 1955, or even allowing Arnie to come back and attempt to kill Sarah Connor. Red Alert ’s entire story is based on the work of these pesky contraptions. Albert Einstein travelling back in time to kill Hitler and stop World War 2 from happening inadvertently led to the rise of the Soviet Union as the dominant power with no Nazi Germany to oppose it,...