Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 PC Review


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Ok, I’ve got seven great reasons to grab Command and Conquer Red Alert 3:

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I couldn’t help with that one, sorry, I’m a guy, it happens… now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into the real review of C&C Red Alert 3 for PC.

Strategy games like Command and Conquer, Supreme Commander and Act of War are my second favorite type of games to play after first person shooters, I just really like having all of that stuff going on at the same time, having to control different units and playing to see how the game is going to turn out. Most of the RTS games are story oriented, with many cut scenes involved making the game that much more interesting and getting the player more involved and wanting to continue playing as to see how the story unfolds. Most of the newer games of this type have enlisted Hollywood stars to help promote their games and even participate and start in them as well.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Red Alert game from EA, and for Red Alert 3 they’ve pulled out all of the stops creating a game that isn’t just pleasing on the eyes, in more ways that one, but lots of fun as well. EA called upon several big names to participate including David Hasselhoff, George Takei, Tim Curry, Gemma Atkinson, and Jenny McCarthy, just to name a few of them, to start in the game and help promote it. The main eye candy factor is obvious, but the other of course is the game itself, it features excellent graphics for an RTS game, and great gameplay overall. You start the game playing as the Soviets, or at least it’s suggested you do, there are three factions to play, the Soviets, the Allies and the Empire of the Rising Sun. All feature different aspects of play including varying types of vehicles, special weapons and deployment types. It’s all essentially the same storyline played from three different viewpoints, and even though it’s similar, it’s a totally different experience with each one.

So continue on for the rest of the review, including screenshots, a gameplay movie and more pictures of the cast…


This was a download so there’s no box shots for you, but here’s a picture I grabbed from the EA site:

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Here’s the menu to start off with:

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In terms of cut scenes or movies, the game is filled with them, after every mission, and before, and even during missions, you’ll get treated to some sort of movie.

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Specifications:
Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 PC

After years of conflict, the Allies are finally on the brink of victory. Cowering behind the walls of the Kremlin, the Soviets decide to turn to one last act of desperation – the use of an experimental time travel device. The mission: to go back in time to eliminate Albert Einstein before he creates the technologies that will lead the Allies to ultimate victory. After a successful mission, the Soviets return to the present, discovering the Allied position has weakened. But before they can truly celebrate, they find out their actions have spawned a new threat and global superpower, the mysterious, technologically advanced, Empire of the Rising Sun. Welcome to World War III.

In Red Alert 3, all three factions will have their own hand-crafted story-driven campaigns, with co-operative missions designed solely around coordinating attacks and developing strategies with an ally. Hook up with a friend online to go through the entire experience or choose from a group of AI commanders, each with their own distinct playstyle and personality.

While most RTS games keep naval gameplay at the periphery, Red Alert 3 is not shying away from the high seas. The oceans now hold essential resources, and with many units and structures capable of becoming amphibious, players who turn their backs to the oceans will find conquering the world a daunting task.

Key Features
    * The Return of Red Alert! – After seven years, the most popular series in EA’s 25-million unit-plus selling Command & Conquer franchise has returned with a vengeance. Red Alert 3 brings back everything fans loved about the series, the humor, the popcorn style story and the franchise’s fast, action-oriented gameplay, while breaking new ground for the genre, with an entirely co-operative, story-driven campaign campaign mode and an increased emphasis on naval gameplay.
    * Co-Op Done Right – Every mission is designed from the ground-up with co-operative gameplay in mind. Join forces and strategize with friends online or join forces with nine AI commanders, three for each faction, all of whom have their own unique personality and style of play that might come in handy depending on the situation.
    * Command the Seas, Conquer the World – Experience Gameplay as for the first time in the series, waging war on the water will be every bit as important as dominating by land and air. Gain strategic advantages by controlling resources in the seas and mounting three-pronged attacks from all directions.
    * A New Threat from the East – The Empire of the Rising Sun is a technological terror, with unit designs influenced by a mixture of science-fiction, martial arts and robot culture. The Empire?s futuristic units can transform into alternate forms, and they specialize in naval warfare.
    * Star-Studded Storytelling – Command & Conquer’s trademark live-action videos return in HD, with over 60 minutes of footage featuring the largest cast in the history of the Command & Conquer franchise.
    * CommandStick 2.0 – Improving on the CommandStick interface first pioneered in Command & Conquer 3 Kane’s Wrath, 360 owners will get an unparalleled console RTS experience, with controls that continue to bridge the gap between the PC and 360 and a game designed to meet the needs of the console gamer.

Is There Any Doubt Red Alert is Back? – Armored War Bears, Sonic Dolphins, Tesla Troopers, Vicious Attack Dogs, Man Cannons and Tanya. Welcome back!


I played C&C Red Alert 3 at 1680×1050 Resolution with problems at all on my Diamond Radeon HD 4870 video card, all the settings were maxed except for AA which was set at 2x, it still looked very good.

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Red Alert 3 is like an interactive movie really that puts the player into the game as the newly picked or recruited general, or commanding officer of the forces to stop the enemies advancement.  It’s seems with all of the factions there is a plot twist involved somewhere to make it more interesting

Before every mission you’ll get a a briefing and summary of sorts of either one of the characters or one of the weapons or vehicles, and after the mission you get a summary as well to see how you did.

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If you’ve played any of the Command and Conquer series then the interface will be familiar, though it’s been a bit redesigned based off of the C&C 3 Kane’s Wrath interface.

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Each faction has a different way of doing things when it comes to building, the Soviets is the easiest by far, it’s similar to the other C&C building styles. Click on what you want to build, a transparent representation of the building shows up and you place it on the battlefield, then it builds in place. With the Allies, you click on what you want to build and it builds inside the base, when it’s ready then you can place it on the battlefield. With the Empire of the Rising Sun it’s a bit different, you pick what you want to build and then it pops out like a little truck, you can to tell it where to go and unpack on the battlefield.

The interface works very well overall, and while Red Alert 3 isn’t a very serious game, it’s a lot of fun to play, if anything just to see the cut scenes. The game follows the standard mission style play with main objectives and secondary objectives to complete, at times you’ll pair up with the enemy to defeat a common enemy, and at other times you’ll just use the special forces unit, or even just your spies, or engineers to accomplish a mission. One thing new is the co-op play, you can play with a computer controlled partner, or find a real life friend to play with. The computer isn’t very smart, but you can order it to do things, for the most part I ignored it and let it do it’s thing. There are many different mission types to play, so it will keep things different all of the time, you won’t just be doing the same thing over and over again.

The acting, and commentary is decent, but don’t expect any Oscar winning performances from this bunch that are in the game. Of course from a guys perspective it’s a very entertaining game in more ways than one obviously.

Here’s brief gameplay video for you:


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Find more Red Alert 3 reviews over at our main site!

Conclusion:
Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 brings new things to the C&C red Alert series, which is a good thing, overall the gameplay is great, and all of the eye candy, including the scantily clad babes is well worth it. Cleavage aside though, red Alert 3 does justice to the series, with many new features, and a game that is very enjoyable and fun to play, the added co-op mode adds quite a  bit more fun to the game and replay value as well.

Pros:
Star studded cast with lots of eye candy ;)
Multiplayer adds replay value
Excellent graphics
Lots of fun and an enjoyable game

Cons:
Can get repetitive at times

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-10-10
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