Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

  • Genre: Strategy/Wargame
  • Originally on: Windows (2000)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview

For many people Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 is classed as the best in the series and I would have to agree with that. With this game, they just got everything perfectly right. As far as real time strategy games go, even after all these years Red Alert 2 is one of my all-time favorites. It is more focused on the player having a fun experience than bogging them down with a bunch of useless game mechanics.

One War, Two Stories

The story that is told here can be played from the Soviet and Allied point of view. This time the Soviets are more dangerous than ever thanks to Yuri. A psychic that they have who has the ability to control others. Yuri is a fantastic character, so much so he gets his very own expansion. However, here you get to use him and also go up against him and it is very well done. The story has more than a few twists and turns along the way as well.

This Is What War Looks Like

At the time Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 was a fantastic looking game and in some ways, I do feel that it holds up fairly well to this day. The different maps are spread out all across the world ranging from Russia, France, and Hawaii. The buildings, tanks, planes and so on all have a nice look to them. The only thing I do not like is that some of the maps have water and the water does not move! It looks super awkward and when everything else has a realistic look to it, it stands out like a sore thumb.

The voice acting is great. If you ask me, we were entering an age where voice acting was becoming better and better and this game has some very impressive performances. I like the sound design in general as explosions, tanks and everything else all have some real heft to their sound effects.

Making The Right Movies

Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 is still so popular to this day because of the gameplay. I can see some people thinking that this kind of real time strategy action is a bit simplified and in comparison, to what some modern RTS games offer, it is. However, I feel that there is the perfect blend of resource management, resource gathering, action, and micro-managing in this game. It never feels too overwhelming, even when you are getting a real beatdown, you never 100 percent feel all is lost, and with the right move, you can make it happen.

I like to focus on building as many tanks as I can, but it is really up to you in how you go about the game. Each mission in the campaigns has its own set of objectives and some are more fun than others, but that is to be expected. As well as the campaign, you can play skirmishes against the AI or a buddy. The AI in skirmishes puts up way more of a fight than you would think.

There are some games that you have great memories of, but they do not hold up all that well. Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 is not one of those games! I found this to be just as much fun playing it now as it was back when it was released many years ago. If I had to recommend just one game in the series, it would 100 percent be this one.

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Final Score

Pros:

  • Two fantastic campaigns to play through
  • Yuri is the best villain in the entire series
  • The game is a great deal of fun to play
  • It is not over complicated like many other RTS’s can be
  • Some of the visuals hold up pretty well

Cons:

  • I hate the way the water is still!
  • Some might find it a tad simplistic compared to a modern RTS game

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible,

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 supports single modeSingle game mode

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