Review by maximus86

"Another Amazing Command and Conquer Game"

Many years have passed since the original Red Alert came out, and now finally, a sequel is available. A great sequel it is to the fantastic Command and Conquer series.

The opening video starts off with a real life movie footage of (computer graphics when the military shows up) of the Soviet Union attacking the United States of America. The president is shocked of what he hears, and orders retaliation. After a few minutes of intense video, the main menu comes up and from now on you decide who you want to be, the Soviets or Americans. The story goes on from there.

The graphics is Red Alert 2 have greatly increased since its original game. The units have several unique trademarks, and the scenery and maps look gorgeous. Just like all Command and Conquer games, Red Alert 2 has real life footage for its movies(and sometimes they are funny) which features actors and actresses alike. There are many different locations you will be in the world, and most places look good according to their real life destination. But since this game is set in a futuristic setting, nothing is exactly the same. You can tell this game wasn't low budget, because a lot was done to make everything look as good as it could be.

The audio is good, but not the best. Russians will talk with an accent, and units respond to their orders. The voice acting in movie sequences are well done. The sound effects like guns, bombs and planes also sound similar to actual thing. The music is of war, and makes you feel in a war setting, and it's actually pretty good.

The gameplay is similar to that of the original Red Alert. The entire game is based on war and military victory. You won't find any markets or civilians that contribute to the war effort. Neither can you expand past your base limit. What you can do is find another area to settle in and fortify. This is actually pretty good, and not bad because it is fair.

There are many different types of building you can build and units you can create. There really is only one source of resource, and that is simply minerals. When you collect them and bring it back to your base, you sell it and make money. Your base will need power to run on, so you will have to build power plants to generate some sort of power. There is no population limit, and this is a very good thing. You can't advance to a new ''age'' or time period, which I also favoured. By now you would have noticed that this game is very different from the Age of Empires series, having almost parallel rules from that of Command and Conquer games.

Red Alert 2 has a great single player mode. Once gain, it is basically America versus the Soviet Union. Hitler has somehow disappeared from history and there is no World War 2 and no Nazi Germany. There are several people that you will encounter that will be the main characters in the game such as the President of U.S.A., President of USSR, Yuri, Tanya, and even Albert Einstein! There are two campaign modes. If you haven't guessed by now, one is American and the other is Soviet. Both are fantastic, so both should be played. You can choose your difficulty settings, and challenge yourself by putting it on the hardest if you chose to. If you don't want to do a campaign and just want to play you can also do skirmish. And then there is multiplayer. Online play is obviously also entertaining and can get competitive. The rest is self explanatory.

Graphics: 9/10
Audio : 8/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Value : 9/10

FINAL SCORE: 9/10

Well, if you love the Command and Conquer series, then there is no doubt you should be playing this by now. This is an excellent strategy game that shouldn't be missed by players of the genre.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 09/02/02, Updated 09/03/02


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