Review by Jeod_Cripto
"The Empire Has You"
It's no surprise that Red Alert 3 is good, especially considering the success of the previous two, Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge. EA has worked and worked to make this game as enjoyable as the last, and boy did they do the job!
This game has the same controls as C&C3. The left mouse button is the selector, and the right mouse button is the action button, which tells units to attack, repair, and garrison buildings. Of course, EA probably wouldn't dream of ignoring the classic controls of C&C. That's why you can revert to classic controls in the options menu.
If you're a newcomer to the franchise, you're in luck. EA has supplied a tutorial mode for RA3, and it explains everything you need to know. For the returning veterans, anytime you want to get into the fight, just jump on in. There are three factions in RA3: Allies, Soviets, and the Empire of the Rising Sun. The Allies and Soviets have similar base building strategies, and the structures are in full. The Empire, unlike the other two factions, builds deployable vehicles that can morph into the buildings. This is very useful if you like to have a building ready, but don't want it deployed yet.
RA3 allows structures to be built on the water. In fact, most of the units in this game are amphibious as well as land-based. Every map has a body of water on it, making naval a must if anyone wishes to accomplish anything.
Another feature is that every mission is based on co-op. You can play through the campaigns online with a buddy if you like, or solo them with an AI commander to assist you.
The FMV cinematics are very real. However, it is rather...disturbing to parents if they find their child is playing a game where almost every female in it has something to show. Unfortunately, this element is included. EA apparently has marketed this game to fanboys, using sexual appeal to gain the moolah. It's only in the FMVs though.
On the battlefield, things are much different. The graphics area bit on the cartoonish side, but they are impressive nonetheless.
The soundtrack is excellent! It comes with the premier edition of RA3 if you wish to have a CD of it. However, playing RA3 with the loved Hell March remix is very motivational.
RA3 is obviously something new. Never before has a C&C game been this addicting and have this kind of quality. There have been a few reported problems, but most have been fixed by EA. You can tell they care about their gamers when they make three patches within the first five days of release.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/05/08
Game Release: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (US, 10/28/08)
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