Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
Newest Review: ... has its own set of units, and thus different strengths and weaknesses. The capatalists have access to super fast bomber jets, carrier he... more
Prepare for war
Command and Conquer - Red Alert 2 (PC)
Member Name: Thebaker50
Command and Conquer - Red Alert 2 (PC)
Advantages: Very good and cheap
Disadvantages: Just installation really, graphics
Red alert 2 is an old game, but that doesn't stop it being a great game.
This essence of this game is a RTS (real time strategy game), with a sort of mission mode, as well as a skirmish mode, and an online mode (I can never find only people to play). You can choose a country to play as, which come under two main forms, communist vs capatilist. The idea behind this game is that world war 2 never happened, and instead "red alert" happened, and the world went to war.
Graphics: The graphics in this game are admittedly not brilliant, it is an old game, but in some ways this is an advantage, because it means you can play this game on weaker gaming systems, and you won't need to worry about things like lag.
Gameplay: I think this game has got better RTS gameplay than most new modern games I have played. Each faction, communist vs capatalist has its own set of units, and thus different strengths and weaknesses. The capatalists have access to super fast bomber jets, carrier helicopters and agile missile batteries, with customisable uses. In general, the capatalists seem to have faster and more "intelligent" uses. The communist countries tend to have slower vehicles and infantry, but they back "a greater punch", such as the mighty maurader battle tank, with a twin cannon and anti aircraft missiles, or massive bomb aircrafts, that move incredibly slowly, but can raize any building they reach.
On top of this, each country within each faction has its own "special unit". These include snipers for the british army, South korean bomber jets, Libya suicide bomb trucks, American para- troopers, French grand cannon defence structures and much more! In fact I think there are around 16-20 countries you can play as, each with its own specialized unit.
As well as land units, there are also see units, although admittedly these do play somewhat of a limited role in most maps. Really the only useful ships are the "artillery" ships, the capatilist aircraft carrier, or the communist battleship. Most of the others don't have much use out the water, and as most maps are mostly land, they see limited use. Still I mention it for completeness
The game basically evolves around building an army/defences, collecting gold using excavators from mines (which you basically fight over), and building energy generators (and attempting to infiltrated/destroy enemy generators) to knock out the power, causing all the enemies defenses to shut down. You then basically want to annilate your enemy.
Another brilliant thing about this game is the fact that there is no population limit, you can have as many units as you want. This and a create your own map feature just leads to massive 200 vs 200 unit battles that you can play out. This is pretty much the only game I know where you can do this. As a result however, the graphics had to be "dumbed down". You can also build a "special" building, which is basically a thunderstorm generator for the americans, or a nuclear missile silo for the communists. But you can turn this feature off, if like me you kinda find those things annoying.
Anyway, overall then, if you are a fan of RTS, you really have to try this game out, its way better than modern counterparts (I would say this is better than RA3), and its pretty cheap to. The only problem you may have is installing it on newer operating systems, I understand that it can be done, but it is not quite as simple as new games, simply because this has been designed for older operating systems. But overall I give this 5/5, as you can't be a true RTS fan without playing this game.
Summary: Very good RTS game