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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows)

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ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
84
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3.9
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Description

Like the original, Red Alert 2 pits the Russians against the Allies, but this time it's on American soil. A post-World War II invasion by Romanov and Yuri, aided by a Psychic Beam for brainwashing US citizens, must be repelled.

Lead 9 different nations in this all-out war for survival. Each side has ground troops, tanks, aeroplanes and sea units, although there are differences between the sides in which units can attack which others, largely based on real life equipment (for example, the US' AEGIS cruisers can only attack air units, but can beat almost any). Lots of fictitious technology is also featured, including new weather control devices and deadly animals.

Gameplay is fundamentally the same as other Real-Time strategy games - harvest resources to fund an army, then move the units around to win battles against your foes. Each side has 13 missions, some with specific objectives or unit limitations.

Screenshots

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Premier Romanov
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Loading a game
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows I'm capturing the Eiffel Tower with Tesla Troopers in a Soviet mission.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows General Vladamir

Alternate Titles

  • "命令与征服:红色警戒2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RA2" -- Slang/Informal title
  • "Command & Conquer: Alerte Rouge 2" -- French title
  • "Command & Conquer: Alarmstufe Rot 2" -- German title
  • "C&C:RA2" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

If you want a deeper strategy game, look elsewhere. If you want one of the most entertaining arcade war games ever made, look no further. Kadath Bird (619) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Just another so-so RTS game Rick Jones (108) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
Better than Tiberian Sun by far. Kartanym (10785) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
The Best of the C&C's till now Krystman (8) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
It SUCKS. Tomer Gabel (4416) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
This is what real-time strategy games used to be like before age of empires.... James Kirk (159) unrated
Crappy game, pretty fun - no one knows why. Oren Hadas (4) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
An excellent fast-paced RTS, don't miss it! KaiserChicken (12) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
If you liked Tiberian Sun, you'll probably like this... Dr. Elementary (271) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
A worthy sequel to a classic strategy game! Brian Jordan (20) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

The Press Says

IGN Oct 24, 2000 9.3 out of 10 93
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 93 out of 100 93
Gameplanet Nov 10, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
RealGamer (Benelux) Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 03, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Nov, 2000 8.8 out of 10 88
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Game Revolution Nov, 2000 B+ 83
Game Over Online Dec 06, 2000 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

Best Buy release

When first released, Best Buy had a special offer: the Command and Conquer Soundtrack Collection (soundtrack from ALL C&C games) on CD for the first 100 buyers of RA2 in every store.

Cover

To avoid sensitivity issues after the terrorist attacks on the WTC, EA is offering distributors and retailers new boxes that remove the "The Invasion Has Begun" motto and the pictures depicting NY under attack.

Editor

Final Alert was released alongside the patch 1.006, and it allows creating both multiplayer (skirmish, LAN, on-line) and solo (campaign) missions. You can level up terrains, place military units and buildings, civilians and objects. The editor can also be used for Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun.

Music

Listening to the game's music very carefully, in the track Blow It Up to be exact, you can notice the following text being said: "Gentlemen, this is a nuclear device, time is running out". Also, like in the first version of the song, in Hell March 2 you can repeatedly hear: "Die Waffen, legt an!" ("Ready your weapons!" in German).

Sales

In 2000, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2001 - Best Strategy Game in 2000
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 2000 - Gold Award (more details in the "Sales" section)
Information also contributed by MAT, Kasey Chang, paul cairey, Xoleras and Zovni

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Kartanym (10785) added Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows) on Oct 24, 2000