Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows)

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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.


Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Main title
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Fighting on
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Special Agent Tanya about to blow up the enemy nuclear silo
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows World Trade Center under attack

Alternate Titles

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

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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 (755) 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 (10751) 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 (4353) 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 (268) 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

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 93 out of 100 93
IGN Oct 24, 2000 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 9.25 out of 10 92
RealGamer (Benelux) Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 25, 2000 84 out of 100 84
GameGenie 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamersMark Aug 19, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79
Gry OnLine Dec 28, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
All Game Guide 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamekult Nov 20, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


  • 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 (10751) added Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows) on Oct 24, 2000