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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows)

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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 (706) 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 (10775) 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 (4388) 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

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (127 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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95
Game Informer Magazine
Seriously though, I can't stop thinking of things to try, and I haven't even played around with the Allies yet. Without a doubt, Red Alert 2 is one of Westwood's finest.
94
Gamezilla
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is probably one of the most entertaining RTS titles I’ve played all year. I came, I saw, I saved Washington, DC from certain destruction. Although the gameplay hasn’t changed much from the original, the updated graphics and the resolution of minor bugs make this a wonderfully enjoyable title.
93
Gamer's Pulse
Red Alert 2 gives the C&C line a lot of new hope. It doesn’t reign as champion of Real Time Strategies, but this is definitely the best of the C&C line and proves that Westwood isn’t just a pushover resting on the laurels of the C&C’s of times gone by. Red Alert 2 bodes well for the company and makes me anxious to see what Westwood can do to Tiberian Twilight (the Tiberian Sun sequel currently in the works). If you are a fan of either the Command and Conquer games or RTS games in general, Red Alert 2 is definitely a game you should pick up, and has definitely been worth the hype and the wait.
93
PC Gamer (Netherlands)
Het spel is ronduit overweldigend, niet wat betreft uiterlijk vertoon, maar op het gebied van de inhoud. Zeker in multiplayer-modus merkt je de verschillen goed. Als we het hebben over amusementswaarde en speelplezier op lange termijn, dan bevindt deze RTS zich op eenzame hoogte. Schrijf deze titel maar op je verlanglijstje met games die je absoluut moet hebben.
93
Netjak
What do I think of it overall? I'm not what anybody should call a big PC gamer, but based on the many RTS I've played, Red Alert 2 is second best behind Starcraft, but number 1 in depth and presentation. I suggest buying the Red Strike package, however. It has the original and the Yuri's Revenge expansion pack. Yuri's is in many ways a big improvement over Red Alert 2, and considering the score I'm giving this game, that should say something.
93
IGN
Westwood delivers one of the most refined, captivating and pleasing strategy games of the year.
92
Game Informer Magazine
Oh Westwood Studios, where would we be without you? By we, I of course mean RTS fans worldwide. We’ve been yanked and jerked in all directions by umpteen production houses promising the “next best thing" in RTS gaming, only to be given a half-baked piece of cold, hard crap (Force Commander, I’m looking in your direction). Westwood has done the smart thing – it’s not saying RA2 is going to change the face of gaming, it’s taking something that works, then adding to it. RA2 is an RTS gamer’s fantasy. Detailed missions, numerous and varied units, as well as Internet play are just a few of the things designed to keep us coming back for more. That Westwood would stick to its guns, and make a good game even better, is indicative of the company’s focus on us, the gaming public, instead of pandering to cube slaves who insist that if a game doesn’t "expand the genre" it’s a failure.
92
GameOver
Mais um RTS da série Command&Conquer. Desta vez os soviéticos decidiram invadir os Estados Unidos. Se estavam à espera de uma revolução dentro do género, então esqueçam. É a estratégia em tempo real com um sabor muito clássico.
91
Peliplaneetta.net
Peli on kaikin puolin tasapainoinen ja loppuunasti hyvin toteutettu pakkaus, jossa on sopivasti sekoitettu suoraviivaista toimintaa ja taktikointia. Kaikki osa-alueet tukevat toisiaan hyvin eikä valittamista tahdo löytyä paljoa mistään. Mitään rakenteellista suurta uutta Red Alert 2 ei tarjoa, mutta viilaa kyllä tämän pelityypin lähestulkoon tähänastiseen huippuunsa. Hyvä peli, ei tästä muuta voi sanoa. Menkää ja ostakaa, jos lajityyppi vähääkään kiinnostaa, addiktio on lähes taattu.
90
RealGamer (Benelux)
Westwood heeft zeer veel goeds waargemaakt met dit spel. In mei was er nog nauwelijks iest over bekend, en opeens is het nog op tijd af ook. Dat zien we tegenwoordig niet meer zo vaak, *kuch* Team Fortress 2 *kuch*. Wel is de eerste patch alweer uit, maar die kan gewoon gedownload worden vanaf www.westwood.com. Dit spel is echt een aanrader voor deze donkere dagen, en blijft nog een lange tijd tussen mijn favorieten staan, voornamelijk dankzij de perfecte gameplay!
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I can say with the utmost confidence that Red Alert 2, for all its superficial similarities to its genre brethren, is an incredibly unique product that easily stands apart from its peers. Red Alert 2’s dedication to mile-a-minute action and incredibly flexible strategy strikes a fantastic balance never seen within the genre, and strikes a chord that’s all its own. The rich and fully realized atmosphere only adds to the mix, setting in even during the installation screens and never letting go. While cynics and naysayers are likely to dismiss it as “just another clone,” true RTS fans owe it to themselves to give this title a serious look. Simply put, Red Alert 2 is not only one of the best games that Westwood has ever created, but is easily one of the most entertaining, visceral, and tactically focused RTS products ever seen, and will likely be remembered as a true classic for years to come.
90
ESC Magazine
Real-time strategy fans rejoice: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is another great game from Westwood. My index finger is locked up, my eyes hurt from squinting into the screen, and I haven't been getting enough sleep. Yep, Red Alert 2 is a winner.
90
4Players.de
Westwood ist endlich wieder ein Command & Conquer gelungen. Im Vergleich zu Tiberian Sun stimmt bei Alarmstufe Rot 2 wesentlich mehr. Es ist ausbalancierter, die Missionen ziehen sich nicht über Stunden hin und es sind mal neue Einheiten dabei. Kurzum, ich finde Alarmstufe Rot 2 besser als Tiberian Sun. Das liegt nicht zuletzt daran, dass sich Alarmstufe Rot 2 selbst auf den Arm nimmt.
90
Christ Centered Game Reviews
What can I say? Westwood has once again proven that it doesn't take a fancy 3D engine to rule the RTS roost. With the game's precise side balancing, fast-paced gamely, and fun plot, Red Alert 2 is a solid buy that will give hours of Commanding & Conquering (I can vouch for that). Better than the first.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Red Alert 2 is definitely the best game to date in the Command & Conquer series, and Westwood have shown considerable merit in learning from (and correcting) the mistakes of their previous games. The single player campaigns are great fun, and multiplayer has been very well balanced and improved so that most of the rough edges have been smoothed out, resulting in a game that is simply great fun to play.
90
Gameplanet
The missions for the different forces are again contained on two separate CD's, one for Allied missions and one for the Soviets. Also included is a small tutorial, titled boot camp, which allows players who are new to the series to get acquainted with the controls. The missions offer the usual build and destroy scenarios, as well as several infiltration missions. These missions contain the same kind of thrill to play as did the ones in the original Red Alert, whilst being much more exciting than the ones provided in Tiberian Sun.
88
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
Overall, Red Alert 2 is a superlative game from a very well known game company. Westwood has done an exemplarily job of creating Red Alert 2 and all I can say now is I can't wait for the next Command and Conquer to come out, Command and Conquer Renegade. I highly recommend getting this game if you like tactical combat games.
88
Power Unlimited
Meer fun, meer units maar ook meer van hetzelfde. Als C&C liefhebber en strategyfan zul je je desalniettemin met deze game weer prima vermaken.
87
GameStar (Germany)
Das Schlechte zuerst: Die Grafik ist nicht das Gelbe vom Ei. Die KI leidet an den gleichen Kinderkrankheiten wie bei C&C 3. Na und? Dank intelligenten Missionen bemerkt man im Solomodus die mangelhafte Raffinesse des Computergegners kaum. Und die mittelmäßige Optik wird durch die diesmal wirklich coolen Videos, das schicke Interface-Design und die wieder erkennbaren Gebäude auf Hochglanz getrimmt. Fazit: Westwood hat mit veralteter Technik wiederum ein spielenswertes Programm hingelegt, das flott und Einsteiger-freundlich daherkommt, aber auch Veteranen nicht enttäuschen sollte. Mit der Multiplayer-Brillanz eines StarCraft oder der Komplexität von Age of Empires 2 kann es allerdings nicht mithalten.
87
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Dankzij de nieuwe eenheden en de neutrale gebouwen biedt Red Alert 2 gameplay van een zeldzaam hoog niveau.
85
PC Player (Germany)
Die Bedienung ist spürbar besser, es gibt interessante Mehrspieler-Varianten und selbst die Grafik wirkt appetitlicher. Klar, revolutionäre Neuerungen gibt es keine und modischen Schnickschack wie eine 3D-Perspektive sucht man vergeblich - Gott sei Dank. Denn dadurch ist Alarmstufe Rot 2 wunderbar spielbar. Zudem stimmt hier die Atmosphäre, und das ist auch für Strategen die halbe Miete. Da muss der begeisterte Tester einfach den Goldplayer zücken. Glückwunsch Westwood!
85
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Воинствующие пуристы от игровой индустрии морщат носы, утверждая, что в Red Alert 2 нет ничего принципиально нового, и что за это игру следует объявить врагом народа без права переписки. Оставив несчастных размышлять над вопросом, чем же принципиально новым снискали бешеную славу Quake 2, Baldur's Gate 2, Master of Orion 2 и Rogue Spear, мы, пожалуй, достанем диск с игрой и посмотрим в последний раз на двумерный C&C. Следующая станция — "Полная Трехмерность", на что так недвусмысленно намекает sneak preview грядущего Emperor.
85
ActionTrip
Far too simple gameplay, a relatively small number of commands, lack of formations and levels of unit aggression are features that certainly make Red Alert 2 what it essentially is (You figure out this sentence. I just didn't get it -Ed). This serial acquired its popularity because it is as interesting to great tacticians who even consider wind intensity when firing at the enemy, as it is to players who mostly enjoy driving or arcade games, mostly because both types of player would equally enjoy casual mixture of explosions shouts, speed and action. Red Alert 2 has great advantage over all other C&C games, as well as over the rest of modern RTSs.
85
GameSpot
Red Alert 2 offers lots of challenges and variety for real-time strategy players of all skill levels, and it'll be particularly fun for fans of previous Command & Conquer games.
84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Terwijl iedereeen tegenwoordig 3D gaat, neemt Red Alert zelfs nog wat gas terug wat 2D betreft. Het zal de fans worst wezen want het gaat tenslotte om een van de sterkste games in het genre!
83
Gamesmania
Mit der Command&Conquer-Serie scheint es sich wie mit einer Pizza "Vier Jahreszeiten" zu verhalten: insgesamt höchst bekömmlich, doch nicht jedes Stück gleich gut im Geschmack. Nach dem eher faden Tiberian Sun entdeckt man auf dem Alarmstufe Rot 2-Belag dann auch wieder scharfe Peperoni und nicht nur süßsaure Paprikastreifen. Zugegeben: Die Grafik ist gerade mal durchschnittlich, die Eigenintelligenz der Einheiten glänzt vor allem durch Abwesenheit und an der zwischen Persiflage und ernst zunehmendem Kriegstreiben angesiedelten Rahmenhandlung dürften sich die Geister scheiden. Dennoch schafft es das Spiel mit seinen phantasievollen Einheiten und der starken Anlehnung an das SciFi- und Fantasy-Genre frischen Wind in das unter Sauerstoffmangel leidende C&C-Universum zu bringen. Im Pizzakarton landet so ein kurzweiliges Echtzeit-Vergnügen mit Verbesserungen im Detail, das aber nicht in der Lage ist, der Serie - oder dem Genre - neue Impulse zu verleihen.
83
Game Captain
Alles in Allem ist ALARMSTUFE ROT 2 ein weiteres Qualitätsprodukt aus dem Hause Westwood/EA, dass vorallem die Herzen der "Schon-Fans", aber auch die mancher anderer RTS-Fans höherschlagen lassen wird. Ausserdem macht einem Alarmstufe Rot 2 Lust auf mehr von Command&Conquer.
83
Game Revolution
Overall, Red Alert 2 not only lives up to its predecessors, but exceeds them in terms of strategy and general entertainment value. While not totally original, it's got enough intensity and excitement to have even the most jaded real-time strategy gamer glued to his computer for hours. Death to the American dogs, comrade.
82
PC Games (Germany)
Die Gegner sind dumm wie Toastbrot, die Technik befindet sich auf dem Stand von 1995, neue Einheiten sind rar – und das Wort „Innovation“ klingt hier so fremd wie das Wort „Sittsamkeit“ in einer RTL-Talkshow. Alarmstufe Rot 2 ist ein altmodisches Strategiespiel, dessen Zwischensequenzen keineswegs lustig sind, sondern Anlass bieten, sich für Twin Peaks-Schauspieler Ray Wise zu schämen. Dennoch habe ich mich dabei erwischt, wie ich während einiger Missionen, etwa bei den Straßenkämpfen in Miami, gebannt auf den Bildschirm starrte und mit Freude an der Zerschlagung des internationalen Kapitalismus arbeitete. Begründen kann ich dieses eigentümliche Verhalten mit dem biederen Charme des Spiels, dessen Kampagnen spannende Missionen enthalten. Allerdings führt dort der berüchtigte Tank Rush am schnellsten zum Erfolg.
80
GameSpy
Ultimately, Red Alert 2 is exactly what most people expected and, in a way, hoped for. It's more of the same. With rare exceptions, the single-player missions are timed objectives, hold-and-defend scenarios, or timed against-all-odds infiltrations. If the classic Command & Conquer play-style is your thing, "more of the same" is not necessarily a negative critcism. The game is, after all, fun to play, if for no other reason than for the value of first-time excitement in exploring the new units and technologies. But it doesn't achieve what a game with such a legacy is supposed to, which is some advancement to the genre, and a raising of the bar for the games of its kind that follow. In this post-Homeworld and pre-Sacrifice period in the real-time strategy genre, fans should expect nothing less, and Red Alert 2 should offer something more.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
In the final analysis, RA2 certainly doesn’t do much to advance the state of the art, and if you’ve tired of the real-time strategy genre, it probably won’t renew your interest. But the nicely-tuned interface and flamboyant units make it an engaging blast from the past for garners who can overlook the engine. For C&C fans, this is unquestionably the best title in the series; it’s the game TIBERIAN SUN should have been.
80
GameGenie
Make no mistake about it: Red Alert 2 is a fantastic real time strategy game. But, with a few unit and structure changes, Red Alert 2 is honestly too similar to the original Red Alert. Some might say it "continues the tradition," but I say it is "too damn identical." If you never played the original installment, then by all means, go out and get Red Alert 2. Still, some people (including myself) might be disappointed at the striking similarities and few improvements contained in the game, even given that it is a sequel. Somehow, I was expecting more variations. Red Alert 2 is more of an expansion pack to Red Alert 1, since its gameplay elements are so strikingly similar.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
La partie graphique s'améliore par contre sensiblement dans cette nouvelle version. Ce qui avait déplu par exemple dans Tiberian Sun a été amélioré d'une bonne façon. Les unités d'infanterie sont plus fines, les décors plus variés et plus fins surtout. Le fait de se battre dans les Etats-Unis vous donnera par exemple la satisfaction de détruire le Pentagone ou encore de lutter à côté de la Maison Blanche tout comme certaines localités retranscrites dans des missions spéciales. Bref, une ambiance graphique bien plus crédible et jouable et si l'on peut reprocher au moteur de C&C de dater un peu par rapport à la concurrence, il tient la route en tout cas en matière de fluidité et de robustesse.
80
Game Over Online
Interest in the Real-Time Strategy genre has certainly waned in the past few years. Tiberian Sun, the sequel to Command & Conquer, was met with decidedly unimpressed reviews. Is Red Alert 2 going to be win over the hearts of the very same reviewers that slammed Westwood's last attempt? I think so. This game is definitely not revolutionary by any means, but it's a solid and polished game that is one of the only jewels to be placed in the RTS crown recently.
79
GamersMark
It looks like Westwood Studios has dropped another psycho cool real time strategy game on the pc world. Red Alert is very similar to Tiberian Sun. Some things have been changed but not much. The overall presentation of the game feels a lot better, the graphics are tweaked a bit, and in the building icon there are a few changes. This game actually had some history behind it unlike Tiberian Sun. The time warp or whatever they used to bring back Albert Einstein was a cool twist to the plot, as well as the addition of that character Yuri. The game offers more different units then Tiberian Sun but fewer structures. This game had a good balance of game play, story and movies. The Tanya missions were tricky but they were quite fun.
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Fragland.net
All in all, one can say that Red Alert 2 is a great game, but it doesn't beat the competition anymore like the original Red Alert did in its time. Games like Dark Reign 2 are equally good although most people will prefer Red Alert 2 because of its history. One last note : Although alot of attention has gone out to Tanya, the Russian babes are equally gorigious :)
70
All Game Guide
With more spit and shine that will have both long-time fans and newcomers alike having an easy-going, comforting, accessible good time, the level of no fuss and definitely no muss is fused with a successful effort to tweak some RTS elements that always needed tweaking. Straightforward, cautious, and pleasurable - this is a prequel-sequel that fills the stomach with candy that threatens very few intestinal side effects.
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Stratos Group
Red Alert 2 is an incredibly mixed game in every way. The story, sound, and music are laughable, but a unique style paired with good animation and graphics help the artistic side of the game. The fast-paced gameplay is fun, but is ultimately lacking in strategy due to the removal of some key RTS staples. The multiplayer is loads of fun, but flawed, and coupled with poor AI and lag, make the value suffer slightly. In the end, despite the obvious care and talent that went into the game, the end result is a flawed but fun traditional RTS that is not grand, epic, or particularly engaging. But, it never meant to be anything more than a fun ride and a return to the roots of the RTS genre, and in that regard, it succeeds admirably.
60
Gamekult
Avec Alerte Rouge 2, Westwood Studios continue de relancer inlassablement Command & Conquer, sa série fétiche (et lucrative) sans lui apporter de modifications majeures. Ainsi, de l'interface au moteur graphique, on retrouve un Soleil de Tiberium bis, version conflit russo/américain. L'univers et les décors s'avèrent cependant bien plus ludiques tant au niveau du scénario (limite burlesque) quà celui des unités ou des armes "absolues", plus variées. Si Alerte Rouge 2 ne change rien à la donne, les fanatiques de la série pourront pourtant largement s'en contenter, la vieille recette réussissant toujours à faire son effet. Résultat, Alerte Rouge 2 devient le meilleur de la saga et réussit à divertir une fois de plus, sans innover.
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Spel för Alla
Tilläggas bör att nästan alla andra recensioner jag sett på nätet har gett Red Alert 2 snudd på skyhöga betyg. Detta bidrog än mer till min känsla av att det var jag som var galen. Kanske är det så, och du får ta min recension för vad den är. Den är en varning till alla er som älskar Shogun, Close Combat, Sudden Strike och ett parti schack. Den är en rekommendation till alla er som älskar de tidigare delarna i serien och som vill se nya enheter men ha samma "paketering".