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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows)

Teen
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Perspective
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84
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3.9
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Written by  :  KaiserChicken (12)
Written on  :  Aug 06, 2007
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Summary

An excellent fast-paced RTS, don't miss it!

The Good

Let us start by the most important aspect: gameplay. This is an extremely fast-paced, almost frenetic, RTS - particularly if you go for multiplayer. It follows the classical C&C approach to the genre, sporting a wide variety and types of units: from mind-controlled squids to zeppelin bombers.

The setting and aesthetical style is fantastic, together with a very decent plot which is complemented by great FMV cut-scenes. From the hi-tech retro look of the Allies to the Industrial-Eastern feeling of the Soviets, the graphical team did a great job with this game.

Finally, Frank Klepacki brings another of its masterpieces with the game's soundtrack. Techno-urban pieces which fit perfectly the game's frenzy. The voicework is also remarkable.

The Bad

Albeit pretty, great-looking and detailed, the graphics are far from 2000 standards. As other reviews mention it, Starcraft is an older game with arguably better graphics.

Besides, the game engine proves to be rather clumsy at times. Even modern computers will have some minor problems running the game at higher resolutions.

The Bottom Line

If you are a RTS fan, do not miss this classic. Even more if you enjoy alternate history themes, and would like to see if the USSR decided to invade the USA - everything told with some humour thrown in.

All in all, and in spite of some of its flaws, it can keep up as one of the greatest RTS ever made - the best in the C&C series, in my own opinion.