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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows)

Teen
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 Choose your side
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Once again, submarines make an outing for the Russians.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Windows Fighting on

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

Gamezilla Dec 19, 2000 94 out of 100 94
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 93 out of 100 93
ESC Magazine Dec 08, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Nov, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 31, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 25, 2000 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Oct 31, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 75 out of 100 75
Stratos Group Nov 15, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamekult Nov 20, 2000 6 out of 10 60

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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