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  • Summary: Wielding strange new technologies and hungering for revenge, the Soviet Empire invades America. New York City and Washington are overwhelmed. Allied forces, unprepared for the surprise attack, are decimated. Will freedom be crushed under the heels of Communist aggression? [Electronic Arts]
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
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  1. The game's plot-twisting story, addictive game play and bevy of single- and multiplayer options makes this an excellent addition to your CD-ROM collection.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Solid and extremely stylish (if unrevolutionary) RTS gaming.
  5. The most important thing we can say is that we had a whole lot of fun playing it - and that's what matters, isn't it?
  6. Even though Westwood hasn't blazed much technological ground with Red Alert 2, it does succeed in being their most enjoyable real-time strategy game yet.
  7. Red Alert 2 can be both fascinating and bewildering, neither of which amounts to much when you are launching a tank rush in multiplayer games.

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
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  1. Dec 18, 2010
    10
    This game is brilliant. The AI could use a little work to increase the difficulty, but overall the missions are challenging and well thought out. The guy that said single player is impossible just isn't good at it. The faction imbalance in RA2 (Allies stronger than Soviets) is mostly corrected in the expansion. Each side has some very strong offense and defense and makes for an incredible multiplayer experience. Buy this game. It's worth it. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    Red Alert 2 was amazing. This game along with the Yuri's Revenge expansion kept the Command & Conquer franchise in the game against huge blizzard Real-Time Strategy titles including Warcraft and Starcraft. There actually existed active debate as to whether Red Alert 2 was a better RTS than Starcraft.

    This game was an absolute blast and definitely had its day.
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  3. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Best RTS of all time, the futuristic Cold War setting is brilliantly portrayed with subdued tongue-in-cheek humor taken straight from American Cold War era pop culture hysteria. The units, game mechanics and maps come together to create some great scenarios. The multiplayer suffers a bit from the allies having a slight advantage over the Soviets but the excellent expansion "Yuri's Revenge" even's things out and greatly improves upon the general formula. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    9
    Most fun RTS game i ever played, good job Westwood! The Yuri expansion is also a lot of fun. Skirmish and campaigns were very nice. EA made a mess of it compared to this. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2012
    9
    I think people who haven't played this game would be surprised at how fun it is. When it came out in 2000, it was truly a solid real time strategy experience that brings in the soviet vs allies theme, which is still kind of relevant today. I know that the soviet union collapsed, but the kremlin and KGB did not :) No, seriously though, I had a lot of fun with this game, the sides are actually very well balanced and the game even supported (Maybe still) an online vs. that was extremely competitive. You can also create your own maps in this game, and it is pretty easy to do. Overall this was a great game, and I hope EA someday makes a C&C that is equally fun but also graphically pleasing. I am crossing my fingers for the new C&C, because Generals was ok but not superb. Expand
  6. Aug 6, 2012
    9
    Although I found the storyline to be pretty dull and the characters far more cheesy than they were probably intended to be, this is definitely one of the best RTS games I've played. The music was great, the unit balance was probably the best I've seen yet, and the game introduced plenty of new mechanics (e.g. garrisoning buildings, combination/boosted attacks, mind control). Despite the sometimes-silly story, the campaign was fun to play and the multiplayer and skirmish were superb. For multiplayer the game features several different Allied or Soviet nations to play as, each with their own unique national unit (some awesome, some mediocre), adding a further tactical dimension (hmm...tesla tank or demolition truck?) All things considered, this game was probably the height of CnC RTS gameplay, and while later games introduced cool new things, I doubt any have matched Red Alert 2 for sheer fun. Expand
  7. Feb 28, 2012
    5
    Cranberry, cranberry, cranberry.. enough.
    Circus. Red = Soviet. War cathedral? Not serious and not fun either.
    Psycho Lenin and other 'funny'
    stuff.. nuff said.
    Ahh.. Yes.. we can send prismas, prismas, prismas.. Aaanndd.. Cepellins!

    Hmm. Fun in drunk company, but totally dumb at all. Im confused).

    5/10 is between 0/10 for RA1 ruining and 10/10 for nutty fun).
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