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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. The game play is absolutely superb, with well-balanced armies and some simply brilliant new units including a new building system more akin to the WarCraft series that allows for a more efficient unit production system.
  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. 90
    The gameplay is nothing new, but the engrossing story and intense action will keep you playing for hours.
  4. A beautiful meld of both action and strategy that seems to hold a little something for everyone.
  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. Red Alert 2 proves to be one of the finest offerings in the C&C series.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  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 thoughtThis 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. Jun 11, 2012
    10
    Nothing to say this is one of the only rts games that could even compete with broodwar and in some cases it was better but red alert 2's timeNothing to say this is one of the only rts games that could even compete with broodwar and in some cases it was better but red alert 2's time has gone EA bought westwood so we will never see something of this ever again and thats why there will all ways be a spot in my heart for this game. Expand
  3. JohnR.
    Aug 2, 2005
    10
    There are no words that can describe the awesomeness of this game. Unbeliviable.
  4. 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 AmericanBest 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
  5. Vio
    Nov 20, 2011
    9
    One of the most fun strategy games I have played, beautiful maps to conquer for your soviet or allied lords with interesting units andOne of the most fun strategy games I have played, beautiful maps to conquer for your soviet or allied lords with interesting units and weaponry! Did I like it? YES. 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 definitelyAlthough 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'
    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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