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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. 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: 31 out of 33
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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 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. May 15, 2012
    10
    This is one of the top games that ever came out for the PC. The game had a ton of highlights such as the cheesy cut scenes at the beginning ofThis is one of the top games that ever came out for the PC. The game had a ton of highlights such as the cheesy cut scenes at the beginning of every level, the voice acting for the units which is engraved in my cerebral cortex, The soviet propaganda which is always a nice touch, The Extremely brutal AI when set to the highest setting. The only bad points which can be said about the game could be that there are balancing issues such as engineer rushes and playing as Yuri in general but all those are easily countered when you already know how to exploit your enemy. 10/10 A game for the ages. Expand
  3. DanL.
    Apr 3, 2003
    10
    DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT NOT BUYING THIS GAME! This is the third greatest game ever made. Behind Halo and its expansion pack YURI's DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT NOT BUYING THIS GAME! This is the third greatest game ever made. Behind Halo and its expansion pack YURI's ReVENGE, buy that too. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2014
    10
    I can't criticize this game, it's too good, I loved it too much. I can't play it anymore because I played it to death.

    2 races with very
    I can't criticize this game, it's too good, I loved it too much. I can't play it anymore because I played it to death.

    2 races with very different units and strategies, pretty good balance between them, and an incredibly good usage of absolutely every single element a strategy game can give.

    Terrains, type of units, range of units, speed of units, unit mobility(the time it can take for a french Grand Cannon to turn around can mean life or death), defensive buildings small and big ones, range of defensive buildings, tech buildings, unit armour type, unit attack type, type of mining units, types of ore to mine, buildings, height, covert units, flyers, land and submarine units, ranks of units giving them bonuses once they've killed enemies, this game simply has it all. That's one tiny portion of what it offers and the amount of complexity and different strategies and units to use for each situation is enormous.

    Got a fortress entrance to attack? Prism tanks, Apocalypse tanks, Aircraft Carriers, V3s, Dreadnoughts, giving away dozens of conscripts to cover for the heavy tank attack, dogs, infiltrating with a spy or just not attacking and going the back way with amphibious assaults or airborne troops or whatever you want, this game never fails to give many different ways of attacking or defending yourself. It never runs out.

    The only reason I got tired of this game after years of playing is that I finished all campaigns, maps, and enemies on every possible skirmish in the game. And I still sometimes regret putting it down.

    The Industrofunk soundtrack remains to this day one of the most memorable strategy games ost there is, and is far, far better than the completely forgettable junk Starcraft II offers. Designs are also nice and colourful while retaining a modern-industrial quality.
    The story and characters are certainly campy, laughable and by no means to be taken seriously, but they all come off like possible real people(the fact that they're all played by professional actors certainly helps that a lot) and as silly as they may be, the fun factor in both Allied and Soviet story just won't stop until the end, which is a tiny bit short(12 missions for each campaign). I still find Romanov and Yuri to be adorable and Athena Massey in mission 7's opening certainly has left quite an impression on me since my teenage years.

    The fun campyness of the story only compliments a very thoughtful but also very amusing RTS.
    Red Alert 2 is still a wonder of strategy and is all about going around being smarter or more cunning than an enemy. The Isometric view may be a little ugly but it helps the gameplay a lot and adds complexity, like with the range of units which can be counted in tiles.

    The very example of a true masterpiece, as it may be in no way experimental or create anything new, but it masters perfectly everything it is supposed to master. The one game to try if you ever want to know if you can like real-time strategy.
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  5. Apr 6, 2011
    9
    I guess I can be a bit girly when it comes to games- I'm not a big fan of blood and gore and FPS's, but give me a good strategic game withI guess I can be a bit girly when it comes to games- I'm not a big fan of blood and gore and FPS's, but give me a good strategic game with interesting puzzle-type content and I'm there! Along with the Civilization Series (well, the earlier games in that series) this is one of my all time favourites! I just wish there were more games that build upon this type of concept rather than the raft of FPS clones that seem to be flooding the market at the moment :( :( And don't forget, there is multiplayer, but the single player campaigns aren't just an afterthought to the multiplayer like some games, they are fun and intriguing in their own right! Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2012
    9
    In short, this is the 2nd best 2.5D real-time strategy computer game of all time in the history of mankind. Red Alert 2: Yuri Revenge is theIn short, this is the 2nd best 2.5D real-time strategy computer game of all time in the history of mankind. Red Alert 2: Yuri Revenge is the expansion and is The Best.

    From the moment of installation which has a very nice song till finish installation it gave the feeling of you are inside the story and in the army. First time try right away gave you the "X Factor" excitement. It is like watching a long movies series. You can not stop and can not wait to know the next stories and missions. The storyline and missions are very addictive. I wish they could be reproduced or remastered it in a better graphics.

    This game had great storylines, missions and most importantly many skirmish maps and modded extra missions which you can download from the fans/C&C community WEB sites. I had never bored playing this game. Thank's to the fans and C&C community to make this game alive.
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  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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