Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 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.
  3. I was completely won over by the simplicity of the resource management and gameplay, and will be playing it for many months to come.
  4. 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.
  5. 93
    One of the most polished, best-conceived, and downright enjoyable real-time strategy games in recent memory.
  6. OK, so it's not a quantum leap forward in gaming, but so what? It's a heck of a lot of fun from the company that defined RTS.
  7. 90
    The gameplay is nothing new, but the engrossing story and intense action will keep you playing for hours.
  8. Not only one of the best games that Westwood has ever created, but is easily one of the most entertaining, visceral, and tactically focused RTS products ever seen, and will likely be remembered as a true classic for years to come.
  9. 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.
  10. Even though you're not breaking new boundaries in the technological field your definitely raising the standards in gameplay for RTS games to come.
  11. Red Alert 2 is THE game that fans of the genre have been waiting for a very long time.
  12. You're not going to have a social life if you purchase this game. Tell your friends you will be unavailable for extended periods of time. Explain to your girlfriend that, no, you're not seeing someone else. And tell your mom to come into the room every 2 or three days to see if you have dehydrated yet.
  13. Solid and extremely stylish (if unrevolutionary) RTS gaming.
  14. In spite of its premise -- a world war -- Red Alert 2 is lighthearted. From the humorous full-motion video sequences to the heavy-metal music to the toylike unit designs, the game has much more in common with G.I. Joe than with "Saving Private Ryan."
  15. A beautiful meld of both action and strategy that seems to hold a little something for everyone.
  16. Westwood must have felt that the RA engine didn't need improving - add 7% if you agree. [Jan 2001, p.118]
  17. The game is one of the better efforts in the series, with the flaws that put off hardcore gamers reduced, but still present. It’s not really one for strategy nuts, but if you like a less challenging but enjoyable dose of strategy, this will fit the bill nicely.
  18. 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?
  19. If you are looking for a fun and explosive real-time strategy title that isn't mired in diplomacy and realism, look no further.
  20. While not totally original, it's got enough intensity and excitement to have even the most jaded real-time strategy gamer glued to his computer for hours. Death to the American dogs, comrade.
  21. Red Alert 2 proves to be one of the finest offerings in the C&C series.
  22. 80
    A well-polished sequel that lives up to, but doesn't necessarily advance, a real-time strategy classic. More compelling RTSs have come, and more are on the way.
  23. Not revolutionary by any means, but it's a solid and polished game that is one of the only jewels to be placed in the RTS crown recently.
  24. RTS fans will really enjoy the faster pacing, new objectives to complete, and the well-acted cutscenes. Other fans looking for 3D graphics or new gameplay options will be disappointed, but the missions are still entertaining enough to keep them happy.
  25. 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.
  26. The recipe might be getting old, but what comes out of the oven is still plenty tasty.
  27. 70
    If you're looking for no-frills old school resource management, then Red Alert 2 is what you are looking for.
  28. Straightforward, cautious, and pleasurable - this is a prequel-sequel that fills the stomach with candy that threatens very few intestinal side effects.
  29. 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.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 276 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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 timeI 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    Far the best RTS game I ever play. Let's StandStrong and highlight that we can review only game which we played, and games can be reviewedFar the best RTS game I ever play. Let's StandStrong and highlight that we can review only game which we played, and games can be reviewed only if this site allows it - after the release. Wondering if people should write 0 reviews for games they never played.
    I love Red Alert 2 still and forever, a real classic.
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