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  • Summary: Red Alert 3 breaks new ground in the RTS genre, featuring a fully co-operative campaign while bringing back the series’ light-hearted style and classic, action-oriented gameplay. In Red Alert 3, the desperate leadership of a doomed Soviet Union travels back in time to change history andRed Alert 3 breaks new ground in the RTS genre, featuring a fully co-operative campaign while bringing back the series’ light-hearted style and classic, action-oriented gameplay. In Red Alert 3, the desperate leadership of a doomed Soviet Union travels back in time to change history and restore the glory of Mother Russia. The time travel mission goes awry, creating an alternate timeline where technology has followed an entirely different evolution, a new superpower has been thrust on to the world stage, and World War III is raging. The Empire of the Rising Sun has risen in the East, making World War III a three-way struggle between the Soviets, the Allies, and the Empire with armies fielding wacky and wonderful weapons and technologies like Tesla coils, heavily armed War Blimps, teleportation, armored bears, intelligent dolphins, floating island fortresses, and transforming tanks. Red Alert 3 asks the question "What If?" What if every bizarre research project and technology experiment for the last 70 years had actually borne fruit? What if the Philadelphia Experiment, time travel theory, teleportation, invisibility, Tesla technology, and a hundred other intriguing research projects had all paid off and gone mainstream? What if the Soviet Union survived and thrived; what would it look like 10 years in the future? What if the Japanese Empire had never fallen and instead became the ultimate high-tech military superpower? The end result is an imaginative and playful vision of an alternate future filled with possibility. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 48 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. PC Gamer
    92
    Any game in which a giant laser cannon pops out of Teddy Roosevelt's head on Mt. Rushmore is a winner in my book...Red Alert 3 is a highly polished game that doesn't take itself the least bit seriously, and co-op play might jus be the next big thing in RTS. [Holiday 2008, p.62]
  2. Play (Poland)
    90
    Novel rules, bizarre units and a twisted design style carry this venerable series to the new heights of glory, previously unattainable. The special abilities that can markedly change the role that any unit plays on the battlefield add a layer of goodness to the whole experience. [Dec 2008]
  3. A superb interface, the ability to garrison your men and unit veterancy are also worthy of high praise.
  4. Red Alert 3 is an interesting RTS. However, besides the cooperative mode it doesn't add anything even remotely new. It's still solid, the production values are high, but the missions could use more creativity.
  5. Red Alert 3 is a raucously fun strategy game that overcomes its issues with both style and substance.
  6. It's big, loud, and crazy, and it's clearly not meant to be taken too seriously. But looking past the pageantry, the whole thing is a little too familiar. If you're looking for some innovation, or at the very least, a modest twist in your RTS, you're not going to find it here.
  7. It has the same lack of subtlety and rapid pace - plus it looks better. But it comes off as an average and unnecessary entry in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 122
  2. Negative: 54 out of 122
  1. Dec 25, 2012
    10
    Sooo I honestly can't understand all the hate on RA 3 - about half these reviews are from people who obviously haven't even played the game orSooo I honestly can't understand all the hate on RA 3 - about half these reviews are from people who obviously haven't even played the game or had pre-created opinion.
    Now, back to review, game is great - graphics are nice (that water!), unit balance is pretty good, and while there are one-man army units which can wipe out entire base in matter of seconds, it just adds that dynamic feeling to the game - you have to control everything, or you will be crushed. As of story - honestly, for an RTS it is great. Even if it's supposed to be funny at times, it makes a way better job of telling player a story than, let's say, Starcraft 2 campaign. Especially considering Uprising, which is also a lot darker and deeper than base RA3. It doesn't also matter if this game is similar or isn't to Red Alert1/2 - Why it would be? It's been like 7 years. RA3 is pretty innovative for the series, the whole amphibious-mecha-etc system is just amazing (compared to - again - SC 2, it's just godlike).
    Only problems IMHO are things like pathfinding (fixed in Uprising moreless), too much boobs (if you don't like girls :c) and imbalance between missions difficulty - Pearl Harbor is just harder than assault on Black Tortoise or even Yokohama, lol. Also, AI derps sometimes in campaign, usually if you run to water with your MCV - then it sometimes stops doing anything for ~10 minutes or until you attack.
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  2. nathanm
    Jan 6, 2010
    9
    Its a very fun game. I really enjoyed playing the campaigns in co op. the graphics are really good.
  3. BillA
    Nov 1, 2008
    8
    Finally the cnc franchise has a game that has the missing piece of the RTS formula: strategy. In the past every cnc game, although creative Finally the cnc franchise has a game that has the missing piece of the RTS formula: strategy. In the past every cnc game, although creative and flashy, was stale and lacked deep game play mechanics. EA seemed to fix all that and still gave ra3 that creative and flashy charm. It Expand
  4. DanM
    Nov 7, 2008
    5
    This game can be fun but if you enjoy the original Red Alert, then stay away from this one. The original Red Alert was almost realistic, Red This game can be fun but if you enjoy the original Red Alert, then stay away from this one. The original Red Alert was almost realistic, Red Alert 2 was not even to far fetched to imagine, Red Alert 3 is a complete launch into a fantasy realm that isn't for people who love the original RA. It does however provide some interesting new characteristics for a general RTS fan that you should look into. Expand
  5. RalphW.
    Nov 13, 2008
    4
    Being a big Red Alert 2 fan I am very disappointed. The graphics are hard to decipher it is unclear from visual examination what the units Being a big Red Alert 2 fan I am very disappointed. The graphics are hard to decipher it is unclear from visual examination what the units do. The whole base building side is a joke - just place an ore refinery infront of the ore - boring. I miss my Russian tanks etc - I was really looking forward to this game but I doubt I will play it at all - feel cheated - especially after reading the glowing reviews. Expand
  6. JH
    Nov 18, 2008
    3
    The AI is abysmal in the campaign (friendly AI keeps dying), and in skirmishes (rushes early in the game, then is easily decimated if you The AI is abysmal in the campaign (friendly AI keeps dying), and in skirmishes (rushes early in the game, then is easily decimated if you survive the one-time rush). The game is RA2 on speed... everything needs to be micromanaged and done at extreme speeds or you will be raped. It honestly feels like RA2 reboxed with some new units and graphics. EA has yet again shown its abilities of taking an existing game and re-releasing with ass gameplay and buggy AI. Expand
  7. Jun 10, 2014
    0
    Como jugador del Red Alert original sólo consiguió enfurecerme hasta cotas inauditas. Todo mal, historia, gráficos, intentos de humorComo jugador del Red Alert original sólo consiguió enfurecerme hasta cotas inauditas. Todo mal, historia, gráficos, intentos de humor fallidos, falta de interés en mecánicas. Dan ganas de mostrarlo a los estudiantes para que vean "lo que no hay que hacer". Expand

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