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  1. Nov 7, 2010
    A real gem. Although EA have spoiled C&C since they took over, they got this one right. The gameplay is both slightly new and traditional - it is still lightning fast, but having new elements like single mines for resources and full on naval battles. Many have said this new resource method is out of place in C&C - and yes, it is different, but now you can focus on the fighting. The aforementioned naval battles are sublime - it's a wonder why so few RTS games do it. Now you can build entire bases in the water if need be which has never been done before in Red Alert. This added importance of a navy leads to having to pick your strategy well. All tanks, air or navy? Or a mix of all? The balancing between them is decent, if a little unsuited to C&C. While you still have a few 'pure' combat units, most have an ability that allow the unit to fulfil a different role, disable something, enhance allies firepower, things like that. It is interesting, and the best players always fully understand which units to use and when. Another welcome change is the new approach - this game is ridiculous. Not gritty, or serious, just ridiculous. War Bears, Dolphins, massive zepplins, and yes - lasers from a robot's eyes. It is a great amount of fun to observe. The FMV's are still cheesy and stupid, and while EA have accumulated a cast of models (no explanation needed as to why), they seem to have asked them to not act at all, it doesn't matter. The campaign is a lot of fun too, with the added choice of playing the whole game in co-op with a friend. Above all, if you want a silly, fun, fast and above all, solid RTS, this is for you. Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2011
    This is a game that i feel if they had taken a little more time to make it it would have come out near perfect. As it stands its still a very fun game but you can see all the areas in the game that could have used more work. I just hope in the future if they make a red alert 4 that they spend the time to make it great instead of just ok.
  3. Jan 1, 2012
    Nice script, nice display and genius game play. I love the idea of co-op in campaign mode. But the game is in-balanced and it's hard to balancing the game among 3 races. If you play for fun, buy it. If you want to compete with your friends, think of it again.
  4. Aug 21, 2012
    This game is definitely a winner, Although there are only 3 campaigns/factions, it was still fun while it lasted. Good things about this game:

    The Babes, you have something to fight for, going to war, the acting is sometimes corny/hiarlious too. lol. Those moments where they stare at you.

    The graphics, woot explosions, i see nothing wrong with the graphics as it is suitable for

    features, epic. There's specialists, there's airstrikes, all these perks which you unlock by the end of the campaigns, robots, spies, spy vehicles, incredible stuff.

    Definitely one of the best RTS games out there besdies RA2. You don't play an RTS for it's graphics usually, but definitely this represents gameplay over graphics, unlike the games that came after this.
  5. Dec 19, 2012
    This is my favorite Command & Conquer is very good with nice graphics of the single player mode, multiplayer mode is unfortunately not yet able to play but I'll take it.
  6. Dec 25, 2012
    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 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.
  7. Jul 28, 2013
    I cannot believe all the hate on this game. I'm pretty sure most of the bad reviews are bots of some sort. Not all of them but some of them.

    I mean just look at these names John S, MikeG., Brian T, Chris K, SuneB, Mark J. DanM, BrianC, PhilH, AdamP, Johnw, DerekT, JakeS., BlamM. Joe M. IvanC, MaxA, RalphW. TimB, M.Alex .
    There are also some positive reviews with bot names like
    that but DAMN.

    Idk who spammed this with bad reviews but they are not true and you should not buy into them.

    Solid gameplay, good campaign, and intriguing units. This truely is the sequel to red alert 2 with its querkyness and all. Although this game does not take itself very seriously it is massively fun to play for hours on end. Strategy is key in this game where you have many options of assault and you are able to take research and development in different areas to see what is effective. You will soon learn after playing the strengths and weaknesses of each faction and just how to play as each. This game decides to mix naval air and ground battles just as in red alert 2 but it is done better as you have the worry of being snuck up on by enemy fleets, or bombed by bombers.

    This game is great and I enjoy it more than many of the other command and conquer games out there. Definitely buy this and if you enjoy the campaign or just single player battles but wish for more units then buy the expansion pack it is worth the money if you don't mind no multiplayer which really is a shame.
  8. Jul 27, 2013
    Had a lot of fun with this game. Great graphics, I like the style since it matches the characteristics of the game as a non-serious RTS. Co-op on the hardest difficulty with my friend was a challenge and was enjoyable. The online play is a downfall as it's largely rushing, however if you have 3 friends to play with then this game is a joy to play. Lots of crazy things you can do.
  9. Oct 2, 2013
    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...good game
  10. Nov 17, 2013
    Don't listen to the negative comments I've been playing command and conquer games since the very first one came out for n64 this game doesn't disappoint. It's fun innovative and stays true to the red alert roots. The 2 main differences with this game and red alert 2 are the ore mining has changed from ore fields to ore mines. The resource gathering is still paramount to success. Second every mission is coop available meaning you can have a friend play with you. If you choose solo you have an AI play which is actually very helpful since some of the missions are pretty hard. Overall it's a very fun game. This is coming from a huge C&C fan I'm glad I didn't listen to the negative comments. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 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. 80
    Red Alert 3 is by no means a bad addition to the Red Alert series, but compared to its forebears it lacks much of the panache the series held and may hold some disappointments for fans despite the addition of a good new faction and a fairly satisfying single-player experience.
  3. 80
    What was a tongue-in-cheek look at Cold War paranoia married to solid RTS gameplay has blossomed into a pure comedy that retains the easy-to-pick-up and addictive-as-peanuts gameplay of the best in the Command & Conquer franchise. It's not a game that will redefine strategy gaming, but it is one heck of an enjoyable ride.