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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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Score distribution:
  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: 49 out of 139
  2. Negative: 55 out of 139
  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. Oct 9, 2015
    9
    im just about 7-8 years late, but I just have to say this. this game is still amazing by today's RTS standards. excellent music, good soundim just about 7-8 years late, but I just have to say this. this game is still amazing by today's RTS standards. excellent music, good sound effect and portrait dialogues. really good graphics on high settings, particularly the water. its just the art style is very different then previous games. cool and funny theme. incredible AI, just incredible, push the difficulty up to brutal and go watch the replay of what the AI does. have not seen a better AI ever in any game and that is still the case today.

    the only negative i have against the game is the story and plot is pretty meh on "seriousness". but its quite funny if you dont look at it seriously.

    The low user score is likely some old fans trolling because they dont like the style. if you havent played too much of the series it shouldnt be a bad experience.
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  3. nathanm
    Jan 6, 2010
    9
    Its a very fun game. I really enjoyed playing the campaigns in co op. the graphics are really good.
  4. RileyS.
    Nov 9, 2008
    6
    Not nearly as good as Red Alert 2. Game lacks depth. AI generals are cheesy and childish. I wont play this game much. Units are not as cool Not nearly as good as Red Alert 2. Game lacks depth. AI generals are cheesy and childish. I wont play this game much. Units are not as cool as Red Alert 2. Nothing is as good. Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2011
    4
    The game is good, and has humour. But it's nothing like the old RA games from Westwood. If you enjoyed those games, and think about buyingThe game is good, and has humour. But it's nothing like the old RA games from Westwood. If you enjoyed those games, and think about buying this, you really should see videos first. As stated by others, it's more comical (With the graphics), has more loose humour, and alot of eye candy, which personally in my opinion is just to attract young teenagers into buying the game. One thing I noticed when I played, was that the troops in the game (like a conscript), when killed, the corpse will remain on the ground for quite abit unlike other games. The bodies can even be flinged or moved around after the unit/s die. I was annoyed that there wasn't a map generator in it like the previous RA games. Luckily, the nets provided a map generator mod for the game. I would not recommend this game more than the old games. Nothing will ever beat the old Westwood games. Expand
  6. IvanC
    Feb 20, 2009
    3
    The first Command and Conquer I didn't enjoy. I can't get into it. It's just not fun, I liked every iteration of this series The first Command and Conquer I didn't enjoy. I can't get into it. It's just not fun, I liked every iteration of this series and I love innovation. Ignoring the video clips which are on par with all the others in the series, the game mechanics don't feel right. I find myself playing this out of loyalty to the franchise (and to justify buying the game) but it lacks the magic of the previous versions. All units have two types of attack but the menu system is annoying. Some units are just plain novel and only used because they're all you have in the single player mode. I can't understand the high review scores, perhaps I'll play it again and change my mind, maybe I'm missing something. In the meantime I'll stick to the skirmishes in Tiberium Wars. Unforgivable taking away the ore/tiberium mining and replacing it with boring oil derek's. Good to see Mr Solo make a come back via the world of failed actors who end up in video games though. 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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