This generation’s Real Time Strategy (RTS) game has arrived in an Ultimate Edition package. But did EA’s Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 include the right chemistry?
Let me first say, I’m a fan of the Command and Conquer series. C&C: Generals was the icing on the already moist yellow cake on the PC platform. I played hours and even setup LAN games to avoid the headache of opening ports on my router. So with the above information, you know I adore C&C… BUT — porting this title to the PS3 was a difficult task. Understanding and remembering all the controls was another difficult task, especially to the reviewer err… player. Controls aside, ‘C&C Red Alert 3: Ultimate Edition’ has one of the best casts in ANY RTS game. Oh yeah, and the stereotypical voice overs are hysterical.
They came from the East, Rising Sun. The story behind Red Alert 3 is a clever one. On the verge of the Allies overpowering the Soviets, the only chance the Soviets have to gain a tactical advantage exists in the form of a time machine. A time machine the Soviets will use to intercept Albert Einstein in the past which would cripple the Allies war technologies. After successfully “interfering” with history (eliminating Albert Einstein) they return to the current world where a NEW opposition exists – Empire of the Rising Sun.
Using the controller kinda works. We know already that Red Alert 3 is best played on the PC. But EA has made the control system acceptable with the use of the controller. After close to an hour with the tutorial section (Trophy worthy) you’ll soon learn how to use the control system. Most importantly, you can always check in the games “Options” for a refreshing course of instructions.
Three campaigns, one mission. Ok, so you know already you can play as one of the three commanders; Soviets (Russia), Allies (USA) and Empire of the Rising Sun (Japan). Each faction has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The Soviets have war bears and the Bullfrog (infantry launched transporter), the Allies have attack dogs and killer dolphins and the Empire have Shinobi (master assassins) and Yari Minisubs (kamikaze submarine). Part of the fun comes from seeing what else you’ll uncover on the sprawling tech-tree available to you. But no matter which faction you choose, know that Ore is still the most important resource in the game. Without it and power you’ll find it very hard to crush your opponent following the objectives provided throughout the game. Like Altered Beast — “Power Up”
Co-operatively conquer missions. One of the newest features credited in Red Alert 3 is the addition of co-op play. You can either play with a friend locally or invite him through a PSN invitation as a Co-commander. With your friend connected you can tackle the opposition together. Don’t have any friends? You’re in luck, lol. You can choose from up to 9 different cpu co-commanders — 3 for each faction.
Casting for the role. EA Los Angeles casted many famous stars in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3. Ok, we’re not talking Jim Carrey here, but his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy plays for the Allies. Joining her is Jonathan Pryce, J.K Simmons (HBO’s Oz), Gemma Atkinson, Randy Couture (MMA Fighter), Autumn Reeser and Greg Ellis. For the Rising Sun you have Star Trek actor George Takei, Ron Yuan, Kelly Hu, Bruce A Locke, Jack J. Yang and Lydia Look. The “Red Guys” Soviets include, Tim Curry (Home Alone 2), Andrew Divoff, Peter Stormare, Gina Carano (MMA Fighter), Ivana Milicevic, Dmitri Diatchenko, Gene Farber and Vanessa Bra.
In the Navy. The increased emphasis on naval gameplay is apparent. Many of the missions involve conquering the sea with tactics only a sailor would love. But while you may not enjoy Black Beard stories on the seven seas, your skills are put up to the test right away within the first couple of missions. With amphibious units you’ll be able to cross rivers and oceans for transportation or attacking the competition.
Adv/Dis adv of each faction
Cut-scenes are entertaining and funny
Long winded tutorials
Control system difficult to remember
You can have a lot of fun once you patiently understand the control system involved. EA’s Los Angeles took C&C:RA3, this made-for-PC game, and twisted some knobs, pushed some buttons and produced a great RTS game for the PS3. Fans of C&C will not be disappointed unless you’re reading this with a mouse glued to your hand.