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...
User reviews: Very Positive (1,070 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 28, 2008

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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.

  • It's Always Better With Someone Else — Fight your way through three campaigns solo, or join forces with your friends or one of nine, in-game commanders, each with unique personalities and play styles, in missions designed from the ground for co-op play.
  • Star-Studded Storytelling — Command & Conquer's trademark live-action videos return in HD, with over 60 minutes of footage featuring the largest cast in the history of the Command & Conquer franchise.
  • Command the Seas, Conquer the World — Experience Gameplay as for the first time in the series, waging war on the water will be every bit as important as dominating by land and air. Gain strategic advantages by controlling resources in the seas and mounting three-pronged attacks from all directions.
  • Ready your Man Cannons! — Armored War Bears, and Anime-inspired psychic school girls join your favorite Red Alert units like Sonic Dolphins, Tesla Troopers, Attack Dogs, and the ever popular Tanya.
  • A New Threat From the East — The deadly Empire of the Rising Sun is a technological terror, with designs influenced by a mixture of anime, science-fiction, martial arts and robot culture. The Empire's futuristic units can transform into alternate forms, and they specialize in naval warfare.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® XP SP2, Windows Vista (32-bit)
    • Processor: Any Intel Core Duo machine; XP: Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz or better, AMD Athlon XP 2100+ or better; Vista: Intel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz or better, AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better, ATI Radeon X800 or better
    • Hard Drive: At least 10 GB of free space
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card (Yamaha Xwave-512 is not supported)
    • Multiplayer: 2 - 6 players with optional voice support, network or Internet connection required (Cable, DSL or faster connection).
    • INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. TO ACCESS ONLINE FEATURES, YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE. ONLY ONE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE PER GAME. EA ONLINE TERMS & CONDITIONS AND FEATURE UPDATES CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.EA.COM. YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER WITH EA ONLINE. EA MAY RETIRE ONLINE FEATURES AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON WWW.EA.COM.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
480.0 hrs on record
A great followup to Red Alert 2 with more plot holes thists, crazyness and humor. Great adaptive AI, smooth gameplay, great physics, greath graphics for it's time. Campaign is awesome, filled with high quality FMV with great freaking actors and actual acting. My playhours says it all this game ruined my life, send help, though most of them are modding related.
Posted: October 10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
156.9 hrs on record
If only EA could re-open the GameSpy Servers for multiplayer, then I would recommend this game.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Has a co-op campaign that is great to play with your significant other, and a tongue-in-cheek storyline that is quite entertaining.
Posted: September 29
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
like porn but instead of sex scenes there's tanks
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Vodka and guns
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
424.5 hrs on record
Out of the recent releases of Command & Conquer, this one is easily one of the best I have ever played. (Red Alert 2 being my favorite). Cheesy live action videos with famous actors, are just the tip of the iceberg of just what makes this game amazing. The online play is outstandingly fun. (Servers are closed down now, Thanks EA. ♥♥♥.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
J. Jonah Jameson was trying to blow up Moscow with a giant laser built into Theodore Roosevelt's head on Mount Rushmore, which wasn't good at all, because that would destroy my peace treaty with Doctor Frank N. Furter, whom I desperately needed on my side to help me defeat Lieutenant Sulu.

Red Alert 3 is a brilliant RTS game, set in an alternate timeline after the Soviets went back in time and rewrote history (again) by murdering Albert Einstein. It’s even more ridiculous than it sounds, and serves as an almost perfect sequel to my all-time favourite RTS, Red Alert 2. It’s fun, campy, and often hilarious, while still serving up slice after slice of the Command & Conquer we all know and love.

There are three campaigns to be played through: Soviet Union, Allies, and The Empire of the Rising Sun. Each campaign consists of 9 missions, and it took me about 23 hours to beat them all. When you’re done with that, there’s custom Skirmishes and the Uprising expansion to play through.

The soundtrack is a blast, and Frank Klepacki, the musical genius behind the rocktronic compositions for the original C&C through to Renegade, returns once more for three tracks: Hell March 3, Grinder 2, and The Red Menace, which steal the show above the rest of the game's music. Pity he didn't compose the entire soundtrack.

But the reason I’ve hailed RA3 as an ‘almost perfect’ sequel is because it was held back by one flaw: Co-op. Each mission is designed to be played with a partner. I was never able to connect with the one friend I tried to play with, but EA is shutting the down the servers now, so you can’t play with a real person anyway, which means you’re stuck with AI co-commanders working alongside you.

Now don’t get me wrong. They far from ruin the game, and at times, you’ll be glad they’re there, but for the most part, I truly wish that EA had stuck with a single-player campaign. Having an AI working alongside you, blindly sending in troops and making a fool of him/herself, can really throw off your strategy. You might be planning to capture an enemy base, so you invade and take out any turrets and tanks and whatever, but then your co-commander runs in and blows the whole place to Hell and back while your engineers are still running towards their designated structures. The only way to avoid this is to order your co-commander to take point at a position of your choice, and to then repeat this order every 10 seconds until your engineers have done their job, but that becomes far too annoying very quickly.

The AI also has a knack for completing objectives without you, which is a nuisance, because it pushes missions into the next stage before you're ready, and who wants an AI to steal all the glory?

There was this one mission where I had to take out a massive gun, but I also had to eat fish 'n' chips, so I wandered away, satisfied with my defenses, leaving the game running to build me a massive overkill army while I enjoyed my meal and dreamt about the chaos that would ensue when I returned. But by the time I’d sat down at my computer again, my co-commander had gone ahead and destroyed the gun without me, thus completing that objective and robbing me of the pleasure. It was my fault for walking away, but I was disappointed just the same.

This is only a small nuisance though, and they'll never finish the final objective until you've initiated the attack. Plus, Command & Conquer isn’t about taking it slowly and massing an army so huge it removes the challenge. It’s about racing to gather resources and throw a force together as quickly as you can so you can charge in and wipe your enemy off the face of the planet. But when you reach some of the later missions, the AI can really screw you over. For instance, I was defending Pearl Harbour during the Empire of the Rising Sun campaign, and my co-commander told me that he'd protect the eastern shores. He failed at doing so abysmally, and since I'd been concentrating on the western side, I couldn't come to his aid in time to avoid failing the mission.

But don’t let any of that turn you off purchasing this game. Co-op aside, it’s amazing and glorious and zany and perfect in every way. It’s been a long time since I’ve had so much fun playing a game, and I know I’ll be putting a lot more time into it across Skirmishes and a replay on the hard difficulty setting, only this time I’ll know not to trust my AI partner.

Now if you'll excuse me, 'I am escaping to one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism—SPHACE!'
Posted: October 1
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
I don't know if it's because I'm getting older and RTS games just no longer appeal to me, or if this is just a bad game. Though I'm leaning toward the latter. The combat in my opinion was a step back from RA: 2 and generally just felt awkward to deal with. Also the games presentation/UI came across as being really dated.

I bought the game heavily discounted and still feel like I wasted my money. I'd recommend dusting off your old copy of RA: 2 and giving that another go instead.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
I have been playing Command and Conquer games since I was a kid, this one is shallow, uninteresting and owerall poorly designed. Extremely dissapointing.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
DON´T BUY THIS GAME!!!

If you think your gonna play with your friends in multiplayer your in a lot of trouble... registration paswwords and so on.
Me and my friends tried to get it too work but after a while we gave up and no game.... 100euro waste + a lot of time we´ll never get back...
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
This game is a lot of fun but WARNING: THEY REMOVED ONLINE SERVERS SO ONLINE PLAY DOES NOT WORK WITHOUT A LOT OF WRANGLING
Posted: September 27
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Over complicated units, fluctuating difficulties, inconsistent AI makes this a difficult game to love. Which is unfortunate, given that I have a soft spot for the C&C line and wanted to like it.

Just feels like money being milked from a cash cow. And it is one of the few games I stopped halfway and never finished. And even at times when I wanted to play, I opted instead for a custom map over the campaign.
Posted: October 20
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2.0 hrs on record
like the game so far only got did not get when it first came because read if you reinstal it 3 times you can not again.
Posted: October 8
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37.4 hrs on record
The Good: gameplay, story, killer graphics, co-op modding community, humor (sometimes) and Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek

The Bad: Online died but (http://cnc-online.net is there), A lot of change for CNC veterans.

8.5/10
Posted: September 26
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0.6 hrs on record
I love this game but the fact that us, the players who play online for fun with friends..... have been utterly abandoned. We supported this game and they left us in the dust.........un♥♥♥♥ingbelievable
Posted: September 28
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0.8 hrs on record
I don't get a lot of things of this game. Graphics looks a lot more cartoonish than previous C&C or RA series. I don't get why is everything amphibian.

And what's with all the boobies? Do you *have* to show them?
Posted: September 28
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107.7 hrs on record
Not as good as Red Alert 2/ Yuri's Revenge
but at least its better than Command & Conquer 4
and yes I was Very upset that Online is no more
Posted: September 29
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0.8 hrs on record
Reasonable game
Posted: October 2
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11.8 hrs on record
This game is sequel worthy... But Pick this up with uprising, and the upheaval mod. You got yourself a worthy game in-front of you... This game is extremely fun so... pick this up today
Posted: September 27
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0.2 hrs on record
Extremely dissapointed with this title.
Although it was clearly my fault for not checking every game I buy a steam code for, I did not expect a game like C&C RA3 with its enormous multiplayer history to NOT SUPPORT MULTIPLAYER AT ALL!
Posted: September 25
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