The game is pretty good but the three empires arent really close to being balanced imo. The main reason being the different way in which each one builds, which makes the japanese really annoying if you dont like double building every building you create.
If you get on the japanese force while its building its over, 100% of the time because everything they build rolls out as a little easily destroyable unit that you are supposed to then direct where to go and finish building.
The main drawback to this game for me though is the superweapons. So super that all you really need is to build them first and you win. Dont need to uncover the fog of war even, can just nuke the enemy every game 10min into it and then roll in with a handful of choppers or tanks to mop up. If not for the superweapons i probably would have kept playing the game with a buddy and would be giving this a recommend.
I just cant bring myself to recommend a game with such an overpowered mechanic, though i did like many of the C&C games in the past, this one felt like they just skipped the balancing phase all together.