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 (2,068 reviews) - 83% of the 2,068 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 28, 2008

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About This Game

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.

  • 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).
Helpful customer reviews
184 of 191 people (96%) found this review helpful
80 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015 <- go here for multiplayer.

With that out of the way, let me just remind you of what you're getting into here - everything about this game is over-the-top - the story, the characters, the artstyle, the units, the actresses' cleavage. Basically, a Red Alert game like any other, maybe except for that last part.

There are three factions to choose from, the Allies, the Soviet Union, and the Empire of the Rising Sun. Don't ask. Okay, you just had to, fine. Einstein invented the time machine, erased Hitler from the timeline. Soviets got ballsy and started WWII instead of Nazi Germany which is now nonexistent. Then Allies kicked their asses twice, and at that point they invented a time machine of their own to kill Einstein. "Wait, that would mean there is Nazi Germany now and-" No, shut up and go defend your refinery from cryocopters.

Behind the nonsense of a story, there is a jewel of RTS design, hands down. Every unit has a secondary attack, meaning more micro options. There are air, land and sea units (every building except barracks and war factory can be built on water), some can freely switch between two or even all three. Every faction is unique to play down to the way they build their bases, each has something different to offer depending on your preferences and they're overall balanced relative to each other. People might tell you that Allies are the best faction which is kind of true but there was a time when they said the same about Empire so whatever. Just play Soviets, they have bears.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
All the same it is a pity that Westwood is now not, but part 3 is not so bad.The game has distinctive features that distinguish the game from other strategies.
*the game can actively build and defend the base.
*interesting maps and their structure.
*New super weapons, and there was a table of improvements in the game "generals".
*the game has a story, and he is not boring and even an interesting and exciting finale.
*new game engine, all miss the old but it is a step in front in terms of graphics.
* each country has its own type of animation and the construction of buildings.
*a lot of stereotypes, of course a lot, it's the mother of his Red Alert.
8.5 / 10 - with vodka game is excellent, I recommend.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
This game is awesome. The actors are great, they all seem to be having a great time and not taking it too seriously which is the perfect tone for this game. The gameplay is incredible, action packed, fun, and classic Red Alert fun. I found this to feel similar to Red Alert 2 which isn't a bad thing at all in my opinion. The graphics look great, the bases are fun to build and the challenge starts to kick in during the campaign. So far I've only played though some of the Soviet Campaign (which they recommend you play first. But it's the best Dr. Frankenfurter as the Premier of the Soviet Union~ What more could I say? This game is great. If you liked Red Alert 2 I don't see any reason you wouldn't like this.
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33 of 52 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
This is, to my mind, the best Command & Conquer game out there. Some complain about the blatant fanservice with respect to the use of well-edowed female actrices in the hammy videos, while others believe that Red Alert 3 has gone too far with respect to the silliness inherent in the series (i.e. the use of war bears by the Soviets and the mecha-inspired units in the army of the Empire of the Rising Sun). To me, all that stuff is simply silly fluff that shouldn't be taken seriously.

What should be taken seriously is the gameplay. The game is a refined version of the Command & Conquer style of real-time strategy game: a simple economy (you build powerplants to power your structures and harvest ore to get money to buy more buildings and units) with an emphasis on the spectacle of battle. Units are fragile, so expect many of them to be destroyed more or less as soon as you encounter enemy forces. Hard counters are used, which means that some units, for example, have no defences against air units, or are weak against certain types of infantry, and so forth. This means that reconaissance is as important if not more so as in other RTS games.

Red Alert 3 is more micro-heavy than most of the other games in the series. Each and every unit has a toggable special ability (hotkey F), and use of these special abilities will prove essential in most battles. Combined with the speed at which units move and their fragile nature, this means that games can get very hectic, very fast. It's for this reason that I mostly avoid multiplayer: I know that I won't be good enough to compete anyway. Instead, I stick to singleplayer and it's loads of fun.

The game has three factions and each of them gets their own campaign, with each campaign consisting of nine missions each. The different factions are the Allies, the Soviets, and a new third faction especially developed for this game, namely the Empire of the Rising Sun (essentially Japan). The Allies emphasize their air power, while the Soviets field relatively sturdy ground troops and can spit out a lot of units. The Empire is a high-tech faction with specialized units (remember: F is your friend!) and probably the most difficult to play by newcomers. The leaders of each of these factions are played by well-known actors: Vincent Pryce, Tim Curry, and George Takei, respectively.

I've put many hours into the disc version of the game before buying it anew on Steam and do not regret a single minute that I spent playing the game. The campaign is entertaining and can also be played fully in co-op mode. If you don't have any friends, an AI will take over. The AI sometimes really helps out during missions, but more often than not simply forms a distraction that the enemy AI will occupy itself with while you build your base and reinforce your army. If the campaign is not your cup of tea, you can always play skirmishes against the computer or go online (there is a replacement out there for GameSpy, so the online component does still work, thanks to the fans).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
An underrated RTS gem that's just plain fun. I can understand why C&C fanboys might dislike it; it doesn't take itself seriously whatsoever. The Allies command Dolpins with sonar pulse weapons, the Soviets have zeppelin-like Kirov Airships, and the Empire has frickin' Warriors with beam katanas. The units, story and cutscenes are all over-the-top ridiculous but it's highly entertaining. The gameplay is as intense as ever, and the cell-shaded graphics are beautiful, especially the crisp blue water. The difficulty scaling is very good; even though I was once Masters in SC2 I went Easy mode for a nice, relaxing playthrough. Medium isn't too bad if you want to play missions a couple times. Overall this game is just excellent in every aspect.
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