TL:DR? See Conclusion
I have played this game extensively, but not on Steam.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game serving as the third installment of the popular Command & Conquer series. It features a rebooted story and a brand new faction called 'The Empire of the Rising Sun'. However, unlike its predecessors, Electronic Arts who acquired Westwood Studios, the original developers of the game, produced Red Alert 3. It is one of the last few remaining franchises who use live action cutscenes which the series is known for.
Players once again take the role of the unknown commander who leads either the Allied Forces, the Soviet Army, or the newly resurrected Imperial Armed Forces to ultimate victory.
Red Alert 3's story starts with the Soviet Union in complete collapse after the events of Red Alert 2. In an effort to stop the USSR's defeat, surviving Soviet leaders use a time machine to go back in history and erase Albert Einstein in order to prevent him from developing Allied technology. Upon returning to the Present day however, they discover that without Einstein, nuclear technology was never developed. With this turn of events, this meant that the US never bombed Japan and the Empire never surrendered during World War 2. Now the Empire has risen once more and poses a new threat to both the Soviets and the Allies prompting the hilarious line by actor Peter Stormare as Dr. Gregor Zelinsky: “We now have...two mortal enemies?”
+ Colorful visuals and very nice graphics with good use of Physx technology
+ New 'Empire of the Rising Sun' faction is fun to play featuring highly advanced, extremely versatile, very expensive, and unhealthily suicidal units (ex. Tsunami Tank: “HA! Give us a good death”
Imperial Warrior: “Death before defeat!”
Shogun Battleship: “Ramming speed!”
Yari Sub: “We're taking you with us!”
+ Fun campaign for all 3 factions
+ Hilarious, Hammy, Cheesy but overall good voice acting
+ Humorous and entertaining Tutorial
+ All units for all factions now have secondary abilities
+ Co-op campaign
+ Very nice Music and Sounds
- The very colorful art-style that could cause headaches for some people
- Some low polygon models, low resolution shadows, and poor textures can be seen here and there
- Short campaign for each faction
- Story is shallow and uses way to many cliche elements from the previous Red Alert 2
- Occasional pathfinding problems
- Balance issues with some of the units
- Some outstanding bugs that was never fixed (for some reason, changing the graphics quality and resolution at the same time MAY cause a crash)
- Despite EA's vast resources and use of big name actors like Peter Stormare and George Takei, I can't help but feel that they were not able to live up to the standard of Westwood.
- Broken multiplayer on Steam (No idea if it works in Origin)
GREAT RTS GAME. Although it does not fully capture the magic of Red Alert 2, Red Alert 3 still delivers a great fast paced experience for RTS fans looking for a quick fix. The campaign is fun with a story that is easy to follow but uses a lot of cliche plot elements. The Soundtrack is excellent and the over-the-top, hammy, and cheesy voice acting are very entertaining. Multiplayer is also fun if you're looking for a casual RTS experience since the AI does pose a challenge on higher difficulties. In addition, new game mechanics such as the secondary abilities and the new faction spices up the action.
Now we come on whether or not I recommend this game. If you're in this for the single player experience, sure I can RECOMMEND this game easily. If you're in this for the multiplayer experience, I DO NOT RECOMMEND this game here on Steam because for some reason the Servers are broken so you're better off purchasing this in EA's Origin Platform.
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