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...
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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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185 of 212 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
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Graphics:
+ fantastic effects
+ the water!
+ harmonious lighting
- low polygon scenery
- sometimes bland ground textures

Atmosphere:
+ gorgeous over-down scenario
+ cool movies
+ known actors
+ matching humor
+ c&c flair total

Sound:
+ good units comments
+ professional speaker
+ massive surround sound
+ atmospheric music

Balance:
+ easy start
+ never unfair
+ none of the parties really overpowering
- difficulty varies
- for pros to easily

Map Design:
+ exciting, ever-changing mission objectives
+ surprises
+ bizarre replica of the original scenes
- sometimes boring side quests

AI:
+ co-op colleagues respond accurately to commands
- aI does not change tactics
- dropouts and illogical actions
- pathfinding

Units:
+ all units useful
+ secondary tactical skills
+ rock-scissors-paper-principle
+ super weapons not overpowering

Campaign:
+ staged with a wink and technically excellent
+ motivated until the end
- in the basic simple action

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 20 hours
+ three individual nations
+ extensive multiplayer part
+ three campaigns
- but be a short one

Multiplayer: good
+ multiplayer playtime around 50 hours
+ good balance, cool co-op mode, but not enough game modes and options.

Red Alert 3 presents crazy, whether by the witty ideas and cutscenes or the bizarre units. Good thing behind this harmonious backdrop also a thoughtful strategy game inserted. I have put together my army clever, specifically use the special abilities of my units and always meet changing requirements. Sure, the AI belongs modernized for a long time, and a new technique scaffold did C & C also good to have a lot of fun makes me Red Alert 3 anyway. This is mainly due to the new co-op mode, which finally brings variety to the C & C typical skirmish monotony. The gaudy spectacle is a successful extension of the Red Alert universe.

Score: 88 / 100
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69 of 77 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
515.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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.
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165 of 233 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Very good, yes
defend motherland
yes
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135 of 194 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
like porn but instead of sex scenes there's tanks
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113 of 168 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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10/10
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
TL:DR? See Conclusion

NOTE:
I have played this game extensively, but not on Steam.

INTRODUCTION:
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?”

PROS:
+ 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

CONS:
- 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)

CONCLUSION:
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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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Once, in a match, I saw this Allied Rocket Trooper, stuck under the water, but still being able to fire rockets.
I had around 6 Shogun Battleships blow him to wonderland. Unfortunately, the water shielded him from the explosive barrages. Then a soldier gunned him down.
I am questioning the Shogun Battleship's firepower...


But on the bright side, I had an Attack Dog that took hardly any damage from running past 3 Armageddon Tanks who were firing at him. Who let the dogs out?

Canines are invulnerable! (Then they get one-shot by infantry units)

8.5/10 Dogs & Bears with Anti-Tank fur coats, and troops turning into Mermaids to avoid artillery barrages --- what more could you want?

EDIT: Of course, the enemy AI cheats by being able to launch strikes at your base without sending a sighting-unit over, which Human commanders must do (i was building a little infantry army so i can para-drop them and the Soviet AI launched a badger-bomber strike there, killing them all instantly, with NONE of their units at my base to reveal the shroud - this happens in every playthrough; beware!)...
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
121.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Best RTS on Steam!
Pros:
+Nice graphics that still look mighty fine even after all the years
+Energizing soundtrack that changes according to the battlefield situation
+Reworked and well thought-out resource system that promotes base expansion
+All the factions are all fundamentally unique and don't have a single similiar unit
+Really good in-game voice acting
+Clear and understandable interface
+Co-op campaign!
+Action-packed battles that require both macromanagement and microcontrol!
+Gamechanging unit abilities! Not a single ability is useless

Cons:
- Somewhat poor unit pathing on particular maps (Not all)
- Fair share of abusable bugs, like a harvester passing through an ore node
- Singleplayer campaign is so easy that can be cleared by a one-handed blindfolded monkey even on "Hard" difficulity (seriously)
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The game CAN be played in MULTIPLAYER, even though the official servers closed. Visit http://cnc-online.net/ and do all the required steps and you are good to go. If you still can't do it, then just send me a message - i'll be glad to help you and bring another player to the RA3 online community!



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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Online doesn't work on steam version anymore, I'm reviewing this today because I saw it on sale. So anyone wanting to play it online get it on Origin then go to C&C online. Gamespy stopped the online service on June 30th 2014.

http://cnc-online.net/
http://forums.revora.net/forum/2728-c-conline/ (Forums)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPrax-e-naU ^^^(Tutorial how to sign up to C&C Online)^^^

http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates
http://www.ea.com/news/update-on-ea-titles-hosted-on-gamespy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMsThO6m6s0 ^^^(TL;DR)^^^
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
111.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Probably one of the greatest RTS of all time, very undeservingly placed in the shadows of the more famous StarCraft series, this series pack so much more humor, fun and loonyness!
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
424.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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. ♥♥♥.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I love red alert games but this one if I could I would return it. none of it felt right and I finished the campaigns in next to no time at all compared to the last games. red alert 2 is far better in my opinion, you might feel differently but heres the thoughts from an absolute red alert fan.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
So before you continue, I should let you know I have a bit bias towords this game... This was my first RTS and brought me into the RTS world. The cutscenes are funny, and the characters are well written. The campaign is good. The multiplayer was fun, but I always had fun messing with the AI. 10/10
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
Very nice follow up on RA2. I really enjoyed the Rising Sun campaign! C&C remains RTS king.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I have been a fan throughout the C&C series especially the red alers. I have 1 and 2 and also this one.

I have to say im somewhat impressed but not fully. The game has its flaws but it does not have the same feeling as before maybe its because its in 3d, who knows...

But yet again this game can be fun in many ways but personally i prefer Red alert 2. Just wish steam would release red alert 2 somehow but i doubt that will happen...
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Game does not include a lapdance
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39 of 73 people (53%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
>♥♥♥♥ YOU EA< (((EDIT: go here to get multiplayer in this now: http://cnc-online.net/)))

The multiplayer on this game is now gone.
Lost 7 points out of its initial 10

3/10

3 points because its a great C&C game, like any other honestly, but updated, like the others. ♥♥♥♥ING EA RUINING THIS GAME.
Umm yeah, if you want to buy a C&C game now, just buy the newest one so you can play online or buy one that will give you a notalgia trip.

If you're brand new, just know that in the future EA will ♥♥♥♥ you in the ♥♥♥ eventually. and you should start with one of the older games to get the concept, might I reccomend Red Alert 1 or 2?
Maybe after beating those you'll feel the need to get 3, go ahead. But the best part of the game is gone now, no more skirmishes with friends. or playing Co-Op (granted there is still true LAN, Hamachi doesn't work though.)

♥♥♥♥ YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU EA


Story: 10/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Presentation: 10/10
Soundtrack: 9/10 (its good.)
Replayability: 2/10 (After beating this there is no end game.)
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
brilliant game must own for RTS fans also better than the console version by miles
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Another Great RTS game, The Command and Conquer series is always a good choice to go with. Any game but the 4th one.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
109.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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
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