Review Xbox 360: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

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This is the fully fledged console series sequel in the Command & Conquer franchise.

This is a much loved franchise, with other titles like Command & Conquer: Renegade 2 and Tiberium Wars, which were received very well. One of my favourites is Command & Conquer: Generals but there are so many great Command & Conquer games out there but they are PC titles, not console and that is what is worrying me slightly, the controls are vast on the PC versions with many ways to hotkey commands obviously consoles don’t have that luxury.

The story is brilliant, a kind of “what if?” vibe which gives a great spin to the story and keeps you wanting to play more levels so you can see the unique way these games get you so involved.

In Red Alert 3, the crumbling leaders of the Soviet Union travel back in time to change the course of history by killing Einstein. This creates an alternative timeline where technology has followed a different evolution; a new super power has risen in the wake of world war three. There is a three way struggle for world domination between The Empire of the Rising Sun, The Soviets and The Allies and with a new line of wonderful wacky technology expect units like armoured bears to transforming tanks to wreak havoc with.

Red Alert is easy to play, with tutorials to help you understand the menu system which isn’t hard, after that you can start to enjoy making your units and building and upgrading your base. I love the fact there’s large bodies of water which means there’s a navel element where you can build battleships to dolphins and also navel units aren’t always trapped just on/in the water, boats can sprout legs and turn into land based vehicles, which you can in your plans and strategies. One of my favourite features has to be the telsa coils you can build to defend you base, well they took a step further and brought telsa tanks into the mix which just made my day. There are so many ways of playing this game because of the vast amount of units you can use but also the unique weapons that can change the tide of battle in an instant; these are always spectacular whichever side you pick.

The game play is spectacular but also the graphics of this game are out of this world, every unit, every building and every explosion looks crisp and colourful it’s amazing if you think how expansive this game is. The maps all look great too and set in many environments, from snow to beaches to even urban areas.

you may recognise as appearing in games or voicing over characters seems to be in the in thing with actors at the moment. With the likes of Jonathon Pryce (G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra) and Gemma Atkinson (Hottie from Holly oaks) but here’s the sell, the man himself Mr George Takei is the emperor Yoshiro, leader of The Rising Sun fraction…ZOMG!

Just to top is off the sound quality is excellent from laser sounds too lightning strikes from telsa tanks, it all sounds top notch, you will not hear a single fault mind you they have been doing this for years.

The only thing you can fault this game on is that the game play hasn’t changed a lot from both ancient and recent Command & Conquer titles and like always the campaign has a puzzle element to it so your just working through the puzzles and not really using your own initiative but there is a bigger emphasis of co-op play this time around so you and a friend can fight for world domination together.

Over all this game is great and is immense fun but a familiar kind of fun, with great in-depth story telling. It’s also nice to see the series exploring new directions but pleases its audience. It’s always nice to see the new era of players coming to games like these that you may think are more for experienced hardcore audiences but it’s not like that at all, it’s nice to see clear tutorials especially for deep games like these with more controls than other console games to get people who have never played the series of RTS used to it but it’s also nice as a big fan to be remembered. EA have provided for both sides of fans here as it’s a game I can see selling well to people who may want to try something new on their 360 and I also has a big fan will be keeping this and can’t wait to play it over and over again. 

Rating: 8.5/10

Originally posted at www.xboxliveaddicts.co.uk

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