Dark experiments have permanently altered time. Or have they? Now, Soviet tanks crush city after city while Allied cruisers shell bases. Spies lurk, land mines wait, and strange new technologies aid both sides in their struggle for ultimate control. Einstein was a brilliant mind, but he did not comprehend the consequences of his actions until it was too late... Command & Conquer: Red alert gives you the opportunity to be more devious, cunning and ruthless than ever before. Easy to play and highly addictive, Red alert puts the fate of the world in your hands!
Westwood Studios brings an incredibly fun and exciting strategy game with some familiar faces. This game basically takes place in an alternate time zone in which Albert Einstein messes with the past, takes out the leader of Germany, and instead of Germany coming to power, we have Russia threatening world peace. And of course, the Allied forces do not want to see the Soviets prevail. There is so much to do in this game, including a campaign mode, skirmish, and multi-player. There are new units, structures, and missions. The question is, do you want to save the world and join the Allied forces, or take over the world and join the Soviets? The general idea, in most cases, is to destroy all your enemies units. There are so many ways to do this, so there is a lot of room for strategy. Yes, brute force will occasionally work, Red Alert forces you to actually think and create an easy path to the heart of your enemies base. The campaign mode is where the creativity really shows, as you get to pick between the good guys and the bad guys to control the "fate" of the world. Of course, I chose to play as the Soviets first, and I was quite surprised. Not all of the missions were "build a base, defeat the enemy style". Several missions require you to work with a small group of units with only occasional reinforcements. These types of missions require stealth, careful planning, and cautious movements. You could run into enemy troops at any time and they always outnumber you. You can also see great cutscenes or mission briefings after completion of a mission. There are some scenes that will raise eyebrows or just be so laughable. The ending movies are pretty hilarious, even ironic. I would certainly recommend this game because it is quite a lot of fun. People who seek serious strategies and want an experience greater than just Red Alert should pick up the sequel, Red Alert 2 instead. This game is still fun even though it has been years since it first came out.
A great game very similar to Tiberian Dawn, but that started another great story about the Soviet Union! I love it as much as the original C&C, it's fun with more new vehicles, AI don't get hurt by walking on resources since they are not radioactive unlike Tiberium and the snowy environments on many levels are great too!
The first time that I played this game was when I was 4... it was in China, on a pirated copy which is on a computer that was meant for a architecture firm (which means that it is at least 4 times as powerful as any computer for public sale)... Yep, the game is so popular in China that in the firm they installed the game on every computer. At any day of the week, one can see at least 8 people playing on the lan. RA1 was one of the few games back then that allow unlimit army size.
Oh, and the pirated copy was still in English... of course that did not stop anyone from playing.