Rise of the Reds – or ROTR for short – improves upon the C&C Generals formula while also adding its own distinct elements to it. Most notably, the mod adds two completely new factions, the tank-heavy Russian Federation and the defence-oriented European Continental Alliance. In addition, the three original factions China, USA and GLA have been greatly expanded and redesigned in a variety of ways, with several new units, buildings, powers and abilities to explore and combine in your in-game tactics.
GLA Buggies have recently become capable of fielding mortar cannons with an ingeniously improvised self-loading mechanism that allows them to adapt to any circumstances at hand. The gunner riding shotgun with the driver is in direct control and requires the assistance of the crude targeting computer to calculate the arc and trajectory of the projectile to ensure optimal accuracy. Samir and Amir, two brothers who operated the same Buggy, took credit for the invention. "Those imperialist Chinese dogs just kept sending more and more waves of infantry at us." Amir commented. "That's right, brother! Sometimes we'd fire a full rocket barrage and kill only one of them at best. But the issue is that hit-and-run guerrilla tactics are supposed to be ammunition-efficient." "So me and Samir here showed up the next day with our beloved mortar. Well, let's say the Chinese have to send their cowardly aircraft at us now. But at least we got rid of the old problem, right...?"
What this means in simple gameplay terms is that GLA Buggies in 1.72 will be able to switch between two fire-modes: The familiar rocket barrage and a mortar which fires single shells at a slower rate. The shells produce greater individual damage with a splash effect on impact, but can't hit moving targets reliably. As such, the Buggies are now able to combat a wider range of ground targets more efficiently if you micro-manage them correctly. Do consider that switching between the two weapons takes several seconds during which the vehicle is unable to defend itself though.