Before I begin this blog, a little history. As much as I love RTS games, few games have had the impact on me that the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert had. Everything about the game just appealed to me - from the kick arse music (Hell March especially), to the ridiculous cutscenes, to the gameplay. It all just clicked for me - even though it's a bloody hard game. I guess it was the fact that you could play as the bad guys - again, not a new feature (the original C&C let you do this), but for me, that was something awesome - and the Soviets were badass to boot!

I played one helluva lot of Red Alert and Red Alert 2 back in the day - it's the only RTS that I've dedicated hours to. So you could imagine my happiness when Red Alert 3 was revealed earlier in the year - I was delighted for two things. Firstly, it's RED ALERT 3. The second? It's not another Tiberium game! (you should also know that I can't stand the Tiberium universe - with the exception of NOD and Kane. The rest bores the shit out of me).

The initial skepticism that I had about the game quickly went as more and more news was known. Stuff about former C&C Composer Frank Klepacki  returning to do the soundtrack, the addition of the Japanese faction (with PSYCHIC SCHOOLGIRLS AND MECHA), the Russians getting armoured bears....and then this:

And then there's this...

In the space of two minutes, my fanboy instincts kicked in and I was blown away. I've always loved the C&C cutscenes, and RA3 seems to be stepping up. You don't get much more awesome than having Tim Curry as a goddamned Russian, or JK SImmons (aka Jonah Jameson from the Spiderman films) as the Allied commander or George Takei as THE MOTHERFUCKING EMPEROR. Sorry - film nerd. At least there's a lack of sci-fi TV actors (ala C&C3). This one trailer only has already made my month.

Then there's the gameplay. This is the one that I'm really sketpical about, because I wasn't too blown away with what you could do in C&C3. It felt too much like a revamped version of Generals. Not a bad thing, because Generals was a good game - but I was hoping for something more. Here's hoping that Red Alert 3 is a step up. The focus on naval combat...well, that is interesting.

Despite this - it's a Day 1 Purchase for me. Shame about the PS3 version...

That's all for now. I'm off to play some TF2 and attempt to get some Heavy Achievements. Or at least a SANDVICH (go watch the latest Meet the Team video - it's awesome).


Posted by darthhomer Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:04:58 (comments: 14)
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Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:20:29
You forgot to mention Gina Carano as Natasha.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:51:44
That's not as awesome as JK Simmons, Tim Curry or George Takei.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 06:58:18
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 06:58:46
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 07:52:55
Yes and Yes Foolz.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:26:09
Homer yes she is, Wiki her and see it with your own eyes!
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:28:56
I know WHO she is dude. But is it really that good of a thing?
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:54:14
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:06:22
She's not a fucking nazi that rapes other men, but hates gays, so gtfo.
Fri, 22 Aug 2008 01:34:41
Kinda relevant question Foolz - when on earth were you first exposed to Vern?
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