Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
For An Expansion pack, Red Alert 3: Uprising has a lot of new content If you're expecting just a few missions and maybe a couple of extra units, prepare your gobs for some true smacking.
Most stunningly, and I'm sure this will make or break opinions of this stand-alone add-on, there's no co-op campaign play. Online co-op was the big new feature of RA3 and it's been totally axed here. On the upside this makes Uprising feel like classic Red Alert. On the downside, it's just not Red Alert 3.
Despite that, the challenge some felt was absent in RA3 returns when you don't have a co-commander fighting with you. There are four campaigns, one for each faction, and another where you play as psychic schoolgirl Yuriko Omega.
The Yuriko campaign plays more like an RPG, although Yuriko doesn't level up by killing enemies; instead she studies computers (inevitably there's one PC that's just full of porn). This storyline is entertaining, as bouncing dolphins off aircraft carriers always is, and is a good complement to the main campaigns.
There are only a few campaign maps for each side, but they take several hours, and lots of unit management, to complete. As for new units, the Soviets get stiffed, with only old favourites the Desolator and Grinders being useful, while the Allies get the Harbinger Gunships and Pacifiers, both of which are hard to take out and devastating powerful. The Empire gets a floating giant robot samurai head, which is great fun but takes a long time to build.
And after that, there's the Challenge mode, which is basically one giant nonlinear campaign with no difficulty settings, all three sides and no saving (what?!). As you complete missions you gain extra units and more choice over the next. Unlike in previous EA RTS games, this extra mode has had as much work put into it as the main campaign, and while the lack of a save is a bit annoying, we can't fault the enjoyment factor.
When judging Uprising, the question is whether the lack of co-op ruins it. For me it didn't, but for some people it will; although they may be sated by the Skirmish play options. Then again, some really disliked the co-op aspect of RA3. so for those Uprising will be an improvement. Even the visuals are more colourful and detailed. And it's got Ric Flair and Malcolm McDowell in it. Can you say no to that?
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