Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation
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After Red Alert was released on the PC, Westwood expanded and improved on the game for more than a year. The result was the Counterstrike and Aftermath expansion discs. Finally, console players are able to reap the benefits of these addon discs with Red Alert Retaliation, a title that wraps everything into one tidy game.
Red Alert veterans will immediately notice very few changes between this and the original, but they will find plenty of added depth, such as tons of new missions. Instead of breaking them down between the old PC expansion discs, they have been regrouped into separate campaigns. You'll find that these missions are quite a bit more challenging than those found in the original Red Alert, partly because of the game's new units.
New units? Yes--and many of them. The Soviets have developed the lightning-emitting Tesla Tanks and Shock Troopers, added Nuclear Submarines (they can attack land now), and also have Demolition Trucks and M.A.D. tanks that level buildings wholesale. The Allies counter with teleport-capable Chronotanks, Demolition Trucks, and improved defensive capabilities. Suffice to say, it does a lot to change the way the game plays. But, if you want to know if the changes are for the better, however, you'll have to wait for our forthcom-ing review.
- MANUFACTURER - Westwood Studios
- THEME - Strategy
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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Originally designed as a PC add-on disc (called Aftermath), Red Alert: Retaliation has been substantially reworked to stand on its own as a sequel to the best real-time strategy game on the PlayStation. Retaliation offers 34 completely new (and more difficult) missions, 100 new multiplayer maps, and a ton of new units to make it play somewhat differently from the previous Red Alert game. The new units are quite welcome and add some depth to gameplay, but they don't present anything that we haven't seen before in one form or another. For example, there are Testa Tanks that simply shoot Tesla bursts from their turrets instead. Of shells and Shock Troopers that shoot the same bursts instead of bullets. Suffice to say, if you're looking for all-new and fancy units, you might be a bit disappointed. Graphically, the game is identical to the original, but at least there are 16 new techno-tunes to wage war by. As you can see, there are a lot of additions, but just as many things that are the same. Because of this, my recommendation for this game is two-fold. If you don't have Red Alert or do and are a diehard fan, it's a good idea to buy Retaliation. But otherwise, it's probably a much better idea to rent it and try out some of the new levels to see if it's realty worth buying what is essentially the same game twice.
If C&C: Red Alert only served to whet your appetite, then prepare for a full-course meal. Retaliation is a great package for any realtime strategy fan. This two-disc set has tons of missions, lots of new units and more maps (for Skirmish and 2P Link Modes) than you'll ever need--over 100! The intuitive controls take no time getting used to, although on larger maps, it gets really tough trying to coordinate everything properly.
If you're a fan of the previous two PlayStation C&C games, then Retaliation is a must-buy. And that's appropriate, seeing as how this game's intense difficulty is geared toward C&C veterans. The new units, more puzzle-like missions and secret scenarios (Egad! Giant ants!) make this more than just a glorified mission pack (well, it's actually two PC mission packs). But best of all are the Multiplayer Battle and Co-op Modes.
I'm a big fan of the C&C series, and yet again Westwood seems to have done the trick. The formula may be getting a little old these days, but for PlayStation strategy gaming this is still one of the best series. Retaliation is tougher than previous C&Cs, but there's enough new stuff to keep you interested. The new units are basically old RA units stuck together, i.e., Tesla + Tank = Tesla Tank, but it still makes for an exciting game.
Command & Conquer is ready to wreak more havoc on the PlayStation with another round of real-time strategy mayhem Retaliation features over 30 one-player missions for Soviet and Allied Forces in a battle for control of Europe at the height of the Cold War. The version previewed here had intense combat and excellent visuals. One of the strongest features is the multiplayer Skirmish mode that allows you to choose from over 100 combat terrains and to command two extra armies (Germany's and England's). The controls were a breeze using the PlayStation mouse, but barely manageable with the control pad. The only things A.W.O.L. were the cinema cut-scenes and access to the hidden game, It Came From Red Alert; otherwise, Retaliation looks fit and ready for PlayStation duty.
Calling all armchair warriors! Command & Conquer Red Alert: Retaliation retains all the stellar game-play of its predecessors in this famed real-time strategy series.
A compilation of two Red Alert PC mission packs (Aftermath and Counterstrike), Retaliation takes place after Red Alert when Soviet and Allied forces are battling over what's left of Europe. Deadly advanced weaponry, such as battle cruisers, shock troopers, mechanics, MAD. Tanks, and even nuclear bombs, ups the ante, but all are simple to deploy with C&C's classic point-and-click interface. Despite the familiar control scheme, however, Purple Heart Red Alert vets will find the new weapons challenging to command and tough to conquer.
In addition to the striking new weapons, Retaliation is also armed to the hilt with excellent options: simple controls, mouse compatibility, and two-player head-to-head battles (with the link cable). The only A.W.O.L. option is the one that lets you save your game on the fly.
If you never liked C&C games, Retaliation probably won't make you bite the bullet and enlist overnight. But if you've played Red Alert to death, Retaliation will keep you in the trenches for hours.
- Build your aircraft landing pads in tight groups. That way it's easier to select several helicopters at once and send them off to battle.
- Use the demolition trucks carefully. If one is detonated near your base, you'll take the damage.
- Avoid sending single choppers out to attack--they don't do much damage and are easily shot down. Instead, deploy a squadron of choppers to swarm and destroy the enemy.
- Never send more than one unit to retrieve a crate; the item inside could be deadly.
Retaliation's mushy graphics lack the sharp details and vibrance that would bring the war home, but the FMV and rendered cinema sequences compensate a little.
The controls for the mouse are smooth and almost perfect-the only rough spot occurs when you're trying to pinpoint individual units. The pad, on the other hand, is sluggish and inaccurate, and makes playing the game an exercise in frustration.
Everything from loud explosions to the wet squish of infantry being flattened by tanks is effective and clearly audible. Plus, most of the music selections fit the combat situations perfectly.
Retaliation escalates the war-along with the fun-that began with Red Alert War may be hell, but the addictive battles in this C&C will keep you coming back for more.
Gamers will have more troops to command and more armies to conquer when Command & Conquer Red Alert: Retaliation hits the PlayStation. A port of the PC add-ons Aftermath and Counterstrike, Retaliation will also include the hidden mission, It Came From Red Alert, which involves giant marauding ants. Some new cinematics will debut exclusively on the PlayStation version, and players can now save missions on the fly.
Retaliation will be a two-disc stand-alone game that features more than 34 one-player missions. New Soviet and Allied combat units join the ranks, bringing tesla tanks, mechanics, missile subs, shock troopers, and more. In the multiplayer ranks, the two-player link-cable battles have over 100 maps, and on the control side, the game will remain mouse compatible. Rabid fans of C&C should find these new missions the ultimate Retaliation for lack of real-time strategy games on the PlayStation.
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