This game is very much like the Red Alert games in most respects. The
gameplay is almost identical and it has the same sense of humor.
One difference to note is there are no naval units. This might be an attempt
to make everything appear in proportion. Nothing looks more silly than a
battleship sailing past an infantryman on shore who's as tall as the ship is
long. In reality he'd be like two hundred feet tall.
The other difference is there are none of the groovy video briefings and
movies. I suppose they dropped these to save some money or maybe they thought
they were a bit adolescent, but I really loved them in the RA games. It may be
adolescent but I liked having my ego stroked by a gorgeos woman after every
mission. Sue me!
The game looks fantastic. The 3d enviroments look great as do the units.
Combat effects are especially cool like when a tank goes up there's primary and
secondary explosions and the turret and chunks of metal go flying off as it
grinds to a halt. Voice acting and artwork are also excellent. I did find two
major flaws though. First the difficulty seems to be poorly balanced. The
difficulty settings are normal, hard and brutal. Hard was just about right
except for one mission in each campaign which was nearly impossible. But playing
on normal was way too easy. Second, and by far the biggest disappoinment was
it's way too short. Each of the three campaigns has about six missions. You're
just getting into it when it's all over. It needs to be about twice as long for
it to be worth full price!
Other than that it rocks!