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Command & Conquer: Red Alert

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Command & Conquer Red Alert (RA) is a real time strategy game released in 1996 for DOS, Windows and Playstation. RA is about an experiment to alter time gone wrong.

If C&C was one of the games that made RTS popular, it was Red Alert which made RTS popular as online multiplayer games. While C&C and WarCraft 2 had multiplayer they didn't have the ability to let people play online. With Red Alert came Westwood Chat; a program that allowed you to play against other players online. Westwood Chat would eventually be bundled with the Windows version of C&C1 and WarCraft 2 would eventually get online play with the release of WarCraft 2 Battlenet Edition.

Trinity, New Mexico 1946. World War 2 ended a year ago, the biggest war in history was started by one man; Adolf Hitler. The war left entire cities in ruins, economies at the brink of collapse and millions dead.

Fuelled by the thought of stopping World War 2 before it even began. Albert Einstein and his fellow scientists created a time machine. They plotted a plan to erase Hitler from history before he could do any harm and at this moment their plan was coming to fruition.

Einstein and his assistant powered up the time machine and in a flash of blue light the professor was sent to Landberg, Germany in 1924: almost the exact time when Hitler was released from prison. Einstein stood right infront of the prison gates waiting to greet Hitler and with a shake of hands Hitler was erased fron history, and Einstein was sent back to the present where his assistant was waiting to congratulate him; "Did you find him?", "Hitler is out of the way...", "Congratulations professor! With Hitler removed...", "Time will tell, sooner or later.....time will tell...."

Despite the professors good intentions, World War 2 was not prevented, however it was not a Nazi controlled Germany which would start World War 2 this time. A powerhungry Soviet Union lacking the war with Germany they had in the other timeline, and the thought of a pan-european communist state going though Joseph Stalin's mind. The Soviet Union launches an all out attack on Europe. With his massive armies of heavy tanks, infantry and jet fighters the Soviet Premier thought Europe was in his hands. As the European nations faced the invasion they all scrambled to form an alliance to stop Soviet aggression and thus "The Second Great War" began.

Allied Logo

The Allies

The Allies are an alliance comprised of European nations such as England, Germany, France and Greece. The Allies' objective is to defend Europe from Soviet aggression and eventually the total defeat and capitulation of the Soviet Union

The Allies use lightly armored vehicles, specialized infantry, helicopters and superior intelligence to defeat their enemies, mostly relying on ambushes and hit and run tactics the Allies poke large holes in Soviet lines and cut their supply lines.

At sea the allies use gunboats and destroyers to take care of Soviet submarines while massive cruisers pounds Soviet forces affar.


The Soviet Union

The Soviet Union is the largest and one of the most powerful countries on the planet. Their goal is to unify Europe under the hammer and sickle though any means; war or diplomacy they will not be denied!

On land the Soviets prefer to crush their enemies under massed amounts of tanks and aircraft

At sea they prefer to harass the Allies' ships using submarines

The Aftermath, Counterstrike and Retaliation

Retaliation Aftermath CounterStrike

Counterstrike is the first expansion pack. It is mostly a mission pack which consisted of a few new campaign missions you could play in any order you'd like, new multiplayer maps and the (im)famous ant missions

  • Over 100 new multiplayer maps
  • 7 new sound tracks
  • 16 new singleplayer missions
  • The ant missions

Aftermath is the second expansion pack. Like Counterstrike it contained new missions and multiplayer maps, but Aftermath also included new units for use in mutiplayer

  • Over 100 new multiplayer maps
  • 18 new singleplayer missions
  • 6 new units (and 1 hidden)
  • 8 new sound tracks

Retaliation is the release of Counterstrike and Aftermath for the playstation; it contains most of the AM and CS features and new added cut scenes for the missions.