Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Red Alert 2. This is probably the first strategy Westwoodabout which no one harbored any illusions. All we promised, a good old RA in a light engine of Tiberian Sun, sharpened by the multiplayer battles. Nothing new, just a gift to fans of the original game.
The game was released exactly when promised. A miracle? No. Worse…
Union village, Washington area
Remember the entangled plot of RAbased on the events of alternative history? Hitler killed before nurtured the evil genius, the aggressor Stalin and evergreen Kane, the spiritual father of the NOD? Those were fun times…
And now — rejoice, cosmopolitans and those who sleep in school history lessons. RA2 will not download you real names and reflected in the distorting mirror of biographies once lived the rulers of the world. Moreover, the efforts of comrades of Westwood continuation of the cult game turned into a show. Humorous show. American. Really, the game had to change the name. Something like “Romanoff&American President: Big Wheel Butt-Heads”. Why? Who are these people? Now tell.
After the victory of the allies of the USSR was transformed into the likeness of the American colonies. The States has appointed a “Governor,” General Romanov, friend, very devoted to the Center (at least they thought so). The country’s armed forces were greatly curtailed, military factories closed and converted into a cutting-edge collective. The conversion, however.
Imagine the surprise of new Yorkers when one day he woke up, they looked out their Windows and saw… no, not flying saucers. But a picture would please the late Joseph Stalin. Slender ranks of the Soviet airship-bombers “Kirov” cut through the sky of his native city. Thousands of bombs rained down on the evergreen head of the statue of Liberty. It took a little more time, and space tehasschiny already plied Soviet tanks exactly with the earth everything that does not meet the standards of socialist realism. Cheers?
For now, but believe me, for a while. Doubts about the seriousness of the approach of developers creeps into our heads in the moment before us in all its glory appears the new Soviet leader. Maybe I don’t understand something, but these uniforms are usually the doormen at the doors of the most posh restaurants. And with that face leaders of the superpowers to go and not worth it. However, our long history suggests otherwise. But not the essence.
American head looks quite decent. At first. But, gentlemen, his Secretary… Really hurt this person like Monica Lewinsky. Maybe all that funny. But does not pull on the epic narrative.
It’s flowers. Berries — ahead. Each new character appearing in this story, it looks even more silly than the previous one. For example, the Soviet captain Vladimir (by the way, I don’t understand something — a name?), which puts a complete idiot in commercials and splashing with the girls in a children’s inflatable pool. The idea is that in this place behind the scenes to hear the idiotic glee laughter. Or, say, chief assistant our penguinpowered commander, psionic Yuri. Head, you know, he is similar to a tube TV… not the latest model.
In General, dear, from the epic story the series has turned into a show. Typical. With dull characters, a missing scenario and a more “healthy” humor that makes you want to cry. No meaning cartoons no longer carry — so good for a laugh. In fact, it should not particularly bad strategy after all, not FMV-quest. But still it’s a damn shame. What were the cartoons in TS!..
Well. The Yankees want to mess with history — let them. We are not cartoons to watch came, and a strategy to play.
C&C and RA have always been the flagships in the world of RTS. That is not just hits — idols. RA2 idol will not. For this reason it can be called whatever you like. Crafts, a clone of other ugly words. But one thing we can say with confidence. The gameplay is up to par. Westwood pathologically incapable of creating a poor strategy.
Each mission in RA — a small masterpiece. Those where just need to build a base and smash all the enemies, almost there. At the beginning of each operation you are given a task that may well change in the process. Almost always there is a standard solution, allowing you to defeat small forces but great effort. The most interesting events are accompanied by young films messages. And now thanks to all this it is possible to forget about the clown story, and boring graphics (see below), and of all the other shortcomings. Diagnosis — we again play the game series C&C.
If you have Internet access and a desire to learn about the game a little more, it is highly recommended to go to the website Red Alert 2 Xtreme [www.red2.org]. There you can find everything from detailed missions and PivotTables units/buildings to links to fan-made mods for the game. This website, although very young, is considered one of the best on this topic in the Network.
Westwood, it seems, took into account all the shortcomings of the TS and made the game more dynamic and diverse. The first thing that catches your eye — the game speed has increased significantly. How anyone, and I was somewhat lulled the General slowness of TS. Now everything just flies. Buildings are built almost instantly, the recruits steady build out of barracks. Well, universal slaughter, are perceived to cheer.
But it was all cosmetic changes. The most joyful things ahead. One of them brought to mind the system of assigning ranks. Now the unit is quite simple to become a veteran — we just need to survive a couple of battles average scall. After which significantly increases the firing range, the unit gets smarter, and in special cases acquires special abilities. For example, Tesla Troopers have the opportunity to do something like Chain Lightning, a Apocalypse Tank — the General starts to shoot bursts. Attack three or four such tanks means guaranteed kaput any poorly protected database. So take care of its veterans, give them flowers and gifts and don’t forget to walk in parades.
A large variety of tactics. Playing for Tips, it is possible not to produce troops — we make several psionics and forward. Batter the capitalists with their own forces. Subversive delight, we will provide a nimble Terror Drones. Allies can completely incapacitate the enemy with his sneaky spies and drown her in the river of time with Chrono Legioneers. But do not forget that any effective tactics you can at least not effectively resist.
All the rest is more standard, but, I repeat, if desired, the game can get a lot of fun.
The merciless scissors of designers
Those who closely followed the development, should have noticed that in the early screenshots of the statue of Liberty, Eiffel tower and other sights were quite normal in size. That is, in the split-screen.
But in the final stages of drawing maps, the designers decided to reduce them in size, so do not be surprised, having met in the game dwarf the Eiffel tower.
This is not fake.
About graphic design we were told immediately and very sternly: nothing new, don’t wait. Moreover, the good old TS engine suffered losses from the games were expelled in disgrace voxels. They say, hinder the process and all. But now a farce, arranged on the screen two or three shelves sprite units, has not left the computer in an epileptic seizure.
Landscapes were faded and nondescript, and left. Added funny painted Soviet villages and towns in the style of “Kremlin”. That is red brick and turrets. All other buildings are reminiscent of the FSB building on Lubyanka square. Without any action “Russified” Soviet individual buildings. The domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral at the military base look, to put it mildly, ridiculous. Grotesque monumentality of the local architecture suggests that designers (and writers) were ordered: plenty to make fun of cliches. What can I say? They were able to. Who will be funny, to be funny.
Now about everything else. Tell me, have you noticed that RTS are usually very liberal with scale? Well, grunt the size of the tank and other pleasures? That’s it. In RA2 no no scales at all. That the tank that the plane that a couple of Marines. All the same size. You see, not destiny. This is particularly disappointing given the fact that the game easily keeps the resolution down to 1024×768. When such resolutions could not to skimp on the size … it’s never seemed too big. But no… As a result, the battlefield looks like Pottering about in the middle of the landscape, a pile of gray pixels. For all tanks roughly the same size, all grey and you can distinguish them only on different guns. Well, well. Each licensed copy of the game should have given you a magnifying glass in the appendage.
However, not all that bad. For example, the FTC was still ashamed of the poor quadriplegics, depicting in TS infantry. So every Russian man is proud to see the regiment well painted Soviet conscripts in greatcoats, cheerfully storming the enemy stronghold. The rest of the infantry not far behind their Soviet counterparts. For that Westwood you can safely praise. Praise.
What about the balalaika. Music. Series C&C is always distinguished by the very high quality music. Kind of a soothing mix of music of all genres. Don’t know why, maybe due to the overall dynamic of the gameplay, but the music RA2 forced to change this tradition. It has become much harder. Whatever track it is hard industrial. I thought pop. Someone will be happy. On taste and color…
What can I say about Red Alert 2? This RTS from Westwood. All. In the theory of everything review could easily fit into this phrase. The game quality. Of it is difficult to put down. It is even hard to criticize. It is easy and fun to play. Although out of date, though ugly. But addictive. All suggest. As it is now fashionable to say, in RTS’key from Westwood will play with gusto as much time as she would do.