Having now played Red Alert 2 far too much I have to say that there is little real substance behind this title.
Once you have beaten the 24 campaign missions on each side you are left with Skirmish's. Skirmish follows a typical pattern :
1. Play with Super Weapons enabled and destroy the enemies super weapons as soon as possible.
2. Play without Super Weapons and simply build up enough forces for the inevitable tank/air/soldier rush.
There really is no finesse to the enemy AI. You can of course set a higher difficulty level but then you are faced with a computer opponent who is able to do everything at once. The awful screen scrolling in Red Alert 2 certainly doesn't help the human player at a high level of difficulty.
One thing I have noted after playing RA2 is just how good StarCraft and Total Annihilation were. It is a shame Westwood has gone for the sawmill approach to designing games rather than attempt anything really innovative.
By Mark Asher on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 01:37 am:
"One thing I have noted after playing RA2 is just how good StarCraft and Total Annihilation were. It is a shame Westwood has gone for the sawmill approach to designing games rather than attempt anything really innovative."
Apparently everything they've done since C&C has been filler as they've been working on this MMORPG Earth and Beyond for years now.
Oh well, I'm looking forward to Renegade, though I don't know why.
By wumpus on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 10:44 am:
"Having now played Red Alert 2 far too much I have to say that there is little real substance behind this title. "
Another sad victim of Yuri's mind control.
By Sean Tudor on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 04:16 pm:
BTW I like that Game Basement website.
By Freon on Friday, February 9, 2001 - 03:09 am:
MMmmm. I'm still completely addicted to RA2. I can't put the game game down.
Yeah skirmish mode only allows for so much, but multiplayer with friends is fun.
Now if the damned editor was as easy as Starcraft...
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Friday, February 9, 2001 - 09:16 am:
I just got my copy this week, and definitely love it. The graphics bothered me at first, but I think that's just because it was so different than the original. Maybe I just don't deal well with change. But once I got past that, I have really enjoyed the overall feel of the game. Can't wait to hit that with some of the guys...