they've now also got the scale right, so a single troop doesn't
seem to be three stories higher than it's surroundings. It may
not be ahead or even close to its time, but then RA2 is all
about fun and not looks. The graphics simply aren't important
in this game and this is what Tiberian Sun should have been.
the plus side it'll run on just about anything, from an old
233Mhz Pentium to an updated 1.4Ghz wankmiester. Ironically,
given the choice, we wouldn't change RA2 accept for a smoother
vehicle movement perhaps.
Like a Gun To Be SIR!
is another area that TS was wide open to criticism on, it tried
to be so much like the original that it ended up sounding like
it. That wouldn't have been so bad, but the MIDI style music
and the tinny sound effects of a 6year old game are not always
the prize catch!
lays waste to the miss-givings of the past and comes in with
a roaring orchestral and rock/techno mixed music track and strong
sound effects to boot. Garrisoned buildings clack and roar as
fire lays waste to tank after tank, nuclear power plants explode
- rocking the whole screen and rockets swish through the air
before pounding back down to earth.
may not be any 3D standards supported, but then you don't really
need any as RA2 is just fine on its own without them.
Red Alert2 is a welcomed return to form for veteran C&C developers
Westwood, it's a powerful, fun and original take on the C&C
universe that won't be easily forgotten. They've finally seen
the errors of the past and improved things for the future, which
shows just what can be accomplished when you actually listen
to your fans.
may look wonderful and have lots of options, TA might even play
like a gods gift, but the fun in RA2 is new and should last
just as long as those two. Our only gripe was the graphics could
have been better and perhaps it's about time westwood did something
new with AI? If you haven't brought anything else yet than add
Red Alert2 to the list - IT ROCKS BABY!
Mark 'KILLZAT' Jackson
- 7 Sound - 9 Gameplay
- 9.5 Originality - 8.5
Overall - 9.0/10