Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Red Alert 3

Left 4 Dead is installing... I realized that I was running out of room on my computer so I had to uninstall Red Alert 3 and since the_chan seems to be bothered by me not using proper capitalization in my blogs I decided to type more so that he can read this and have the need to fix it.

Anyways, so EA has released a new Command & Conquer Red Alert, the release date was on October 28 for PC and November 11 for the 360 and PS3 is still TBA. So here's what I have to say about this game mind you, I don't really remember the gameplay of the original games or even the previous one. The only thing I'm basing this review on is the game's competitors, Starcraft and Warcraft 3, of which I know the gameplay.

First thing that I noticed right from the start, (besides the cutscenes which are quite good, get to that later) is the speed of the game. The pace of the game is really really slow compared to Warcraft 3. Most of the time I felt like I should be pressing buttons or clicking something to make me feel like I'm still actually playing the game. Usually this point could be countered by saying that the gameplay requires strategic planning and all that stuff, but the fact is, it doesn't. The game revolves around 2 things, making money and pumping out units. No creeping, or leveling up heroes (which they have included now) or anything like that. All you have to do is sit there for about 20 - 30 minutes to farm up enough gold and build enough units to just demolish the opposing forces and then you complete the mission. So pretty much every game I played was just me sitting there putting up my defenses until I have (what I thought to be) a large enough army to just walk through the enemy's base, and boy do they move slow. So much so that each campaign game took almost an hour for me. it literally took me 8-9 hours just to beat the first of the three campaigns.

So aside from the boring gameplay, the cut scenes were the only thing that kept me going. The cast was, filled with relatively famous, actors like Peter Stormare ("vee-dub in da house" dude), J.K. Simmons (Jameson from Spiderman), and George Takei (Hiro's father from Heroes) and hot actresses like Jesse McCarthy, Kelly Hu and Gemma Atkinson. the scenes were very hot and sexy and it kept things interesting. Other than that, I guess the only other good thing about it was that the campaigns are co-op now, so that was something new for me. But only thing is EVERYONE in the industry is making EVERYTHING co-op, so I guess it's not really that new, just that its the first RTS that's done it? meh?

Now it's time for me to play Left 4 Dead.

EDIT: Love you to Anson....Jerk...lol...kinda...