Command & Conquer – Red Alert (PCGH Retro, October 31)

Command & Conquer - Red Alert (PCGH Retro, October 31)


from Henner Schroeder
Command & Conquer – Red Alert appears – that happened on October 31st. Every day, PC Games Hardware takes a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.

… 1996: What if Hitler hadn’t plunged the world into war? This question is answered by the game that Westwood Studios brought to the market via Virgin Interactive on October 31, 1996: In “Command & Conquer – Red Alert”, which is absurdly sold in Germany as “Command & Conquer 2”, Stalin’s Soviets attack Europe and thus start an alternative Second World War. It is fought with state-of-the-art weapons, some of which were actually being developed or at least planned at the time of the real war – some of them, such as the chronosphere for teleporting units, however, come from the realm of myth.

The exciting campaign and the two fairly balanced parties – Soviet and Allies – make “Red Alert” a classic that further advances the real-time genre that became popular with the “Tiberium Conflict” of 1995. Originally, “Red Alert” was supposed to be an expansion for the first “Command & Conquer” part, but then it established an independent series parallel to the Tiberium universe – even if the guest appearances of Joe Kucan alias Kane suggest a connection between the two game worlds. The second part of the series followed in 2000, and then after twelve years the third part – but the popularity went downhill significantly over time.

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