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Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge

Developer: Westwood Studios | Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1 to 16 Player Game | Release Date: 10/10/01 | Genre: RTS

Red Alert has been an interesting sideshow to Westwood's popular Command and Conquer series. In Red Alert 2, we find the war between the Soviet's and the United States driven by the character of Yuri, a "mad man" who has mastered mind control technology. The game opens with the standard high quality C&C movie with Yuri activating mind controller devices all over the globe from his base on Alcatraz. The first mission is to activate Einstein's time travel device and revert to a time before Yuri's attack begins.

At the end of Red Alert 2, it becomes very obvious that Yuri had no friends left. In the expansion, everyone's primary function is to take him down. Like any good expansion, they introduce new and wonderful toys for their audience. Some are actually a little too goofy, like the Yuri's Grinders (which turns people into resources?Ķ yes, make all the Soylent Green jokes you want). Some of the others, like the Allies new fortress tank, let players use a massive tank like a mobile fortified building and add greatly to the strategy in the game.

Well, playing with time has its fun side, several mission have very amusing themes, such as the Soviets jumping pack to the time of the dinosaurs for a few minutes. Westwood seems to be adding more of the lighter side of missions as their games develop. I particularly liked a mission in Hollywood, where you run into a few characters with Tonya abilities to help you out. You also get Boris, the Russian's special agent who can call in air-strikes.

Red Alert does a great job propelling the story with the usual movies. Like any good expansion, it gives the player more places around the world to fight it out with more opponents, such as Yuri, the Allies or Russians. Multiplayer has been expanded to include 10 new missions, which is very nice when our friends start to learn those old maps. There is enough variety between the forces to give a unique strategy to each side, especially for Yuri's forces.

Overall, there is a great deal of detail and enhancements in this little CD. Any expansion based of the original this proven Westwood system would have been successful, but Yuri's Revenge goes beyond this. I am a bit surprised not to find this game released as Red Alert 3: Yuri's Revenge. If you enjoy Real Time Strategy, you should consider it. It is well worth your money if you are in the market for a good expansion and have not had enough Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2.

By Jay Waschak - 01/21/02
ESRB Details: Violence
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