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Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation

by Westwood Studios
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000038AAU
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 20, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,476 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description


There is at least something to the belief that console owners would rather blow things up than deal with advanced strategy, and never has that been more apparent than in Westwood's Command & Conquer: Red Alert: Retaliation for the PlayStation. It quickly becomes evident after dealing with even the first handful of missions - which require the exact use of key personnel at precisely the right times or that goals be met before the rapidly ticking clock runs out - that the game could've been better adapted for the console set, perhaps even by adding in a few basic search-and-destroy missions in the start. Even the stages that are more straightforwardly destructive require maintaining a war on two fronts or provide limited resources to build your forces up with.

The game itself is an adaptation of two add-on packs created for the PC game Command & Conquer: Red Alert, the prequel to the original Command & Conquer game. As before, you take on the role of one of two opposing armies, commanding your troops and vehicles to take out enemy forces, while defending your base and harvesting materials to keep the old war machine running. Some missions demand more precise goals than simply overrunning your opponent, such as sneaking spies into his camps to learn shipping routes or even commanding a small platoon of soldiers, sans base and vehicles, within an enemy research facility.

But if you don't already know all about Command & Conquer, C&C:RA:R is a horrible game to start with. On the PC side, it's understood that if you buy an add-on pack, you've already played earlier missions, because owning the basic game is a prerequisite to playing them. But that's not the case here, and those who hope to pick it up as their first taste of C&C will walk away entirely frustrated. It's a shame that Westwood couldn't follow the lead of perhaps one of the companies out there adapting PC games to better fit the console market (3DO with Uprising X, Crave with Battlezone, and so on) by either adding some simpler and more explosive extra missions or altering the preexisting ones to better suit the console market. Having complex mission after complex mission without a few easy victories sprinkled in between can be an arduous experience.

The same criticisms that were leveled at Command & Conquer: Red Alert also apply here: The graphics aren't nearly as good on the PlayStation version as the PC, and playing the game with a PlayStation controller instead of a mouse takes a lot away from the ease of play (the PlayStation mouse is incredibly rare). But the largest complaint - not being able to save at any point as in the PC version - is further compounded because of the game's extreme level of difficulty, leading to matches where you'll end up having wasted hours of fighting and planning because you made a crucial error near the end.

If you're a fan of the console ports of this series and are looking for another round of challenging missions (the likes of which might have taken you several days each to accomplish in the earlier versions), then you're definitely on target with this game. But newcomers and the more action-oriented of you out there beware: This one's not for you. Certainly the original PC add-on pack designers should be applauded for not just creating more of the same, but having such a high difficulty level without being able to provide a better save system seems to point out that this may have been an inappropriate port for the system. It's of course a great PC strategy game, but one that's either not very well suited or not very well adapted for console audiences. Or both. --Joe Fielder
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game for those who don't play games. July 31, 2003
By A Customer
Command and Conquer Red Alert Retaliation is the only game I can play every second of every year and never get tired of playing it. I ordered this game from amazon because I knew I could depend on it being here in one peice and this game is impossible to find, yet Amazon has everything.
When I purchased it, I had a special reason, I was off work for a week and all my roomates worked until 6:00, so I had all day in my house with no cable, car or phone, or even internet, so I knew this game would keep me company and happy. I have never been so exited about a game and I would never write a review on anything that didn't deserve it. Educational and so much fun, this war game is the top out of all games ever written. If you want something so many people have played but got caught up in the new scene of video games, than you need to come back to the good stuff.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War in your own home May 11, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If real-time war gaming is your thing, then this is your game. Truly addictive, it is also one of the best games to play with someone else through the link cable. It involves elements of financial & resource management, as well as military strategies and tactics. Control individual soldiers, tanks, ships, and aircraft - build factories, barracks, gun turrets and missile silos. All this and more - by far the best game Westwood Studios has transferred to Playstation - in fact, the best game by far in this genre
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many hours of fun July 12, 2004
By womp
If your a fan of command & conquer, or rts games in general, pick this up... The game is years old, and I still have a blast setting up the link cables and having hours of skirmishes with friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Command&Conquer RE:RET December 28, 2000
By A Customer
Truly a masterpeice! This game has all the strategy a precision gamer could want and all the blow-em-up an action junkie could want. Me personaly....nothing funnier in the game than seeing 6 or 7 TESLA coils light up a single infantry man all at once! I only hope to see the other C&C titles come to playstation console later in the future. And again as far as the fun,graphics,control, and replay value go for a gamer:MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect January 3, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
well, like usual, if you love blowing away people and running over infantry. this is the game 4 u. it's kool cuz u get 2 like shoot people and well, everything would of been perfect if there wasn't a slow frame rate. But if u had Red Alert, you should get this, cuz all the better things lie under this game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest PSX games. February 8, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first purchased this game in 1999,i don't know why i bought it exactly ( i hadn't played much strategy/war games ever, but something drew me to this one.

As soon as i got home with it i popped it in, and i was mesmerized The music... of the music is so grand, and the atmosphere (yes this 2D tiny model game has atmosphere!) i was blown away.Each level you played through is so challenging and refreshing, all game's out there now your finished with a level in 2-10 minutes, this one.. sometimes you don't finish for hours a mission.Now that can be good and bad... i take it as good.I love challenge and game-play.

Now all that 1 player stuff is all good and dandy... but where this PS game really shined for me was the 2 player mode.The Game contains 2 CD'S one for the allied missions and one for the soviets. what was great about this was you could use one of the CD's in your buddy's playstation and link your playstation's together. you didn't have to buy a extra copy of command and conquer to play together..ME and my best-friend at the time took well advantage of this every weekend we would linkup our playstation's for head-to-head skirmishes, i think the shortest skirmish we ever played against eachother was 6 hours, and the longest 12 hours straight of war.You might think wow thats a long time, but no when your playing against a live person on this game time flys by so quickly you dont realize.Building up your fortress your tanks your infantry, mining ore for resources to build up your army more..thats where the time really goes by, but then you get to unleash your army on your opponent tearing down their structures they worked so long on thrashing through their army.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two-Player Fun August 15, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The main identifiable reason to buy "Command and Conquer: Red Alert, Retaliation" is that playing this game is like playing "electronic 'Battleship'" because of the 2-player mode, but much better because, unlike that game, there is virtually no element of luck in this game. This game's not boring like "Battle Ship": it works completely.

For 2-player mode, you need ONLY ONE copy of this game because it already comes with two discs for you and your competitor. You need two TVs, two PlayStation console units, and two joysticks of any style. Unlike many other PlayStation game titles, you need no memory card to set up a quick competition between you and your friend. However, you also need one link cable to play in its great 2-player mode. Because of this requirement, the model of your two PlayStations must have serial ports.

Some models of the PlayStation do not have serial ports. Sony excluded serial ports from later PlayStation models like the "Dual Shock" and "PSOne" editions, because games rarely used those ports. Furthering the infrequency, the games using the ports by link cable allowing two people to play together with two TVs and two consoles via this link cable connection meant having two on-hand copies of a game. Since most PlayStation owners usually do not have the co-incidence of owning the same game titles as their friends, I imagine hardly anyone thought of buying a link cable. Thanks to the developing software studio and distributor, "Retaliation" already includes the required two discs for playing the game in conjuction with a link cable.

To use "Retaliation" in 2-player mode, simply connect two consoles with Sony's link cable via the serial bus ports.
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