C&C fans awaiting the release of Red Alert 3

  1. mastermind
    It seems the game will be released on October 1st 2008 globally.

    Looking forward to see the new side "Empire of the Rising Sun" (the Japanese).
  2. LocutusofBorg
    Who of you plan to join the beta-tests for RedAlert 3?
    I have thought about to join it and maybe later even create
    own server (after official release) to make some tournaments - is anyone interested in this?
  3. mastermind
    As I understand, one has to buy C&C3 Kane's Wrath in order to be qualified for the RA3 beta programme. I didn't want to buy it just to qualify, out of principles
  4. Underheaven
    I agree with you mastermind about paying for that. Blizzard did the same thing with Blizzcon- pay and you get a unique code for the beta 'The Wrath of the Lich King' expansion. A real beta should not be limited to korea or china and would not be '2 weeks before the game goes live' (fake beta). Speaking of fake beta's and postponed release dates- I wonder if there are any companies famous for doing such things. Obvious is the valve source code excuse (HL2) ... i'm off to some googling
  5. Blazkowicz
    Hopefully the final game is rocking as it should
  6. LocutusofBorg
    I bought Kanes wrath anyway so this is no problem for me (the betatest) - although I agree that this may be looking to others weird when EA decided to offer betatest only to customers, it can sometimes make sense (we do this sometimes, too - reason is that we made the experience that customers are often more reliable).

    However, I'm in doubt if I like the new japanese fraction, this is because the protagonists there (units) doesnt fit in the setting (of course I may be wrong about this, and even HOPE I am wrong). Japan as hightech nation is a great idea - but the unit-design is strange and a bit too anime-like. But maybe this is just me. Japans invented so many great things in the past that I really hope they make it into the final game, I dont know if I like schoolgirls as command-unit LOL
  7. mastermind
    Haha. Anime-like units does not seem very appropriate, I agree with that. I have not personally tried the beta, and know very little of their units (I have however read about some of them on the Red Alert 3 official homepage).

    About the Kane's Wrath prerequisite; I am a customer, and have bought almost all Command & Conquer games over the years (including Command & Conquer 3), but I have little interest in this particular expansion - and the way I see it, this is more of a marketing scheme to boost sales of Kane's Wrath than a method of identifying unique customers.

    Actually, I personally think that the C&C games are going in a somewhat bad direction. They are getting more and more sci-fi, but at the same time taking place in the real world, not too far from our timeline. In my opinion, sci-fi should preferably be "pure" sci-fi (like e.g. StarCraft), and not a mix. My all-time favorite C&C game is C&C Generals, which is more "down to earth" than the Red Alert series and C&C 3. But I am still a big fan of the entire series, and have high expectations to Red Alert 3.
  8. Blazkowicz
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  9. mastermind
    RA3 surely has a couple of really hard campaign levels. The last Allied campaign mission is perhaps the hardest C&C campaign level I've ever played.
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