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Thursday, November 6, 2008


The sequel to the command & conquer franchise is back, Red Alert 3 no doubt is an awesome Real-Time Strategy game.
Albert Einstein got zapped O.O!

In Red Alert 3, the Soviet travel back in time to eliminate Albert Einstein, where as when return to the present time, alter the timeline thus preventing the Allies from winning the war. The outcome was indeed what soviet has hoped to be success but in the alternative present timeline, a new nation stood up from the east, calling themselves the Empire of the Rising Sun. The campaign introduce the storyline nicely and the cut scenes are great to watch.

The Invasion of the Rising Sun Begins!

Soviet and Allies are back with newer arsenals and technology, plus a whole new faction, Empire of the Rising Sun. All three faction has it's own unique playing style especially in constructing structures. Sea plays a major role as buildings are able to construct on it. Red Alert 3 focus on all land,sea and air which result in a wide range of strategies and tactics. The replacement ore field with an ore mine is acceptable though as one ore collector harvest back and forth between Ore Refinery and the Ore Mine.

Soviet has a lot of menacing arsenal up in their sleeve

The physic of the game is noticeable like air unit falling and damage any land units or structure it crush on. The campaign is fun to play with plus an AI co-commander assisting you throughout the mission. A new addition feature is the cooperative campaign with you can coop with your buddy(replacing the AI co-commander position) online to play through all the campaign together.

The Tesla technology is back, packing a lot of UuuhF!

Some memorable units like Allies's Aircraft Carrier and Soviet's Apocalypse Tank are back but serve more purposes than they were in Red Alert 2. This applies to all units in Red Alert 3 as each of them has a secondary function. Some units are able to travel both land and sea. The Rising Sun has unique units as some of them can switch mode like the Mecha Tengu which it's secondary function can transform into a Jet mode Tengu. More info on the units click here

Soviet Twinblade can act as a transport for units especially Apocalyte tank

Rising Sun Nanoswarm protects against anything

Another new feature is the Top-Secret Protocol which are side powers. Some of which are passive like the Allies Air Superiority upgrade which upgrades all the air units to do more damage or the Rising Sun Fortifiet Fleet which makes your naval units faster with stronger defense and better naval scanners. Active protocol power like the Soviet Orbital Strike or the Rising Sun Final Squadron. Protocol power can be devastating and when use it right can turn the tide of war lethally. Let's don't forget about the Superweapon shall we as each faction has 2 superweapons, one is offensive like the Soviet Vacuum Imploder and the other is defensive like the Allies Chronosphere.

All faction has it's own unique protocol power

The only problem with Red Alert 3 is the waypoint of the units which sometime, unit walk a far way around to it's given destination or get stuck in a location. These problem can be ignored and forgiven as Red Alert 3 provide a lot of mayhem and laugh thus resulting in a fun RTS game. Welcome Back Comrades!

Allies ready for another naval assault

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Adjust your graphic setting until you found the right setting for your spec,
The best graphic setting for me is:
Resolution = 1024*768
Water, Texture and Shader Detail = Medium
Model Detail = High
Vertical Sync = Yes (not sure what it does)
Other Detail are low, no AA, no vertical sync, no shadow

There's one glitch is that sometime the Allies Time Bomb wont show the timer countdown and smiley icon when it detonates. This happen when your FPS couldn't catch up, it means it wont show if your FPS couldnt catch up the animation, lag!

Allies put a smile to their enemy before they go BooM

If only the VFX detail can be set to Medium since it allow more nicer visual to the effects plus yellow line noticeable on selected units but performance can suffer a great fall =(
Anyway, overall it's still playable and great game even for us 945GM Gamer! d^-^b


genjuer said...

twas random i found out your blog here at blogger. let me thank google for that first. :D
thanks for the review on this. am really looking forward playing RA3.
i really hope we can play the aticipated game of 2009, starcraft 3.
thanks again! see you around!

Josh said...

swiftshader2 makes this game run a lot faster on 945gm, i got some excellent performance with it.

ElbErtZai said...

genjaur, it's Starcraft 2, and yea, cant wait to play that, with Red Alert 3 playable, there might be a chance to play Starcraft 2 in the coming future

josh, i dont found any gain in performance when using swiftshader 2.0

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genjuer said...

i really hope we can play the anticipated game of 2009, starcraft 3.

oh, yeah. i meant starcraft 2...with all of classic games getting their third installations done...i got carried away.. lol :D

i hope they would release it by december. *fingers crossed

ElbErtZai said...

wont be at coming december since it's still in TBA
its comfirmly to release next year =/

Does anyone know how to made Red Alert 3 support 1024x600 resolution?

kr2812 said...

hye elbert,i'm just wondering,since i am using xp and a 945gm user as well,what graphic settings should i use? i was thinking of buying this game and i need to know about the game performance on a 945gm..

ElbErtZai said...

I found that XP has better performance than Vista

I suggest all graphic set to low except water detail to medium in 1280x600 resolution
I didnt see any difference if set model or texture to high but it decreases the performance, the biggest impact is the terrain and VFX detail

The higher the the size and speed of ur ram, the better the game performance

kr2812 said...

oh,ok..thanks for the info.

My laptop have a 1gb ram,and a 1.6Ghz celeron processor,do u think it can run smoothly?(and yes,i did mention a celeron)i've played nfs most wanted before and the FPS is quite ok except for certain maps..

ElbErtZai said...

Celeron O_O...
so u're not using 2 core processor?
im not sure but u might have performance hit if too many buildings show up on screen or during heavy battle =/
If you're just a casual player towards Red Alert 3 then is no problem but for LAN game or serious into RA hardcore gamer then i think it will be exception since u need smoother performance for it

kr2812 said...

yup..a celeron..but this processor can do a lot too compared to an old Pentium 4..=P

okey..yeah,i am a casual player and not a RA hardcore gamer.LAN game is not my thing eventhough i have a broadband internet connection,takes too much resources and possibly "kill" my laptop.

I guess i should try it first,and when i do i'll tell u how smooth the performance is.If it turns out bad,then i might play it on my dad's laptop coz it have nVidia graphics

ElbErtZai said...

Alrite, Good Luck kr2812

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

I have a Acer 5630 laptop with a Intel 945GM chipset integrated videocard. I get the impression I should get it working when I read this site... however when I start the game, the intro plays fine, but when I get to the menu, all I see is my cursor and the little sovjet star in the topright corner.... music plays but the screen remains black forever....

Any suggestions?? I can't even get to the settings menu to change around the video settings :-/ I updated to the latest driver from feb 15 2008 from Intel and installed the latest DirectX from the RA3 disc.. still the game won't work though since I can't get the menu to be visible...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

ElbErtZai said...

Get the latest 1.04 patch, that should fix the black screen problem

Anonymous said...

ra3 is playable on an intel card>?!
so i overestimated the game.

wow, thanks for sharing!