Опубликовано: 20 мая
TLDR: Standalone Real Time Strategy game following the events of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. You don’t need the base game to play this, but in my opinion, you should probably play the base game before trying Uprising. 7/10
If you’ve played any of the Command & Conquer (C&C) games, you should know that they’re a little bit silly in terms of overacting and racial stereotyping, but fun in their gameplay. The Red Alert series in particular is less about being realistic and more about having crazy units battling each other (Russian war bears, Japanese Samurai, Allied sonic attack dolphins). They also have a long standing tradition of full motion video cutscenes at the start of each mission starring a bunch of familiar faces. None of the actors are huge stars but you should definitely recognize a few. The women wear low cut tops and short skirts while the men are stereotypical badasses.
*Spoilers for Red Alert games*
The Red Alert series of C&C games takes place in an alternate history, created by a foolish time traveler who thought he was doing the world a favor by going back and taking out Adolf Hitler before he rose to power. Unfortunately, the time traveler never took into account that Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union would rise to power in the mid-20th century, and without a powerful Nazi war machine to oppose them, the USSR rolled across Europe and Asia conquering everyone in their path. Instead of USSR + the Allies versus the Nazis, it became Allies versus USSR. In Red Alert 3 (the game right before Uprising), the Empire of the Rising Sun (Japan) came out of nowhere, challenging the Allies and the USSR with their super advanced technology. The Allies manage to barely come out on top, and Uprising takes place very soon after the victory.
Red Alert 3 Uprising, like other Command & Conquer games is a Real Time Strategy game divided into 4 separate campaigns, 1 for each of the 3 factions and a fourth campaign which follows a single character as a pseudo RPG (like the Tassadar missions in Starcraft 1). Since Uprising is just sort of a standalone expansion, each campaign has only 4 missions. Be advised that the game is quite difficult (except the RPG campaign, which is kind of just for fun/story). Just like Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, you are tossed into the thick of it without any easy “learning missions.” If you’ve played any of the previous C&C games, the mechanics are very similar. Almost everything is done with your mouse “right click.” You may find that the resource gathering is a lot simpler in Uprising because the resources are in fixed locations. You don’t need to send your vulnerable ore harvesters out into the middle of nowhere gathering minerals.
+The pre-mission cutscenes are enjoyable as always, with recognizable actors hamming it up on screen.
+There is a lot of variety in gameplay, not just in the large number of different unit types, but also the occasional “commando” missions where you’re sneaking around behind enemy lines. The money flows pretty freely in the game so you can afford a bunch of very powerful units, and every unit in the game has some sort of secondary/special ability. Every mission takes about an hour, so even though each campaign only has 4 missions, it takes about 12 hours to beat the game. Not bad for an expansion.
-The game has no multiplayer, though it does have a skirmish mode where you can play vs the computer 1 on 1.
-As mentioned above, the game is quite hard, and this really shouldn’t be the first Command & Conquer game you play. The difficulty might turn off new players.
Overall the game is a lot of fun, and if you enjoy old school Real Time Strategy games, you should enjoy Uprising as well. If you have the other games in the series, play them in order. Unlike a lot of modern games with multiple campaigns, the campaign endings in the Red Alert series are mutually exclusive. If you win with the Russians, you conquer the world and Russia rules all. If you win with the Allies, the Russians are completely defeated, etc.