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Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 £3.95 @ ShopTo [Xbox 360 Games]

Matt Gardner
Command & Conquer, Games deals, Real time strategy, Xbox 360 games
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Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 £3.95 @ ShopTo [Xbox 360 Games]

It's true, sometimes playing an RTS on a console is more frustrating and futile than attempting to tie shoelaces whilst wearing mittens, but if you can navigate your way past the usual pitfalls of clunky interfaces and poor controller support there's a lot of fun to be had. Sometimes. Red Alert 3 continues the classic base-building tactical gameplay of its bolshy predecessors, set in a parallel universe where WWII never happened and Einstein was a time-travelling loon. This third instalment sees the rise of a new faction - the Empire of the Rising Sun - and more absurd units and hammy acting than ever before.

You can pick up a copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game for just £3.95, saving you over 20% of the nearest competitor's price over at MyMemory (£4.95), essentially making it less expensive than a footlong Subway sandwich.

Red Alert 3's big gimmick is that now you can play with a friend for a fully featured co-op experience, although to be honest I'm not entirely sure exactly why you'd want to. Red Alert 3's main appeal still comes from the over-the-top plotting and cutscenes, the accessible gameplay and, most of all, the ridiculous combat units.

Essentially going about it's business by smacking the question 'What if...?' in the face, this game sees you take command of squads of amphibious Tesla-pimped stingray boats, Sonar attack dolphins, platoons of energy rifle-toting, lightsaber-wielding samurai, and psionic schoolkids. The cut-scenes are decked out with a stellar cast on top melodramatic form, with such luminaries as George Takei, J. K. Simmons, Jonathan Pryce and the irrepressible Tim Curry all making an appearance.

The control system is actually not as offensive as you might think, and carrying out your duties as an armchair commander is more fun than a console RTS really has a right to be. It's not as tactically rich as some of the rather more serious-minded strategy games out there, and it still suffers from lacking a mouse, but for under £4, this is a thrilling console RPG that's not afraid to have a little laugh at its own expense at times.

Add a comment7 comments
Bullet  Feb. 21, 2010 at 20:46

not as big as your tits..........

Bullet  Feb. 21, 2010 at 20:47

mouse and keyboard required for these games, very futtery to get to grips with using a controller and you dont get the best enjoyment out of it with a controller.

Matt Gardner  Feb. 21, 2010 at 21:32

Agreed. Console RTS games are generally ruined by lacking a mouse. Although, I ended up buying C+C 3 for the 360 just because it was a fiver and found to be ok. It wasn't great, but neither did it suck uncontrollably.

Hopefully things like Natal and the Eye Toy will make for a much simpler interface when it comes to console RTS games.

Russell  Feb. 21, 2010 at 21:48

This has been knocking about bargain sites for weeks, Anyone who actually wanted it has probably bought it by now.

DJ Spendthrift  Feb. 22, 2010 at 06:30

I've got an idea, instead of fiddling about with expensive and impractical interfaces like Natal and Eyetoy, they should just put in mouse and keyboard support, put those 2 USB ports on the front to use.

Matt Gardner  Feb. 22, 2010 at 09:22

Admittedly yeah, that'd do it, but then you might as well just buy your RTS games on PC...it'll certainly be cheaper in most cases.

Natal and the Eyetoy are going to happen anyway, and they'll be pushing forward the boundaries of just how we interact with our games. The RTS conundrum is one that looks like it could be blown out of the water this Xmas with some smart developer use of this new technology. Then maybe we'll see some half decent console strategy games that offer something different to the PC experience, which is surely the point anyway.

Gunn  Feb. 22, 2010 at 13:43

I'd agree, I have a laptop and that wont run games at all, but the PS3 can do the work, I have a seperate Kb and mouse so it would be handy just to plug them in.


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