The BEST Command and Conquer game is now free on Origin

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Red Alert 2

Real-time strategy games don’t occupy the same sphere of influence today as they once did in the 1990s and early 2000s. Games such as Age of Empires, Supreme Commander and Dune 2 are still fondly remembered, but they aren’t the gaming behemoths that have shaped the landscape today like Call of Duty or The Witcher.

And that’s not to say that the genre is dead. Far from it, in fact, as there’s still an audience to cater to, out there. It’s just not as big as it used to be. Still, that era of gaming gave birth to some of the finest real-time strategy games ever made.

And easily the best one according to me, was Command And Conquer: Red Alert 2. It’s not only the best Command And Conquer game ever made (Narrowly beating Command And Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars), but one of the best pick-up and play games in the genre as well.

And now, it’s free on EA’s Origin service.

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Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri’s Revenge are up for grabs on that gaming platform, something I highly recommend grabbing. To me, Red Alert 2 will always be the game that captured the best qualities of a Command and Conquer game: Tight gameplay, flexible troops and strategies, quick-paced battles and a story so wonderuflly stupid that you’d swear that Uwe Boll directed it.

I have way, way too much love for that game, and one of my favourite strategies was to always bum-rush an enemy with a crapload of Allied general infantry, dig in and let all hell loose with with their bunker ability.

Usually, I’d soften a base up first by throwing as many jets possible at the MCV, destroying any ability to create any new buildings, before sending my GIs in for the kill. Yuri’s Revenge threw a spanner into those tactics of mine, as the sneaky bastard had some mind-blowing tactics that could disrupt an entire battlefield in seconds.

Look, what I’m saying is, go download the game. For reals. It’s the best, and if anyone disagrees, I’ll send an attack-pack of Kirov blimps after you. FOR HOME COUNTRY!

Last Updated: September 16, 2015

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