Episode 5: Red Alert 2

Red Alert 2 proposes a question that every military nut wants answered:  What would happen if the Soviet Union invaded the United States of America?  Except the Soviet Union has mind control technology and trained giant killer squids, while the United States relies on Albert Einstein to develop weapons of mass destruction for them.  Does Red Alert 2 represent the apex of the genre, or is it just another boring base builder?

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In today’s episode, we ask ourselves:

  • Is Red Alert 2’s dual pronged story a cinematic masterpiece or just a bunch of terrible scenes stitched together?

  • Can an RTS with very simple mechanics still be as enjoyable as one with a million upgrades and options?

  • How many moments of frustration do James and Patrick have to endure before we remember that alt-tabbing crashes the game 100% of the time?

Find out the answers to these questions, and many more on episode 5 of Retro Spectives!

Intro Music: KieLoBot - Tanzen K
Outro Music: Rockit Maxx - One point to another
Red Alert 2’s OST: Frank Klepacki

Pat’s Article on Red Alert 2