Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
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Cover art
Developer(s) EA Los Angeles
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Composer(s) James Hannigan, Frank Klepacki, Timothy Michael Wynn
Series Command & Conquer (main)
Red Alert (sub-series)
Engine SAGE
Platform(s) Uprising
Microsoft Windows
Commander's Challenge
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) Uprising
Commander's Challenge
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Digital distribution[3]

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising is a 2009 real-time strategy video game developed by EA Los Angeles and published by Electronic Arts. It is a stand-alone expansion to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 released only for Microsoft Windows and offered via digital distribution. It does not require Red Alert 3 to play. It features about 30 new maps for traditional skirmish with many of these taking place in new environments. It does not contain any multiplayer elements such as cooperative play, online play or network play.

A part of Uprising called Commander's Challenge was also released as Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Commander's Challenge on PlayStation Store and Xbox Live for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively on September 24, 2009. It functions as a stand-alone game and does not require Red Alert 3 to play. Commander's Challenge contains only the Commander's Challenge mode of Uprising and the new units and weapons, but not the campaign or skirmish modes. It currently costs 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Arcade.[2]

Campaigns[edit]

Uprising picks up on where the Allied Campaign of the original game left off. Four "mini-campaigns" are available, one for each faction in Red Alert 3 and a bonus one centered around the origins of the Empire's commando Yuriko Omega. Each of the campaigns is three missions long, with the exception of the Soviet one, which consists of four. Initially only the Soviet and Yuriko campaigns are available, the campaigns for the Allies and the Empire of the Rising Sun becoming available after finishing the first mission in the Soviet campaign.

Plot[edit]

All three campaigns assume that the Allied faction was victorious at the end of Red Alert 3. Both Soviet Russia and Imperial Japan have surrendered.

The Soviet campaign focuses on the remaining Soviet resistance trying to stop FutureTech, an Allied defense contractor which plans to create a super weapon called the "Sigma Harmonizer", a device to selectively stop time. FutureTech is revealed to have been helped by European Union President Rupert Thornley. Thornley plans to remove Soviet Union from the timeline.

The Allied campaign concentrates on defeating several Imperial commanders who still resist Allied occupation. Emperor Tatsu has seemingly begun to cooperate with the Allies, but reveals his true intentions after his military authority is restored by the fall of Takara, the last commander in the Allied campaign.

The Empire's campaign covers the fight against two Soviet generals whose attempts to conquer parts of Japan is ignored by the Allied governor. The Allied forces finally decide to intervene in the last mission by attacking both belligerents.

The Yuriko campaign recounts the story of Yuriko Omega, her origins and discovery by the Imperial military, her captivity by the Allies and her fight to rescue her sister. Unlike the other campaigns, this campaign resembles an action role-playing game instead of a real-time strategy. The camera is always locked on Yuriko and the sidebar, minimap and threat meter are replaced with a compact command bar dedicated to Yuriko and her abilities.

Cast[edit]

Allied Nations[edit]

Empire of the Rising Sun[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

New units[edit]

Allied Nations[edit]

  • Harbinger Gunship: A heavy anti-surface gunship that can both absorb and inflict heavy damage, but its main weapons are only mounted on one side. Provides persistent ground attacks, something the Allies previously lacked.
  • Pacifier FAV: An amphibious transforming field artillery vehicle, that can use dual chainguns when undeployed.
  • Cryo Legionnaire: An amphibious infantry that can freeze a group of ground units rather than kill them.
  • Future Tank X-1: An anti-surface tank that can both absorb and inflict heavy damage to match its considerable cost.

Empire of the Rising Sun[edit]

  • Steel Ronin: A bipedal robot armed with a naginata suited for melee and speed, with a ranged special attack.
  • Archer Maiden: A ranged infantry that can attack both air and land units with a tech-longbow, but is quite costly. Provides Empire infantry with anti-air capabilities, something they lacked.
  • Giga-Fortress: A powerful unit that can transform between a mobile naval fortress and an aircraft with a long range cannon.

Soviet Union[edit]

  • Reaper: A versatile walker that attack both land and air units and can permanently transform into a stationary gun emplacement.
  • Grinder: An armored amphibious vehicle capable of disabling and grinding enemy units and buildings.
  • Desolator: A heavy, powered infantry armed with chemical weapons and surprisingly resilient but costly.
  • Mortar Cycle: A cheap and fast attack bike armed with Molotov cocktails and mortars, for mid range artillery functions.

Commander's Challenge[edit]

Uprising also features a mode called Commander's Challenge in which players can play against AI commanders with various skill levels. This mode was also released as a stand-alone downloadable game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Commander's Challenge contains 50 different, successively tougher scenarios. This is loosely based on Generals' Challenge from Zero Hour.[3] It features some returning commanders from Red Alert 3 as well as some new ones.[8] It contains some Campaign-Only Units that appeared in the original Red Alert 3 such as the Tesla Tank and the Shogun Executioner.[9] Certain Maps in the Commander's Challenge also have special effects such as garbage raining from the sky or units produced on the map are shrunk.[10][11] Before completing any missions, the player has access to only the basic units of each side, but upon completing each mission, more units are unlocked from the tech tree of that challenge's opponents.

Some missions have other standards, such as Blood Feud, in which Commanders Shinzo and Kenji will fight each other until you attack either. Also, in Commander's Challenge, you can choose as which faction you play per mission, rather than playing the entire game as one faction (though this is possible).

There are 13 main challenges and a further 37 side challenges which are unlocked as you work your way through the game. When you start, a world map is there for you to find your challenge and fight the enemy. The map says that the challenges take place in Africa, Central America, North America, South America, Asia, Oceania and Europe. Those on the water are in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the Coral Sea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Command& Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising". EA Singapore. Retrieved 2009-04-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b ownload R[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Returns With An Uprising". Command & Conquer.com. January 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e "EA Announces All-Star Celebrity Cast For Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising". Command & Conquer.com. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e Robinson, Andy (January 27, 2009). "The girls of Red Alert 3: Uprising". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  6. ^ Gibson, Ellie (January 12, 2009). "Eurogamer meets Holly Valance". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  7. ^ Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising Campaign Trailer 2. GameSpot Video. March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising Q&A - New Campaign, Units, and More". GameSpy. January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  9. ^ Simon, Gavin (2009-02-09). "Commanders Challenge Video #1". Command & Conquer.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01. [dead link]
  10. ^ Simon, Gavin (2009-02-10). "Commanders Challenge Video #2". Command & Conquer.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01. [dead link]
  11. ^ Simon, Gavin (2009-02-11). "Commanders Challenge Video #3". Command & Conquer.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01. [dead link]

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