Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising

Hmm. We're going to see a lot more of this kind of thing, aren't we? Standalone expansions that don't even have a retail version at all. Nothing but online content. Uprising is a pure download beast, just on PC, and it's pretty cheap to boot. It's about a third, perhaps even a half, of the length of Red Alert 3, with four short campaigns, and it's all single-player. So that includes a gaggle of further missions all delivered by the same colourful cast of actors, models, plasma-ejecting mecha-troops, transforming robots, and psychic-death schoolgirls. That seems like reasonably good value, after all, why wouldn't we want to play another stretch of the Command & Conquer series' wackiest RTS offshoot?

Well, perhaps because it's piss-boilingly frustrating.

The very first mission is a baffling exercise in face-palming idiocy - a poorly designed onslaught in which confusion repeatedly leads to death. The failure conditions are so hard to control, and so utterly galling, that there's no reason why you'd want to continue playing. Towards the end of the mission the level instructions specifically tell you to avoid engaging the units that you have pass to get out. This is bad enough, but they're sickeningly over-powered. You die again and again. It's as if you're being punished for thinking you want to play some more Red Alert 3. Finally, miraculously, you manage to dodge enough of the instant-death missiles to escape the level. No clever problem-solving required, just run for your life and hope for a lucky break.

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FeatureCommand & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising

Floating heads, Ric Flair and 'hot chicks'.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 was already replete with ludicrous units, pantomime drama and poster-girl commanders, but new expansion Uprising intends to take it all a step further. We exchanged a few volleys of interview fire with assistant producer Matt Ott to get an idea of what to expect from the PC-only expandalone.

Red Alert 3 Uprising to cost USD 20

No word yet on European pricing.

Electronic Arts has announced that PC Red Alert 3 downloadable expansion Uprising will cost USD 19.99 in the States when it comes out this March.

Peculiar bedfellows, perhaps? There was always going to be a clash somewhere in this year's Coming Attractions as we sorted our way through 12 categories, but you could argue there's more that unites fighting and strategy than divides them. Both are about trying to take maximum of advantage of your opposition's weaknesses, both reward patience, concentration and consideration, and as of Red Alert 3 both have a thing for impractical women's clothing.

FeatureEurogamer meets Holly Valance

The new star of Red Alert 3: Uprising on Ramsay Street and Benny Hill.

Last week EA announced a new standalone expansion for Red Alert 3. Titled Uprising, it will be available exclusively for PC this March and features four mini-campaigns. But most importantly, it features Holly Valance.

Red Alert 3 PC expandalone in March

Digi-distributed Uprising officially unveiled.

Electronic Arts has officially unveiled Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 expansion Uprising, which will be a standalone add-on exclusively available for PC gamers via digital distribution in March.

More on Red Alert 3 expansion in 09

More on Red Alert 3 expansion in 09

But no outright confirmation from EA.

EA has declined to confirm reports that its Los Angeles studio is beavering away on an expansion pack for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 called Uprising.

However, the publisher went a bit beyond the usual line about rumour and speculation. "We will have more information in the New Year," the publisher told Eurogamer today.

Yesterday Jeuxvideo reported that an expansion called Uprising is in development, which was then faintly echoed around various C&C fan-sites.

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