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Red Redemption: C&C RA1 in RA3

That is a whole lot of red

[This was written at 11.30am, but our scheduler messed up. Hooray! – Retroactive Ed] I should be at the Eurogamer Expo right now, but instead I’ve been stuck on a train for the last few hours, diverted through the darkest and most obscure reaches of the South-East, because this is crappy old Britain and its greedily-privatised public transport infrastructure is totally capable of efficiently dealing with day-to-day problems. I have a laptop, but the only game on it is Diablo 3. So I won’t be playing that. Hey, DRM? Screw you. Screw you right in the ear.

The battery-sapping miracles of phone tethering allow me to at least bring you this brief missive, which isn’t actually intended to be about my travel gripes – those are a beige alert at best – but instead about an ambitious mod for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, which enthusiastically recreates the original, purer Red Alert within this the more recent C&C’s shiny, full-3D engine.It features classic maps, remastered classic music, and a vastly improved AI. In what’s been a fairly quiet year for traditional RTS, and given RA3 was lacking a certain something-something, I really fancy a crack at this. Maybe once my hundred-year odyssey to reach the Expo is over, eh? Meantime, a nostalgia-inducing trailer awaits below.

Ah, a simpler time, and before the spirit of parody entirely took over RA’s soul. Grab the 406MB mod from here.

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