Command & Conquer Red Alert 3

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Game Poster Image
A rewarding sequel to this campy RTS franchise.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some stereotypes, such as thick-accented Russian commander and Asian emperor.


There is some violence and blood, but it's quite tame as it's played from a top-down perspective and cartoon-like.


Some sexual innuendos by Jenny McCarthy's character, such as stroking a gun. MCarthy was a former Playboy Playmate of the Year. The box for this game also shows a sexy female soldier.


Some words people might consider cursing including "hell" and "damn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this game has some violence and animated blood, this "Teen"-rated game is not very graphic compared to most other PC and console strategy games. Why? It's played primarily from an eagle's eye view (not to mention the action takes place more between units, such as vehicles, than people). Also, several of the fighting units in this over-the-top sci-fi tale are units such as sonic dolphins and fighting bears. Mild language includes words such as "damn" and "hell."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPennDisneyCEO June 9, 2015

Command and Conquer - Whole Series

To begin this one، be reminded that i review the WHOLE series and not just this game, thanks for understanding. Okay, is now the 25th annerversy of Command and... Continue reading
Parent of a 6, 8, and 10-year-old Written byMflixx December 29, 2012

Strong lust appeal in the intergame movies.

To begin with I say 17 and under because no matter what age, one needs to be able to decipher good from bad and right from wrong. Aside from what's already... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCaisok November 26, 2016


Comparing this to other C&C games this is average at best. The gameplay is fun no doubt about it. It still has that classic fast paced action and the sp... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byXYHC March 8, 2016

A violent but great game that is no longer about strategies

This game includes fighting scenes and even blood. It is not appropriate for young kids. The game is now less about your strategies compared to its prequel. Ins... Continue reading

What's it about?

It's been seven long years since the last Command & Conquer Red Alert game and now real-time strategy (RTS) fans can rejoice as COMMAND & CONQUER RED ALERT 3 is now available for Windows PCs (with an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version to follow). As with its best-selling predecessors, this anticipated sequel features an over-the-top story told via cheesy live-motion video cut-scenes, and of course, frantic mouse-clicking game-play from an overhead perspective (ideal for \"commanding\" and \"conquering\"). The deliciously ridiculous premise behind Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 involves a Russian leader, played by Tim Curry (of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame), who goes back in time with colleagues to kill Albert Einstein in the hopes the Soviets will become the world power instead of the U.S. Except tampering with history causes an unexpected outcome: the Empire of the Rising Sun becomes a major player, led by corny emperor George Takei (Star Trek).

In the story-based campaign, players must choose to lead one of the three sides – the Allies, Soviets and Empire – each with their own weapons, vehicles, structures, units and technologies. Players can go at it solo by advancing through increasingly tough missions, with offensive and defensive missions (and more naval battles than in past games), or for the first time in the series engage in co-operative play by connecting with a friend online or choosing an A.I. co-commander to help tag-team your war efforts. Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 also includes the standard non-story skirmish mode and multiplayer matches for up to six players.

Is it any good?

Yes, its good as long as you don't mind having to micromange every facet of the conflict, including building bases and key structures, and deploying troops in a tactical fashion onto the battlefield. This sequel enjoys a tremendous amount of polish, both in the game's visual flare and in the delicate balancing of the three sides. Plus the mouse-based control is intuitive and responsive. Quite simply, RTS fans longing for the return of Command & Conquer Red Alert will be more than pleased with the latest chapter in the franchise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether game sequels are a good thing or way overdone these days? What makes you want to play a sequel? Is it the characters, story, locations, or game-play mechanics of a game? Do most sequels live up to your expectations? Or do you think there are too many sequels now, such as Gears of War 2, Resistance 2, Fallout 3, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Fable II and so on?

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