Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Just recently a few EA/Westwood employee's were visiting
Stockholm, Sweden and couldn't help but notice the picture on
the back of this bus. The Soviet propaganda machine is hard at
work spreading the good word about Red Alert 2.
Posted Monday, October 30, 2000
Competitors from around the U.S. will meet on-line November 4th,
2000 to vie for the title of Red Alert 2 grand champion.
Sponsored by Westwood Studios and IGames, the tournament will
pit regional players in the United States and Canada against
each other in a series of battles to determine the ultimate
To compete, players will meet at designated
regional locations around the country. The best players from
each location will then play online against each other to
determine the overall winner. Prizes include $4000 in gift
certificates from Electronics Boutique, Red Alert 2 PC games,
T-shirts, and posters.
The tournament will take place
from noon to 7 p.m. (PST) and will be coordinated via IGames
staff. For more information on how to participate please visit
Posted Friday, October 27, 2000
More Red Alert 2 reviews are in! Game Spot UK and The Games
Network have posted in-depth reviews of Westwood's latest RTS.
Check out the links below and get the full scoop!
9/10 "Red Alert 2 is certainly the best game in the Command &
Conquer series so far."
Game Spot UK
95/100 "...Red Alert 2 is awesome."
The Games Network
Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2000
IGN PC just recently posted their review of Red Alert 2, and WOW
did they like it. Here is a little taste of what they had to
say, "Red Alert 2 is one of the most polished, best-conceived,
and downright enjoyable real-time strategy games in recent
memory." Well, there you have it, click on the link below to
read the full review.
Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Hurray! Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 has begun shipping to
retail outlets throughout North America today! The latest
real-time strategy game in the Command & Conquer universe should
start to appear in stores by October 25th, with widespread
distribution expected by October 28th.
Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Well, due to a few technical difficulties, our Red Alert 2 chat
will take place tomorrow October 25th, at 4:00 PM (PST). Our Red
Alert 2 experts can't wait to give you some of the best inside
tips on how to win at the game. So be sure to check back here
Posted Saturday, October 21, 2000
That’s right! Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 is just four days
from being released to the world. Many fans have been waiting in
anticipation for months to get a hold of Westwood latest red-hot
RTS. On Tuesday October 24th the wait will be over. Stay tuned
as we bring you more information from the front.
mean time, check out our community links and preview sections
for some the latest and greatest info on the game.
Red Alert 2 Fan Sites
Posted Friday, October 20, 2000
With Red Alert 2 due out in just a few days , we have managed to
get some time with the best RA2 players on the planet to talk
about the game and cool strategies! The chat session will be
hosted by Virtual Ted and Delphi, Tuesday October 24th from 4:00
PM - 5:00 (PST).
Check back then, we will be updating
the news section and message board with info on the chat channel
and how to join in.
Posted Thursday, October 19, 2000
The Tesla coils are charged and the Terror drones in place. Red
Alert 2 is about to invade Wizards of the Coast in Seattle,WA.
This will be the last stop in the whirlwind Cyber Cafe' tour. If
you haven't signed up, now would be a great time to give them a
call and put your name in. Hopefully we'll see you there!!
Almost forgot, even if you don’t get computer time, come on by,
grab some pizza and peek over someone’s shoulder.
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Place: Wizards of the Coast,
N.E. Northgate Way, Unit 914
Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2000
Do we have a treat for you! Special operatives inside Westwood
have managed to grab forty-five seconds of behind the scenes
footage of Kari Wuher (Tanya) for everyone to download. This
footage and more can be found on the special DVD inside the Red
Alert 2 Collector's Edition box. Don't be left out, order today!
Tanya Movie High Quality 26 MB QuickTime
Tanya Movie Compressed 8 MB QuickTime
Posted Monday, October 16, 2000
The time is drawing nigh. Very soon (Oct. 25 to be specific),
you’ll be able to tell us what you think about Red Alert 2. In
the meantime, you might be interested in what some other people
think. Here are some of the early reviews and ratings from
Europe. Here they are…
First up, here are the magazine
reviews from the United Kingdom:
Gamer - 92%
PC Gear - 9 out of 10 "A cracking sequel to a
Computer & Video Gaming - 4 stars out of
PC Game Play - 8/10
PC Zone - 82% "Westwood's
finest game to date..."
Next are the latest scores
from France and Sweden:
(Sweden) - 92% "C&C has never looked so good."
(France) - 91%
The U.S. reviews will start popping
up after the game has shipped, but here is a little of what the
U.S. press is saying…
The Adrenaline Vault
"...Red Alert 2 offers the most
visceral, thrilling and heart-poundingly intense RTS experience
ever seen on the PC."
"These folks are dedicated to
making good, high quality games, that are also fun to play."
Overall, I’d say that Westwood will probably strike gold once
again with RA2 (as well as other stuff I’m not allowed to talk
"In short, it looks as if Red Alert 2
is going to live up to our expectations."
"...look forward to a very
polished and entertaining real-time strategy title that is
worthy of the name Red Alert."
"There's no question about it,
Westwood is obviously been putting a lot of effort into making
this game something new and exciting."
Posted Thursday, October 12, 2000
Last weekend, Westwood reps invaded PlayFX, a PC gaming site on
UCLA’s campus, when the game company brought Command & Conquer
Red Alert 2 to its rabid Los Angeles fans.
over all 20 of PlayFX’s Pentium III’s for over four hours of RA2
gameplay last weekend, allowing fans to play through the game
weeks before they can buy it in stores. Along with the game,
pizza and soda flowed freely, as did giveaway goodies, such as
RA2 t-shirts, posters and pins.
Fans could play through
the campaigns and against the computer, but the most popular
gameplay by far was over PlayFX’s local area network, with most
players engaging their friends and fellow RA2 fans in a quest
for world domination.
Westwood’s visit to Los Angeles
was the second of three RA2 preview parties. Look for us October
21 at 5:30 p.m. at Wizards of the Coast in the Northgate Mall,
Posted Wednesday, October 11, 2000
Customers who reserve Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 through
Electronics Boutique or Babbages will be receive five exclusive
Red Alert 2 maps, created by the original design team, and will
also be eligible to participate in a three-month Red Alert 2
online tournament with over $12,000 in prizes.
tournament will take place in three phases from November 1, 2000
and end January 31, 2001, each lasting a month. Players will be
eligible to participate in each phase, with prizes awarded at
the end of each month. Prizes include a Pentium III 866 Mhz Game
System, a portable DVD Player, a digital camera, a Sony minidisk
recorder/player, and a Palm VIIx.
To receive the maps
and be eligible for the tournament, customers must pre-order Red
Alert 2 through Babbages, Babbages.com, Electronics Boutique, or
EBWorld.com. Once the order is placed, Westwood will email each
customer a unique code for the tournament. Beginning November 1,
players can to go to Westwood.com to enter their code and
participate in the tournament.
Posted Tuesday, October 10, 2000
The Adrenaline Vault has just posted their hands-on preview of
Red Alert 2. It's tons of great information that you won't want
"...Red Alert 2 offers the most visceral,
thrilling and heart-poundingly intense RTS experience ever seen
on the PC."
Posted Monday, October 9, 2000
Just in time for the Red Alert 2 launch, the good folks at
Gamespot have published the absolute definitive history of
Westwood Studios. It’s a must read for Westwood fans, or for
anyone curious as to how a business is born and grown into
something special. You can read all about it right here…
Posted Friday, October 6, 2000
There comes a point in every game developer's life where he or
she realizes that the game is as close to perfect as it can be.
It is that enlightened moment that they must put away all their
little designing tools and finally have fun with the damn thing.
Also, completely decimating your fellow developers is a
fantastic stress reliever. So, the dev team decided to put all
this energy to good use and sponsor a company-wide tournament to
find out who is best and baddest RA2 player at Westwood's
The massive RA2 LAN-based tournament
had close to 40 participants. (The other employees had keeled
over from exhaustion and were asleep in the nap room.) In
addition to bragging rights for all of eternity, the
Westwoodians were playing for a $25 gift certificate for Tower
Records and for the famed "Signed One Dollar Bill." No ordinary
dollar bill, this sucker has been signed by none other than Mark
Skaggs and states that the winner is a "Red Alert 2 Legend and A
God Among Men." With stakes that high, the competition was
As the ladder tournament progressed,
players were slowly but surely wiped out. By 3:00 p.m. only
three highly skilled tacticians remained, Ido (artist), Josh
(designer), and Dustin (designer). This was truly a battle of
the Titans -- players that eat, drink and sleep RA2. At that
time the rest of Westwood Pacific gathered in the conference
room to watch in awe as the final carnage played out on
Westwood's huge plasma screen. Soviet Tesla tanks were the
weapon of choice for Ido, playing Russia in game one. He quickly
and decisively wiped out Josh, playing (Iraq), despite his
gallant effort to take over Ido's base with engineers. Dustin
became Ido's final victim in game two after a long battle of
tearing down each other's mutual defenses. In the end, Ido
proved himself worthy of the "Signed One Dollar Bill" and the
title, "Master of the RA2 Universe!" That is, until he is
challenged by the winner of the Las Vegas office tournament...
Posted Thursday, October 5, 2000
Set off the fireworks. Pop the cork on the champagne (or
sparkling cider, for those of you underage). Visit your favorite
software retailer immediately and give him a big hug. Command &
Conquer Red Alert 2 is done. It is gold. The final version has
been pounded on, tested, re-tested, polished, and thrice blessed
by two test depertments and the dev team. That beautiful disc,
the result of almost two years of blood, sweat and almost toxic
level of caffiene consumption, was then sent away to the
And ironically, the disc that was
dubbed gold was actually silver, but who really cares?
What happens now? Several silver discs are made from the gold
disc. Those silver discs are then tested to make sure the
duplication process works. If the silvers pass, then the
duplicating machines will start cranking out copies of the game.
Then, the folks at the factory drop them into boxes. The boxes
are sealed, put into cases of 24, and stored in a warehouse.
This process will take about three weeks because thousands upon
thousands have to be made. Then, on October 24th, those boxes
will be loaded onto trucks and airplanes and delivered to stores
across the continent.
Then, you go pick up your copy and
finally get to play. As we’ve said before, the best way to make
sure you get a copy on Day One is to pre-order or sign a call
list at your local games dealer.
After that, we’ll see
you on Westwood Online. We here at Westwood can’t wait to play
actual fans. We’re a little weary of beating up on each other.
Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2000
The Wisconsin Red Alert 2 preview event has passed, but the
memories remain. Westwood Studios invaded the Virtual Magic
gaming center, in the wonderful city of Mequon, and partied with
40 raving fans.
Starting around noon, Westwood staffers
Chris and Amy took a head count of all the attendees, booted up
the computers and let their guests play away. The fans dabbled a
bit in single player but were more eager to challenge each other
for supremacy and title of MP king. The battles raged, winners
triumphed and loser mourned.
Lunch was delivered and
devoured in seconds. We made a second Pizza run to keep the
party people happy and full. Chris then launched into a tutoring
session and covered a variety of advanced tactics. His quick
learning students quickly realized that the tank rush might
still occasionally work, but had become the most impotent of
Like all good things, the event came to an end.
Tears and goodbyes were exchanged, machines powered down, and
the RA2 CDs accounted for. It was a great event and hopefully we
will see you in L.A.!
A special thanks goes to Kane Man
from Code Red who flew in from Ohio, and our buddies at Red
Alert 2 Extreme, who seem to be everywhere. Also, head over
www.gamespy.com and check out their take on the event.
Posted Monday, October 2, 2000
The Red Alert 2 Theme Pack is here, and it's free! Just click
here to download it.
Remember, you need to have Theme
pack support installed to enable your RA2 Theme pack files. If
you don't have this installed, just use the HELP function in
your Windows Start menu and type "Desktop Themes".
Posted Monday, October 2, 2000
Two great Red Alert 2 stories went up over the weekend. You can
check them out at www.gameslice.com and www.ign.com
Tomorrow, look for the story and pics from the
weekend’s fabulous Wisconsin Red Alert 2 preview party. Los
Angeles is next!