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Red Alert 3 - Empire of the Rising Sun footage

Amidst the hype and hyperbole of E3's opening moments a new video bringing the first real glimpes at the Red Alert universes newest waring faction, the Empire of the Rising Sun, was released (although mystifyingly only as part of Cashwhores E3 coverage.) In it we get to see the EotRS go Gundam on the Soviets and the Allies.

Oh and a new version of the series main theme "Hell March".

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed the return of the Allied dolphin unit amid the unvailing of the new sides units, sadly though no visible Soviet bears.

So, I liked Red Alert 2. It's toungue in cheek B-movie storyline was preferable, to me at least, to the Tiberean sagas more straight laced sci-fi yarn and it infected the gameplay with a whistful charm. This looks set to continue with the Empire of the Rising Sun having equal parts an inspired and stereotyped design to thier units, in keeping with Japanese technological dominance here in the real world the EotRS has a much more futuristic look to it, all chrome and smooth edges.

Once again Red Alert 3's new move towards stronger sea battles is pushed with the appearance of a land and an air unit that can become a formidable force on the open waves in combat, with the very manouverable looking Sky-Wing capable of becoming a submersible unit although it appears in the video as nothing more capable than in a scouting or evasive capacity. At no point underwater does the Sky/Sea-Wing appear to attack enemy units.

One point of concern that I'd like to raise is that the King Oni unit fires what looks like a Prism laser. Those of you who played Red Alert 2 (more so the Yuri's Revenge espansion pack than the original game) will remember that if you attacked with even a small number of Allied Prism Tanks then there combined power ensured unstoppable victory every time. Hopefully the units apparently high cost will make it more like the Soviet Kirov Airship, taking along time to build and therefore never in huge supply.

One final thing is the occasional glimpses of a unit that is never addressed, the Dragonfly air unit that is fleetingly seen at 26 and 33 seconds in. I have no idea what it does but it's design has me intregued.

So any thoughts? What is you opinion of Red Alert 3's third side? Do you think that it will have a detrimental effect on the balancing of the game?
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About Ian Robertsone of us since 7:09 PM on 05.05.2008

Hello folks, first off thanks for reading mah blog. I hope it was fun, informative and educational or at the very least a series of words with badly photoshoped pictures.

My real name is Ian, although Shakey is a more commonly used nickname and thus my gamertag/internet name. I'm from Liverpool in Britain and have been playing games since the heady days of the Commodore64.

Favourite game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Best console ever: Dreamcast
Best handheld: GameBoy Advance SP
Team Fortress 2 Class: Medic
Xbox 360: #1 Bricked (E-74), #2 Running fine
Resident Evils played: 6
Resident Evils beaten: 5
Pads broken: 2
Friends punched during a game of Street Fighter II: 1
Games imported from Japan: 1 (Godzilla something or other)
Personal favourite car in Gran Turismo: Mazda MX-5 (custom)
Times felated in PlayStation Home: 0
Favourite piece of classical music: Les Toreadors from "Carmen"
Favourite classic movie: Cassablanca or The Longest Day
Favourite modern film: Zatoichi (the Beat Takeshi version)
Religious view: Misanthropy
Person I would most like to drop down a well: Piers Morgan
Vehicle I would most like to race the Gumball in: Ice Cream Van
Favouite Comedian: Bill Bailey

I came to Dtiod
Prior to my settling in to Dtiod I had haunted a small number of forums and found them to be either cliquey, unwelcoming or just a bunch of cocks. I had read the site for some time and enjoyed it's more quirky, down to earth view of video games and so I lurked and eventually plucked up the courage to do a Cblog, post on the forums and even venture into the IRC. It is without a shadow of a doubt the best online community I've ever found.

I can be found most often in the forums, specifically in The Podcastle section of which the awesome Technophile made me King. If you need somethying shooping, give us a shout and I'll be more than happy to do so. :D


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