Monday, September 1, 2008

Download Command & Conquer: Red Alert for Free

Gearing up for Labor Day, but maybe you're not sure what game to play
on your day off? Well perhaps you'll want to revisit a true classic, as
Electronic Arts has announced that they're now giving away the original
Command & Conquer: Red Alert as a free download in celebration of the 13th anniversary of the series (and a reminder that Red Alert 3 is totally coming out soon).

While the game is free, the actual process of playing it isn't without a little complication. You can head over to EA's official page
to download both the Allies and Soviets discs (each disc contained the
single-player campaign for its respective faction), but the files are
actual ISO images of the CDs themselves. That means that in order to
play them, you'll either need to burn the ISO images onto a blank disc,
or use a Virtual CD program to load them. The game will run on Windows
XP/98/Me/95, but it's not "officially" compatible with Windows Vista
(although there are certainly ways around that, so don't let that stop you, Vista users.).

As the download site makes abundantly clear, you can also get Red Alert 2
for free if you preorder Red Alert 3, the latest installment in the
series set for release this October. The first Red Alert, of course,
was the initial (and highly influential) spin-off of the original Command & Conquer
that went a long way toward cementing many of the fundamental real-time
strategy mechanics the genre still depends on today. If you've never
played it, it's certainly worth checking out as a free download, so get
cracking. Just try not to shove your fist through your monitor by the
27th time you hear "silos needed" during a single game.

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