User blog:Ssskoopa/Ssskoopa suffers through Red Alert Online so you don't have to: Prologue
So, Red Alert Online, to the surprise of pretty much nobody, is an absolute train wreck of a game. It's pretty much just a reskinned version of Global Strike, designed to suck money out of your wallet, and nothing more.
And that's why I preordered it:
As a certain Internet critic always says: I remember it, so you don't have to. I'm going to suffer through this horrible excuse of a game, so the readers of this Wiki won't have to. But before I do that, let's take a look at one of the reviewer previews of this game that I found on Bilibili.
Here's the link: https://www.bilibili.com/video/av21963446
Most of it is fairly boring, though. So here are the highlight reels (lowlight reels?):
These are apparently the intro cutscenes. Always a good sign when they didn't even bother making their own, and just reused screenshots from Red Alert 2...
Wait... All the other stuff are from Red Alert 2, so why the hell did they use Red Alert 3 Tanya (and a badly photoshopped Ackerman)? Don't tell me they can't even tell the difference.
Also, I'm pretty sure that Jenny McCarthy didn't give them the right to use her likeness... Come to think of it, is this even legal?
Oh, and then this happened. *Insert That Escalated Quickly meme here*
And now, the tutorial.
This is Eva, apparently. Once again, despite almost everything else being based on RA2, she's obviously based on the RA3 version. WHY?!
This dude is the player character, whose name is literally just "Me". Question: If he's the commander, why the hell is he carrying that huge gun for? Doesn't he have soldiers protecting him? Also, that armor looks nothing like RA2 Allied or even RA3 Allied armor. He looks more like a character from some generic sci-fi shooter.
So, "Me" orders the MCV to be unpacked, and a base is built up unrealistically fast, even by RA standard. He builds a refinery and a barracks. And then... THIS happens.
A conscript, the makers of this game thinks that this is what a conscript looks like. And that Allies use conscripts. And that conscripts are snipers.
If you were having doubts about Tencent's competence at making a Red Alert game, I believe that this picture would put those doubts to rest. In fact, I would go as far as saying that this picture is the entire game in a nutshell. This is it. This is how much they know about Red Alert. This is how much they care.
So after training some...ugh..."conscripts", Yuri's forces launch an attack on your base, and a cutscene plays.
The prism towers use the Tesla coil sound effect for some unfathomable reason. Apparently, "Me"'s forces took heavy losses from this battle, and "Me" said that he can boost combat strength by appointing a "hero" (yeah, that's the term he used) as the leader of troops in the field.
If this game was made by literally anyone else, this would be the perfect opportunity to transition to the "Rescue Tanya" storyline and have her as our first hero. But as you probably know by now, Tencent is not like anyone else.
The new hero he appoints? It's Eva. Eva, the intelligence officer, as a leader in the field.
You know what? I think I finally figured out who "Me" is, he's the military genius behind this masterfully executed operation.
So after all that, you're contacted by your superior, and given this bit of information:
The gist of it is that Yuri hit all the major cities at once during the first wave (Why is he telling "Me" that? Shouldn't "Me" know that already? Storytelling at its finest people.), but years ago, the Allies developed the MCV technology in response... Wait, WHAT?! You're saying that the Allies don't have MCV until Yuri's Revenge? That RA1 and RA2 never happened? What kind of fucked up Bizarro-verse does this game take place in?!
As with every other garbage Chinese mobile game, the corner of the screen is filled with garbage like login bonus and in-app purchase bonus. But somehow, RAOL managed to make even less sense than those.
For example, this is the bonus item for the first in-app purchase, an AK47, that boosts construction speed, somehow. The idea of an AK47 being a bonus item in a game on the scale of Red Alert is already laughable, but a rifle that makes you build faster? What were they smoking when they came up with this stuff?!