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Emperor: Battle For Dune
Emperor: Battle For Dune

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks fantastic with disappointing game-control, 20 Jun. 2001
With great anticipation did I wait for this game. On one hand my expectations were met, this is a fantastic game that looks great and has excellent RTS game play. There are only a few minor points that are wrong with it, but they spoil it quite a bit. The mouse cursor is outright sluggish, and no fiddling with my mouse-settings seemed to help. And when a lot of things are going on at the same time, it becomes uncontrollable. Since in this kind of game it's essential to be able to control your units quickly and accurately, this is an unforgivable problem. Especially since this game seems to be more tailored towards large scale battles than the similar Red Alert 2.
I didn't play any of the previous Dune games, but essentially this game is the same kind of game as Red Alert and Tiberian Sun. Except that the world has now been done in proper 3-D, which makes it look abolutely fabulous. My guess is that a lot of people will find this game very enjoyable, but the real fanatics, who want to play battles online, will find the sluggish control a real pain, if not unusable.

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Prima's Official Strategy Guide)
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Prima's Official Strategy Guide)
by Steve Honeywell
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little information for a hefty price., 23 Jan. 2001
If you're looking for a guide to help you through the missions, then this book might be for you.
If like me you're looking for tips and strategies for MultiPlayer games (much more fun), unlike what the cover states, you're going to find very little. Subtract the information you could also find in the Red Alert 2 manual, plus the simple things anyone will discover by themselves after a few games, there are only a handful of eye-openers in this manual. There are a lot of tricks I've personally found out that are not in this book, and I'm not even a very good online player. I've found several useful tips by searching on the Internet that are not in this book either.
Considering that this book comes with the Westwood logo on the front, I think Westwood could have easily added another 50% to the book with real insights about how the game works and how it should be played. Disappointing.

Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Command & Conquer Red Alert 2

4.0 out of 5 stars The most playable online RTS with many mediocrities., 16 Jan. 2001
There's much wrong with this game, but I played it more than any other recent game. I liked Tiberian Sun much better since it was more consistent, more balanced, had better atmosphere and more interesting missions. In the end they are very similar games though.
But the real fun comes when playing online, and unfortunately the Tiberian Sun server seems to be so unreliable that I hardly ever manage to start a game. This is where RA2 works much better, even though the server interface is highly outdated. There are also many improvements over Tiberian Sun with relation to unit- and game-control which will come as a relief to anyone who played any of the older games.
Oh, one more thing. The nuclear-weapons really spoil this game, so my advice would be to only play with those turned off.

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