When I saw the preview to this I thought great! Another Allied soviet style game that spun off from the 'red alert' title series and although these games, in my humble opinion, are not as good as the NOD and GDI games, they are usually highly playable.
This game, however, seems to fall victim to the usual things contemporary games do; a lot of time has gone into graphics, highly paid actors and quirky cut scenes and while this game does have those improvements, after awhile it feels like Red Alert 2 again.
There are more teams and hence a lot of different vehicles to choose from, although when you pick your team things feel limited. There is a new system or ground vs ground, air vs air, boat vs boat, and you find your self having to utilise your whole range of units to combat the apposing forces. This sounds good on the surface but in reality you find your whole army taken apart by a single unit that your units cannot attack. The system is a good idea and does get people to use all the units available, but clearly is not perfect.
The game also hates the player... Ok, so you begin playing against a team or number of teams and after awhile of building a base you find someone has launched a super weapon at it; and guess what happens next? Good-bye base. You see super weapons seem out of proportion and it very quickly becomes a race to build them.
Personally I feel the games needs only a few adjustments to make it better; one, a tech level slider similar to the one in TS. Two, a button to turn of super weapons. Three, enable all units to fire at any unit it logically should be able too. Four, give us more content, maps and such like.
Should you buy this game?
Die-hard fans like myself will probably say yes, it is still a fairly decent game and has an enjoyable campaign and quality online community. But then again it's not perfect and it could be better, I personally enjoyed Kane's wrath more. Still multiplayer will keep his game afloat and for that reason I recommend the game but if your on a tight budget then try Dawn of War, which in my opinion has over taken the C&C series as the leading provider of RTS's.