Let’s face it, C&C is pretty much dead right now (unless Bioware brings it back). To me it was dead right around C&C Generals, and the last true C&C games were Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun.
This is OpenRA, a port of the FIRST Red Alert game. Red Alert was one of the first games I played on Windows 95 (though it also supported DOS), and I used to play a TON of skirmishes against the AI. It had a bunch of features going for it at the time that weren’t really seen in any other games.
- Queue movement commands
- Create unit groups accessible by number
- Amazing interface for the time
- Awesome Music
- Great story told with FMV sequences
OpenRA lets you play Skirmish games against the AI, or online with other players. It even downloads all the assets from Red Alert (or C&C Tiberian Dawn), and it’s really easy to set up and start playing within minutes (though the music doesn’t come with the game aside from Hell March). It works cross platform with Windows, OSX, and Linux and is designed with modern video hardware in mind. You can play with up to 8 players (CPU or Human) and comes with a ton of maps (plus you can make your own). There’s even support for making your own mods for the game via the wiki.
If you love Red Alert 1/2 as much as I do, you should definitely check this out. It’s really easy to set up, and it’s a blast to play even against the AI. You can get it on the OpenRA site or grab the source code on GitHub