Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 cover
Developers
EA Los Angeles
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1][2]
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
SAGE 2.0
Release dates
Windows October 28, 2008
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 24, 2009
Reception
Metacritic 82
IGDB 75
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Asia, Europe, North America, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on HowLongToBeat
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on IGDB
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on MobyGames
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on Wikipedia
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor 1997
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020
Renegade X (unofficial) EA

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Small but dedicated community.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement (Windows version only)
Red Alert 3 on CNC.community
Red Alert 3 section on CNCNZ.com
Red Alert 3 section on GameReplays.org
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7, SecuROM PA, and SecuROM DFA DRM.
Five machine activation limit.
A De-Authorization Tool is available, and an in-built option is available as of patch 1.05.
Can be redeemed on Origin through the client.
Disc not needed to run the game.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
Humble Store (unavailable)
Origin
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename movie files[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies\.
  2. Delete or rename RA3_EA_logo.vp6, RA3_Gameplay_720p.vp6, and RedAlertLogo.vp6.

Patches[edit]

The Steam and Origin versions are already patched to the latest version.
  • Retail Windows Red Alert 3 patch v1.12 can be downloaded in many languages from CNCNZ or Patches-Scrolls.

Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection Fixed Launchers (Origin)[edit]

An unofficial patch that provides a slight enhancement to the default launchers provided with the Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection version (fixes registry entries and allows command line arguments to function properly).

It can be downloaded from ModDB.

Speed up loading[edit]

Use the RA3 Quickloader

Upon launch, the game attempts to look up an EA server which used to distribute relevant news for the game. Since it has been offline since the late 2010s and the timeout is relatively long, loading the game may take a while.

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\.
  2. Make a backup of RA3.exe.
  3. Download the fixed version from this page and replace RA3.exe.

Worldbuilder (map editor)[edit]

  • There is a "standard version" (2.0) for most users, available from CNCNZ, ModDB and CnCLabs.
  • A separate, significantly larger version, is meant for use with the official mod SDK, available from CNCNZ, ModDB and CnCLabs.
Maps created with either Worldbuilder are not meant for the Uprising standalone expansion pack and may result in broken terrain.
The Origin release has a missing registry key by default, preventing custom maps from displaying.
Edit registry key for Origin release[4]
  1. Run the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\Electronic Arts\Red Alert 3.
  2. Add a DWORD value titled UseLocalUserMaps and leave it at 0.
  3. Close the Registry Editor.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Red Alert 3\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Only available through The Ultimate Collection version
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Position affects gameplay. Disable non-primary displays to fix black screen on startup.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed
Use -win parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[5]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change Resolution xxx xxx to your desired resolution.

Input[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only supports Stereo audio.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Retail only.
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Korean
Retail only. A low quality translation. Subtitles are completely out of sync. Somewhat fixed in 1.07 patch, but issues still remain. A fan made patch is available to improve the translation.
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Thai
Retail only.

Network[edit]

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Regular PvP/PvE only; campaign co-op requires online.
Online play
6 Versus, Co-op
Official servers have been shut down. Possible with C&C:Online.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 3783, 4321, 6660-6669, 28900, 29900, 29901
UDP 6515, 6500, 13139, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup with an "application error" when launched from executable (Steam)[edit]

Create missing file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Create a new file named steam_appid.txt.
  3. Open the file and insert the game's Steam application ID (17480).
  4. Save the file.
The game will still require an active Steam client to run, but will no longer crash on the attempt to run directly from the executable.

Game does not start (Origin, The Ultimate Collection)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Red Alert 3/Uprising and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL
OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes On2 VP6
Multiplayer GameSpy Shut down in 2014.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 2200+
Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1800
Nvidia GeForce 6800
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/17480/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (17480) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References