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December 12, 2010
This is the installation screen of the real time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. It's one of my favorite installers in the entire series, mostly because it talks about the game's plot and shows cool concept art.
Those who brought this game as part of The First Decade missed out on this.
In 1,946, Albert Einstein used his Chronosphere device to go back in time and forever alter history. Einstein's good intentions, however, upset the delicate balance of world powers, allowing Joseph Stalin to lead communist Russia in a major invasion of Europe. Initially the Soviet invasion was successful, and soon it appeared that the British would be the last free people in Europe. But the European Allies rallied, eventually smashing the communist war machine. With Stalin's defeat, this man, Alexander Romanov, came to power with the blessing of Allied commanders. Although an aristocrat and a member of the Communist Party, Romanov was an advocate of peace.
Current satellite intelligence indicates that Romanov may not be acting in good faith. Soviet warships have been spotted, moving at high speed over the Atlantic. This man, known only as Yuri, may be responsible for shutting down our entire covert intelligence network in the Soviet Union. Ever since Yuri became Romanov's chief advisor, relations with the Soviet Union have deteriorated. Our in-country agents are missing. Some have been seen collaborating with KGB operatives.
We need to prepare for the worst, commander. War with the Soviets.
The following are technical specs on current battlefield weapon systems. Observe carefully, commander. You may have to command these units in combat.
Here's the names of the concept art in order:
Soviet Tesla Tank
Soviet Terror Drone (hated this thing)
Allied Tank Destroyer
Soviet Kirov Airship (you can't see the face because it's textureless)
Unknown Allied vehicle, or early concept art.
Allied Mirage Tank
Soviet V3 Missile Launcher
Allied Prism Tank (loved this thing)