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Free game alert: EA's giving away Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

We must construct more dolphins.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

UPDATE, September 17: The promotion is officially back on, now that EA's servers have recovered. You can head here to pick up your copy of Red Alert 2.

Original story: After nearly six months of stinkers (Ultima 8 and Zuma’s Revenge), EA’s On-the-House program is back in peak form. Starting right now as soon as EA's servers stop dying, you can pick up a copy of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 for free through Origin, along with the expansion Yuri’s Revenge.

The question of “What’s the best Command & Conquer?” is about as controversial as “Nvidia or AMD?” or “Do you let the toilet paper hang over or under?” (Over—Ed.) so don’t expect to get a straight answer. Still, a vast amount of people would name Red Alert 2’s alt-history Soviet/USA conflict as their favorite of the long-running RTS series—and lead designer Dustin Browder went on to lead StarCraft II.

Also, you can make dolphins part of your navy. It’s a pretty great game.

Unfortunately it’s so great that people are actually taking advantage of the On-the-House program for once. EA just posted this message:

“Wow, you guys are loving Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge On the House! The demand is so high that we need some time to cool down our servers. Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge will return to on the house very shortly. Thanks for being patient!”

Once someone at EA finds a fire extinguisher, you’ll be able to go here and pick up Red Alert 2. The last two On-the-House deals have lasted for seventy days each, so you have plenty of time. As always, the one catch is that you’ll need an Origin account to take advantage.

This story, "Free game alert: EA's giving away Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2" was originally published by PCWorld.

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