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Like all other Command & Conquer real-time strategy games, up until the expansion pack of Tiberian Sun, Firestorm, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 contains two distinct story lines depending on which faction the player wishes to play as. Both of the story lines differ in several distinct ways. However, the Allied story line is canon due to the way in which the expansion pack continues. After the attempted conquest of Europe, the Soviet Union is in utter ruin. Joseph Stalin is dead, and the Soviet military has been all but destroyed. The Allies determine that a regime change would cause mass unrest in the Soviet Union, and in order to gain both support and stability in the region, the victorious Allies name Alexander Romanov, a distant relative of Czar Nicholas II, as the puppet Soviet Premier. Romanov acquiesces to the Allies' demands at first, though he builds up the Soviet military for "defense purposes" – a cover for an intended invasion of the United States of America.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 GPU Performance Comparison Graph

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 GPU Analysis
Comparing Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 PC system requirements to all GPUs shows that Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is going to need a graphics card that is capable of DX 9 or OpenGL 1.5.

To get the best visual graphical experience on Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, aim to have a GPU that has at least 256 MB GPU RAM.

Most bottom end graphics cards currently available today, will probably allow you to play Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

We are advised that 15 year old graphics cards should be able to run Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 , but there could be a few exceptions to this rule.

Note that most games do not officially support laptop graphics cards, but nowadays many laptop graphics solutions are capable of running modern games. Whether desktop graphics cards or laptop, try searching for your graphics card to compare against the Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 graphics card requirements chart below.