When comparing Distant Worlds: Universe vs Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Slant community recommends Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for most people. In the question“What are the best singleplayer games on Steam?” Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is ranked 60th while Distant Worlds: Universe is ranked 78th.
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Pro The universe is huge
With the possibility to simulate thousands of stars and tens of thousands of planets in realtime, the universe in Distant Worlds is truely vast.
Pro In-depth problem solving
Unlike games like Civ where solving a problem is a few clicks away, Distant Worlds has many layers of abstraction that will make problem solving a lot more difficult and more like a real living world. There may be many elements needed in order to solve a problem that the player will have to figure out on their own, making for a very immersive way to solve issues.
Pro Good graphics and colorful visuals
Pro Fun campaigns for all three factions
There are three factions that the player can choose to play as (Allies, the Soviet Union, and the Empire of the Rising Sun), each with their own story which makes for plenty of gameplay and a different experience each.
Pro Has a co-op campaign
The main campaign was designed with co-op in mind which means you and a friend can play through the main story together.
Con Requires a time commitment
This is not a game that one can jump into with no prior knowledge, there is a high learning curve that will take many trial sessions in order to get the hang of the full aspects of the game.
Con Game is FPS locked
Framerate locked to the engine at 30 FPS.
Con Occasional pathfinding issues complicate unit placement
Due to slight issues with pathfinding, player units can become stuck at certain parts of the map, causing frustrating situations when those units are needed to be in a particular placement but were unable to do so.
Con AI opponents possess few strategies allowing it to be easily manipulated
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3's AI reuses a limited selection of strategies, which therein allows the player to identify what actions the AI will most likely be performing next. With this knowledge of what the enemy AI will be doing, skirmish matches and campaign missions will be easily beaten, providing little to no challenge for experienced players.