This article will serve as a walkthrough for the ninth Soviet mission in the PC game Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 which is entitled ‘The Blight on the Big Apple’. This mission starts with both commanders starting with a limited invasion force to make way for additional reinforcements to be landed in New York. The objectives of The Blight on the Big Apple in Red Alert 3 is give the American Allies the final blow by destroying the Statue of Liberty in New York. The Soviet Commander will be assisted by Moskvin in the struggle Ackerman’s forces during The Blight on the Big Apple in Red Alert 3.
Red Alert 3: The Blight on the Big Apple Primary Objectives
1. Eliminate Fort Bradley’s Prospectors
2. Destroy Fort Bradley
3. Destroy the Statue of Liberty
Red Alert 3: The Blight on the Big Apple Secondary Objectives
1. Eliminate Tanya
2. Capture the New York Stock Exchange
Units introduced in The Blight on the Big Apple: Terror Drones, Vacuum Imploder, Telsa Tanks are granted for use but can’t be built,
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This mission begins with both commanders under control of a group of Terror Drones. Send them out in limited numbers, to the left and top ore refineries to attack the defending vehicles first, then the ore collectors themselves. The reason you shouldn’t move more than what is needed, since vehicles being attacked by terror drones can still fire upon drones that have not yet latched onto a vehicle. Take the time to destroy as many infantry and tanks that leave the fort itself, however do not send drones to the vehicles in the depot, for the repair facilities there are capable of destroying latched drones.
Once the prospectors are down, the invasion force is expanded, granting each commander 4 tesla tanks, 4 twinblades and 2 kirovs. Use the 4 tesla tanks to destroy the outskirts of Fort Bradley while attacking any units that leave it. The idea should be to get all 4 tanks to their highest veterancy rank, to give them increased damage and the self heal ability. The Co-Commander should have started destroying the central area with his Kirov’s by now, so send in the twinblades and tesla tanks to support once they have carved a serious path. If the sam sites are still up, make sure to send your own kirovs to take them out first, and save the twinblades.
Destroying the last of the fort expands the map once more, giving both commanders bases, the co-commander on a small island to the north, and the player on a larger piece of land to the south. Some Allied reinforcements will come in to the island where Fort Bradley used to be, use the forces you have there to destroy them, sending in some MiGs as soon as you can build them to destroy the helicopters that arrive to support. In the mean time, start adding production facilities and heavy defenses to your base. Build flak turrets and sentry guns next to all your buildings on land to counter para-drops that will be coming from the allied base. Your naval yard should be protected by flak towers and tesla coils to stop allied naval vessels that come to that location.
Soon the bonus objective to eliminate agent Tanya will be given. As soon as her position is revealed, choose the orbital strike ability and target her with it directly. The ability should be more than enough to kill her outright, eliminating what would otherwise be a serious nuisance later on.
Once you’ve built the anti-air to clear the remaining allies that came to reinforce the vanquished Fort Bradley, take the twinblades and transport the tesla tanks to your main base, then build 3 sputniks and 2 engineers to transport back to the ex-Fort Bradley area. Use the sputniks to establish ore refineries where the allies had theirs, along with capturing the Hospital and NY Stock Exchange. Build some minor turrets to defend these positions, as they will be attacked occasionally in the mission, however these attacks will always be very small, with the allies focusing their forces on the main soviet bases.
The next task is to cut off the Allied economy. Do this with a naval force of a handful of akula subs, moving them along the coast of the player occupied land mass to sneak behind the Allied base and destroy the refineries and collectors there. Doing this will quickly turn the battle in your favor, allowing the co-commander to overpower the allied waves shortly thereafter. Start building a couple Dreadnoughts and a slew of twinblades and some kirovs for later.
Once the upper hand is yours, and much of the naval Allied forces has diminished, build dreadnoughts to bombard the southern tip of the allied land mass and destroy the sam sites there. Load up a squad of bullfrogs with a slew of infantry and Natasha herself, then move them with a light escort to catapult them onto the area cleared of anti-air turrets. Use the infantry to Secure the tip, using a Dreadnought or aircraft to destroy the closest Prism Tower to the infantry landing spot, since it is capable of reaching the infantry if they move from the tip.
Once the landing site is secured, send in a large group of twinblades with four of them carrying the tesla tanks that should still be alive. Drop the tanks off at the same tip where the infantry are, then use the twinblades to take out the prism towers, while the ground units move around the turrets outskirts, eliminating the other allied structures on the island. Once the prism towers and enough of the defenders are down, destroy the statue with whichever units you choose. The fastest way to do this is with Natasha’s airstrike that takes the statue down in one hit. Once the statue comes crumbling down, the final mission in the soviet campaign is victorious.
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