Review by Ex3cution3r
Amazing entry to the Command & Conquer series
In 1995, the first C&C game was released to much fanfare and applause. In 1996, the Red Alert series took its claim to fame. In 2003 the Generals series did not receive the same great words its predecessors had. Many felt that the game strayed from its roots, and was simply not as good as the older games.
Now, 4 years later, the newest game C&C 3 has been released. It goes back to the Tiberium game storyline, and is simply a work of genius!
The story is very interesting. It is told well, with excellent cutscenes with real actors (fans of the TV show "House" might recognize a face!), and good continuity. There are a few things that could do with more explaining in the cutscenes, but a lot of it is supplemented with in-game intel. I haven't finished the entire game yet, but so far the story works.
The gameplay is also great. The interface goes back to its roots with the sidebar. Such classics as the Ion Cannon and Nuke also make a return. There is imbalance in multiplayer though; people tend to amass Mammoth tanks or, as the new Scrin side, mass air forces. In the campaign though, the missions can jump from blazing through (early GDI missions) to suddenly hellish missions (Croatia and Albania come to mind). The AI is also much improved; Easy is not a major challenge in defeating the enemy, yet Brutal will give even the best commander a run for his money. Overall, the gameplay is great for newbies to the series or die-hard vets.
The graphics, when cranked up all the way, are great. They are not quite the caliber of Company of Heroes, but still a great deal better than Generals. Just note that a strong computer is needed to go full trot.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Sure the gameplay could be tweaked, the bugs fixed, and the story a bit more informative. For what you get, though, C&C 3 is a great purchase. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys RTSes, be it a casual 2 hour a week gamer or a hardcore 2 hour a weekday, 8 hours Friday/Saturday/Sunday gamer. If you've never played an RTS, this would be a fun one to begin with.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
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