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Command & Conquer: The First Decade review

A bug-infested ride through RTS history

Pros

  • A dozen C&C games for the price of one
  • Did we say 12 C&C games?
  • 12 C&C games - most actually work

Cons

  • Doesn't play nice with new monitors
  • Early games may not launch at all
  • Far too many bugs

For long-time fans of the series, Command %26amp; Conquer: The First Decade is a bit of slap to the side of the ol' noggin that does little to drum up excitement for the next ten years. However, if C%26amp;C is new to you, TFD represents a solid value - providing you can run the games, that is.

TFD bundles every C%26amp;C game released to date on a single DVD, sans the forgettable Sole Survivor. That's nothing to cry about asSurvivor was online-only and the real only clear stinker in the history of the series. You'll get Command %26amp; Conquer %26amp; its add-on C%26amp;C: The Covert Ops; Red Alert and its two expansions, Counterstrike and Aftermath; Tiberian Sun and its add-on, Firestorm; the action-oriented Renegade; Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge, and finally, the 3D Generals and its add-on, Zero Hour.

That's 12 C%26amp;C games, all supposedly tweaked to play nice with Win XP, for the princely sum of $40. But before we all get too giddy, here's the rub: the movies for the Soviet campaign in Red Alert don't play, the musical score for Covert Ops is not complete, and several games failed to launch off the new front-end interface. We encountered a few other minor bugs as well, most notably intermittent crashes. Pretty frustrating, to say the least, particularly after being forced to enter 12 CD keys and uninstall all older C%26amp;C games that might already be on your system. (It should also be noted that with the exception of the original C%26amp;C and Red Alert, most of the original releases worked just fine with Win XP.)

More Info

GenreStrategy
DescriptionThis could have been the single greatest compilation of all time. Instead, it's a bug-ridden collection that needed more polish and tender loving care before release.
PlatformPC
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating
Alternative namesC&C, Command and Conquer
Release date:7 February 2006 (US), 7 February 2006 (UK)
Available platforms:PC
Genre:Strategy
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