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Command & Conquer: The First Decade review

AT A GLANCE
  • A dozen C&C games for the price of one
  • Did we say 12 C&C games?
  • 12 C&C games - most actually work
  • Doesn't play nice with new monitors
  • Early games may not launch at all
  • Far too many bugs

So while firing up the original C&C did indeed conjure up some pleasing nostalgic fun (once we figured out how to manually dumb down our widescreen, high-resolution monitor to be able to display 640x400 resolution), it also evoked memories of the technical hoops PC gamers had to jump through quite regularly with new releases in the mid-to-late 1990s. D'oh.

Assuming you can get all the games to work - we did, eventually - TFD does provide an enjoyable romp through the annals of the evolution of the RTS. An overlooked game, Renegade - the first and only first-person shooter in the C&C universe - is still relatively playable by today's standards, as are Red Alert 2, Tiberian Sun (marginally), and the Generals series. For most, the rest are really just there for nostalgia. 




TFD tosses in a "bonus DVD" (read: glorified coaster) packed with trailers and interviews, including one with Louis Castle, former co-founder of Westwood and co-creator of the C&C franchise. You'll also find some concept art and a few tributes to C&C fans. This is all well and good in theory, but honestly pretty damn dull in practice. It would have truly rocked if EA just put all of the C&C games' FMV clips on the DVD for us to watch in sequence - in higher-resolutions, preferably. These clips were ground-breaking at the time of their release, and featured some pretty well-known actors, including James Earl Jones.

More Info

Release date: Feb 07 2006 - PC (US)
Feb 07 2006 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Published by: EA GAMES
Developed by: Westwood
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Crude Humor, Suggestive Themes, Violence

2 comments

  • Duke_of_Zork - November 13, 2008 7:38 p.m.

    The review tells us no less than 3 times that the appeal of the older games is in "nostalgia". Which is kind of odd because it also tells us that it's just a buggy nostalgia trip in the end. The bugs are a legitimate issue (though I haven't encountered them personally), but make up your mind. Without them, would this have been the greatest compilation of all time, or would it have been just nostalgia? It's kind of weak and cliched writing to just describe any old game's value as "nostalgia", and obviates the need to explain why modern games are any better. In many cases the only superiority is in their graphics. The game industry has always had a major case of television envy and will prefer prettier pictures over prettier gameplay any time. For some genres, such as flight simulators and adventure games, better and better graphics really do add to the experience, but to something like an RTS, there comes a point where better graphics are superfluous as long as they're good enough to distinguish the units and follow the action. The graphics of all the C&C games are more than good enough for their purpose.
  • destroyer29 - February 12, 2009 5:30 a.m.

    Duke_of_Zork chill out!Its just a review

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