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Command & Conquer: The First Decade review

A bug-infested ride through RTS history

So while firing up the original C%26amp;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%26amp;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%26C franchise. You'll also find some concept art and a few tributes to C%26C 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%26C 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.

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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.
US censor ratingTeen
Alternative namesC&C, Command and Conquer
Release date7 February 2006 (US), 7 February 2006 (UK)