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Outlet

Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (203 votes)

Released: 2003-02-11

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Command & Conquer: Generals by Electronic Arts

Software Details

Brand: Electronic ArtsMedia: CD-ROMHardware Platform: PCOperating System: Windows 2000
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Description

Take on the role of great generals and military leaders throughout history as they fight the battles for borders, wealth and glory.

Platforms

Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP

Product Features

  • The U.S. and China have been fighting to rule the world -- but now a new group called the Global Liberation Army(GLA) is gunning for the both of them. Step into this three-way power struggle and take command as a General, to lead your side to victory.
  • Command U.S., Chinese or GLA troops, each with their own unique abilities, weapons and strategies
  • Use your tactical skills to lead the Chinese with their nuclear and fire-based weapons, or the U.S. with their advanced technology & air superiority, or the GLA with their guerilla tactics & scavenging skills
  • As you play and win in these multi-level campaigns, you'll earn General Points you can use to break out the Super Weapons - Nukes & Particle Beams are waiting for you to deploy them
  • Unique new missions and campaign goals combined with all-new multiplayer modes bring up the challenge, as you fight for the right to Command & Conquer!

Editorial Review

In Command & Conquer: Generals gamers choose from three radically different fighting forces, build an army from the ground up, and seek out and destroy opposing players' armies and bases. Your three choices are the USA, the Chinese, and the Global Liberation Army (a group of freedom fighters/terrorists). Each force has unique strengths and weaknesses; Generals does a good job making the three forces differ in more than aesthetics. The USA has costly but technically advanced units along with a stunningly powerful Air Force, the Chinese have weak but cheap ground units that gain advantages when attacking in large groups, and the GLA has a ramshackle army that relies on stealth. Each force caters to a completely different style of play, and playing around to find the group that you'll like the most is a lot of fun.

One of the game’s most important innovations is the Generals point system. This system allows both the player and his units to gain experience points for each enemy kill. Experienced units will become hardier and more dangerous, and the player will gain points to spend on new technologies or special attacks. Each force has its own selection of bonuses you can purchase in this manner, and more experienced generals have access to increasingly powerful items.

Generals is the first title in the Command & Conquer franchise to go fully 3-D, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. All of the models and environments in the game look really good, and it's both cool and useful to rotate the camera around to get different perspectives on the battlefield. The tradeoff here is that Generals has extremely high system requirements, and you're going to have to go even higher than the posted minimum if you want consistently smooth gaming performance. In fact, you're probably going to have noticeable slowdowns if you're not running approximately the equivalent of a 1.5GHZ processor and a GeForce 3 or better.

Ever since the release of the first Command & Conquer game in 1995, the C&C franchise has practically defined real-time strategy gaming. With a half dozen original titles and a handful of expansion packs released on a multitude of gaming platforms, any new C&C game has some seriously large boots to fill. Fortunately for gamers, Command & Conquer: Generals has not only met those previous expectations, but raised the bar once again.--Jon "Safety Monkey" Grover

Pros:

  • Great looking, fully 3-D graphics
  • All 3 races are fun, yet fully distinct from each other
  • Innovative Generals point system
  • Fun single-player campaigns; exciting multiplayer over Internet or LAN
Cons:
  • Very high system requirements

More Details

Publisher: Electronic ArtsCategory: OutletBinding: CD-ROM

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