Review by Jac77
"A good strategy game with plenty of units to destroy and plot with."
This game is a fast paced real time strategy game where speed and tactics are everything. You harvest a substance called tiberium for resources, There are two types of tiberium, green (normal) and blue which is worth more than the green, but extremely volatile, if you shoot one spot in a field of the blue tiberium, the whole field will explode in most cases. There are many units you can command, each with its own price, defenses, weapons, and abilities. The many air, ground, and subterranean units allow for many strategies and attacks. The missions are moderately hard, depending on what difficulty setting you play them on. There are 2 campaigns, one for each side each consisting of around 15 missions. They can take from 5 minutes to a few hours. Each side has its own strong and weak points which help to balance the game, for instance GDI (the good guys) have great attacking units (tanks etc.) but their defenses are not so hot. Whereas Nod (the bad guys) have great defenses, and long range attacking units (artillery) but they don’t have much for attacking, relatively weak tanks, but, they have sneaky abilities, one type is invisible (except for when its firing) and another can go underground. GDI’s tanks are strong with good defenses and powerful weapons, the Mammoth Mk. II can kill any unit in 2 hits for instance. So they’re pretty even. There are also different terrains in the game, from pavement to grasses and they affect unit speed as does the angle of the land.
It all started in the late 1990’s when a meteorite hit the earth near the Tiberius river in Italy, it contained a substance (tiberium) that leeched the minerals and nutrients out of the soil and formed crystals on the surface, easy for collecting and very valuable because of all the minerals they contained, it was thought that this would be a very good thing for earth, but it turned out that tiberium is very toxic, mutating life and humans. .It was The Brotherhood of Nod (a religious/terrorist organization) That started harvesting the stuff and it brought them to power in the world and they, led by Kane, began to take over Europe, The United Nations formed a Global Defense Initiative (GDI) to fight Nod and bring peace to the world. There was a large war and in the end GDI won and Kane was killed (possibly…). Now Nod is starting another war and you command either Nod or GDI forces to decide the outcome of the war. There is also the Forgotten, a group of tiberium infected humans that live underground, forsaken by humanity. They have an integral part in the war as you will find out.
The graphics are pretty good, not a true 3d, as you cannot turn the view angle. It is all set on a diagonal view giving a 3d effect, all of the tanks and mechanized units are done it full 3d allowing them to move in any direction, the infantry are sprites but have several different sides you can view them from so they look partially 3d. The structures only have one view that you can see them from but they are drawn on an angle giving them a 3d effect. The explosions are well done and so are the projectiles and other things, like the disruptor tank which shoots a sonic wave damaging anything in its path, and laser turrets for Nod defenses. The units and structures a quite detailed and have certain things that are unique about each one, for instance, if a GDI radar is damaged about 70% of the way and repaired, the radar dish will have sections missing from it. The cut scenes are well done, some featuring real live actors, some with computer made models, and a few with both.
The explosion sounds are quite good and many of the units, when they fire have their own unique sounds, like the disruptors, stealth tanks and generators. The sound effects are very nice and seem quite realistic. The music is okay I suppose about 20 tracks, most of which are merely futuristic beats and rhythms with no lyrics, not bad, but not particularly outstanding..
Other than the missions there is also a skirmish mode which is where you can play up to 7 CPU players. This comes with around 25 maps and a random map generator for virtually infinite maps to play on. Along with a 3 levels of computer skill and a tech level, from 1 to 10 which will let you build only certain things depending on the level. But really, online play is where it’s at. The game comes with a free online gaming service featuring clans and a tournament ladder. With the Westwood Online gaming service you can play 2 to 4 player games against other opponents form across the world. You can also get unofficial patches that will allow you to play 5 to 8 player games as well at various places on the net.
Buy or Rent: Buy
As of now, this game is relatively old, and with online services you need to buy it to get the most out of the game, and because of the code that comes with each disc, you can’t play online with a rental in most cases anyway. And besides that, the game is only about $10-$20 WITH the expansion set so you wont lose much in the way of money if you absolutely hate it.
The game is great ,the graphics are good, the controls are good, (better than Starcraft!) the story is good, the sound is good, So if you’re a fan of strategy games of any kind, this is for you.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/18/02, Updated 01/18/02
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