Review by Jaime Lannister
"And then you shout and leap as the enemy is conquered once again!"
Where to begin, where to begin?
Well, here's a start: This is the official expansion pack to Command and Conquer: Generals. The basic premise of this game is simple: You pick a ''general'' from a set list of Generals and countries, for example you can choose the USA, and then you go about crushing your opponent with what your side gets. This ranges from the grunt on foot to the highly advanced Stealth Bomber. You command multiple units, and with your chosen force, proceed to wipe the floor if you have more power. Simple, eh? Quite a few generals, nine, as well as basic forces mean that there is a lot of variety in your units, and you get to upgrade them as you wish, adding Gattling Guns to huge evil behemoths called Overlords as well as many other choices. Enough blabbering about the game, on with the review!
Nice 3d graphics. I'm sure that you have seen better, and I'm sure that I've seen better, but never in a 3D Real Time Strategy game. The buildings and men aren't so well detailed, but thats just nit-picking considering that you aren't there to admire the graphics but to kick ***.
Ooh, nice music. All three sides get a nice choice of music that fits with their particular culture, with the Chinese getting oriental-style music, and the USA getting a nice techno track. Well worth listening to during those moments of glory.
Well, where to begin here? You get the basic training campaign, the USA campaign, the China campaign and the GLA campaign. If you get bored of those, then you can go against the computer in either the Generals Challenge mode, which pits you against the CPU as a certain general, which you pick, during the course of the campaign against the other Generals. Nice touch to the game, and it really allows you to whoop some GLA ***, if thats who your opponent is for that round. Each general comes with their own strengths and weaknesses, for example the USA Airforce General gets a lot of Air variety, but not many ground based units, whereas the Chinese Tank General gets various tank options but not many Air units. But if you tire of this, then you can go kill the CPU in Skirmish mode, where you pick the map, pick who you want to be and who you want the computer to be, and how many computers, and then choose teams, and go and brutally slaughter each other. Awesome, great fun.
Here's where the fun really starts. After practicing in the offline mode, you get to duke it out with other humans of varying skill. Who ever wins gets points, and you build up your online rank by getting more points until you reach the elite section of gamers, or you don't, depending on your skill. Good luck here, as some opponents will pretty much slaughter you within the first five minutes.
Go and play and command and conquer the enemy.
Yes, the pun was intended.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 10/04/03
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