Review by delusion16

"The valiant return of C&C finally comes... and it will have you drooling."

Westwood Studios is believed to be one of the first game companies to pioneer the real time combat strategy game industry with the Dune series. In their own right, they come up with enough innovations and additions from previous experiences but still retain the original gameplay of earlier games. The jump from Dune II to Command and Conquer: Tiberian Dawn was mainly story and technologically based, but Dune fans easily adapted to the C&C interface.

Then comes the real sequel to Tiberian Dawn, called Tiberian Sun. Every C&C gameplay trademark returns to the sequel perfectly. One obvious change, however, is the cosmetic improvement. Tiberian Sun now comes in 16-bit color and dynamic lighting effects. Gone are the tiny pixelated units (although the units are still somewhat small) and questionable DOS compatibility (DirectX 6.0 required). The graphics in the game are so unbelievably beautiful and unique as well. Even though the isometric perspective of the game is comparable to that of Starcraft's, Tiberian Sun's color pallette easily avoids such silly comparisons. Words cannot describe Tiberian Sun's otherwise excellent representation of a treacherous, yet beautiful, terrain scheme.

The sound and music give a certain mood about the game. Whether your playing the GDI or NOD disc, the sound and music encompasses your emotional hide completely that sometimes you'll find yourself playing just to advance the outcome.

Controlling the interface should be pretty standard for veteran C&C players. Westwood even opted to add the ability to change keyboard assignments in the game. This should make it pretty easy for both newbies and veterans. My only gripe is the overkill usage of the CTRL and ALT keys. Certain commands, such as center on team # and set barracks/factory rally point, has to be done by holding down either CTRL or ALT _and_ another key. While experienced players might not mind, newbies might not find that convenient. Such keyboard hunting could have been saved with easier keyboard routines (press 1 to select team A and 1 again to center to screen, maybe?).

Westwood certainly wanted to present their games with a movie-like experience. With Tiberian Sun, they've come extremely close. The way the missions are presented transpire seamlessly, and also moderated to accomodate gradual difficulty increases. The story is also quite engrossing, with the help of James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader), Michael Beihn (I don't know who this guy is), and KANE (!) to quell your C&C cravings for a while.

While I have yet to experience the multiplayer aspect of Tiberian Sun (Westwood Online is not "online" yet for Tiberian Sun), I'm pretty sure Westwood has their bases covered as far as balance and strategy is involved. Until then, however, I'll be way too busy kicking some NOD butt and making sure that their leader is dead once and for all.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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