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Command & Conquer: First Decade (PC)

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Genre: Strategy / Publisher: EA - Electronic Arts / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Media: DVD-ROM

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      15.09.2008 20:34
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      For most people this is too much, but if you are a C&C fan it is a must-have.

      Command and Conquer is a hugely popular franchise. There have been many Command and Conquer games, and most of them are included in this box set. I won't go into detail on every game, as that would take however, but I will review the box set as a whole and talk about some of the games.

      "Command and Conquer: The First Decade" is a collection of twelve command and conquer games. Yes, twelve. This is already looking good! I've listed the games below, and the indented ones are expansion packs.

      Command & Conquer
      - Command & Conquer - The Covert Operations
      Command & Conquer: Red Alert
      - Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike
      - Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath
      Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
      - Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm
      Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
      - Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge
      Command & Conquer: Renegade
      Command & Conquer: Generals
      - Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour

      These are all the games in the Command and Conquer franchise excluding the recent, which is called "Command and Conquer 3". So, you and getting almost an entire franchise in one box. Impressive if you ask me!

      Before I move on to some of the individual games I just want to mention the install process, which was a major downer for me. The install size is 9.8GB when installing all twelve games, which is a huge amount. When I did it I had to install all of them and remove some afterwards, so make sure you have lots of free hard drive space! I was also prompted to enter seven serial keys! Absolutely ridiculous.

      Eleven of the twelve games are RTS (real time strategy) games, and the other (Command and Conquer: Renegade) is a first person shooter. I enjoy both genres, but the focus here is clearly on RTS games.

      My favourites of the games an without a doubt the later ones. I understand that the early ones were good in their time, but the graphics are too old for my liking and the gameplay in the later ones are better. I mostly play Red Alert 2 (with the expansion), Renegade, and Generals (with the expansion). I enjoy the crazy-ness of the red alert games (think time travel, weather machines etc.), the variety of Renegade and the more modern-ness of the Generals games.

      Command and Conquer: Renegade and Command and Conquer: Generals are the only 3D games in the set, but that doesn't really matter to me as I played a lot of 2D RTS games in the past.

      In some ways I think this box set is only really for C&C fans and serious RTS fans. For most people twelve games is overkill, and all they'll see is old, outdated games. For these people I would recommend Command and Conquer 3, as this is much more modern but still has similar gameplay to these older games.

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      Experience the award-winning Command & Conquer series in this 10th anniversary compilation, which spans ten years of the franchise plus includes a bonus DVD of commemorative video features. With its explosive style of warfare, the C&C franchise has grown over the years to span multiple fictional genres, including the science fiction Tiberium universe, the revisionist history of the Red Alert universe, and a twist on modern warfare with Command & Conquer Generals. The bonus DVD features a half-dozen exclusive video features, including an interview with Louis Castle, co-founder of Westwood Studios and the creator of the C&C franchise.