E3 2012: Command and Conquer hands-on

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I’ll be honest here: I haven’t enjoyed a Command and Conquer since the superb Kane’s Wrath expansion pack for the third game in the Tiberium Wars franchise. Subsequent Command and Conquer titles felt terrible afterwards. Rushed, buggy and annoying, I’d lost hope for the franchise. But the free to play upcoming Command and Conquer may just save the franchise from oblivion.

So where do we begin with the latest Command and Conquer? Well for starters, it’ll be instantly recognisable to anyone that played the games in the Generals series. It’s been expanded on though, with three factions vying for control of the world now. The European Union, the Global Liberation Army and the newly formed Asian-Pacific Alliance.

One change already seen in the game is that the GLA is now a more multi-ethnic bunch of global terrorists. According to Victory Games, this came about as people had complained previously that the first Generals game insulted Muslim culture with it’s portrayal of terrorists. “Now, we can offend everyone across the world,” Victory Games jokingly said.

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So, with an intro out of the way, I sat down to play some Command and Conquer. First off, it’s pure Generals. Building bases, gathering resources, pumping oil and training troops will be instantly recognisable to veterans.

And the DICE engine on display here doesn’t look to bad either. Units have a nice pop, the terrain has some great textures and the action unfolds with all the baysplosions that you could ask for. It still needs some polish though, but when the game eventually launches, it should be able to knock quite a few socks off.

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As for gameplay, this particular Command and Conquer feels faster, more intense. This isn’t a bad thing, but quite positive actually. It suits the world of Generals perfectly, and the action never skips a beat, while remaining a challenge for players who don’t prepare properly.

It’s none of that annoying gaff from Red Alert 3 and Command and Conquer 4. Instead, it’s one of the purest Command and Conquer games that I’ve seen in quite a few years. And for a free-to-play title, it’s got a little of quality for zero bucks.


Last Updated: June 13, 2013

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  • AndriyP

    Release date?

    • Sageville

      Donno, apparently this is from E3 2012.

      • Gareth L

        LOL! Darryn, fix it! 😛

        This has brought new-found enthusiasm for this title, I’m totally with you on the post-Kane’s Wrath disappointment. Nice write-up! 🙂

  • Trevor Davies

    Did you mean a lot of quality?

  • HvR

    Any idea how we are going to pay for the free-to-play C&C?

    • AndriyP

      Online transaction per unit

      • Theo Steenekamp

        Better get my paypal set up again..

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Most likely MT’s for special units and advantages

      • HvR

        eish, hope you will stays competitive if you haven’t dropped $100.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          I’m just speculating but it’s probably going to be along the lines of BF and such where you can earn by grinding and leveling or you can straight out buy the things.

          • HvR

            one way might be that normal online MP is free (with bonus content) and you have to buy the SP campaigns.

          • Uberutang

            NO SP as far as I can tell. only pve and pvp (skirmish & vs)

          • HvR

            at the original reveal last year they said no SP campaign (but not ruling it out as future development) but after an uproar from the C&C fans they decided to develop an SP campaign (announced September or October last year). Hope it is still coming especially if it comes with a good storyline like the originals and nice scenario setups.

      • Andre116

        Special coloured jeep armor?

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew


        • Uberutang

          probably that.

          You would be amazed at what people would pay to have decals on stuff in games.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    I will most certainly give this a try.

  • Uberutang

    Really looking forward to this.

  • Hammersteyn

    Must buy, oh wait.Must try.

    • Lourens Jordaan

      must sigh.

      • John Ambitious


  • Admiral Chief Commander

    YES, time to get MAH GENERAL ACTION ON BABY!!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Indeed! Can’t wait.

  • OVG

    C & C

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      What about all the people living in Antarctica? Dammit SONY COME ON!!!! lol

      • OVG

        They have their own entertainment.

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Amazing…..so happy to hear this. SC2 cant hold the RTS genre on its shoulders alone. Welcome back C&C, I have missed you 🙂

  • Deano

    Yes please! any ETA ?

  • OVG

    Is this going to be like SIM SHITY?

  • That Tall Twit

    “Now, we can offend everyone across the world,” Victory Games jokingly said. << BWAHAHA…!

  • Skyblue

    Fukken awesome news!! Been playing C&C since the original and despised C&C 4

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