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Command & Conquer: Generals

Command & Conquer: Generals
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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Pacific
Genres: Strategy / Real-Time Strategy
Release Date: February 11, 2003
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

C&C goes 3D, stays the same.

Most of the time, Command & Conquer: Generals, the sixth C&C strategy game if you count Sole Survivor, is all glamour and no brains. Sure you get the same visceral rush of throwing an army of tanks into your opponent’s backyard, this time in full 3D and with amazing Hollywood-like effects, but it’s also pretty damn shallow in the long run.

7_1The game is set in the not-so distant future, where China and the U.S.A. are struggling to contain a not-so subtle terrorist doppelganger called the Global Liberation Army. Although most of Command and Conquer has always been tongue-in-cheek, the low-tech GLA pull no moral punches as they launch nerve gas missiles into civilians, deploy suicide trucks (their most effective tactic) and generally cry all day about oppression. Their engrish-speaking Chinese counterparts fare a little better as stereotypes, but at least all sides are well balanced and cleverly integrated..

You can play the campaign as either China, the terrorists or the US Army in any order, as the plot is more or less a convenience. For some, the lack of B-movie acting tying each mission together will be surely missed, as that was the defining feature of Command and Conquer games past. A strong narrative could have infused the strategic pokery with more tension, especially during the American-led invasion in the US campaign.

The standard base-building mechanic isn’t as central as you might expect, since on some missions you start with your buildings up and ready. Tiberium gets traded in with stacks of supply crates, which your harvesters (or workers, or transport choppers) takes and delivers to your ‘refinery’ building to be used as war materials. In addition, as in Red Alert 2, you can capture oil rigs to generate extra income.

Battlefield Mechanics

But the core gameplay is about the same. Certain units are locked until you meet the requirements on the tech tree, and you always need to have enough power plants around. The greatest change are the Generals Abilities – special weapons or bonuses that become unlocked as you advance through the ranks via battlefield prowess. Advance far enough and you can do cool stuff like calling in devestating air strikes.

1_1The missions themselves are quite enjoyable. Although the GLA campaign is the weakest, the US and China ones fare a lot better. Standouts include the Chinese mission where you have to send Black Lotus (think Tanya from Red Alert) to destroy an enemy bridge. Or protecting a convoy of US troops from enemy ambushes. The final mission in the US campaign, which sees the complete annihilation of the GLA and concludes the story at large, provides a desperate battle and a great closing to the Generals campaign.

Despite its weaker points, Generals is still much more than a worthwhile RTS. If it had included a more compelling story and more diverse multiplayer options, it would’ve been one of the best real-time games ever made. As it stands, however, it’s ‘just’ great.


System Requirements: PIII 800 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 1.8 GB HDD, WinXP

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9 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Just wanted to let you know that the above link is obviously the same as for “Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour”.

  2. It’s Generals + Zero Hour in one pack, I know

  3. Chris says:

    Sorry, my bad.

  4. Frank says:

    Having a hard time getting this one to work on Windows 7. Game comes up like it’s about to play, but then just goes away. Any tips?

  5. Eric says:

    I’m on Windows 10. The game will pop up with a small window with a play option, but nothing happens after that. If I try to click on the shortcut is says I need to run it as an administrator. When I right click and select run as administrator, nothing happens. There also wasn’t a crack in CD 1. What do I need to do?

  6. jerome says:

    there’s no installer on the file that i downloaded. pls help me cuz maybe im not just doing it right

  7. Alan Knight says:

    So the reason people are not able to load the game up is because of a missing options.ini file that is missing, easy to fix though just create one use notepad and save it as options.ini and save it to Libraries/documents/command and conquer folder Not in program files though and add the following to it

    AntiAliasing = 1

    BuildingOcclusion = yes

    DrawScrollAnchor =

    DynamicLOD = no

    ExtraAnimations = yes

    GameSpyIPAddress = 0.0.0.0

    Gamma = 50

    IPAddress = 0.0.0.0

    IdealStaticGameLOD = High

    LanguageFilter = true

    MaxParticleCount = 5000

    MoveScrollAnchor =

    MusicVolume = 55

    Resolution = 1024 768

    Retaliation = yes

    SFX3DVolume = 79

    SFXVolume = 71

    ScrollFactor = 50

    SendDelay = no

    ShowSoftWaterEdge = yes

    ShowTrees = yes

    StaticGameLOD = Custom

    TextureReduction = 0

    UseAlternateMouse = no

    UseCloudMap = yes

    UseDoubleClickAttackMove = no

    UseLightMap = yes

    UseShadowDecals = yes

    UseShadowVolumes = yes

    VoiceVolume = 100

  8. nuhj says:

    having trouble unziping the cd1 file …. what seems to be the problem?

  9. mohsen says:

    Download Error ؟؟

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