I’m a really really big fan of the Command and Conquer series and have been playing them since the very first game and have played every CnC game to date, however I will admit I was quite disapointed in the recent release of Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight and I will explain why throughout this post.
Anyway EA released a Multiplayer beta of CnC 4 late January probably because of the new gameplay they introduced and I was actually quite impressed with the beta the graphics were a big improvement from CnC 3 along with some new and old units mostly from the Tiberian Sun game, and the soundtrack for the CnC4 game was another thing I liked about it although it didn’t really feel like a CnC game compared to the first CnC game and Tiberian Sun due to different music composers, I even had the same feeling towards CnC 3. So anyway I was playing through the beta and really enjoying the teamwork that was needed in order to become victorious, one mistake and it could effect the whole team and that mistake could be being in the wrong place at the wrong time or using the wrong class or units for the wrong situation or location I will admit during this time I was really missing the old school building a base, then building a huge amount of army and sending them in to battle, but I thought that because it was the beta it was only for testing the new gameplay, as I also saw in the lobby that some people were saying that the old school building a base would be in the game on release… Sadly that was untrue.
When the game was released I played through single player, played a few games against my brothers and did a few skirmish matches alone. Whilst playing I started to think this was no longer a CnC game but instead a Warhammer: Dawn of War clone with CnC slapped on with CnC features… The singleplayer was really boring and the storyline was actually quite stupid to be honest and the ending for the NOD was awful (Note I didn’t play as GDI as I just gave up on the game after playing through the NOD storyline) all that basically happens is Kane and yourself are meant to go through some portal (probably where the scrin live) sadly only Kane goes through as some GDI general(not sure if the character is a general… but who cares?) tries to kill you mistaking you as Kane in which the real Kane comes to your “rescue” and kills the GDI general and then tells you that yourself along with the human race are too weak to step into the portal and enters it alone….
What happens after that? Nothing. And its supposed to be the final CnC game EVER and all that happens is Kane “escapes” earth to go and live in some unkown place because he is the “prophet” to be honest I wanted at least some idea on what exactly is behind that portal and why Kane wanted to go there in the first place and what he did when he first arrive at the unknown place….
To be fair though I will have to admit the game was fun to play but it’s not exactly one of those games you would like to play over and over again and I’m talking about multiplayer too… If you like a game with a gameplay which is similar to Warhammer: Dawn of War then fair enough it will be a game you play over and over gain including the multiplayer but to me my heart lines in the original CnC games and it’s awesome gameplay.
As for the DRM EA used I will admit that it has its uses for the game however I don’t really like how they made it so you MUST have an internet connection for single player, maybe if they stored your EXP and details throughout the singleplayer and skirmish matches on your local hard drive which will be transferred when you next open the game in online mode then I would of couse have no problems with the DRM as yes the internet connection is needed to store your EXP and details like what level you are online to be used in Multiplayer and Singleplayer too.
Part from what I just said the game is great in terms of graphics, audio and features the game is amazing maybe if they also adding in the building bases aswell as the Warhammer: DoW clone gameplay not only to Multiplayer but also to Single Player and Skirmish matches then yes this game would be a perfect game for me to play over and over again.
Anyway that will do for my first review I will try my best to do better on my next posts but for now I’m off to watch a film and so will add images tomorrow maybe…
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