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Command & Conquer
C&C Logo.png
The series logo in Command & Conquer 4
Developer(s) Westwood Studios
EA Los Angeles
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) Apple Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PC (MS-DOS, Windows), Sega Saturn, PlayStation Portable,[1] Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
First release Command & Conquer
1995
Latest release Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
2010
Official website www.commandandconquer.com

Command & Conquer (often abbreviated as C&C or CnC) is a video game franchise, mostly of the real-time strategy style as well as a first-person shooter game based on the former. The Command & Conquer series was initially developed by Westwood Studios between 1995 and 2003, with development being taken over by Electronic Arts with the liquidation of Westwood Studios in 2003.

The first installment of the series was released worldwide on August 31, 1995 and was simply named Command & Conquer. It was based on Westwood Studios' earlier strategy game Dune 2. The series was originally marketed to an Anglophone audience, though many of the games have been translated into other languages including German, French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. The series is primarily developed for personal computers running Microsoft Windows, although some titles have been ported to various video game consoles and the Apple Macintosh. The later games of the series starting with Tiberium Wars have also been developed in parallel for Xbox 360. Another spin-off game, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, was developed for PC/Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

In 1999, American game marketer and developer Electronic Arts purchased Westwood Studios. Westwood was eventually closed down in 2003 and absorbed into EA Los Angeles which has become the current development center for the ongoing Command and Conquer series. Some of the original Westwood developer team remained at EA Los Angeles, but most left to form Petroglyph Games.

As of July 2009, the Command & Conquer franchise consists of eight games and ten expansion packs with sales of more than 30 million units worldwide.

Contents

Common gameplay elements

The Command & Conquer games belong to the real-time strategy genre, with the exception of the first person shooter Command & Conquer: Renegade. A staple of the series is the parallel campaigns of various different factions to one central storyline. Games in the series also offered multiplayer game options, via LAN and modem connection. All games in the series have also offered online play.

All Command & Conquer real-time strategy games except Command & Conquer: Generals and its expansions have featured the "side bar" for navigation and control as opposed to many other similar games where the control bar is located on the bottom of the screen.

Command & Conquer gameplay typically requires the player to construct a base and acquire resources, in order to fund the ongoing production of various types of forces with which to assault and conquer the opponent's base. All available structures of the faction chosen by the player are constructed on-site at so-called "construction yard" - which typically begin as large-sized vehicles capable of deploying themselves into the aforementioned construction yards. When a construction yard has finished building a new structure, the player can select a spot near to a preexisting structure in order to place it, where the prefabricated building will then rapidly unfold in a distinctive manner.

In all games in the series except Command & Conquer: Generals and its expansion, Zero Hour, funds are acquired by specialized "harvester" units which bring their cargo (Tiberium for the Tiberian series of games or Ore or the more valuable gems for the Red Alert series) to a "refinery" structure. This in turn will convert the raw material into usable resources, expressed as credits. The raw materials themselves require storage space in the form of refineries and, in the case of excess, "storage silo" structures.

All factions have structures and units with similar functions at their disposal. However, they are adjusted to fit each faction's theme and have somewhat varying properties. Units can be classified into infantry, vehicles, and aircraft, each with their own subdivisions. Unit effectiveness against opponents follows the rock-paper-scissors principle found in most real-time strategy games.

Virtually every type of structure in the series acts as a tech tree node, and additional units, structures and faction-specific abilities will become available as new structures are built and placed. Access to advanced units and abilities may be temporarily blocked if the required structures are destroyed or if they are not being provided with adequate power by the supporting "power plant" structures.

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Multiplayer

Each Command & Conquer game has included the ability to play multiplayer games against other humans. Each box of Command & Conquer contains two CD copies of the game, immediately making multiplayer gaming possible with a single purchase of the game. Westwood Studios advertised this on the packaging with the slogan "A second copy, so you and your friend can destroy each other." This resulted in Command & Conquer becoming the first RTS game title to feature competitive online play[2], and this is considered the most pertinent outside factor in the success of Command & Conquer.[3] All games in the series up to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 also featured two CDs that could be used for this reason. However, later games did not.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 was noted for being the first RTS game to enable the campaigns to be played cooperatively online; others had only supported single player campaigns. However, it was only possible to connect to other computers through EA's servers and not with LAN play.

Games produced by Westwood use the proprietary Westwood Online system to facilitate multiplayer games over the internet; Renegade also supported Gamespy. Games under EA's development continued to use Gamespy, but dropped support for Westwood Online in favor of using EA's own servers.

Other Westwood games such as Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun; now uses 3rd party software for online multiplayer. These software include Hamachi and XWISC.

Games

Tiberian series

Command & Conquer, released on August 31, 1995, was the first game in the series and is widely considered as the title which originally defined and popularized the real-time strategy genre.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Command & Conquer introduced the warring factions of the Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and the Brotherhood of Nod. Command & Conquer was well received and was widely praised by critics: "Command & Conquer is one of the finest, most brilliantly-designed computer games I have ever seen" said GameSpot reviewer Chris Hudak. Command & Conquer has attained 94% as an aggregate score from Metacritic[8] with the less well received Covert Operations expansion pack obtaining an aggregate score of 72% after its 1996 release.[9]

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, released August 27, 1999, takes place approximately 30 years after the events in its predecessor. While the original Command & Conquer's plot was centered around an allegorical world politics setting, Tiberian Sun shifted this to a more sci-fi-like setting against the apocalyptic background of Tiberium beginning to assimilate vast portions of the Earth's ecosystems. In 1998 Westwood Studios, the developers of Tiberian Sun was acquired by Electronic Arts, however EA had no direct part in the development of the title. Compared to its predecessor, Tiberian Sun relies heavily on science fiction technologies, and introduces a new isometric game engine featuring varying level terrain to give the impression of a true 3D environment.

The full motion video is also scripted differently; while the cutscenes of Command & Conquer and Red Alert were filmed from a first-person perspective, Tiberian Sun used traditional cinematic shots for its FMVs featuring well known Hollywood actors such as James Earl Jones of the original Star Wars trilogy and Michael Biehn of Terminator and Aliens.

Tiberian Sun was not as well received as Command & Conquer with an aggregate score of 80% and 73% for the title and its expansion pack, Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun: Firestorm, respectively.

Command & Conquer: Renegade, released February 26, 2002, takes place in the final days of the events of Command & Conquer and was the last Command & Conquer game to be created by Westwood Studios before their liquidation in 2003. Unlike any other games in the series Renegade is a first person shooter[10] giving players their only chance to see the Command & Conquer universe from a first person perspective. Although receiving average reviews, with an aggregate score of 75% on both Game Rankings and Metacritic, Renegade was praised for its online features: GameSpy awarded Renegade its 2002 "Wish it had been better" award, condemning the single player but saying that "C&C: Renegade's multiplayer was innovative and fun".[11] Many reviewers especially liked how online play encouraged teamwork and coordinated assaults unlike other first-person shooters.[12]

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, released March 29, 2007, was a return to the real-time strategy roots of the Command & Conquer series. As a direct sequel to Tiberian Sun, Tiberium Wars is set approximately 17 years after the events of Tiberian Sun and features the introduction of a third faction, the Scrin. The sequel was highly anticipated by fans and critics alike and attained an aggregate score of 85% from both Game Rankings and Metacritic. PC Gamer U.S. gave the game its "Editor's Choice" rating at 90%, stating that "One of the greatest RTS franchises of all time returns to glory", while PC Gamer UK gave it a more reserved rating of 82%, stating that it was "A welcome, but limited, return."

Shortly after the release of Tiberian Wars an expansion pack, Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath was announced. Released on March 24, 2008, Kane's Wrath limited the player to only the Brotherhood of Nod in the campaign mode, though the original factions and six new sub-factions are available for the new strategic mode and skirmish mode. Reception was mainly positive with the expansion attaining an aggregate score of 77%.

Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, released on March 16, 2010, is a big change in gameplay from the previous Command & Conquer by removing the resource gathering and base building elements in previous games as well as the removal of the third faction, the Scrin. It is a direct sequel to Tiberian Sun, Tiberium Wars, Kane's Wrath and is set 10 years after the final events of Kane's Wrath during which Tiberium has advanced to its next evolutionary stage, and is rapidly spreading across Earth making it soon to be uninhabitable.

Red Alert series

Command & Conquer: Red Alert, released on October 31, 1996, is set in an alternate universe 1950s and was originally made to be the prequel to Command & Conquer[13] establishing Red Alert as the prologue of the entire Tiberium series of games. Since then Louis Castle has said that connecting Red Alert with the Tiberium series was a "failed experiment". Red Alert introduces the Allies and the Soviets as rival factions roughly analogous to NATO and the Warsaw Pact of the Cold War. The game was received well by critics and has the highest average score of any Command & Conquer game with an average of over 90% from Game Rankings and Metacritic, unlike the title's two expansion packs, Red Alert: Counterstrike and Red Alert: The Aftermath of which both received below average reviews for the series with 63% and 70% average scores respectively. Before being re-released as freeware on 31 August 2008 by Electronic Arts Command & Conquer: Red Alert had sold over three million copies.[14]

With the release of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 on October 23, 2000, and that game's lack of reference to the Tiberian series, the connection established in the first Red Alert game became unclear. Opinion on whether or not the time travel events of the series were forming a separate continuity or just another side adventure on the way to the Tiberian era was divided. However, it has been implied by the original creators of the series, now working at Petroglyph Games, that Red Alert 2 takes place in a parallel universe that came about as a result of time travel experiments taking place some time into the Tiberian series.[15] Red Alert 2 was again received fairly positively with an aggregate score of 86% from Game Rankings.

An expansion pack to Red Alert 2, Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge was released on October 10, 2001 to mostly positive reviews. GameRankings reports an average score of 85% based on 31 reviews.[16] making Yuri's Revenge the best received expansion pack in the entire Command & Conquer series.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, released on October 28, 2008, was a continuation of the story of Red Alert 2, however the title continued the series' more "light-hearted" take on Command & Conquer. Red Alert 2 featured a Soviet invasion of North America with tanks, conscripts, gargantuan airships, and psychically dominated anti-ship giant squids; its expansion, Yuri's Revenge, escalated matters up to UFOs and communists on the Moon. Executive producer Chris Corry stated in a pre-release interview that Red Alert 3 will further differentiate the playable factions from each other and "[play] up the silliness in their faction design whenever possible."[17] This approach was seen as popular with Red Alert 3 obtaining an aggregate score of 82% from Metacritic. A stand alone expansion to Red Alert 3, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising was released on March 12, 2009 to fairly poor reviews for the series with an average score of 64% from Metacritic. Another downloadable standalone game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was released known as Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Commander's Challenge which contained the Commander's Challenge mode of Uprising for consoles.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert (iPhone OS) was released on October 16, 2009 for the iPhone which was a continuation of the story of Red Alert 2 and takes place before Red Alert 3. It contained two factions the Allies and Soviet Union with a third faction, the Empire of the Rising Sun, to be added in its expansion pack. The game itself is a full-fledged sequel though not to the extent of Red Alert 3.

Generals series

Command & Conquer: Generals, released on February 10, 2003, unlike its predecessors the plot line of Generals is completely unrelated to the other games of the Command & Conquer series. Generals is set in the near future and features the United States, China and the fictional terrorist organization, the Global Liberation Army. After its release, Generals received mostly positive reviews. Based on 34 reviews, Metacritic gives it a score of 84/100[18] which includes a score of 9.3/10 from IGN.[19] Generals has also received the E3 2002 Game Critics Awards Best Strategy Game award.[20] One review noted that Generals was the first ever Command & Conquer real-time strategy game that did not include full-motion video cutscenes to tell the story and that it departed from the unique interface and base-building mechanics that had characterized all of the previous C&C RTS titles.[21] Generals uses an engine dubbed "SAGE" (or Strategy Action Game Engine) and is the first fully three-dimensional Command & Conquer real-time strategy game.

An expansion for Generals, Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour, was released on September 22, 2003 to further the Generals storyline. Unlike Generals, Zero Hour featured the return of full motion videos to the series. Zero Hour obtained much the same reception as Generals with an aggregate score of 85% and 84% from Game Rankings and Metacritic respectively.

Development

Studio

The Command & Conquer franchise has been produced by three different studios to date:

Westwood Studios (1992–2002)
  • 1996 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert
  • 1997 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Counterstrike
  • 1997 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert – The Aftermath
  • 1997 – Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor
  • 1998 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Retaliation
  • 1999 – Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
  • 2000 – Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun – Firestorm
  • 2002 – Command & Conquer: Renegade
  • xxxx – Command & Conquer: Renegade 2 (Canceled)
  • xxxx – Command & Conquer: Continuum (Canceled)
  • xxxx – Command & Conquer: Tiberian Incursion (Canceled)
EA Pacific (a.k.a. Westwood Pacific) (2000–2003)
  • 2000 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
  • 2001 – Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge
  • 2003 – Command & Conquer: Generals
EA Los Angeles (2003—2010)
  • 2003 – Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour
  • 2007 – Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • 2008 – Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath
  • 2008 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
  • 2009 – Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
  • 2009 – Tiberium (Canceled)
  • 2010 – Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

Music

Much of the music for the series was composed and produced by Westwood Studios' former sound director and video game music composer Frank Klepacki for the early games, with composition duties being taken on by several others following the liquidation of Westwood Studios in 2003. Klepacki returned to the series in 2008 however to assist with the soundtrack for Red Alert 3.

The music has been received positively by critics, although praise was higher with earlier entries.

The original score for Command & Conquer: Red Alert was composed by Frank Klepacki and was voted the best video game soundtrack of 1996 by PC Gamer and Gameslice magazines.[22] Among his most famous songs from the series is the theme of Red Alert, titled "Hell March", which accents the style of the game with adrenalized riffs of electric guitar, the sounds of marching feet, and synthesizers to a dramatic chant. Originally intended to be the theme for the Brotherhood of Nod faction in the Covert Operations expansion to the original 1995 Command & Conquer game,[23] the track eventually ended up enlisting itself as a staple in the Red Alert series instead, and a second version of "Hell March" was specifically created for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.

After C&C came out we wasted no time kicking out Covert Ops. I wrote some more ambient style themes they asked me for, and then I began tinkering with this heavy metal song that I was trying to gear towards Nod for the next big C&C game. Brett Sperry came in my office and said "You got anything I can hear for the new C&C?" I played it for him. He said "What's the name of this one?" I said "Hell March." He said "That's the signature song for our next game."[24].

Reception and legacy

Aggregate review scores
As of August 8, 2009.
Game Game Rankings Metacritic
Command & Conquer 84%[9] 94%[8]
The Covert Operations 72%[25]
Sole Survivor 62%[25]
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 80%[26]
Firestorm 73%[27]
Command & Conquer: Renegade 75%[28] 75%[29]
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 85%[30] 85%[31]
Kane's Wrath 77%[32] 77%[33]
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 91%[34] 90%[35]
Counterstrike 63%[36]
The Aftermath 70%[37]
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 86%[38] 84%[39]
Yuri's Revenge 85%[40] 86%[41]
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 81%[42] 82%[43]
Uprising 65%[44] 64%[45]
Command & Conquer: Generals 85%[46] 84%[47]
Zero Hour 84%[48] 83%[49]

The Command & Conquer series has been a commercial success with over 30 million Command & Conquer games sold as of 2009.[50] Games in the series have nearly consistently scored highly on video game review aggregator websites Game Rankings and Metacritic, which collect data from numerous review websites. As noted in the table to the right, the highest rated game is Command & Conquer with a score of 94% from Metacritic. The highest rated game averaged over both sites is Command & Conquer: Red Alert with an average of just over 90%. As a series, Command & Conquer games have averaged approximately 80% when including expansion packs and approximately 84% without.

Command & Conquer's long history resulted in Guinness World Records awarding the series 6 world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. These records include "Biggest Selling RTS Series", "Most Number of Platforms for an RTS", and "Longest Running Actor in Video Game Role" for Joe Kucan, who has played the part of Kane, the villainous mastermind of the series, for 14 years.


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Notes

External links

Official websites

Other

For a list of fansites, see the Command & Conquer entry at the Open Directory Project.

Gaming

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The Command & Conquer series is a real-time strategy series of computer games released by the game developer Westwood Studios (1985 - 2003), which was purchased by Electronic Arts in 1998. In 2003, EA closed Westwood and absorbed it into EA Los Angeles, where Command & Conquer titles are currently being made. Command & Conquer games were originally all in one series, however, EA has expanded the Command & Conquer franchise into three series. These series of games are officially the best selling real time strategy games, selling in excess of 35 million units.

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Games in the series

The first decade of the Command & Conquer series (Sole Survivor not included)
  • Command & Conquer (often known by its subtitle "Command and Conquer: Tiberian Dawn")
    • Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert The Aftermath
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert Counterstrike
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation
  • Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
    • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Firestorm
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge

All of these games after this point is developed by EALA.

  • Command & Conquer: Generals
    • Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
    • Command & Conquer: Kane's Wrath
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    • Command & Conquer: RA3 Uprising

Evolution of the trademark

Command & Conquer logos (1995-2007)

Over the years, some C&C Games had more specific Command & Conquer logos. The initial C&C DOS Logo was Gray.

A golden version of the same logo was used on C&C'95, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and their expansions.

The Command & Conquer: Renegade logo uses the same gold logo, but embeds it in a background with metal texture.

The Command & Conquer long logo was developed for Generals with a completely different design; the words being placed horizontally, rather than the vertical alignment of the previous versions. The same logo was also used for its expansion pack, Zero Hour.

The C&C 3 Logo seems to be combining aspects of all previous logos. The font is in the Generals long-logo style, while the words are placed vertically like in the classic variant. Also the "&" is replaced by a "+".

Game Compilation Packs

Command & Conquer: Worldwide Warfare

In 1998 Westwood Studios released Command & Conquer: Worldwide Warfare, which contains both Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, plus their expansion packs: The Covert Operations, Counterstrike, and The Aftermath.

Command & Conquer: Theater Of War

On October 24, 2001 EA Games released Command & Conquer: Theater of War. This compilation pack contains Red Alert 2, Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, and Tiberian Sun.

The Command & Conquer Collection

On October 31, 2003 EA Games released The Command & Conquer Collection. This compilation contains Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion Yuri's Revenge, Command & Conquer: Tiberian sun and Firestorm, and Command & Conquer: Renegade.


Command & Conquer The First Decade

TFD poster Ion cannon

Command & Conquer: The First Decade was announced on November 4th, 2005 and was released on February 7, 2006. The First Decade is a compilation of all Command & Conquer games on PC from Tiberium Dawn to Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour (Command & Conquer Sole Survivor was excluded). The game had 2 DVDs, a 70-page manual that only includes unit descriptions for each of the included games, and a A3 poster with high-quality C&C renders on both sides of the Ion cannon and Predator tank from Command & Conquer 3. The old games have been updated to run on Windows XP but has several Bugs. The bugs were usually on some of the old Command & Conquer games.

TFD poster Predator tank
  • Internet and LAN play for the older games, including Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, as well as their expansion packs, were not provided. (Can get the application at Http://striketeam.com) (Windows 2000+ Bug)
  • In Command & Conquer, the game crashed if some units went to the top left corner of the screen. (Can be worked around by turning off advanced text services) (Windows XP Bug)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert was not updated to the latest 3.03 version. EA has explained that 3.03 was only a beta patch and for this reason it wasn't included in The First Decade, although it would possibly be implemented through future patches to the compilation.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert, the between-mission videos (which give a detailed explanation of what the player is expected to do) were not shown when playing the Soviet campaign (this has been fixed in a patch).
  • The soundtracks for the older games' expansion packs, Command & Conquer: Red Alert The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert Counterstrike and Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations, were incomplete (this has been fixed in a patch).
  • The install path registry entries for Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun and Command & Conquer: Renegade had errors (this has been fixed in a patch).
  • The map editor for Command & Conquer: Red Alert failed to detect The First Decade disc as being a valid Red Alert disc, hence it couldn't be used. (This can be worked around if the user creates a shortcut on the desktop directed with the command line with a space after " and input -cdcovert)

Since The First Decade's release, EA has released two patches, namely 1.01 and 1.02. Because The First Decade doesn't come with an Autoupdate program, the patches must manually be downloaded and applied. The first DVD provided game content. While the second contains Five fan tributes and a interview with Louis Castle.

Command & Conquer Saga

On October 30, 2007 EA released another compilation of Command & Conquer games titled Command & Conquer Saga which includes all the games in Command & Conquer The First Decade plus Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars.

External Links

  • CNCNZ
  • Planet Command & Conquer, respected fan site
  • Command and Conquer wiki (wikia)
  • CNC Source
  • Project perfect Mod, a site on modding Command and conquer games

Official websites


Command & Conquer series
Command & Conquer: Tiberian series
Command & Conquer and the Covert Operations | Sole Survivor | Command & Conquer: Renegade
Tiberian Sun | Firestorm
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars | Kane's Wrath
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight
Command & Conquer: Red Alert series
Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Counterstrike, The Aftermath, & Retaliation
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 | Yuri's Revenge
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Command & Conquer: Generals series
Generals | Zero Hour

This article uses material from the "Command & Conquer series" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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