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By Alec Meer on February 13th, 2008.
Comrades, rejoice! Yes, the next in the Command & Conquer series will indeed be Red Alert 3. Which we pretty much knew. (In fact, did kinda know. Just couldn’t say so before without raining down death and destruction upon ourselves, infuriatingly. One day, RPS will have its Woodward and Bernstein moment, but “inevitable RTS sequel inevitably announced” was not it).
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By Alec Meer on February 4th, 2008.
C&C was not aflush with the ruddy glow of good health until recently. Tiberian Sun seemed a passionless retread, Renegade bombed, Generals chucked all the characterful babies out with the Tiberium bathwater…
Somehow though, the RTS old hand seems to have a headful of steam all over again. C&C3 went down surprisingly smooth, and, while new FPS Tiberium looks pretty meatheaded, it’s got Xbox Smash Hit written all over it. And there’s to be yet more. Goodness. The latest Command & Conquer Battlecast, an official vodcast so cheese-laden I worry about developing a lactose allergy whenever I watch it, alludes to an upcoming announcement in two weeks time. “You will have one more reason to cheer,” apparently. Whatever could it be? Read the rest of this entry »
By Alec Meer on September 25th, 2007.
Interesting times for fans of what’s usually considered Command & Conquer’s Godfather III moment. In a minute, I’ll politely introduce you to a free game. First though, the bit you probably already know about. C&C: Renegade, the awful-singplayer-but-quite-interesting-actually-multiplayer FPS is, rumour has it, to receive a sequel.
I can well believe that someone at EA has presumably ferreted around in the dustiest dungeons of the spreadsheets and re-floated the idea of a C&C FPS, but an actual sequel to Renegade and its Battlezoney first-person base-building somehow seems unlikely. With Team Fortresss 2 and Quake Wars currently fuelling class-based teamplay fever, and EA already holding tight onto Battlefield’s reigns, I’d guess at that being the likely approach.
That’s dim-and-distant stuff if it even happens, but available right now is C&C Red Alert – A Path Beyond, a total conversion of the original Renegade. Somehow, it’s standalone and free too – i.e. you don’t need Renegade to play it. Its shtick? Why, Renegade but in Red Alert’s alterna-history 1950s universe, with Tesla tanks and everything.
Right now, it’s purely multiplayer, but as that’s where Renegade was always best, this is fine and proper. The basic mechanics – earn resource by damaging the enemy and waiting for your AI-controlled harvester to do its thing, spend resource on changing your character class and buying driveable vehicles – are similar, but it’s now with Red Alert’s knowingly silly units as opposed to Tiberium C&C’s geekier sci-fi. None of Red Alert 2′s mind-controlled squids yet, but here’s hoping.
The mod’s given the Renegade engine a bit of visual upgrade too – it’s still blatantly yucky-old, but some of the vehicles are impressively detailed. More importantly, it’s free, fun, and will start downloading almost as soon as you click on the next appearance of the word ‘sausage’ in this post. According to a recent blogpost, the creators reckon only a few hundred installations of A Path Beyond are in the wild, so let’s change that, eh?
Oh yeah. Sausage.
By Jim Rossignol on September 6th, 2007.
This is probably the oddest free thing to emerge from EA for the last few months: Tiberium Earth, which turns Google Earth into a kind of Tiberium-based fan mod. You get to imagine what it might be like if Earth really was infested with the crystalline super-resource from the games… Albeit using Google Sketchup, so not exactly click ‘n spray.
I can cover your house in alien mess.
Which sort of begs the question of why anyone would want to? I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a little surprised that anyone is investing much time in the C&C fiction. I mean – does anyone consider themselves a fan of the green stuff? (I’m imagining a conversation somewhere deep within EA where a dev playing with Google Earth explains what he’s doing to his boss: “Sure, the kids love this stuff!”)
By Alec Meer on September 1st, 2007.
It’s the 12th birthday of Command & Conquer today – which means you only have to wait another four years until you can sleep with your copy of the first game (according to UK law, in case you’re a shocked US reader. Although I’m not rightly sure if any country actually has laws about physical intimacy with plastic discs).
But what if you don’t own a copy of the first game? Well, then you’ll be wanting to download it for free from here. Somewhat uncharacteristically, EA is now offering the entire game (both GDI and NOD campaigns) for non-bucks, to anyone. It’s like Satan offering to give Sisyphus a lift up that hill in his Satanmobile.
So, go for it. Just don’t come moaning to us about the archaic interface.