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Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
80
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3.5
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Description

The 3rd part of the Command & Conquer series series is a continuation of the storyline in the first game - pitting Kane's Brotherhood of NOD and its religious fanatics against the Global Defense Initiative. In gameplay terms, the GDI is more powerful and its units have a science-fiction feel, whereas NOD is a renegade force primed for sneak attacks.

This version replaces the graphics engine with a mixture of voxel and bitmap graphics. Several new units have been added, like hover tanks, subterranean units and the Mammoth MKII Super-Unit. Unit production can be queued. Most single-player missions have time limits and specific challenges.

Surprise attacks (using air transports for the GDI underground passages for the NOD) are one tactical option. Some units are only effective against certain units or buildings, emphasizing the strategic side of the game.

Screenshots

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Windows Main Title/Main Menu
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Windows Dreadful Mammoth tanks still working after 30 years. Not as powerful as once were, though.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Windows Cyborgs chasing a Titan. After battle leave the Cyborgs in a Tiberium field to regenerate health.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Windows If you select the Brotherhood of Nod, your character, Slavik, will be played by Frank Zagarino.

Alternate Titles

  • "Command & Conquer - Teil 3: Operation Tiberian Sun" -- German title
  • "Command & Conquer 2: Tiberian Sun" -- Informal title
  • "Command and Conquer: Soleil de Tiberium" -- French title
  • "C&C:TS" -- Informal/slang
  • "C&C 2" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Misunderstood GREAT game! Forget other reviews, Probably best online multiplayer westwood game, Great air forces in this game! Jay Gand (43) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game ROCKS!!! Ben Burton (5) unrated
Uderrated, disliked and hated. I like it. Aapo Koivuniemi (43) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
The low point for the C&C series Dr. Elementary (271) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars
I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!! paul cairey (323) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A decent, if uninspired RTS game. jeremy strope (126) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A discredit to the Command and Conquer series Dave Schenet (130) unrated
A terrible disappointment; a crime against strategy games. El-ad Amir (110) 1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars
A general disappointment. Vincent Valentine (25) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars

The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 1999 92 out of 100 92
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1999 90 out of 100 90
GameSpy Sep 04, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Vgames Oct 31, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Player One Nov, 1999 80 out of 100 80
IGN Sep 03, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania 1999 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Sep 01, 1999 B 75
The DOS Spirit Feb 28, 2010 4.5 out of 6 75
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 17, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

Forums

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now available as free download 11 Foxhack (12491)
Feb 15, 2010
tiberian sun patch v2.04 and high-res patch 1 grr joel
Feb 16, 2008

Trivia

Audio

Dwight Okahara, Senior Sound Designer:

We had a blast with this game. We hooked up with the FBI to record explosives from their bomb detonation training course to bring realistic sound effects to the game

Development

The design team started work on Tiberian Sun in 1995, just a few weeks after Command & Conquer shipped. The final design document was finished in late 1997. In July of 1998, in the 110 degree heat of the Nevada desert, a crew of more than 40 came together to film the story of Tiberian Sun. The game was completed in July of 1999.

Editor

The map editor can also be used for Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

German version

The German version replaces all the soldiers with cyborgs. Some violent scenes were cut from the cutscenes.

References to the game

In 1999, German electronica-house-metal band Think About Mutation released the single Two Tribes, which featured a video with some Tiberian Sun footage and the band members wearing the helmet seen on the game cover. The cover of the single is a stylized Tiberian Sun cover, depicting a woman instead of a male soldier.

Sales

  • As of 2005, Tiberian Sun was the fastest selling game on the EA Games label (1.5 million copies within a month).
  • Between 1999 and 2000, the game won a single Gold- and three Platinum-Awards from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 units (Gold) and more then three times 200,000 units (Platinum) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As the Gold-Award is not counted into the Platinum-Award, all four awards total in between 700,000 and 1,700,000 units sold.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack of the game is included in the Platinum Edition and the Firepower bundle. It was also separately available for purchase.

All songs were composed & performed by Frank Klepacki (Westwood Studios) and Jarrid Mendelson (Digital Media House).
  1. Timebomb (Klepacki)
  2. Pharotek (Mendelson)
  3. Lone Trooper (Mendelson)
  4. Scouting (Mendelson)
  5. Infrared (Klepacki)
  6. Flurry (Klepacki & Mendelson)
  7. Mutants (Kepacki & Mendelson)
  8. Gloom (Mendelson)
  9. Heroism (Mendelson)
  10. Approach (Klepacki)
  11. Dusk Hour (Klepacki & Mendelson)
  12. The Defense (Mendelson)
  13. Mad Rap (Klepacki)
  14. Valves (Klepacki)
  15. What Lurks(Klepacki)
  16. Score (Klepacki)
Frank Klepacki:

I didn't want to stray too far from the original C&C soundtrack, but it had to be more futuristic and ambient. From there I tried to capture the mood the designers wanted for each mission. I even brought in another composer for some of the in game scores, Jarrid Mendelson, who I knew would compliment my style for this genre of music. Also, you'll notice I put more development into GDI & NOD's signature themes for the movie sequences.

Awards

  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #29 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Most Hyped Game in 1999
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2005 - #3 Biggest Disappointment
    • Issue 02/2006 - #3 Hype Disappointment
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/2000 – Biggest Disappointment in 1999
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 1999/2000 - Gold Award
    • 1999/2000 - Three Platinum Awards
Information also contributed by FloodSpectre, Grant McLellan, Karthik KANE, paul cairey, PCGamer77, Sheldonist and Xoleras.

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robotriot (8641) added Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (Windows) on Dec 17, 1999