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Command & Conquer (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Command & Conquer develops ideas from Westwood's previous game Dune 2, forming a real-time strategy (RTS) game. The control system involves selecting units with the mouse and then directing them, while the opponents make their moves without waiting for a "turn" to end.

The game focuses on a war between two organizations, The Brotherhood of Nod and the Global Defense Initiative. The player can take control of either side for more than 15 missions. Both have different units and structures, including artillery, tanks and light infantry.

In most missions, a base needs to be built first in order to build new units and structures. Most important are the harvesters, which collect Tiberium and deliver it to a refinery, where it's converted into money, thus funding the construction of a base and an army.

The game also features FMV mission briefings and victory cutscenes.

A Windows 95 version was released later and is found here.

Screenshots

Command & Conquer Nintendo 64 Building a power plant.
Command & Conquer Nintendo 64 Title screen
Command & Conquer Nintendo 64 Base is under attack.

Alternate Titles

  • "終極動員令" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn" -- Working title
  • "Command & Conquer Teil 1: Der Tiberiumkonflikt" -- German title
  • "Command & Conquer: Der Tiberiumkonflikt" -- German DICE release title
  • "C&C" -- Informal title
  • "コマンド&コンカー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Dec 15, 2001 A- 91
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1999 1.75 out of 6 85
Super Play Aug, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Electric Playground Jul 19, 1999 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Jul 06, 1999 7.6 out of 10 76
IGN Jun 29, 1999 7.6 out of 10 76
Jeuxvideo.com Aug 12, 1999 15 out of 20 75
X64 Sep, 1999 72 out of 100 72
Power Unlimited Sep, 1999 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Age Aug 04, 1999 C 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Command & Conquer appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cover screenshots

Obviously, the in-game screenshots on the back cover are faked or taken from a beta version that actually had better graphics than the release version.

German version

Westwood voluntarily changed a few things in the German version, because they feared the game could be indexed.
  • The cover: the soldier on the cover was displayed bigger, so that the weapon on the left couldn't be seen anymore
  • The manual: the photos of the soldier units were censored with "Geheim" [secret], so that nobody could see that they had human faces
  • The game: the soldiers were called 'androids' or 'bots', and they spilled black blood when they died (oil)
  • Some videos were censored, e.g. when Seth gets a head-shot and a few video sequences are missing altogether.
A complete list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Kane

Kane is played by Joseph D. Kucan, the voice & video director for most of Westwood's games (including the Command & Conquer series).

Mega Score

It was the first game to be featured on the cover of Mega Score, the longest running Portuguese gaming magazine, on the second issue (November 1995). The honours of the first belong to the Sega Saturn.

References

Open up the instruction manual to the page right after the table of contents, the one with the fire that has the quote from Kane. The last line says "(Global Net Interpol, file #GEN4:16)". That "#GEN4:16" actually refers to Genesis 4:16 from the Bible. That explains where they got the idea for Kane and the Brotherhood of Nod.

Sales

Westwood received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, because they sold the game more than 10 million times worldwide.

SVGA version

Later Westwood also released an SVGA Windows 95 version, called Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn Gold. The game content itself was unaffected, but when playing against someone with the SVGA version you had a great advantage: you could see almost 4 times as much as the DOS version on one screen.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1998 (Issue #165) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Strategy Game of the Year
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #48 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - #28 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • GameSpot
    • 7th Best Villain in Gaming History (for Kane)
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #31 Top Game of All Time
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #2 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
    • Issue 01/2007 - one of the "Ten Most Influential PC-Games". It is the milestone which stands for the change from turn-based to real-time strategy games.
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #24 in the "Readers All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Game in 1995
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Strategy Game in 1995
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Multiplayer Game in 1995
  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Most Exotic N64 Genre in 1999
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Der.Archivar, havoc of smeg, Itay Shahar, Luis Silva, Maw and PCGamer77.

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