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A new chapter in the Command & Conquer universe, set somewhere in the 2020s, pits three sides for global domination: the United States of America, the People's Republic of China and the Global Liberation Army (GLA).

Generals features real world (renamed or slightly altered) weapons combined with quasi-high-tech ones, new control schemes and a fast-paced multiplayer. Generals is the first game in the Command & Conquer series not to include FMV or pre-rendered cutscenes between missions, and was also the first C&C game without the Westwood Studios label (although the development studio was initially called Westwood Pacific before being merged into EA Pacific). It uses a full 3D environment powered by the SAGE engine, a modified version of the W3D engine previously seen in Emperor: Battle for Dune and C&C: Renegade.

The core gameplay differs somewhat from other games in the series, a move done in order to modernize the formula. First off, construction yards are absent, as structures are built by dozers for the USA and China, and workers for the GLA. The sidebar is replaced with the bottom bar, and support powers are "purchased" with leveling up as a general, which is done through participating in combat. For the first time in the series, each factory-type structure (barracks, war factory, airfield...) has its own build queue, in the same fashion as in Blizzard's RTS titles before it, instead of having a shared one like in the previous C&C games. Upgrades are available for the first time in the series as well, bringing improvements to units and structures. Everything is paid for in advance instead of having credits slowly drain as the object is constructed.

Screenshots

Command & Conquer: Generals Windows Rocket Infantry and Rangers just out of training (USA).
Command & Conquer: Generals Windows This building was just destroyed by the U.S. special weapon, the Ion Cannon (USA).
Command & Conquer: Generals Windows The Chinese command center fulfills the same duties as the U.S. one (CHINA).
Command & Conquer: Generals Windows My infantry are destroying an enemy tank (USA).

Alternate Titles

  • "終極動員令:將軍" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Command & Conquer: Generäle" -- German re-release title
  • "C&C: Generals" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Finally, an original and imaginative real-time strategy that brings color back into the fading RTS genre! kbmb (399) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
impressive, not the best Peter Clark (10) unrated
THE best RTS game of all time Jester236 (39) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Great graphics etc ... Far too short Paul Ryan (2) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Feb 07, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 2003 92 out of 100 92
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2003 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Netjak Mar 18, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
JeuxVideoPC.com Jun 19, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Factornews Apr 07, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 07, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Watcher Aug 12, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Revolution Feb 14, 2003 B 75

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Trivia

German Censorship

Command & Conquer: Generals was first temporarily (February 28, 2003) and later definitely (March 06, 2003) put on the German index. This means that it is forbidden to sell the game to minors or to advertise it in any form. The BPjM, Germany's banning office, said that C&C: Generals is too close to real-world events (i.e. the threat of an Iraq war) and to cynical - for example sending out suicide attackers, carpet bombing and raiding UN convoys.

Later it has been re-released in a heavily censored version:
  • Many units and places were renamed. For example, the USA faction was called WA (Western Alliance) and China was AP (Asian Pact). Terrorists were renamed to Activists.

  • All civilians were removed, and all soldiers were replaced by cyborgs, like in previous German C&C releases. Therefore some quotes of the GLA Worker like "I'm hungry" or "My hammer is too heavy" were removed completely.

  • Suicide bombers were replaced by telecommunication units.

References

In one of the single player missions, which are begin played in the area of kazachstan, there is a dutch traffic sign! The sign is a real dutch sign with 'Breda' and 'Geertruidenberg' on it, 2 dutch cities.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 13, 2004 - "Best PC Strategy Game in 2003" (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2004– Best Strategy Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
Additional information contributed by RobbertC, Sheldonist and tarion.

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John Chaser (458) added Command & Conquer: Generals (Windows) on Feb 09, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69399)