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DescriptionCommand & 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
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
- Command & Conquer games
- PlayStation Platinum Range releases
- Satakore (SegaSaturn Collection) releases
- Total Entertainment Network (TEN) multiplay platform
- Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes
|A fast paced, brilliantly designed game that has stood the test of time||DOS||Maw (849)|
|A Definitive Title of the Real-Time Strategy Genre||DOS||Antti Salminen (65)|
|Full of flaws- yet addictive and fun.||DOS||El-ad Amir (110)|
|An addictive game.||DOS||robotriot (8641)|
|This game made "Real-Time Strategy" a household term.||DOS||Raphael (1160)|
|The yardstick by which all RTS are measured.||DOS||The Mahaduta (8)|
|The definitive strategy game||PlayStation||Grant McLellan (545)|
|I like this game. A lot. This is the anti-Warcraft.||DOS||Thohan (19)|
|I HATE this game!||DOS||PCGamer77 (3030)|
|Genuinely dislikable.||DOS||Tomer Gabel (4416)|
The Press Says
|Coming Soon Magazine||DOS||Mar 14, 1996||95 out of 100||95|
|GameSpot||DOS||May 01, 1996||9.3 out of 10||93|
|GameSpot||SEGA Saturn||Jan 16, 1997||9.2 out of 10||92|
|Entertainment Weekly||DOS||Nov 17, 1995||A-||91|
|Electric Playground||PlayStation||May 21, 1997||9 out of 10||90|
|Total! (Germany)||Nintendo 64||Jun, 1999||1.75 out of 6||85|
|GameSpot||PlayStation||Mar 27, 1997||8.2 out of 10||82|
|Gamezilla||DOS||1996||80 out of 100||80|
|All Game Guide||Macintosh||1998||80|
|Macworld||Macintosh||May, 1997||7.8 out of 10||78|
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Cover screenshotsObviously, 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 versionWestwood 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.
KaneKane is played by Joseph D. Kucan, the voice & video director for most of Westwood's games (including the Command & Conquer series).
Mega ScoreIt 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.
ReferencesOpen 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.
SalesWestwood received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, because they sold the game more than 10 million times worldwide.
SVGA versionLater 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.
- 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
- 7th Best Villain in Gaming History (for Kane)
- 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
Related Web Sites
- Command & Conquer -- The official homepage
- Command & Conquer 1.06 Patch Project -- Nyerguds' site where you can download Command & Conquer with its Covert Operations expansions, legal and fully compatible with newer systems.
- Command & Conquer Universe Archive -- New missions for downloading, gallery, and other stuff for hard-core C&C fans.
- Full game at the official site -- The original Command & Conquer was released as a free download for Windows.
- Planet C&C -- All the C&C games covered extensively on these pages. Articles, reviews, files for download, chat and more.
- Wikipedia: Command & Conquer -- Information about Command & Conquer at Wikipedia
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