Three factions in Command and Conquer: Generals (including USA, China and GLA) fight for supremacy and justice. Each side has its own reason to fight against its rival factions, which makes the game even more engaging. To add more interest, there’s a campaign mode with 21 missions, seven for each faction along with head-to-head skirmish battle modes.
Just like other real time strategy games, players have to build a base, collect resources and create defense and assault units in skirmish battles. However, campaign missions provide interesting objectives, such as destroying enemy base camps & chemical factories, retrieving some information and rescuing vehicles or units. You can also build structures, assault and defense units in campaign mode, but some missions set time limits to win a particular objective. This will prompt you to build units quickly to avoid an enemy upper hand.
The assortment of units in C&C: Generals matches the zeal and expertise of each unit. The USA faction has a wide range of futuristic versions of vehicles and aircraft, including Tomahawk launchers, Paladins, Crusaders, Stealth fighters, Aurora Bombers. The GLA vehicles are more resourceful. Vehicles like the Scorpions, Marauders and Technicals scavenge destroyed enemy vehicles to upgrade their firepower. The Chinese rely more on their foot troops and fire power to eliminate rival factions. Unfortunately, there are no sea units involved, which would have added more excitement to the game.
The commendable aspect of Command and Conquer: Generals is its ability to provide different ways to attack enemies. It does not follow the boring trend of a typical real time strategy game, which generally relies on huge armies to defeat opponents. Instead, if you follow the tech tree properly and defend your base strategically, you can inflict damage with handful of units. All you need to do is have the right combination of units to cause maximum damage. You can learn more about unit strategy by referring to this in-depth Command and Conquer: Generals tactics guide.
Collecting resources is limited to gathering cash supplies located in different strategic locations of a map. There’s a great deal of strategy involved in this the supply part as well. You can stop enemy factions from collecting supplies by reaching at that point first. This will certainly reduce their power in researching and building units and vehicles. Another great feature of C&C: Generals PC game is the ability to spend General points after gaining some amount of experience. The more experience you gain, the more points you earn. This gives you the ability to spend and research advanced vehicles and units. Some even allow to research nuclear weapons and fighters while others ensure advance unit upgrades.
Overall, C&C: Generals is a perfect example of a real time strategy game because it really involves strategy and tactics and doesn’t focus completely on huge armies and resource management.