The Fun Parts (5 out of 5)
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars includes entertaining and engaging full motion video filled with drama, intrigue, and suspense. They have hired faces that will often be familiar from the movies or TV to act in these scenes and they do a good job of involving you in the story.
This game is balanced in all aspects of the game play, the different factions are each unique and satisfying to play the game with, and all the additions add to the entertainment in interesting ways.
The developer used real world locations, like Washington, D.C., downtown Sydney, and a dark and ominously parched Amazon basin. These settings in familiar locations make the intense battles feel a lot more thrilling because the environments are recognizable and therefore have more meaning.
The AI is intelligent and fast, it has been programmed to take advantage of your tactical and strategic mistakes, so hesitation can result in defeat.
The new Scrin alien race adds a different flavor to the game play that’s a wonderful change in direction for the franchise. The amazing look and feel of the Scrin Annihilator as it lumbers arrogantly across the battlefield in your direction fills you with apprehension.
The Lame Parts (4 out of 5)
Placing your structures on the maps included with Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars can occasionally be a problem. There might be times when you won’t be able to place your buildings on flat and open terrain and this will frustrate you but it doesn’t happen very often.
The Game Graphics (4 out of 5)
The graphical presentation is as good as previous games in the franchise. There were no obvious bugs, the frame rate stayed steady at all times, and the load times were short and sweet. The over-the-top visual effects include explosions, lightning storms, and streams of lasers that fill the screen and immerse your eyes in a different world. The beautiful presentation of the unit details and design is the best part of the visual appeal; they all have a unique look that matches the faction they’re part of.
Sounds in the Game (5 out of 5)
The unit voice over’s use in Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars were entertaining, each unit only had a few commands, but they were interesting and satisfying to hear. The ominous sounds of the Scrin are appropriately dark and add an element of the unknown.
The voice acting in the full motion video was like watching a show on TV with engaging characters and a satisfying story line.
The eclectic sound track helps to create pace with energetic tunes that mingled nicely with the sound effects used in the game. The fanfare, sound of metal grinding, explosions, all the sound effects combine with the music on the sound track to improve the entertainment level.
The Story Line (4 out of 5)
In Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars the planet Earth is over run with the alien mineral Tiberium and the Scrin have come across the darkness of space to collect it for their industry. You play as either the Global Defense Iniative or the Brotherhood of the Nod as you battle against opposition determined to win the day. You have to collect Tiberium to build up your forces to battle for territory and defeat the forces arrayed against you before they come for you.
Playability (5 out of 5)
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars includes an entertaining and engaging Single Player campaign that takes about 26 hours to play, but once you do this additional missions will be unlocked for you to play. In addition, you can collect medals, rewards, and statistical information that can improve the entertainment value of replaying the Single Player campaign. All the included missions had primary and secondary objectives to complete, which added to the variety and depth of each mission.
This game requires balance forces to be successful, all the units have weaknesses that can be exploited, so they need to be supported by each other.
The game play isn’t as deep and detailed as a game like Supreme Commander, but you do have to construct buildings to obtain upgrades and increase your power base. Each faction has unique weapons, strategies and powers, like the GDI’s Ion Strike or NOD’s Vapor Bomb, and they can even increase in power.
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars also has an excellent Multiplayer mode that Electronic Arts has obviously put a lot of thought and time into making work well. A skirmish against another person is more fun than the single player experience, with about 2 dozen maps for up to 8 players to battle on, they can get intense.
Hosting an on line game works well, they have fully featured leader boards, clan support, and of course BattleCast. BattleCast allows you to broadcast your battles in real time to anyone who downloads the free BattleCast Client, and a commentator can even add real time commentary using the built-in functionality.
The Last Word (4 out of 5)
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars is one of the best real time strategy games you can buy, with outstanding game play, amazing presentation, and additions to the Command and Conquer franchise that improve the experience. Veteran Command and Conquer gamers can expect to be spending days playing this game and wondering what’s next. New gamers to the Command and Conquer series however won’t be able to find a better way to begin the adventure.