previews\ May 27, 2002 at 8:00 pm

Command & Conquer: Generals - PC - Preview

E3 2002 - First Look

The world is teetering on the brink of Armageddon ­ of course, that isn’t exactly news if you are talking about Westwood Studios (and EA Games) Command and Conquer series.

While the game was not demonstrated on the floor at E3 2002 in Los Angeles, a private showing did reveal facets of the program that will have C&C fans hungry for the release of the game.

Players choose of nine generals on one of three sides of the brewing conflict ­ the United States, China or the Global Liberation Army. Of course, the goal is to become the dominant power, but how you accomplish that is up to you. The game features 27 mission-based single-player scenarios. Multiplayer online mayhem also is an option.

You can battle it out with a variety of weapons, from Paladin Battle Tanks to Aurora Strike Fighters and super weapons ­ the U.S. Air Fuel Bomb, the Chinese Nuclear Missile, or the GLA Scud Storm.

Careen through villages and wipe out innocent bystanders who happen to get in your way, or blow up the dam to knock out a key bridge, and (again) wipe out villages located near the river.

This is strategic combat, but it is also insane entertainment.

Graphically the game looks on a par with its predecessors, and the sound is also very well done.

Other features of the game include a state-of-the-art ‘SAGE’ engine, which produces detailed three-dimensional settings; 60 distinct unit, including new weapons and tactical possibilities, such as air-to-air combat; and an array of new special effects. The AI has also been upgraded to make the enemy harder to kill.

The demonstration of the game was much like an atomic attack, quick and dirty. But from all indications, the Command and Conquer universe is very much alive and doing very well.

This game is slated for release in December 2002.

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