The latest saga in EA’s Command and Conquer franchise was released this week and I’m surprised there isn’t anyone talking about it here.
Jenny McCarthy makes a great Tanya. She sounds very confident and not at all like the stereotype of Jenny McCarthy that I had in my head before seeing her in action in this game. The only other thing I’ve seen her in previously was BASEketball, which didn’t exactly highlight her confident demeanor.
I love the dual abilities of every unit. Combining the units to find a good balance is a bit of a challenge. The Allies don’t seem to have a stomp-all-comers unit just yet but I’m only a few missions into the game.
The better aspects of previous C&C games have all been rolled up into this game. So you can use ore trucks to act as surveyors, engineers to set up field hospitals, et cetera.
The explosions are beautiful. When you’re in the process of killing something, random chunks will fly off of it. My soldiers had a big battle beside a civilian building and when it was all over there was a hole in the side of the building where they had been fighting.
Full motion video with ham and cheese! Unlike original C&C, which tried to be serious but came across as cheesy, this one is just full on cheesy and makes no apologies for it. The actors are hilarious.
The yellow outline around selected units is just ugly.
The “generals” powers are bizarre and not very useful early in the game. So far I’ve seen a freeze ray, a bomber that does minimal damage and an aircraft upgrade that does nothing discernible at all.
The “guard” mode is sketchy and some units will just sit there getting shot until you order them to shoot back.
I don’t really like having a companion commander on the campaign missions. I do like how they’re constantly providing some low level harassment to the enemies but I don’t like it when they complete my objectives for me. It seems like I could just turtle up and let the other commander fight for me.
Troops don’t shoot out the windows of troop carriers. That sucks! Nothing compared to a humvee full of promoted rocket soldiers in Generals.
Overall, this seems like it’s going to be an incredibly fun game, especially for skirmishes. Anyone else playing it at the moment?