2BGC Ep. 19 – Command & Conquer (1995)

2-Bit Game Club’s game for October is Command & Conquer (1995)

Command & Conquer (C&C) is as lot of things for the RTS genre, but it’s the first big title to deliver out of the box multiplayer through LAN, and then C&C Gold was one of the first RTS games to offer internet multiplayer. Developed by Westwood Studios and released in 1995 by Virgin Interactive, C&C offers a unique story told by both sides of a global conflict, the GDI and the Brotherhood of Nod, who each get their own single player campaign. The game play is polished pitting the two sides in asymmetrical warfare across varied missions that show the strengths and weaknesses of each fighting force. All this is set against the backdrop of goofy FMV that plots the dramatic arc of the Tiberium War with an amateur acting cast of Westwood Studios staff and also one professional actor, Joseph D. Kucan as Kane. 

Taken together C&C offers the full suite of features that came to define the RTS genre, laying the template for games all the way up until Starcraft 2 (2010). Beyond that the game is just wall to wall with the nice little touches that don’t make a break a game, but make every interaction with it that much nicer. Game critic Chris Hudak reviewed the game saying “Starting from the load-screens and straight on ’til morning, Command & Conquer is one of the finest, most brilliantly-designed computer games I have ever seen.”;  today it sits at a Metacritic score of 94,  Beyond that there’s the legacy of the genre defining game which spun of multiple franchises in parallel game universes, namely the Tiberium Wars, and the Red Alert games. 

You can find the freeware version of the game here. It’s also supported-ish by EA on their Origin service.

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