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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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Command & Conquer Generals Reviewed
9:45 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

The Mac Observer's Slacker's Guide is offering a new review of Command & Conquer: Generals. Another entry in the popular real time strategy series, C&C Generals offers new units, improved graphics, and the inclusion of political impact. The Slacker's Guide recommended the game to fans of the genre.

For the first time, a sense of modern politics was brought to the game. The three forces (the United States, China and the fundamentalist/terrorist Global Liberation Army) all fight for control and each provides a fairly interesting campaign. As expected, the United States was powered by more technological backing (additional types of aircraft and flying robot sentries compliment more traditional units) while the Chinese use brute force and sheer numbers (order a rifle or rocket unit and you'll be provided with two units). The Global Liberation Army, which operates without any air units that can be controlled by the player, functions via stealth, clever tricks and anything that could extend their minimal budget (cheap, disposable vehicles can be quickly created while destroyed enemy vehicles can be collected and sold for scrap). Three entirely different types of armies are brought together, with the player choosing a fighting style that suits them best. Command and Conquer:

Generals was heavily cited for its inclusion of national propaganda for each army, and this actually adds to the game. As the game progresses, each side spouts its chosen slogans, the USA illustrating that freedom is being preserved, China mentioning state-centered mottos and the GLA trumpeting jihad-based slogans that decry various heathen enemies. While this is initially disconcerting, it works as an outstanding parody. Here, no side is favored and jingoism is called out on all fronts, which actually makes the game that much more interesting.

The full review is available at the Mac Observer page available below.

The Slacker's Guide: C&C Generals Review
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