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Publisher: Aspyr Media    Genre: Strategy & War
Min OS X: 10.2.6    CPU: G4 @ 1000 MHz    RAM: 256 MB    Hard Disk: 1600 MB    DVD-ROM    Graphics: 32 MB VRAM


Command & Conquer: Generals
April 20, 2004 | Dakota Brown
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Graphics
Depending how you look at it, and the specs of your machine, graphics will either make or break Generals for you. To begin with, the game has very demanding system requirements (OS X 10.2.6, G4 1Ghz or faster, 256MB of RAM, 3D graphics acceleration, and a DVD drive). Sometimes with games you are able to sneak in under the radar with a little less than what the system requirements ask for, but that simply isn’t the case here. Don’t invest in Generals if you don’t have the recommended system or above.

That being said, don’t shy away from the game if you just barely make the cut. Turning all of the graphical preferences to their lowest setting, Generals played well on my PowerBook G4 (1 GHz, 512 MB, NVIDIA GeForce FX). In that state, Generals is still an attractive game. The diminished graphics do very little, if any, to hamper gameplay.

For a look at how the other half lives, I plugged Generals into a G5 1.6 GHz. WOW!!! I need to start working on an upgrade. You really need to take a look at the screenshots and then imagine them in high-definition living detail. The textures on individual units, buildings, and terrain are unbelievable. Up close and personal infantry units looked kind of silly, but if you are worried about how your Rangers will fair on Hot or Not, you really need to get your head in the game, son.

All cut scenes are rendered using the in-game engine and are fairly well done. My only complaint is the there did not seem to be a way to skip through them. Having to wade through a two-minute intro before firing up your favorite scenario becomes tiresome very quickly.

Sound
Generals features an overwhelming attention to detail in the sound department. There is enough here to get your woofer pumping and then some. Tires squeal, rifles recoil, and bombs issue very reassuring earth-shattering KA-BOOMs. Unfortunately, all of this detail is quickly lost as soon as the fur hits the fan…well except for the earth-shattering KA-BOOMs; they always found a way to come shining through.

Each of the three factions has their own well-orchestrated, if not clichéd, themes. The US marches in to trumpets and snares, the Chinese are given an obviously Eastern beat, and the GLA are given stereotypical sitars and flutes.

My only real complaint is that it is perhaps time for the C&C series to move past the cheesy voice acting. Lines, accents, and delivery are very stereotypical while bordering on racially insensitive.

Value
Generals has some edges (interface/control) that could, and probably will, be sanded out in the future, but it is an excellent installment in a franchise that has been away from Macs for too long.

The bottom line is the Generals offers refined RTS gameplay with no shortage of all-to-gratifying earth-shattering KA-BOOMs. Basically, if you have a system that can run Command & Conquer: Generals, you should pick this game up. If your Mac can’t run Generals, you should get a copy as soon as you upgrade.



Command & Conquer: Generals
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Mac Version: i5works
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