on 4 August 2008
the two dimensional cliched caracters were bad, the storyline ridiculous and it had less than no relevance to the game itself.
however the worst part was that the author didn't seem to have ever played a command and conquer game, certainly hadn't played the most recent one and appeared to simply make things us on the spot.
at best this book was a sub par fanfic.
on 6 August 2009
This tie in to my favourite real time strategy game, Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars is a wasted opportunity. Like another Amazon reviewer has mentioned, did the author even play the game before starting his word processor?
The attempts to create soldier banter between the main character Ricardo Vega and his squadmates is the first irritant. He gets the nickname 'Puke' and from then on, everyone calls him that, followed by 'Don't call me that'. Tiresome. And ever since when has anyone outside the UK and Australia used 'arse' and 'shyte'? It may have been acceptable if the token British characters did, but somehow making it the world standard in slang seems odd.
I don't expect a game adaptation to follow the storyline or mechanics of the game atom by atom. But I found it dismaying that the alien invaders were somehow immune to any bullet or rail gun round that chafed them. In the author's rendition of the C&C 'verse, alien skin or armour can ONLY be breached by Nod's Tiberium based laser blasters. If that applied to the actual game, the GDI military, which primarily relies on bullets and rail guns, would never have been able to defeat the aliens, given that sonic emitters (the best Scrin eradication method) were not possessed by rank and file infantry or vehicles.
The end seemed to be a rushed effort as GDI assaults alien held territory. Been a long time since I read this book, but if I have forgotten it then that must be a symptom of how poor the depiction was.
In short, don't buy this because it's not worth your bookshelf space. I hope that online bloggers who create their own fan fiction will do much better.