I agree with the person who said this is not as bad as people make out. They went for a light hearted approach to this game. It's retro, with cartoony graphics and funny over the top acting. It still manages to look good though and play smoothly.
Yes you have a point that the graphics are a backwards step, and the cartoony approach can rub the usual "Im S3RiOuS!!!" C&C audience the wrong way, but the gameplay is perfectly fine and doesn't have any of the problems I saw one person say. There's a lot of action to be had in this game. There are planes, tanks, infantry/men, and also ships in this game. (Amphibious craft and boats etc). There are 3 races unlike some of the past games which only had 2. They are all pretty different and have a very different feel. It's good ole C&C gameplay that is unchanged from all the previous versions. It has upgrades that change the way your race plays. For example with the race I've played a lot, you can take 3 different upgrade paths as you gain experience, and they go up several ranks each. One of them will upgrade the air power of the race making them a powerful air attack and defence team, or you can upgrade the ground units making them play very differently. It's similar to how Generals had different twists on the same races. In fact, I really disliked Generals because it felt empty, and it was only when they added the Zero Hour expansion that it became a good game. This game without an expansion already makes me feel like I have a lot to get stuck in to and master.
It's not the best C&C, not even the second best, but to me it's about the third best. I loved Generals with Zero hour, and my favourite was Tiberian Sun (from the 1990's), this comes in a close third after Generals. I wish the graphics were better, but I prefer to Tiberium Wars. It might not look as good, but it has more going on and more charm to it.