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Command & Conquer: The First Decade (PC DVD)
- Own a piece of gaming history with the only complete collection of one of the most innovative and award-winning strategy franchises ever
- Limited Edition box holds the entire collection 20 CDs of content now on DVD
- Exclusive, 30-minute History of C&C video feature narrated by Louis Castle, co-founder of Westwood Studios and creator of the C&C franchise
- 12 full games with hundreds of hours of gameplay that revolutionized the RTS world
- Electronic strategy e-guides for selected games
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In 1995, the original Command & Conquer helped define the real-time strategy genre. The franchise then continued to innovate for the next 10 years with cutting-edge visuals, epic storylines, and complex missions. Celebrating the anniversary of this innovative franchise, Command & Conquer The First Decade features a dozen classic C&C games, plus an exclusive bonus DVD of commemorative videos including a rare interview with Louis Castle, co-founder of Westwood Studios and the creator of the Command & Conquer franchise. Whether seeing where it all began with the original Command & Conquer or engaging in modern-day warfare in Command & Conquer Generals, this is a unique opportunity to own a piece of history and experience the past, present, and future of Command & Conquer.
It all started in 1995 with the release of the original Command & Conquer for the PC. The Real-time Strategy genre was born and the gaming world would never be the same. In celebration of 10 years of commanding and conquering, the Command & Conquer 10-year Anniversary Limited Edition DVD captures the entire, award-winning franchise in one exclusive set.
With over 20 million fans worldwide, the Command & Conquer series is the benchmark by which all real-time strategy games are measured. The limited edition collector's DVD set features:
The fate of the world rests in your hands as you orchestrate the elite armies of GDI, NOD, Allied and Soviet forces, plus superpowers like China, the US and the resourceful GLA. RTS's most unique and deadly forces await your command.
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Right, on with the review. The first time I saw C&C was at a friend's PC at school. A crowd gathered to see this fascinating new game. We laughed when the little soldiers did pressups if left alone, we cooed at the screaming clatter of a guard tower, and we delighted at the "squelch" noise when you drove over a soldier. We didn't even need to have a go playing it, it was great just watching it. The basic premise of this pack is pretty sound, and with the fix I've given above (and the patch installed) you should have no problem going back in time and seeing how things were done.
What's interesting is that it allows you to see some of the advances in user interface that we now take for granted. For instance, we now take being able to "queue" build orders for granted. But in C&C1, if you wanted 5 troopers you've got to press the button 5 times. "Artifical intelligence" seemed determined to have your little fellas march directly into harm's way for no reason whatsoever. It was common to be unable to finish a level until you killed every last enemy including someone hidden under a tree in the corner of the map. There was no such thing as quicksave. Regardless of all this, there is one other crucial thing which surprised me. The old games were hard.Read more ›
In this set you have... well, every Command & Conquer game to date (apart from Sole Survivor as someone pointed out) really that is until `Tiberian Wars' comes out in January 2007 setting things back to the good old NOD Vs GDI shenanigans but I would HIGHLY recommend anyone who likes these games to purchase this title as I myself have had no problems with this and think some of the negative remarks a little undeserving, there are patches available at Westwood's site that I downloaded FIRST however so this may account for my lack of problems.
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While it might be possible to patch this to work with xp on a standard tcp/ip network, I haven't managed it yet. Best to look into it first to avoid disappointment.
However with so many things EA have done it isn’t quite up to scratch. They say it is XP compatible and for the most part it is - they have gone through the code to make it as XP compatible as it is - however they have also chopped parts of the originals out. Red Alert has some of the game music missing as well as some videos and some of the secret "ant" missions which you have to fix yourself if you want to play. Also they did NOT include the Multiplayer they promised on all of the games – The newer ones still have it but it was not implemented into the older ones – you can fix this with a patch that the community has made, however this does not work 100%. Also sometimes you will experience random crashes in the original C&C when one of your units moves into one of the top corners of the map...
Still this package is great for the price - and hopefully EA will fix the problems they have created and it will be a whole lot better, just don’t go taking your original copies of the games back in a hurry.
Trying to run many of the titles in this bundle will result in a crash.
There are unofficial support pages online giving advice on running under windows 7. Another option if you dont have an old XP PC but do have a spare xp license from a dead PC, trying using VMwartes free player to create a virtual XP
Its a real shame EA didnt put more work into it though, C&C is so much easier to play when you spend some time setting up the drivers properly but the game should do that for you really! And there are still some crashes here and there and the bits they added (like the first splash screen) are just plain poor and is more needless EA advertising. At least there isnt any DRM other than 7 codes and a CD check!!!!
BUT the games are still amazing and its been the best 'hours of play/£' purchase iv made in a long time.
RIP Westwood, you are missed.
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I grew up with these games and for nostalgia alone this cd is worth having but besides that it's just great fun to play the games, sadly they don't make anything like these anymore... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kryptonian