7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good game, but stay offline or play with your friends only,
This review is from: Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (PC DVD) (Video Game)
This game is a drastic improvement over C&C Generals. The familiar C&C sidebar returns where you can build your structures, vehicles, base defences and so on. The familiar factions of GDI and NOD have returned, with each battling it out to control the Earth following a dangerous epidemic spread of lethal Tiberium across the surface of the planet, and there's a third race of aliens called the Scrin but I'm not far enough through the story yet to see how and why they come into things.
So, chucking out the bad bits from Generals and going back to Westwood's original style, what have EA created? Well, it's not bad, and the graphics are still good even when I have them turned down for my slightly underpowered laptop graphics card although the screen chugs a bit when something big happens like a nuclear explosion. For one thing, this game really feels like C&C in the way that Generals just didn't. In fact, my opinion is that Generals should have been spun off as a separate franchise and not given the C&C name because it's just not the same at all.
However, there's one horrible horrible problem that hangs over from Generals. There's still the pathetic online ranking system, where anybody will cheat, use dirty tactics like capture your entire base within one minute of the match starting and sell everything, move their construction yard into your base right at the start of the match and build massive base defences, rush with hundreds of cheap recon vehicles... ... some people playing this game have ridiculous statistics like 350 wins with 74 losses and even more than that. Playing the game like that can't be fun either for the person losing nor the person winning, where's the challenge and how are you furthering your skills? I'd even go as far as to say that people who play like that for the sole purpose of their rank and win/loss statistics have no lives whatsoever outside of this game, it's actually pretty sad when they're proud of playing the game like it's NOT supposed to be played. I remember the good old days of Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun, when people actually did the now-unheard of act of building up a proper army and fighting a proper war which lasted hours, as opposed to one APC and five engineers at the start of the match and ending it two minutes in. If you disconnect in disgust, you rack up a loss on your scorecard and people laugh at you. If you disconnect too often, EA threaten to ban your account, so it's a lose-lose situation either way.
The rank system ruins it, even on unranked games your win/loss statistics are still recorded so no matter where you go there's all of this nonsense happening, and the people with the huge stats create new accounts and set up games entitled "noobs only" or such like so that they can just crush more people by basically cheating. As much as Generals and Tiberium Wars are letdowns compared to the original Command and Conquer games even EA can't have wanted the game to be played like that, it is no fun whatsoever. The only saving grace is that the crippling balance issues from Generals have been worked out, although the Nod harvester is currently slower and able to carry less tiberium than those of the other factions. This, however, is on the fix list for the next patch as well as reducing the health of some of the cheap rush units so they hopefully get destroyed easier.
So, good game in general, just don't ever play multiplayer online with people you don't know. You will guaranteed have no fun whatsoever, play the campaign, offline skirmishes or with your real world friends over a LAN or a private online match if you want a fun experience.