Command & Conquer is a real time strategy game and was one of the most memorable games in my PC gaming life as a teen in high school in the mid ‘90’s. I had at least a couple of friends that played it. I remember trying to play it with friends, but we were never able to hook our computers up together to play. This game also came out some time after Dune 2, which was also a great RTS game, although it was based on the Dune novels (and movie) by Frank Herbert. Dune 2 later got a bit of a newer version as Dune 2000, but I didn’t play it. It is also very similar to the original Warcraft games. C&C was quite memorable, it has awesome music, cool cinematics and was just an all around great game. I remember how difficult the first expansion was, which was very off putting. I seem to recall a mission where you had to fight against dinosaurs, too.

Red Alert followed C&C, but was actually a prequel. While C&C’s timeline was present day, RA took place during the Cold War era. It was also based on a history that was changed with the removal of Hitler, which allowed Stalin to rise in power. It came with new units and continued to be everything great about C&C. It received some expansions as well.

Personally, I think it might be around here where the series started to take a bit of a nose dive. I did enjoy Tiberium Sun and it’s expansions while I was at college. I also did enjoy Red Alert 2 and it’s expansions. Everything after this point is a bit of a blur to me, regarding the history of C&C. I have Red Alert 3 on Steam and other C&C games I’ve played, like Generals, but they never appealed to me the same way the original C&C and RA did.

C&C came out in the mid 90’s. I remember when it was first a DOS based game, but then it got a Windows 95 version. Since then, there have been attempts by fans to make the original game(s) run on modern systems. However, those fans can now rejoice as EA is officially releasing the C&C remaster on June 5th. It includes C&C and RA along with their expansions. I watched a video recently that showed how they had to go about getting the cinematics, which were thought to be completely destroyed. The game looks greater now. I’m really looking forward to it. I just recently realized a release date was set and I might actually pre-order it, it’s only $20. However, you can spend more than double that and get an awesome hard copy edition that comes with a Steam download key and more. I’m really tempted to get this, mostly because I really love the soundtrack. You can buy a digital version of the remaster it on EA’s Origin or Steam, but you can also buy a hard copy on Limited Run Games (see link below).

This really has me very excited! Is anyone else interested in this, too? Are you going to pre-order? Digital or LRG? Let me know what you think about this in the comments!

Limited Run Games Pre-Order:
FMV documentary (a recommended must-see for C&C fans):

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/13/2020 at 03:32am

To me, the highlight of the Command & Conqueror series was Red Alert and Red Alert 2. The original is a classic and quite fun, but when Red Alert hit the scene the series was perfected.

This re-release is incredible and REALLY tempting I'm not entirely sure but I don't think I'm going to get this. The remastered edition is $20 on Steam as you say and the only other thing I'd want is that Soundtrack collection. I wonder if it will get a release outside of this?

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/13/2020 at 06:41am

Travis was my roommate when I was playing Red Alert 2. I remember playing a bit of Tiberium Sun at college, too. I'm not sure if I finished with it's expansions by the time Travis was my roommate. I'm eagerly looking forward to this remaster, more so than anything in a while, it's got me very exciting. Just hearing the music has me excited. I miss one of the first versions of the game where you could actually trap the AI in their base by using sand bags. This was later patched and vehicles are now able to drive over and destroy them. Some of the missions were tough, especially in the first expansion, so I'd love to see something like a mod that enables cheats some how. I'd love it if they'd remaster Tiberium Sun and Red Alert 2 as well.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/13/2020 at 02:32pm

I have Red Alert 2 and it’s hard to play. I imagine I could patch it up in some way but it’s a bit of a mess on Windows 10.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/13/2020 at 09:57pm

Cool thanks for the link. It didn't really provide me with any new information though as I was able to get all of that in the video I watched and linked in my post. I'm glad they mentioned Dune II. I think C&C was just the next step of that game. Mentioning Starcraft is only slightly odd. I don't really attribute the success of C&C to Starcraft, instead I attribute that to Warcraft. The two are separate, yet similar and different enough to be enjoyable unique games. I think I got started w/ Dune II, then C&C, then I either played Warcraft or Warcraft II and then Warcraft or Warcraft II. I'm not sure, I played all of those games around the same time in about '95 when my family got our first Windows PC, it was a very exciting time to be a PC gamer! I remember I even subscribed to PC Gamer, which not only sent me a magazine every month, but also a CD with game demos. Those were wonderful times, indeed!

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