Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Now earlier than we start, here is the whole evaluation summed up in a useful, bite-sized algebraic equation. Prepared? Command 6 Conquer equals Dune2 plus Cannon Fodder, occasions 5. Or, to shorten issues additional and make it look extra mathematical, how about this: C&C=(D2+CF)’5. Fairly neat, eh? The one additional info you might require is that command & Conquer has been produced by the identical being who wrote the twice aforementioned Dune 2 and will, very very simply, be referred to as Dune 3. (If it was set on Arrakis, in fact, which it is not – however you recognize what I imply).
No, I do not know what you imply…
the one cause for not being on top of things at this early level within the view has to indicate an extreme unfamiliarity with Dune 2. And this may be forgiven, seeing because it did come out over a yr in the past. So here is a fast prequel replacement for the uninitiated. Dune 2 took the point of view and exploratory elements from CiVilizat-I, please… I am not explaining Civilization as effectively – we might be right here all hay), and added to it a component of Sim Metropolis, whereby you needed to arrange a “battle base” in the course of unknown territory. The extra you managed to construct up your base, the extra goodies you possibly can make – corresponding to troopers, tanks, rocket launchers, and so forth. The unexplored areas around you, as with Civilization, had been initially “blacked out”. You could not see diddly, primarily, till you despatched needs out to have just a little looksie. The rub was, nevertheless, that there Acre heaps upon heaps of baddies on the market, who had been as much as the identical factor as you.
Dune 2 scored a specific hit (with me at the very least) in that it wasn’t “turn-based”. It was, as a substitute, all in real-time. Motion, motion, motion from the phrase go – the mouse spent a lot of its time remodeled right into a vicious blur as you highlighted your troops and advised them the place to go.
And addictive? Ha! “Do you wish to come spherical my place and do some crack?” mentioned a pal on the phone one time. “No,” I mentioned, Tm enjoying Dune 2″. That type of factor.
However anyway. Dune 2 was glorious. Its sole downside was that there simply weren’t sufficient ranges and that the “story” did not actually comprise a way of “unfolding”, because it had been. It was simply plonk, plonk, plonk… sport full.
And also you say Cannon Fodder?
Everybody goes to say Command & Conquer (C&C) is like Dune 2 and Cannon Fodder, which is why I made sure I did as effectively. However seeing as how Cannon Fodder was itself vaguely just like Dune 2 within the first place, it is unsurprising that it will get a point out within the style stakes.
In truth, the one place during which C&C is extra just like Cannon Fodder than it’s to Dune 2 is in that it is relatively extra “soldiery” (versus overtly “sci-fi”). In Cannon Fodder, although, you solely ever bought to mess around (and this is not a criticism) with a handful of troop members at a time. In C&C you get to mess around with a few zillions. After which there are equally quite a few tanks and issues, taking us as much as roughly 9000 squillion models, all on the go«concurrently, all blasting away like no one’s enterprise. Screams, mutilations, techniques, bravado. Yummy.
Hmmm, however instantly I am suspicious…
Do not be. Actually. Simply suppose “Blimey, what a scrupulously sincere pc magazine.” and stick to what I am saying. life. which was what precisely? Oh. shit. I’ve forgotten the place I used to be now. What was the last-but-onc heading once more?