The Command and Conquer games are real-time strategy games and the first one debuted on August 31, 1995. The classic Command and Conquer game is set in the near future where the Global Defense Initiative fights the Brotherhood of Nod for the rare mineral of Tiberium. The second universe in the Command and Conquer series, starting with Red Alert, is an alternate universe where Nazi Germany has been replaced by the Red Menace. And lastly, there is a third universe that starts in Renegade and features China and the United States fighting against a terrorist organization known as the Global Liberation Army. As well as all the Command and Conquer games, this collection also has a compilation of the best music from the Command and Conquer universes. Early access to the next Command and Conquer games is also a feature of this collection.
These games are not available on disk, however, they are to be downloaded from Origin, EA’s download service, with a code you receive when you purchase the collection. Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection contains all 17 games/expansions:
- Command and Conquer
- Red Alert
- Red Alert Counterstrike
- Red Alert The Aftermath
- Tiberian Sun
- Tiberian Sun Firestorm
- Red Alert 2
- Red Alert Yuri’s Revenge
- Generals Zero Hour
- 3 Tiberian Wars
- 3 Kane’s Wrath
- Red Alert 3
- Red Alert 3 Uprising
- 4 Tiberian Twilight
Command and Conquer is the first game in the series and the introduction to the world of C&C. It was debuted in 1995 and focuses on global conflict between the Global Defense Initiative and the Brotherhood of Nod. This game puts the player in charge of military organizations where the player makes all the decisions and also has to react to scenarios. It has battlefield actions which are real-time, command-based, and simultaneous. This series of the game first came out with Command and Conquer with expansion packs of Covert Operations and Sole Survivor. The second game in this series was Tiberian Sun with an expansion pack of Tiberian Sun: Firestorm. Then the following were released: Renegade, 3 Tiberium Wars, 3 Kane’s Wrath, and Tiberian Twilight.
Red Alert is the second game in the Command and Conquer franchise and is set in the past. Albert Einstein used his theories of relativity to travel back in time where he assassinated Adolf Hitler before he came into power. That did stop Nazi Germany from emerging, but the Red Menace, Soviet Union, is formed instead. In this game, you can either be with the Allies or you can be with the Soviet. The Allied players have to rely on stealth to make their moves while the Soviet players rely on brute force. If you like playing the bad guy, the Soviet side makes it easy to be a bad guy to the extreme. Red Alert Counterstrike is the first expansion to Red Alert. It doesn’t do much for multi-players, but it does offer quite a bit for single players. There are eight new Allied and Soviet scenarios each that have been added for a total of 16 new scenarios. The new missions are now selectable from a menu and the new missions are more challenging that in Red Alert. The new units that are available are only available for one-player missions. Red Alert The Aftermath is the second expansion to Red Alert. It has brand-new units for single-player modes and also for multi-player modes with seven new recruits. It features 100 multiplayer maps and 18 new single-player missions with different difficulty levels. The Aftermath also introduces new “mega” size maps which can easily be used for eight-player battles.
Red Alert 2 is the sequel to Red Alert and is set once again with the Red Menace. In Red Alert 2, you can set waypoints for several groups of units and conduct these groups simultaneously. You can also build structures and defenses simultaneously. Red Alert Yuri’s Revenge is the expansion for Red Alert 2 introduces a new playable faction headed up by renegade Soviet psychic Yuri.
The Red Menace was continued in Red Alert 3 with the expansion of Red Alert 3 Uprising.
Generals puts the United States of America, China, and a terrorist group called Global Liberation Army against each other. Generals Zero Hour is the expansion pack to Generals.
The Command and Conquer games have been going strong for several years and have been called the leading games for real-time strategy games. Westwood Studies released many Command and Conquer games before Electronic Arts took over the company in 1998. The Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection provides all of the Command and Conquer games together as well as a compilation of the best music. It is only available through download from Origin with a code you receive when you purchase the collection, so if you have slow download or internet problems you may want to consider that.