March 27th, 2007


Tiberium Sickness

I can't wait.

No, really. I can't fraggin' WAIT!

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars comes out tomorrow. I pre-ordered it, and the way things are going right now I may need to call in sick on Wednesday. (I say this mostly because of the game, but I am starting to feel like perhaps I'm finally catching the Flu of Doom that's been going around.)

There are only a few video game franchises which I'm fanatical about- Half-Life, Deus Ex, and Command & Conquer. I've been a fan of C&C since the original game came out way back in 1995. C&C: Tiberian Sun came out in 1999, but it's easily among my top 5 games of all time (as well as my hands-down favorite RTS), and it's the only PC game for which I keep the discs in Gir's bag at all times just in case I have an opportunity to play. Starcraft is okay I guess, but C&C rocks my socks. The interface is superior IMHO, and the world is far more compelling.

I've been playing with the demo for C&C 3 for the last couple of weeks, and there's every indication that I'm going to have a new favorite RTS. The interface has been improved to be more flexible and streamlined, the graphics have been improved, and I really like where they're taking the story line. The new units are a lot of fun, the world is even darker, and the alien faction that's been hinted at since the very first C&C is finally putting in an appearance.

They did make some changes to how the mouse buttons function that break with the convention that's been followed for all of the other C&C games that I don't especially care for. They do follow a certain twisted logic and are more Starcraft-like, but having to think about which mouse button does what in the middle of a pitched battle can be a Bad Thing, and on a couple of occasions I've accidentally de-selected some units when I thought I was ordering an air strike. Oops.

Regardless, I'm absurdly psyched. To me this is on the level of a new Star Wars movie coming out, only without the second-rate story and wooden acting. Speaking of actors, Tiberium Wars features Michael Ironside (from V, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers), Tricia Helfer (from BSG), Jennifer Morrison (my favorite reason to watch House), Billy Dee Williams (from the original Star Wars movies) and the impossibly-hot Grace Park (also from BSG). An impressive mix of actors for any project, and doubly so for a "mere" video game!

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