Warning! Geek juice is about to explode! Yes, I’m taking about computer games, that vice of teenage-hood that apparently still has a rather strong grip on some of us. I have a particular weakness for this one game series: Command & Conquer. After seven long years, the third (and probably last) of the series was released last week — Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars!
The series’ seminal story is a rather romantic one. It was end 1995 and Dad just bought our first PC. The original Command & Conquer incidentally became the first game installed, using the black and white drudgery of MS-DOS:
It looks kooky now, but it was considered nuclear energy back when we were so used to dirty, inefficient coal. Pitting GDI grenadiers against NOD flamethrowers either brought a triumphal fist into the air or a sunken head. The hippie soundtrack only made the whole experience even more unforgettable.
Four years later, in 1999, the sequel was a major disappointment. The fanboy in me refused to admit it then, but I safely confess now. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun was far from groundbreaking, and crippled way before its release due to its predecessor’s high standards. The graphics were lackluster compared to its peers of that technological generation and it wasn’t even fun to play:
So far I’ve only heard good things for C&C 3. And it won’t be long before I pick one up, though I may not get the chance to play it yet since my PC is no longer young and sprightly. What gets my heart pumping is the amazing entourage of actors! Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars”), Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jennifer Morrison (“House”), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Josh Holloway (“Lost”) are all starring! These are actually actors whom I know and like!
Seriously I just can’t wait. Someone donate a copy of the game to me!