Developer EA Pacific
Publisher Electronic Arts
Platforms Windows, Mac OS
Release Date 11/02/2003 (US/CA/UK, Win) | 14/02/2003 (DE, Win) | 04/2004 (US, Mac) | 21/05/2004 (DE/AT/CH, Mac)
Current Version 1.08
What is Generals?
Command & Conquer: Generals is the first 3D RTS in the Command & Conquer franchise, using an engine called SAGE (Strategy Action Game Engine), a modification of the W3D engine that was developed in-house at Westwood Studios. The game was developed by EA Pacific (a rebranded Westwood Pacific), the same team that made Red Alert 2 and its expansion pack, Yuri’s Revenge.
The game that takes place in the not so distant future; it’s based on brand new storyline that pits three sides (the USA, China, and a terrorist group known as the Global Liberation Army) against each other. The game is split up into 21 missions, 7 for each of the three sides. The game gives you the opportunity to play as any of the three sides right from the start, though the storyline order is China, then the GLA, and finally the United States.
Each side plays very differently. The USA is a well-rounded faction and has a superior air force, China has firepower on the ground and horde bonuses for weaker units, while the GLA specializes in stealth and hit-and-run attacks.
For the first time in a Command & Conquer game, each factory has its own build queue, and credits are deducted fully when an item is purchased instead of being continuously drained, so orders can only be made if the player has enough money to fully build something. Generals also marks the C&C debut of upgrades for units and buildings, as well as support powers and upgrades that can be unlocked through General’s Promotions, with points for these promotions gained through combat.
Also new are the horizontal command bar that replaced the classic sidebar, and the new base building mechanic, which is attached to units (Construction Dozers for the USA and China, and Workers for the GLA) rather than Construction Yards, with construction taking place gradually on the spot rather than having buildings pop up complete and functional.
Official Feature List
- New 3D Units & Buildings
More than 80 all-new units, buildings and upgrades such as the top-secret Aurora Strike Fighters, devastating Overlord Tanks, Angry Mobs, and skilled Hackers.
- Innovative Gameplay
New features such as thrilling air-to-air combat, customizable forces, enhanced veterancy, and intense urban combat.
- Three New Unique Sides
Three new teams to battle with. The USA, China, and a terrorist group called the Global Liberation Army.
- New Control Interface
An improved interface that will give gamers more control over the battlefield than ever before.
- Make Your Own Maps!
A powerful map editor called the “World Builder” for players to build customized war scenarios
Names in different languages
- Traditional Chinese: 終極動員令：將軍
- German (censored release): Command & Conquer: Generäle
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