While the jury is still out on the upcoming Frostbite 2 powered, free-to-play and online-only reboot ofÂ Command & Conquer, longtime fans (and total newcomers) have one huge collection of the already-released franchise installments to keep their time and/or introduce them to the series.
In anticipation for the release of the now-without-a-campaignÂ Commander & Conquer by BioWare Victory and Electronic Arts, PC gamers can pick upÂ Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection – a package that includesÂ all 17 games (even that first-person shooter one!) in the series along with some great memories of what Westwood Studios crafted back in the day as the developer responsible the best-selling strategy franchise of all-time.
Jon Van Caneghem, Vice President and General Manager, Electronic Arts:
“Command & ConquerÂ holds a special place in the hearts of many strategy gamers around the world. Weâ€™re excited not only to be giving our fans a chance to return to their favorite universes this year, but also to introduce the series to gamers who have not yet experienced the fun, legendary games thatÂ Command & ConquerÂ is known for.”
The Command & ConquerÂ series is divided up into three different series (Tiberium, Red Alert and Generals) and below is a list of all the games released for each thus far. The upcomingÂ Command & Conquer was initially titledÂ Command & Conquer: Generals 2 but dropped its subtitle (and its campaign) in favor of a more simple EA rebranding (much likeÂ Medal of Honor in 2010). The idea is that as the game evolves, it could grow to include elements fromÂ Tiberium andÂ Red Alert and even one-day add story content.
- TiberiumÂ â€“ The universe that started it all, theÂ TiberiumÂ series is set in the early 21stÂ century amidst an epic clash for planetary control between the Global Defense Initiative, the Brotherhood of Nod and later the alien Scrin. Games in theÂ TiberiumÂ series include:
- Command & Conquer
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ The Covert Operationsâ„¢
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Tiberian Sunâ„¢
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Tiberian Sunâ„¢ Firestormâ„¢
- Command & Conquer Renegadeâ„¢
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ 3 Tiberium Warsâ„¢
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ 3 Kaneâ€™s Wrath
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ 4 Tiberian Twilight
- Red AlertÂ â€“ Travel to an alternate universe where the cold war between the Soviets, the Allies and later, the Empire, is still raging. Known for a tone that is more comical and over-the-top, the Red Alert series includes the following games:
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Red Alertâ„¢
- Command & Conquer Red Alertâ„¢ Counterstrikeâ„¢
- Command & Conquer Red Alertâ„¢ The Aftermathâ„¢
- Command & Conquer Red Alertâ„¢ 2
- Command & Conquer Red Alertâ„¢ Yuriâ€™s Revengeâ„¢
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Red Alertâ„¢ 3
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Red Alertâ„¢ 3 Uprising
- GeneralsÂ â€“ Take the helm of one of three sides â€“ the US, China or the Global Liberation Army â€“ in a modern warfare setting that features bleeding-edge military weaponry.
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Generals
- Command & Conquerâ„¢ Generals Zero Hour
Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection has been updated to work with Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines and players who purchase the bundle get early access toÂ Command & Conquer beta. The collection is available in retail and digitally through Origin.Â For now, players can try out the free-to-playÂ Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances which recently hit a million registered users.
What’s the best Command & Conquer game to date?
Command & ConquerÂ releases on PC in 2013.
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