I was actually kind of surprised to see that their were 17 different Command and Conquer games, they actually go all the way back to Westwood Studios before Electronic Arts took over. EA has apparently dug all of the games out and and shoved them inside a box for reselling. There are a ton of Command and Conquer expansions and the whole smorgasbord is listed at the end of this article.
The box was formally known as the Command and Conquer: The Ultimate Collection, and is coming to the PC in October priced at $49.99 (a UK or Euro price has not been announced yet). This price is clearly much cheaper than what it would originally cost to purchase all 17 games. If each game was priced at $60 as the standard has been, well…that’s a lot of money. If you’re like me, you’ll be purchasing this new package set to release in October just to say that you have all of the legacy games from Westwood Studios’ prime time.
If you don’t want these games, maybe you will after hearing a couple things included in the box. First of all, all of the games will work on both Windows 7, Vista and very possibly Windows 8. There aren’t any digital versions of the earlier Command and Conquer games, so this is pretty fantastic. Secondly, there will be early beta access to the new free-to-play Command and Conquer game.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of things going for this box. First: all the games work on Windows 7 and Vista. I peered around the internet and couldn’t find digital versions of some of the earlier C&C games available anywhere. Second: early beta access to the new free-to-play Command & Conquer game. Lastly, you’ll get a very nice (for its time) first-person shooter known as Command and Conquer: Renegade.
If you purchase the Ultimate Collection in the shop, you’ll get download codes for all of the 17 Command and Conquer games. You’ll also get the music compilation and some commemorative art. If you purchase online, you won’t get that art.
Command & Conquer has a wonderful heritage, it’s been a huge thing in my “gaming life” so to speak, even if it has lost its relevance over the years. The only thing is, I haven’t played since Command and Conquer 4, I got to play the beta of that game and found that it was terrible. I wasn’t the only one that thought it was terrible though, it’s price dropped to $20 a month after release! The best games in this package are obviously the Red Alert ones, they are (in my opinion) the prime of Command and Conqueror’s history. Red Alert 2 was my favorite one, I think. Sure it was full of the cheesy reality video cut-scenes, but those were actually pretty well done for its time and sometimes even pretty believable (Joe Kucan, the long-time Kane actor did a pretty good job with the acting, I’d say).
Here’s the Command and Conquer smorgasbord I promised you:
- Command & Conquer
- Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Counterstrike
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert – The Aftermath
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun – Firestorm
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Yuri’s Revenge
- Command & Conquer: Renegade
- Command & Conquer: Generals
- Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour
- Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
- Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
- Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
Will anyone be picking up the collection when it releases in the next month or two?