I'm a huge fan of the Command and Conquer series, so buying Generals didn't require any thought. We knew we were going to purchase it. We were rewarded with great graphics and amazing multiplayer gameplay.
First, the good. The graphics are quite impressive, definitely a step up from previous games. The various terrains - from snow to sand to grass to concrete - are well done. The trees sway in the wind. The units leave little tracks as they move, the construction of buildings makes you really feel like you're watching an army base get built.
The sound and music is well matched and makes the game feel realistic. Controls all work just the way you'd hope they would - after so many games they really have that down to a science.
On the down side, the usual problems in strategy gaming exist here. Pathfinding isn't always perfect. Units can get stuck against buildings or in chasms. The campaign missions help you learn your skills but aren't extremely challenging.
Still, as with just about every game that comes out today, the built in gameplay is merely a training ground for the real challenge of multiplay. There's no way a computer could compete with the challenge posed by a real human being with experience and knowledge at the other end of the map. This game really shines in multiplayer. The three sets of units are well balanced, and if you get yourself onto a large map with teammates and opponents, you'll be hooked for months.
Skirmish mode is quite fun too, earning medals for different accomplishments.
Definitely a great game for any strategy gaming fan!
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We purchased Command & Conquer: Generals with our own funds for the purpose of doing this review.