Reader Review: C&C4: Tiberium Twilight

Do you have what it takes to get a review published right here on Kotaku? Josh does, as he packs up his MCV and makes some units while rollin'. C&C veterans might cry sacrilege at that statement, and it's true that there are some radical changes in this final installment of the Tiberium saga. Read on for details.

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This review was submitted by Josh J. If you’ve played C&C4, or just want to ask Josh more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

C&C4 is the finale to the fifteen year old franchise starring our beloved and very bald Joe Kucan. This game concludes the tale of Kane and Tiberium while completely deviating from the tried and true C&C formula of RTS gameplay - gone are such apparently antiquated concepts as harvesting and base building.

Loved

Nostalgic bliss: There is something vaguely triumphant about the game’s title, Tiberian Twilight. This is a fan voted title choice. See, the first game was Tiberian Dawn, the second was Tiberian Sun, but then Westwood exploded and EA called the third game Tiberium Wars. And then there was no stellar themed meteorological nomenclature. And it sucked. But now there is Twilight and nothing will dull this victory.

Tiberian Sun was my childhood – don’t judge me – and it soothed my soul to see units like the Cyborg Commando, Titan, Mammoth Mk II, and Hover MLRS make a comeback in gloriously crisp 3D.

Quality Audio: We all love Frank Klepacki and it was decidedly disconcerting to hear he wasn’t involved in C&C4. Music, however, is surprisingly fresh and unique, giving battles much needed atmospheric effect. Units have great voiceovers with nice variety – there are actually chicks in your armies now, as crazy as that sounds.

Hated

What the shit have you done to my C&C?: Players start with one of three "classes" of pseudo MCVs dubbed Crawlers. Crawlers can build units (Defense class can build turrets) while moving but must deploy for the unit to be produced on the field. By the way, units cost nothing. Let me repeat that, just to make it absolutely clear:

Units cost nothing.

There is no harvesting. You build any unit you want at any point in the game with the only drawback being each unit counts toward a population limit. Upgrades and "teching” are accomplished by a rather bizarre method of "capture the flag" where units grab chunks of Tiberium and take them to “deploy zones”.

So, where does that leave us with regards to tactical options? There is no way to deny enemy resources. There are no enemy bases to attack. There is just a huge, fat, and annoyingly hard to kill super-tank which is constantly producing units to smash against yours.

Story suckage: This setting is fundamentally about GDI and Nod hating each other a whole lot. So, it makes sense that apart from splinter groups, GDI and Nod are essentially friends for the entirety of the game. Alternatively, this doesn’t make sense at all.

The campaigns are short. If you’ve become accustomed to C&C campaigns being epic and satisfying, prepare to feel ripped off as they suddenly stop without having built up any momentum whatsoever.

In summary, C&C4 is a tortured, piteous freak – the twisted result of forbidden experimentation on genre hybridisation and brutal DRM prototyping. We cradle this poor, wretched spawn and cry for its very agony of existence. We choke out a final farewell to the Tiberium saga as its twilight dwindles into darkness.

Reviewed by: Josh J.

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Comments

    Excellent review... I know which game I'll be buying this week!

    Not this one.

    Sounds like a casualized version of Halo Wars.:3

    One game of the beta was enough to strike it off my purchase list. It's just pointless.

    Fantastic. I have heard a lot of 'good things' about this game from various 'video game reviewers', but i really needed an opinion from an old-school CnC fan.

    R.I.P CnC i guess

    What incredible sucktitude.

    This what happens with pretty much whatever EA touches.

    It goes to poop. I guess I'll pick it up later when it's cheaper. As at the moment I rather use my hard earned money for games that deserves it.

    I loved this review so much. XD

    so.... a C&C themed Supreme Commander where everyone has a version of the experimental Fat Boy Tank?

      Not really - Supreme Commander gave you tons of units to work with. The small population limit of C&C4 means you can only have a smallish group up at any time.

    This made me laugh. Good reveiw

    I've bought and played this, having played all other RA and CnC titles (EA killed RA3 and CnC3). I had heard about the changes, and had hoped it'd still be somewhere near as fun as Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War which has a similar setup from what they did different to the previous Warhammer 40k. But I was wrong.

    CnC4 while a little fun to begin with, doesn't really involve much skill. Those who have been playing longer, and thus unlocked all the units (Yes you have to play, which via killing units or winning matches, you gain exp and level up, and thus unlock stuff), which means they easily smash new comers with higher tech units.

    If they could make it more like 40k DoW, like with larger unit caps, larger maps, fixed base positions, with potentially commandos running about as the main unit, then having cap points around the map you have to hold/defend/attack, well it may become more fun, especially if stuff has some sort of cost and time to build.

    The game as it is, seems to just cater for those who like to spam units. You just queue up 100 units of the same type, and spam away. There isn't really much tactics involved, and there isn't really a large enough unit cap to allow mixing various units together.

    let's get this war started.

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