A Closer Look at Strategy Game Command and Conquer

Command & Conquer (C&C), originally created by Westwood Studios, is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game series. Their first game was one of the first in the RTS genre, based on the popular strategy game Dune.

In contrast to digitally in-game rendered cutscenes, this involves full-motion video cutscenes with an entire cast to advance the plot. In 1998, Electronic Arts took over Westwood Studios, which closed down in 2003. 


EA Los Angeles absorbed the studio and some of its members, which intensified the series’ growth. We’ve looked a little closer at what the hype around Command and Conquer is all about, and those details are next. 

A Closer Look at Strategy Game Command and Conquer
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Command and Conquer

Except for the first-person shooter Command & Conquer: Renegade, the Command & Conquer series is made up of real-time strategy games. The concurrent campaigns of numerous opposing factions against one core plot are a hallmark of the series. 

Multiplayer game options, via LAN and modem connection, were also provided by games in the series. Online play, as well as “skirmish” matches in which players can face AI opponents, have also been featured by all games in the series.


In comparison to many other popular titles where the control bar is placed on the bottom of the screen, these games do it differently. 

All Command & Conquer real-time strategy games except Command & Conquer: Generals and its expansions have used the “sidebar” for control and navigation. 

In order to finance the ongoing development of different types of forces with which to attack and overtake the base of the enemy, Command & Conquer gameplay generally requires the player to create a base and obtain resources.


How to Play

All accessible structures of the faction selected by the player are built at the so-called “construction yard” on-site.

They usually begin as large-sized vehicles, known as MCVs or Mobile Construction Vehicles, able of being deployed in the aforementioned construction yards. 

When a construction yard has completed establishing a new structure, the player will pick a spot nearby a previously existing structure to position it so the prefabricated building can easily expand in a unique way.

In all games in the series, except for Command & Conquer: Generals and its Zero Hour expansion, funds are collected by specialized “harvester” units that hold their cargo in a “refinery” framework. 

It is Tiberium for the Tiberian games series, and ore or the most precious gems for the Red Alert series. This in turn transforms the raw resources, represented as credits, into usable resources. 

The raw materials themselves need storage space in the shape of refineries and, in the event of excess, “storage silo” structures in games released before Red Alert 2 and also Command & Conquer 3.

A Closer Look at Strategy Game Command and Conquer
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The ability to play multiplayer games against other players is included in any Command & Conquer game. When the series launched, two CD copies of the game were included in each box of Command & Conquer.

That made multiplayer gaming possible with a single purchase of the game. Westwood Studios promoted this with the tagline, “A second copy, so you and your friend can destroy each other.” 

This led to Command & Conquer becoming the first to feature competitive online play in the RTS game genre. This is considered to be the most important external factor in Command & Conquer’s success.

Final Words

With over 30 million Command & Conquer games sold since 2009, the Command & Conquer series has been commercially successful. Games in the series consistently rank high on game review aggregator websites.

The long history of Command & Conquer resulted in Guinness World Records awarding the series six world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008

You may want to play this multıplayer strategy game to understand why it was received well by its global players and fans.