Command & Conquer

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Command & Conquer
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment (US, Europe), Sega (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (11/15 tracks)
Genre: Realtime Strategy Simulation/Realtime Senryaku Simulation (リアルタイム 戦略シミュレーション)[1], Simulation[2]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • 日本語
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    JP
    ¥6,8006,800 GS-9131
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Sega Saturn
    JP
    (Satakore)
    ¥2,8002,800 GS-9193
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Sega Saturn
    US
    T-7028H
    ESRB: Teen
    Sega Saturn
    EU
    T-7028H-50
    ELSPA: 15+ OK
    Sega Saturn
    DE
    T-7028H-18
    USK: 16
    Sega Saturn
    FR
    T-7028H-09
    ELSPA: 15+ OK
    Sega Saturn
    PT
    Sega Saturn
    UK
    £44.9944.99[5] T-7028H-50
    ELSPA: 15+ OK
    Sega Saturn
    PL
    229zł229
    Sega Saturn
    AU
    VFCOM12SSC
    OFLC: MA15
    Sega Saturn
    BR
    191x32
    Tectoy: 13+

    Command & Conquer (コマンド&コンカー) is a real time strategy game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment for IBM compatible computers running DOS in August 1995. It is the first in the Command & Conquer franchise and is considered a milestone in the genre, influencing many RTS games in the years which followed.

    The game's success saw it ported to the Sega Saturn, where Sega signed a deal to make it a Saturn exclusive until 1997[7] (though as a late 1996 release, this "exclusivity" amounted to just under three months). Command & Conquer is frequently referred to as Tiberian Dawn by fans and is subtitled in Germany with Teil 1 Der Tiberiumkonflikt.

    Plot

    Command & Conquer takes place in an alternative universe, shortly after a mysterious alien substance crashes on Earth near the river Tiber in Italy at some point in 1995. This substance, henceforth known as "Tiberium", becomes an extremely valuable commodity, which despite its toxic nature, is able to absorb and crystallize precious metals from the surrounding soil. A secret society known as the Brotherhood of Nod, spearheaded by a self-proclaimed messiah known only as "Kane", claims to have foreseen the arrival of Tiberium and has great plans for its future, soon controlling over half the supply and using the funds to amass an army of followers.

    Following a succession of terrorist incidents blamed on the Brootherhood, the United Nations Security Council authorizes the creation and deployment of the United Nations' Global Defense Initiative (GDI) to intervene against Kane and Nod, quickly escalating into a conflict which spans the globe (and is later referred to as the "first tiberium war").

    The player, who is nameless and does not speak, can choose to conduct missions on behalf of GDI or Nod (each as its own disc), building bases and ordering troops, usually to destroy enemy factions and spread influence over countries. GDI's campaign takes place mainly in Europe, while Nod is more concerned with Africa.

    Gameplay

    Command & Conquer is an evolution of the gameplay seen in Westwood's earlier work, Dune II, in which the goal usually involves building a base and destroying all enemy units or structures on a map (although missions are generally more varied than Dune II). Command & Conquer introduces support for selecting multiple units at once, has a single unified menu for construction of buildings and training of units, and has a more varied selection of said units, including engineers for capturing structures and airbourne helicopters.

    Similarly to Dune II, the player must manage resources such as power (generated from power plants) and tiberium, replacing spice as a resource harvested from select points on the map. Later in the game superweapons are introduced, such as GDI's signature Ion Cannon, which can devestate large areas in one click. The cap on the number of units allowed in-game is much higher, to point where it isn't noticed, although hundreds of units on screen can invariably affect the frame rate.

    Structures

    Both sides

    Construction yard
    Sandbags
    Chain link fence
    Concrete wall
    Power plant
    Advaned power plant
    Repair facility
    Helipad
    Tiberium refinery
    Tiberium silo
    Communications center

    GDI

    Barracks
    Guard tower
    Weapons factory
    Advanced communications center
    Advanced guard tower

    Nod

    Hand of Nod
    Turret
    Airstrip
    Temple of Nod
    SAM Site
    Obelisk of light

    Units

    Both

    Minigunner
    Rocket soldier
    Engineer
    Commando
    Mobile construction vehicle
    Harvester
    Armoured personnel carrier (APC)
    Chinook
    Hovercraft

    GDI

    Grenadier
    Humvee
    Medium tank
    Rocket launcher
    Mammoth tank
    ORCA
    Gunboat

    Nod

    Flamethrower
    Chemical warrior
    Buggy
    Recon bike
    Light tank
    Artillery
    Flame tank
    Stealth tank
    SSM launcher
    Apache

    History

    Legacy

    Command & Conquer is thought to have been reasonably successful on the Sega Saturn, as it qualified for the Satakore range in Japan (where it was published by Sega themselves) and was at one point bundled with consoles in Europe. It has since been superseded by superior versions - a Macintosh port released around the same period in 1996 which offers higher resolution graphics and official support for online play. These features were eventually ported to a Windows 95 version released in 1997. The final port of Command & Conquer was released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. This version features 3D graphics, but has missing content.

    Tomsoft attempted an unlicensed port to the Sega Mega Drive, but gave up early on and released his horribly incomplete beta. Because he failed to remove the copyright from the title screen, this has sometimes considered an official beta — but a look at the header (crediting his SDK) proves otherwise.

    Command & Conquer was followed by Command & Conquer: Red Alert, set in the cold war era of the 1950s/60s, however the Tiberium storyline would receive a direct sequel in the form of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, which introduced isometric graphics (although cameos and nods to the future mean Red Alert is technically a prequel also). No future Command & Conquer games were released on Sega systems, though the series has largely avoided consoles entirely (save for PlayStation ports of Red Alert and some expansions, and the Xbox 360 port of Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars).

    Versions

    The Sega Saturn version of Command & Conquer derives from the DOS original, being the most accurate console port of the game. There is no support for the Shuttle Mouse meaning the controls are considered to be more cumbersome than computer versions, and the resolution is fixed at 320x240. Some other changes were made for unknown reasons, such as the inclusion of wider bridges. Unit shadows are also missing, and the user interface features horizontally-scrolling menus as opposed to the vertical ones seen in the DOS version.

    Its PlayStation counterpart is reportedly built off the Saturn's code, with slightly higher resolution (and more complete) cutscenes in comparison. Unlike the Saturn, the PlayStation version is known to suffer from noticeable slowdown when many units are on-screen, but is at an advantage for including extra missions (sourced from The Covert Operations - an official expansion pack for Command & Conquer). The Saturn version retains more of the original soundtrack and sound effects, however.

    Production credits

    • Producer: Steve Wetherill
    • Asst. Producer: Ed Del Castillo
    • Original Concept: Joe Bostic, Brett W. Sperry
    • Programmers: Greg Hjelstrom, Jonathan Lanier
    • Technical Direction: Eric Wang
    • Designer: Erik Yeo
    • Artists: Joseph B. Hewitt Iv, Matthew Hansel, Damon Redmond
    • Screenplay: Ron Smith
    • Audio Direction: Paul S. Mudra
    • Soundtrack: Frank Klepacki
    • Sound Effects: Dwight K. Okahara
    • Qa Direction: Glenn Sperry
    • Quality Assurance: Kenny Dunne, Chris Rubyor, Randy Greenback, Phillip Castro, John Archer, D'Andre Campbell, Chris Blevins, James Hughes, Levi Luke, Errol Campbell, Abe Hernandez, James Adkins, Richard Rasmussen, Ben Lublin, Chris Holloway, Isaiah Myers, Lloyd Bell, Mike Smith, Albert Springfield, Steve Corcoran, Tyler Thackery, Marcus Cobb, Chad Shackelford, Troy Leonard
    • Manual Design: Penina Finger
    Source:
    In-game credits

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Command & Conquer/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

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    FR print advert
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    Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
    also published in:
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    Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #182: "January 1997" (1996-12-11)
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    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #16: "February 1997" (1997-01-16)
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    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-13: "1997-13 (1997-04-25)" (1997-04-11)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    94 [15]
    100 [16]
    78 №437, p32
    91 №50, p42/43
    85
    90 [17]
    95 №70, p92-94
    94 [18]
    73 [19]
    86 [20]
    84 [21]
    Sega Saturn
    88
    Based on
    11 reviews
    Saturn, JP
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    Cover
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
    Spinecard
    Command & Conquer (コマンド&コンカー) Saturn JP Box Front Jewelcase.jpg
    Jewel Case
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Disc.jpg
    GDI disc
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Disc2.jpg
    NOD disc
    Saturn, JP (Satakore)
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Box Back Alt.jpgCommandandConquer Saturn JP Box Front Alt.jpg
    Cover
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Spinecard Satakore.jpg
    Spinecard
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg
    GDI disc
    CommandandConquer Saturn JP Disc2 Satakore.jpg
    NOD disc
    Saturn, US
    CommandandConquer Saturn US Box Back.jpgCommandandConquer Saturn US Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Commandandconquer sat us manual.pdf
    Manual
    CommandandConquer Saturn US Disc Nod.jpg
    NOD disc
    Saturn, UK/IT/ES
    C&C-UK-IT-Esp CoverBack.jpegNospine.pngC&C-UK-IT-Esp CoverFront.jpeg
    Cover
    C&CSaturnEUManual.pdf
    Manual
    CommandAndConquer saturn eu cd1.jpg
    GDI disc
    Saturn, FR
    CommandandConquer Saturn FR Box.jpg
    Cover
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    GDI disc
    CommandandConquer Saturn FR Disc2.jpg
    NOD disc
    Saturn, DE
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    Cover
    C&C-Dutch-GDI-CD1.jpg
    GDI disc
    Saturn, PT

    Saturn, AU
    CommandandConquer Saturn AU cover.jpg
    Cover
    C&CSaturnEUManual.pdf
    Manual
    CommandAndConquer saturn eu cd1.jpg
    GDI disc
    Saturn, BR
    CommandandConquer Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
    Cover

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    658,870,464 CD-ROM (DE) T-7028H-18 (Disc 1) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    646,458,960 CD-ROM (DE) T-7028H-18 (Disc 2) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    665,086,800 CD-ROM (EU) T-7028H-50 (Disc 1) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    655,180,176 CD-ROM (EU) T-7028H-50 (Disc 2) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    665,002,128 CD-ROM (FR) T-7028H-09 (Disc 1) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    653,834,832 CD-ROM (FR) T-7028H-09 (Disc 2) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    665,841,792 1997-01-06 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9131, GS-9193 (Disc 1) V1.005
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    654,902,640 1997-01-06 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9131, GS-9193 (Disc 2) V1.005
    Sega Saturn
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    665,089,152 CD-ROM (US) T-7028H (Disc 1) V1.000
    Sega Saturn
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    655,182,528 CD-ROM (US) T-7028H (Disc 2) V1.000

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