I finally got around to playing Kane’s Wrath, the latest iteration in the C&C franchise. I won’t try to ‘review‘ it or anything. Safe to say it’s a good game, a good RTS and an incredibly fun experience. Kane’s back in force, the new units are fun and adding Natasha Henstridge is never a bad thing.
Yet like C&C 3, I have a problem with it: it’s not a good C&C game. Let me explain.
It seems to me that EA, in their franchise destroying ways, plainly ignored everything that happened in Tiberian Sun and Firestorm, both from a story- and game-development perspective. Tiberian Sun had great cinematics with good actors, good acting and great endings. For C&C 3, EA reverted to the briefing style cinematics which, while fine with mediocre actors in 1995, just suck today.
A lot of story elements are very shaky, the way they handle C.A.B.AL. is just terrible. The disappearance of Anton Slavik and the Forgotten are adressed in an almost casual way. Like they were obligated to do it, but weren’t prepared to put much effort into it.
Again, I think C&C 3 and it’s ilk are good games, well worth the purchase. I’m just saying that true fans, not just of the game but also the story will be heavily disappointed.
As usual I’m blaming it on EA, the company that hasn’t done any good since the 80’s. They destroyed Bullfrog, Westwood and I’m not too confident about Bioware and Pandemic either. Sure they publish a couple of great games. It’s impossible not to find at least something good in the sheer volume of shovel- and crapware they publish. Not that they even support those games decently after release. To me EA is a company the likes of SONY, and if you know me, you know that’s not a good thing.
Wow I guess this is how all those Knight Rider fans must have felt .