Status Update: Command & Conquer is F2P!
Written by Jesslyn Ewing
Have you ever wanted to kill time and a warring faction, but were stuck at school or away instead of at home with your favorite RTS or MMO? Well now you can have it all, thanks to the newly-opened beta for Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances.
Some of us are old enough to remember that Command & Conquer was not only one of the original Real Time Strategy games, but also one of the first Massive Multiplayer Online games, played on the PC back in the days of dial-up modems. The gameplay centered on two warring factions fighting over a resource called Tiberium, which was used to make everything from weapons to buildings, even the world’s currency was created from it.
EA, along with their free-to-play developer Phenomic, recently released Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances into open beta. It’s a browser-based strategy game focused on territorial expansion, alliances, and combat…just like, well, the original Command & Conquer games.
But this isn’t just great news for fans of the original game – the fact that the game is browser based combined with its cloud save feature means that you can start playing in the morning on your home PC, check in at lunch on your laptop or tablet, and even get a little playtime in on your smartphone on your commute home. All the while working with or competing against thousands of other players online.
Never really gotten into real time strategy games? No problem, the game starts out with a very informative but short (meaning not as annoyingly long as most) orienting tutorial. As you start to take on slowly increasingly difficult missions, you have the option to either let the tutorials walk you through if you’re not sure what to do; however, those who have more experience or simply want to make a go if it on their own are also in luck. The mini walkthroughs are always presented as an option and are never mandatory.
So whether you’re completely new to real time strategy games or a seasoned pro, this one is easy to pick up and re-picked up where ever you go, on the device of your choosing.
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