Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Common Sense Media says

Classic Real-Time-Strategy gameplay set in future.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The leader of the "good" guys orders an attack, knowing that millions of civilians will be killed. Later he lies, saying it was a tragic accident.

Violence

Large-scale battles with explosions, fires, and deaths of soldiers. Blood is visible, but hard to see.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasional use of "hell" and "damn" in video cut scenes.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as with many other Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) games, the focus is on dominating opponents by force. Large armies of men, tanks, aircraft, etc., are all used to defeat opponents in large-scale battles. Soldiers can be flung from exploding vehicles, and it's possible to see blood if players zoom in. However, the focus of this game is quick-thinking and strategy to figure out how to defeat enemies with the right mix of forces, defensive units, and resource management.

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Kids say

What's it about?

COMMAND AND CONQUER 3: TIBERIUM WARS (C&C 3) looks to the future -- a violent and dark one of civil war when the entire earth is a battlefield, and players must conquer and defeat another civilization through battle. On one side is the Global Defense Initiative (GDI), a futuristic version of the United Nation, and on the other is a diabolical group known as the Brotherhood of Nod, led by a charismatic leader known as Kane. New to the series is the Scrin, an alien race bent on world domination. A toxic but powerful energy source known as Tiberium is at the center of it all.

Is it any good?

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The gameplay doesn't advance the RTS genre much, but it's a good formula. With only one resource to gather and relatively small tech trees, players spend most of the time building up the right mix of troops, armor, and aircraft to take on the enemy.

Like most RTS games, the game is all about mixing the right number and types of troops to blow up, kill, and otherwise destroy enemy forces. Unlike some other RTS games that feature economic or political victories, C&C 3 only allows players to win by completing the objectives, which usually include destroying vital enemy bases and troops. All in all C&C 3 is a solid RTS game -- not a lot new, but fun nonetheless.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how such a long-running series (12 years since the first Command and Conquer game) remains so popular. What is appealing about the RTS genre of gameplay? Does the large amount of video (90+ minutes) make the game more fun, or just slow down the action?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 26, 2007
Genre:Real Time Strategy (RTS)
ESRB rating:T for animated blood, mild language, violence (Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byantihypocracy14 April 9, 2008
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Well Done

It is the classic RTS game that has endured for more than a decade. And as with most war games, the main point not stressed enough in the ads is that war is he!!. The reason that this game is appropriate for kids my age is the lack of actual blood and gore. you actually have to look for it to find it in this game. so for all those people who comment on the blood and random bodies that get blown up- get real, war is brutal and games about it should reflect that.

Kid, 10 years old Written bylsurwillo June 5, 2010
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good for 11 year old or higher

I think comand and conquer tiberium wars is a fun and asoum game. It is violent but you safe the wourld at war with the Nods. it is a easy and fun atthe same time. if you like stratigy games you'd love comand and conuquer tiberium wars.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Parent Written bydabeava July 4, 2012
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LEARNING

Warning

Warning: If you play as nod, in the video sequence character says he would "give his left nut".

What other families should know
Too much swearing

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