A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The sides in the conflicts are fighting for their own causes. Terrorism, freedom, global domination, liberation, and other messages dominate the gameplay, and violence is the only resolution to conflict.
Positive Role Models
Players can choose to fight for allied or enemy side. Nod, the enemy, is a bit more fanatical, but believes in its cause. Notably, in Red Alert, the heroes aren't the Americans, they're the Germans, who are fighting the Russians after Hitler was assassinated before he could rise to power.
Ease of Play
Game certainly challenges players. No tutorial for learning which units do what. That can make it especially difficult for people who haven't played the game before or for many years.
Violence & Scariness
No blood or gore, but game centers on violence. You'll shoot or fire grenades at enemies, run over them with a tank. Red Alert begins with implied murder of young Adolf Hitler. Troops get electrocuted or incinerated. But even with improved graphics, it's not something parents need to worry much about.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A female character in full-motion video cutscenes wears a midriff-baring shirt.
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Occasional use of "hell" or "damn" can be heard in dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is an updated version of two classic real-time strategy titles Command & Conquer and Command & Conquer Red Alert for Windows PCs. Released 25 years ago, these games basically gave birth to the real-time strategy genre. There's violence, but it's not overly gory (screams from vanquished enemies and all sorts of explosions). The full-motion video will look corny to younger players (and several older ones), but there's nothing offensive in it. There's occasional use of mild foul language ("hell" and "damn"), and one female character plays a commando who, curiously, wears a midriff-baring shirt.
Is It Any Good?
This series set the bar for real-time strategy titles, and while the genre has advanced in 25 years, there's a strong nostalgia factor with these games that its many, many fans will embrace. Both games in the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection have a little rust on them -- and show their age (especially with the full-motion video cutscenes that feature painfully bad actors) -- and they could desperately use some instructions or a tutorial. But despite all of those flaws, the core game mechanic is as strong as it ever was.
The games have just the right number and types of troops, buildings, and weapons to keep you hooked without overwhelming you. Younger players, even teens, might have trouble looking beyond the video and bare-bones graphics (even with the remastering, the games' graphics fall short of modern standards). But C&C was never about the graphics. Players who focus on the game itself will find themselves drawn in and appreciating the work that went into bringing this classic back to life. There's also a large number of bonus items and videos to flesh out the experience, and the option to create your own levels when you complete the game. For fans looking back at the nostalgia of real-time strategy games, or newcomers to the franchise, Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is one players might want to enlist in.
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