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play: Real-time hits back; games COMMAND & CONQUER 3: TIBERIUM WARS (X-Box 360.


THERE have been many imitators but it was Command and Conquer that started off the trend for real-time strategy games.

Or rather it was Westwood Studios, and a game they released on the Amiga called Dune II, based on the Frank Herbert novels.

Then, in 1995, the same studio unleashed their first Command and Conquer game.

Now, they're back and on the next-generation console, the X-Box 360.

The game is set in the future and features an Earth ravaged by war between the Global Defence Initiative and terrorists called the Brotherhood of NOD.

You get to play out the war by picking and buying military units, maintaining a base and researching new technology.

But while you do this, of course, so does the enemy.

Real-time strategy games are not usually my cup of tea but C&C3 has the next-gen graphics that really make it stand out.

Whack this game on a decent television and you'll be ducking behind the sofa when there's an explosion.

The game also features HD-quality cut-scenes with Hollywood actors such as Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica and Josh Holloway, who plays lovable rogue Sawyer in Lost.

The game works well with the X-Box 360 controller and, of course, you can play opponents across the internet via X-Box Live.

All in all, C&C 3 is a must-have for the 360.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 27, 2007
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