Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath box art
System: X360, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA LA 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Electronic Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 24, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 (online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Any bad patches are overshadowed by Kane's Wrath's attention to unit specialization. Some RTS games are consumed with building a big force and sending it across the map, but in this game that just won't do. It will do you good to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each unit. What's your reward for that research? You can come up with some really tricky tactics.

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For example, Shadow Troopers have a stealth ability that allows them to sneak around the map. Okay, nothing fancy yet. If you build some Specters (heavy artillery) then it gets fun. Shadow Troopers can lay down a GPS-like beacon, which acts as targeting reticule for Specters. The great thing is the Specters can be anywhere on the map and hit the target. Using this team-up strategy, you can take out an entire base with just a team of Shadow Troopers and a few Specters.

Being an RTS, Kane's Wrath has the typical audiovisual trappings of the genre. The graphics are detailed enough to make out particular units and structures (without having to zoom in) and the battles give a great sense of scale. Also, the framerate rarely stutters - it takes a ton of structures, units, and massive explosions to really stress the engine. Most RTS games suffer from repetitive audio and Kane's Wrath is no exception. Units constantly blurt out their war cries and it doesn't take long for this to get old. Hearing, "We've got rockets" over and over again just isn't necessary. Thankfully, there's a voice mute button.

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The Campaign and Kane's Challenge can soak up a good deal of time, but after a while you'll venture over to the dedicated Skirmish mode. Not only can you select one of nine factions and a large assortment of maps, you can also play against the game's scalable A.I. What makes the A.I. great is, aside from easy, medium, and hard difficulties, there are particular personalities the A.I. can adopt, ranging from Rusher (an early attacker) to Turtle (a purely defensive style) to Steamroller (favoring massive assaults); these tendencies will help prepare you for Xbox LIVE matches. Online, you can play with up to three people or swap them out for A.I. During review, there were initial problems with multiplayer. Since EA deals directly with the matches, the first few connection attempts were greeted with a message of "unable to connect to EA servers at this time." But the problem seems to be fixed now and the few matches played exhibited no lag.

Kane's Wrath is a great example that real time strategy can find a comfortable home on a console. With the added bonus of not needing the previous Command & Conquer installment, Kane's Wrath comes as a very easy recommendation to RTS fans who may not have a gaming PC or simply want to try out their favorite genre on a different platform.

By Jason Lauritzen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
It's an RTS, so detail is sacrificed for scale. Still, what's there looks good and it all runs at a decent framerate.
4.5
Control
Wow, RTS controls that actually work well on a console. It's still not as fast as a keyboard-mouse setup, but it feels pretty comfortable.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The score and in-game sound effects do a decent job. The repetitive unit cries and B-movie, in-game voice work are better off muted.
4.2
Play Value
The solid, single-player campaign, multi-tiered Kane's Challenge, Skirmishes, and online play make for well-rounded gameplay options.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • RTS has never been easier: The all-new CommandStick interface takes console RTS controls to the next level. Build, deploy, and attack with the click of your thumb with an all-new radial interface formulated specifically for the Xbox 360.
  • Xbox 360-exclusive Kane's Challenge: Run the gauntlet of over 80 matches against all nine unique armies in the ultimate test of C&C skill. Whether you're with him or against him, the Dark Messiah himself interacts with you every step of the way. Now's your chance to prove you have what it takes to complete Kane's Challenge.
  • Take command with Nine unique armies: With the introduction of six new sub-factions, each with exclusive units, structures, and abilities, the Tiberium Wars will never be the same. Utilize the sub-faction of your choice to fully take advantage and compliment your playing style.
  • Live-action videos are back!: Witness the rise of the Brotherhood firsthand through intense live-action video sequences starring Natasha Henstridge, Carl Lumbly, and Joe Kucan as Kane.
  • Unleash the fury of new Epic Units: Devastate the battlefield with the immense firepower of all-new Epic Units. Epic in sheer size and game-changing potential and customizable by garrison, Epic Units promise to lay siege to your enemy like never before.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, Widescreen).


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