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Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight is the last installment in the C&C franchise and it was released in 2010. The real-time tactics video game was developed and published by Electronic Arts and distributed via Steam. It also relies on the servers of EA, a steep departure from the strategy used by the company for the previous releases. Beta testing for the game started in late 2009, half a year before the official release.

Key facts about Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

  • Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight introduces new features, such as the unlock system which can be a bit limiting.
  • The game has plenty of live action cut scenes, with developers using professional actors to bring it to life.
  • Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight has the best visual and sound effects in the series, with a solid orchestral score.
  • The gameplay is slightly more dynamic, with the latest installment featuring mobile bases.
  • Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight has a revamped multiplayer that allows for action-packed games between 2 teams of 5

The Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight games

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight games are made more exciting by the distinctive storylines. Depending on which faction they choose, players will complete different missions and advance towards different objectives. The idea is to try both factions to unlock all the content and reach the conclusion of the Kane saga. This will also present players with the opportunity of testing all the newly introduced features and gear up for multiplayer.

The game also has a cooperative campaign mode, where several players can join forces. The integrated their progression makes the difficulty of these missions scalable based on the player’s skill level. The shared objectives can be accomplished in different ways, so players are encouraged to replay missions.

What is Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight is the latest real-time tactics game that concludes the C&C franchise. Published and developed by EA, it hit the stores in 2010, a couple of months after beta testing began. The developers paid attention to the requests made by players and added a couple of innovative features. The game was initially supposed to be aimed exclusively at Asian markets, but developers changed their mind and came up with a stand-alone project.

Gameplay of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

The gameplay of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight is slightly changed compared to the prequels. Resource gathering is still important but no longer essential and players need to focus on capturing control nodes. The result is a fast-paced game, which forces players to be constantly on the move and counter the actions of their opponents. The control over these nodes can be lost if opposing players swarm the position with superior numbers. The class-based gameplay used in the latest expansion bears many similarities to the one in role-playing games.

Screenshot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Onslaught
Screenshot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Onslaught

At the cornerstone of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight stand the factions present in the prequels. Depending on whether players choose the Global Defense Initiative or the Brotherhood of Nod the campaign changes. With each faction having different units and structures, the gameplay is complex and players must counter a broad spectrum of units. Classes have unique units and only a couple of them are shared between the two factions.

Offensive units are the most important ones in a game that doesn’t encourage players to dig in. Compared to the first games in the series, infantry is more important and defense classes have access to super weapons. Players need to attain a healthy mix of offensive, defensive and support classes. The latter are used for delivering air support and provide the cover that ground forces need.

Mobile construction vehicles of both factions were redesigned and can lift off. The gameplay of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight is enhanced by the addition of two non-playable factions. Those who have played the previous games in the series  remember the Forgotten and the Scrin. There are nearly 100 units, some of them new and some merely improved versions.

Plot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight continues the saga of Tiberium Wars and starts 15 years after those events. Those who have played Kane's Wrath will notice that action resumes one decade after his deeds. Once again, humanity is in danger due to the uncontrolled spreading of Tiberium. Kane serves as the uncontested leader of the Brotherhood of Nod and fancies an alliance with the GDI. He hopes to construct a wide network to stop the spread of the potentially deadly substance.

Screenshot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Last Stand
Screenshot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Last Stand

Just when his plan is about to come to fruition, extremist factions from both groups threaten to ruin it. Commander Parker is the leading character in this new addition to the series. Right from the start he is presented with the difficult decision of joining Kane's Nod Loyalist forces or Colonel Louise James's GDI extremists. Gideon also comes into play as the leader of Nod separatists and together the extremists target the GDI and Nod.

Players wager war across the planet and a major battle takes place for Threshold 19. In a last-ditch attempt, Commander Parker manages to activate the device and Kane enters the portal. Regardless of the faction chosen, when the campaign is completed successfully, it has a happy ending. Tiberium growth is no longer a threat for humanity, thanks to the now operational Tiberium Control Network.

Development of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight was on the verge of being released exclusively in Asia. Eventually developers realized the upsides of creating a standalone project, a sequel to Tiberium Wars. Overall the game didn’t spend too much time in development before being announced by Electronic Arts.

The company announced its release via Twitter and then revealed a teaser trailer. The developers made it crystal clear that this game will wrap up the Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian franchise. They decided to make it mandatory for players to have an active Internet connection to play even in single player. This game is also the only one after Renegade that doesn’t have a DLC or expansion pack

Where can I download Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight?

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight is one of the few games both developed and published by Electronic Arts. Players can download the game via steam and can also purchase it from the EA website. This acts as a portal for all the games published by the company and a hotspot for prospective shoppers. Madden NFL 16, FIFA 16 or EA Sports UFC 2 here. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Mass Effect Andromeda and Star Wars Battlefront are just some of the most popular games to be found here.

Screenshot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Junktown
Screenshot of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Junktown

What are others saying about Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight?

When players caught wind of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight being the last installment in the series, expectations grew. There were so many games released under this franchise, that the hype was real. The initial trailers were met with critical acclaim and upon international release, most of the reviews remained positive. The single player campaign was criticized by some as too shallow for the game aimed that wrapping up the series.

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight was clearly made for multiplayer, but had a competent cooperative mode. The soundtrack was once again in line with the expectations and voice acting was better than expected. The series has a reputation for amazing cut scenes featuring real actors and didn’t let players down in this case. The most criticized aspect of the game was the necessity of having an Internet connection up and running at all times, even when playing alone.

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight tournaments

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight tournaments were a big thing for a short while, but players lose interest quickly. It’s disappointing given the fact that this game was made for multiplayer and is very competitive at high level. As an eSports candidate, it is no match for the most popular real-time strategy games out there. Back in the day it used to be a strong candidate for the games developed by Blizzard Entertainment. As it is, StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty, StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm and StarCraft 2 legacy of the Void win by a landslide.

My rating of Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight is probably not the way I expected the franchise to conclude. However my expectations have changed so many times over the course of time that this is not necessarily a bad thing. I was there to play Red Alert almost 2 decades ago and the cut scenes and voice acting swept me off my feet. The series has always found a way to offer the best sounds and visuals and for this I’m grateful. Out of respect for what this franchise meant for me, the countless hours spent playing its games, but also for its sheer quality, I give it a review score of 8 out of 10.

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