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Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances - A Manly Farmville Alternative!
I fondly remember playing the original Command and Conquer game on my old AMD 586 133 mhz PC! Times have certainly changed, but the sheer awesomeness of the Command and Conquer series of games hasn't diminished a bit! Although it has been quite a few years since I have found the time to play any of these strategy games, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the other day a manly alternative to Zynga's Farmville on Facebook.
So It's Like Farming Tiberium?
Well sorta. If you are familiar with Farmville, you'll recognize the strategy behind EA's recent online game venture. The game is completely free to play, but if you would like to advance quicker, you can pay for upgrades. Instead of decorating your farm or working to raise poultry, you instead get to amass an army to conquer your corner of the world! Overall, I have been pretty impressed with the dynamic game play. Sure you "harvest" tiberium and crystals, but there are multiple game dynamics which must be balanced in order to advance within the game. You have multiple resources including the two mentioned, as well as power, credits, research points, and much more. With a hint of Sid Myer's Civilization, you can upgrade units when battling others. In addition to waging war, you must also divert resources to defense or your your coffers will be plundered by actual players looking to gain some credits. There is a multi player aspect of the game in regards to alliances. You can partner up with others to command a vast territory as well as assist in attacks and defense of others. The battle action isn't like traditional C&C games in regards to real time strategy, but instead you attack in waves, which reminds me more of playing a turn based game like Risk, but what seems simple enough can really be tricky to master. The visual effects are very good, as well as the in game audio, leaving the player with an immersive experience if played in full screen. Another bonus of the game is that it doesn't need to be downloaded. Much like other browser games, C&C Tiberium Alliances is played completely online, and does not require a subscription or download to play. Oh and I almost forgot the most impressive thing, it doesn't require you to send requests to all of your Facebook friends! That's right, you'll no longer be ashamed to play one of these games if and when it goes out of fashion. EA games has been kind enough to build in a forum for players to recruit for alliances and talk strategy, so you're only playing with like minded folks, not subjecting all of your friends to your nerdness.
Overall, this is a wonderful game to start playing! It's visually appealing, and you don't have to be a big C&C fan in order to get the hang of things. For your first few missions, there are wizards which guide you through the overall game play as well as introduce you to the gaming dynamics. If you have some spare time give it shot. But be warned, much like Farmville you can quickly become addicted to this game!