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Command and Conquer: Generals
All over this wiki and a few other sites, I've heard that the game Command and Conquer: Generals is not well liked, mostly because it had little to nothing to do with the rest of the series. I played the game back in 2004, and continue playing it to this day. In my opinion, it is a much better game than people give it credit for. The factions are pretty well balanced out (although the US has a little bit of an advantage with its commanches), and, for the time, the graphics were superb. It is surprisingly detailed, and the explosions are quite satisfying, even to this day. The gameplay is simple yet fun, and many times, you'll feel like you are actually commanding a real army. Now, I do have some complaints. The Super weapon general in Zero Hour is overpowered, and US raptors are pretty underpowered in Generals, since any AA defense can shoot them down, (zero hour fixed this with the "counter measures" upgrade and even a whole new general who's main strength is specially designed raptors), and infantry get a little useless, as every vehicle can run them over. I also did not like the ending. Maybe I'm too much of a patriot, but I don't like the concept of "America is humiliated and China occupies Europe, taking the place as the world power". Maybe it was to portray China positively so China would un-ban Zero Hour, but that failed anyway. I don't know, just rubs me the wrong way. Regardless, this game is loads of fun. This is the only C and C game I have ever played however, so I was not pissed off about the changes to it, but I imagine die hard fans would be. I say, forget about these flaws and just enjoy a good game.