Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
Genre Strategy -> RTS
Today's Rank 101
Date 2003-09-22
Publisher Electronic Arts
Date 2003-09-26
Publisher Electronic Arts
North America Retail 
Box ArtUnited Kingdom 
Retail Box ArtEasily one of the best add-on packs to emerge on the PC in recent memory, Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour adds not just new levels to the hit strategy game, but a whole new game mode too. So let's start with that. The idea is that you go head-to-head against one of nine enemy generals, each of whom has a tactic they specialise in and some manner of insult to hurl in your direction. Then you need to factor in that you're playing on their ground and that they will have a better position in their territory than you. That established, you get a finite amount of time to get your base built before they start attacking. It's relentless stuff and all the more enjoyable for it. This whole mode justifies the price of the expansion pack alone. But you do get a lot more for your money. There are new single-player missions, a lot more multi-player maps, new weapons to get your paws on and an improved visual style. Also, there's a hardened difficulty level, which does cause frustration in the early stages, but is far from insurmountable. Perhaps it goes without saying that this is a good buy for those who bought Command & Conquer: Generals. However, the effort, enhancements and improvements you get make it pretty much unmissable. Let's hope that more expansion packs follow the standard set out here. --Simon Brew

15 new single player missions All new Generals Challenge mode allows you to progressively take on 12 generals from across the globe, each with their own strengths, strategies and tactics Command one of three unique armies inspired by real-world ideologies: the high-tech US force, the swarming Chinese war machine, or the resourceful Global Liberation Army.
New hi-tech arsenal of weaponry-from the U.S. Specter Gunship to other next-generation military weapons designed with microwave, laser, and satellite technology-
Utilize a massive arsenal of new units (e.g. GLA Combat Cycles), new structures (e.g., China Internet Center) and new upgrades (US Hellfire Missiles, and Chemical Suits).
Battle online either cooperatively with a friend or go head-to-head in all-out global domination with a multitude of other players.
Collect bragging rights online with all new medals for each enemy General you defeat
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