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Reviewed: Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun: Firestorm
Author: Chris Kim       Date: April 3rd 2000
Page: 3

Final Breakdown


Many improvements have been made to the original game that adds a lot of new elements that makes the game much more enjoyable. The new single player campaign for both sides is very interesting and the mission design is very well balanced and a lot of fun to play. Although there aren't a whole lot of new units, the new ones that are included add enough elements to the game to cause a new set of strategies to be developed.


Most of the graphics remain unchanged and still have the same strengths and weaknesses of the original game. Most of the terrain looks decent and is detailed, but many of the smaller units need a lot of work. The new units have fairly decent animation, especially some of the larger units. However, some of the details such as Tiberium looks very dated, as do many other effects.

Sound and Music:

Although the soundtrack for Tiberian Sun seemed to be a step down from what the Red Alert games produced, the soundtrack still has a dominant sound that is nice to listen to that fits into the environment quite well. The voice acting of the units is still top-notch and deserves praise. Some of the other sound effects, however, are not as well done, but they do suffice for the job.


While the multiplayer options still don't add games like capture the flag or other games, it does add the very cool World Domination Tour mode where players compete in real time for control of the various lands on a map similar looking to the United States. Control reverts back and forth between both GDI and NOD depending on which side players choose to play and fight for. The improved random map generator is an excellent addition and improves the randomness of the maps significantly.

AI and Difficulty:

Still some minor issues with the AI such as being a bit too clumsy at times, but for the most part, the AI has improved enough to keep up with top-notch players. No real problems exist with pathfinding and the balance of difficulty is right on. However, some gamers still might find the game a bit too frustrating because many of the missions are a bit vague on their objectives.

Controls and Interface:

Pretty much unchanged and unmodified from the original release of the game with the same keyboard hotkeys and mouse control. The same exact keybinding system exists from within the front-end of the game and is still pretty painful to control all of the functions. A new and improved interface would have been nice, but the current interface will do for now.


This new expansion pack brings a significant amount of changes to the original Tiberian Sun game for the good. Most of the single player campaign is rock solid and the storyline is extremely enjoyable. The units added to the game slightly enhance the experience and the multiplayer enhancements are top quality. Despite these solid additions, people who were expecting a revolutionary product (quite similar to Tiberian Sun), will be disappointed to know that once again this expansion pack only adds some more features to the rock solid Command and Conquer franchise.

Pluses (+)
  • Solid Single Player Campaign
  • Excellent Storyline
  • Quality Multiplayer Enhancements
  • Minuses (-)
  • Interface Unchanged
  • Graphics Unchanged
  • Might Be Too Difficult
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    Added:  Monday, April 03, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Page: 3/4

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