STOCKPILE: GIVE ME COMMAND, AND I WILL CONQUER



One of my earliest memories of gaming is taking command of the righteous GDI (Global Defence Force, for those who have not done their service) and fighting the evil Brotherhood of Nod. Being a nine year old lad in the 90s, the platform of choice was of course the PlayStation 1, in all of its retro glory. Command and Conquer served as my introduction to the world of strategy gaming, and would start me off on what would become my favourite genres for years to come. Command & Conquer 2, Tiberian Sun, Sudden Strike, Age of Empires and so on.

I sunk many hours into this game as a young boy. It was the perfect game for a child of that time, maybe more so for me. I was a massive fan of micro machines, especially those of a military nature; tanks, APCs, warplanes, interactive bases with functional missile launchers and spot lights. I would spend hours re-enacting battle scenarios between my opposing micro machine armies of tiny tanks and soldiers. Command & Conquer brought the world of playing the commander of a mighty army of tiny soldiers, tanks and bases to life! From my bedroom floor to the TV screen.

This brilliant game enabled me to play out realistic war scenarios, build my own and take down enemy bases in frantic over the top skirmishes. Why take down an enemy base with 10 tanks when you can do it with 100! I would spend hours building impenetrable bases, perfectly laid out with my army neatly lined up in even rows, as if ready for inspection by the Queen of England herself. To this day I can still hear that robotic female voice telling me that my "units are ready" or my "base is under attack". It brings back a warm nostalgia from my childhood.


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BY ADAM BURLEIGH- 02/06/16

[Reading this piece has given me such intense nostalgic flashbacks. It’s only 3.99 on the PS Store! - Ed].

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So I asked myself, why don't they make more strategy games for consoles anymore? Why do they have to be exclusively for PC, or half baked attempts for tablets? Surely, I'm not the only one out there who wants to play a good, easy to play strategy game, but doesn't want to splash out excessive sums of money for a capable gaming PC. Or pay £0.99 every time you need to buy new resources for some disappointing mobile game. It seems to be a gap in the market?

If they re-released the C&C series on the PS4 now, I would gladly pay to play it again. Just so I could feel like that 9 year old boy who loved to play micro machines, and forget about the man who has to go to work, do house work, be a useful member of society and pay the mortgage. "You have insufficient funds". Not for this classic series.




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