Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour by thexsision
Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour is the expansion pack for the 2003 real-time strategy video game Command & Conquer Generals. It was developed by EA Los Angeles and i5works, and published by EA Games and Aspyr Media. It was released for Microsoft Windows in September 2003, and for Mac OS X in February 2005.
The expansion pack adds several new features and units to each side, as well as a new mode of play called Generals' Challenge. In this mode, the player can choose one of nine different generals, each with their own unique abilities and strategies, and face off against the other eight generals in a series of missions. The player can also play as any of the three factions (USA, China, or GLA) in the original game's campaign mode, which has been extended with new missions and storylines.
The gameplay of Zero Hour is similar to that of the original game, with some notable changes and additions. The player can build and command various units and structures, collect resources, research upgrades, and use special abilities to defeat their enemies. The player can also capture buildings and vehicles, use spies and hackers, deploy superweapons, and call in air strikes and reinforcements.
Each faction has access to new units and structures, as well as new upgrades and abilities. For example, the USA can build stealth fighters and microwave tanks, the China can build nuclear missile silos and overlord tanks, and the GLA can build bomb trucks and scud launchers. Each faction also has access to three sub-factions, each with their own unique general's powers and units. For example, the USA Air Force General can build more powerful aircraft and air defenses, the China Infantry General can build more powerful infantry and bunkers, and the GLA Demolition General can build more powerful explosives and suicide units.
The story of Zero Hour picks up where it left off at the end of the original game's campaigns. The GLA has been weakened by the combined efforts of the USA and China, but still poses a threat to world peace. The USA launches a preemptive strike on a GLA missile silo in Kazakhstan, preventing them from launching a toxin warhead at a US naval base in Northern Europe. The USA then assists the UN relief efforts in Somalia, where they encounter GLA resistance. The USA learns that a GLA general named Dr. Thrax is developing a new strain of anthrax called Anthrax Gamma, which is more lethal than ever. The USA tracks down Dr. Thrax's secret lab in Russia, where they team up with Chinese forces to destroy it. The USA then invades Iran, where Dr. Thrax has his main base of operations. The USA manages to stop Dr. Thrax from launching his missiles at major US cities, and kills him in his bunker.
The China campaign follows the aftermath of the GLA's nuclear attack on Beijing in the original game. The China vows to eliminate the GLA once and for all, and launches a massive counterattack across Asia. The China first secures its borders from GLA infiltrators, then invades Kazakhstan to destroy the remaining GLA nuclear facilities. The China then attacks a GLA stronghold in Kyrgyzstan, where they discover that the GLA has stolen a Chinese nuclear submarine. The China tracks down the submarine in the Arabian Sea, where they sink it before it can launch its missiles at Chinese cities. The China then assaults a GLA base in Yemen, where they capture a rogue Chinese general who has defected to the GLA.
The GLA campaign follows the GLA's attempts to rebuild its strength and reputation after its defeats by the USA and China. The GLA first attacks a US military base in Germany, where they steal US weapons and vehicles. The GLA then raids a Chinese supply depot in Kazakhstan, where they steal Chinese weapons and vehicles. The GLA then launches a surprise attack on a US airfield in Iraq, where they destroy several US aircraft and capture a US general. The GLA then infiltrates a Chinese base in Russia, where they sabotage several Chinese nuclear reactors and cause a meltdown. The GLA then assaults a US base in Libya, where they seize control of a particle cannon superweapon.
Zero Hour received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its gameplay improvements, new features, variety of units and strategies, and challenging missions. However, some critics also noted its technical issues, lack of innovation, and outdated graphics. The game has a score of 85% on Metacritic, based on 33 reviews. The game sold over one million copies worldwide, and was nominated for several awards, including the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Strategy Game of the Year.
If you are interested in playing Zero Hour, you can download it from the Internet Archive, where it is available for free. You will need to have the original Command & Conquer Generals installed on your computer, as well as a CD key to activate the game. You can also watch a gameplay video of Zero Hour on YouTube, where you can see some of the new units and abilities in action.
Zero Hour is a great expansion pack for Command & Conquer Generals, and a must-play for fans of the series. It offers a lot of fun and challenge for both casual and hardcore gamers, and is one of the best real-time strategy games ever made. If you are looking for a thrilling and immersive strategy game, you should definitely check out Zero Hour by thexsision.