Throwback Thursday for 29th September


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In this week's edition of Throwback Thursday, we take a look at a unit design which took three concept stages to reach a final game, and was even featured in a mod in the meanwhile. The Centurion Siege Walker was first imagined during the development of Red Alert 2 as a Soviet unit, but apart from two concepts in two camo versions, it never appeared in the game and was apparently not considered for Yuri's Revenge. In the Premier Edition DVD of Red Alert 3, a slightly redesigned version can be seen, but it was again omitted from the game itself, and in 2009, it finally managed to "crawl" to the fans as the Reaper unit in Red Alert 3: Uprising. It has also been prominently featured in the Mental Omega mod for many years, even in the 2.0 days!
 
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C&C Music Monday - Grinder 2


 

If its Monday it means it must be Music Monday time. Sometimes songs just need to be heavy, and nothing blows out the speakers like "Grinder 2" from the Red Alert 3 soundtrack. Featuring a brutal guitar riff that sounds similar to the original "Grinder" in Red Alert 2. This one is another of Frank Klepacki's contributions to Red Alert 3. A new track will be posted next Monday. And as always, don't forget to share this on social media using the hash tags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday.




Dawn of the Tiberium Age Updates


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Over the past two days, the Dawn of the Tiberium Age (DTA for friends) standalone mod for Tiberian Sun has received several updates, including numerous bugfixes, one of which was the bug where the game would continue if all AI enemies were eliminated, as well as asset additions and brand new features in the updated game client. The newest version at the time of posting is v1.1555, though to be on the safe side, keep an eye out on their ModDB downloads page for any other potential updates.




AGSA Mod Voiceovers Features Frank Klepacki & Community Regulars


 

The AGSA total conversion mod for Yuri's Revenge has received a news update after a long period of silence, showcasing the new EVA voiceovers for its factions. The ESDF will have DonutArnold, a Project Perfect Mod regular, the PRA will have the veteran C&C mod voice actor George "Seòras" Exley, while the Paradigm will have none other than Frank Klepacki himself! All in all, we can look forward to high-quality audio from this mod. Click here to hear all three voice reels.




Throwback Thursday for 22nd September


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This week's edition of Throwback Thursday does not feature an iconic unit from the games. Instead, we look back at a unit that has been mostly forgotten in regular play. The Ravager was introduced in Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath from 2008 as an elite tier 2 assault unit for all three Scrin factions. Its special ability was Tiberium agitation, which was particularly powerful against full Harvesters, Refineries, Silos and even other Scrin Tiberium-charged units. Despite this, the Ravagers' high cost prevented them from staying long in competitive play.
 
Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don't forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you've missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.



PC Gamer Revisits Red Alert 2


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Just a bit late in posting this news. Spotted it via Frank Klepacki's Facebook page. Just a couple of weeks ago, PC Gamer did an interesting write up about Red Alert 2. Revisiting the game some 16 years later, PC Gamer feel that Red Alert 2 still holds up today, it's still fresh. Here's a sample of the article....
 

It was Red Alert 2, released in 2000—a couple of years after C&C sequel Tiberian Sun—that changed the mood and overarching story, ditching all ties to the Tiberian series in favour of a second war between the Soviets and Allies. Little attempt is made to dramatise events. In the first briefing of the Soviet campaign, Premier Romanov pokes a turtle named Uncle Sam as part of an extended metaphor about America being weak and cowardly. US President Dugan—played by Twin Peaks’ Ray Wise—is nervous and petulant throughout. The Soviet invasion itself is triggered when a psychic with a head tattoo mindcontrols a soldier through a telephone. It’s all very silly. 
 
Played today, this tonal shift stops Red Alert 2 from feeling overly dated. The obvious comparison is to Tiberian Sun, which even James Earl Jones can’t save from an awkward mix of drama, action and scantily clad mutant sidekicks. I don’t remember Tiberian Sun being quite so embarrassing at the time, probably because I was 14. Now it’s hard not to cringe through the cutscenes. Red Alert 2 avoids that fate because you can tell its cast are having fun. It’s a knowing nod to the camera; an admission that yes, it’s a new millennium and we’re still doing FMV. Importantly, though, it’s not ironic. It embraces the awkwardness. It owns it.

 
Arguably Red Alert 2 is the most popular of all the Command & Conquer games. And thanks to the likes of CnCNet, the online multiplayer action lives on. You can read the full article right here.



C&C Music Monday - Drok


 

Its Music Monday time once again. This week we dive back into the Red Alert 2 era with "Drok" from the Yuri's Revenge soundtrack. This one is particularly memorable for it's signature Frank Klepacki heavy guitar riff. A new track will be posted next Monday. And as always, don't forget to share this on social media using the hash tags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday.




Command & Conquer Tiberian Series Tribute: The Brotherhood


 

Here's cool new video from World Beyond. Its called Command & Conquer Tiberian Series Tribute: The Brotherhood. An original heavy rock track featuring lots of footage from Tiberian Sun, Tiberium Wars and Tiberian Twilight. Watch it in the video above.




C&C Music Monday - Search and Destroy


 

The pick for Music Monday this week comes from the C&C Generals soundtrack. Its "Search and Destroy". We haven't featured many tracks from C&C Generals before, but this one is a good one. The perfect track for modern warfare. Composed by Bill Brown and Mikael Sandgren. A new track will be posted next Monday. And as always, don't forget to share this on social media using the hash tags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday.




Amazing Moments in Renegade X


 
Get a close up and personal look at the craziness, the chaos, and all out action that only Renegade X can deliver in this new video from LavaDr4gon on YouTube. Once you're done watching the video you can get in on the action by downloading Renegade X for yourself. It's 100% free and ready to play. In some other Renegade X news, take a look at their recently upgraded website and forums.


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