If you’ve played the very first Command & Conquer (1995) then Tiberian Sun should greet you with nostalgic appeal. Hell, just booting up the installation program will give you flashbacks, as you’ll stand witnessing a mock DOS-era setup program that morphs into the modern product, as if by magic – ‘Welcome back, commander!’ And that’s largely what Tiberian Sun is – a meld between what is old and what is new, with a little bit of interspersed magic here and there. It’s neither groundbreaking nor very innovative, but pure and explosive fun from the guys who practically invented the RTS genre.
The plot is advanced via full-motion videos and old fashioned mission scripting. While the plot itself seems ripped out of a sci-fi B-movie, it’s nonetheless worth following. The cast alone is pretty impressive – James Earl Jones (now 83) plays General Solomon, Michael Biehn (1984’s Terminator) stars as Commander McNeal and Joseph Kucan returns as Kane. The story follows a post-apocalyptic future where the world has been turned into a desolate wasteland as two factions – the Global Defense Initiative and Brotherhood of Nod – battle for global supremacy.