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  • Summary: Prepare to unleash the absolute latest in modern weapons technology against the world?s most powerful Generals in Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour. In the next era of military strategy and might, you?ll need to command a more technologically advanced arsenal to defeat new, more powerful enemies. The first expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer Generals challenges players to square off against the world?s most elite commanders for battlefield domination. Even the most experienced C&C Generals veteran must learn new strategies and tactics to take full advantage of -- and learn to defend against -- the next generation of the world?s most lethal weapons. With new units, structures, and upgrades, as well as the all-new Generals Challenge Mode, Zero Hour delivers all the firepower you?ll need in your quest to become the ultimate modern warfare General. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. It may not win over the reflex-challenged, bearded gamer types, but fans of the original "Generals" won't find a title better tuned and tweaked to their tastes. [Dec 2003, p.88]
  2. 90
    These factors combine to make a very rewarding and challenging strategy experience and create a great improvement to an already amazing strategy title.
  3. 90
    The campaign is usually enough addition for an expansion pack as it is. The extra work the team did on the Generals' Challenge mode is awesome.
  4. Given the little over a week that it took me to run through it all, I feel that this expansion pack is about average. It contains a few little tweaks that improve the game mechanics noticeably, though some of the more basic problems with C&C:G continue to shine through.
  5. It might seem spare when you consider it consists mainly of tweaks and minor additions, but it makes Command & Conquer: Generals play like a new and much better game.
  6. Even the friendly A.I. does a much better job of fighting and surviving. There are still some interface problems, but Command & Conquer is better than it's ever been.
  7. Pretty visuals and fun multiplay aren't enough, though, and ultimately Zero Hour is cut off at the knees by a surprisingly long list of problems...There's simply no excuse for this expansion's bug-riddled state. [Holiday 2003, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 47
  2. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. Feb 19, 2014
    Best expansion ever made. It adds so many new things to the base game that it is probably worth just as much. It is also one of the few games to have 3 singleplayer modes that are all very fun; campaign, generals challenges and skirmish give you plenty of options for replayability.

    I played it first on Mac and then Windows and didn't encounter any game changing bugs as other people have said (only played singleplayer though).
  2. May 30, 2013
    Great RTS game.
    Difirent generals bring lot to the game Challenge mode is nice plus Overall a solid C&C game
    Good skirmish Great
    Abit poor singleplayer but doesent matter so much.
  3. Oct 19, 2010
    Very fun, great replay value
  4. Jan 20, 2013
    This is great DLC for an already great RTS. This game shows people how good c&c can be. There are a few problems like balancing issues and the AI is not perfect however this game is a must buy for any RTS fans. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    I really wish I could love Zero Hour. It makes some fantastic additions to the game. The new units are cool, the generals add more variety,the new music is great and the new campaign missions and general challenges are wonderful. However, the game is crippled by bugs that EA has never bothered to fix. Some bugs are minor graphical glitches which are easy to dismiss, but others are major. Quite frequently the game will crash giving an error message that my computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements of the game (which is completely false), sometimes all my units and buildings will blow up, and some maps just don't work. Also, USA AI dozers will frequently sit doing nothing for a while before building structures. Theres also issues with multiplayer, with opponents sometimes quitting the game admitting defeat but somehow the game gives them the win??? The game's balance is also way out, with some units clearly being overpowered (I'm looking at you GLA rocket soldiers and USA humvees/ambulances) When an opponent "Air Force" General gets nothing but humvees, you know something is wrong with the game's balance. A 1.05 community patch has been released for those inclined but it says a lot of EA when its the community that has to patch a game and not the developers themselves. Its such as shame really. Zero Hour has made some fantastic additions to the game but the game breaking bugs and poor balance tarnish the experience. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2012
    While this basicly is a decent addon it becomes hurtfully obvious that EA is mismanaging the C&C franchise releasing such games. First of all this game has basicly nothing to do with C&C. It is just named this way for marketing purposes. And as second this addon could have been outstanding if EA would have invested more in it. But they simply didnt. It got released with horrible bugs, a horrible cheating ai and plain retarded mistakes in campaigns scripts that simply should be impossible to happen. Like for example players starting base beeing set in the same corner of the map where the ai is repeatedly launching its super weapons from so the player can not defend himself against the attacks. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2011
    I wouldn't trust the critics and users on this one, but I do agree on what PC Gamer said. This C&C game just got much buggier than Generals and is much worse on balanced gameplay when it comes to a dozen factions. EA never fixed the major AI bugs. The popularity on modding on Zero Hour was just unthinkable since you can't run several good mods at once, just one at a time. Even most Zero Hour mods are also buggy as well. If someone can manage to fix Zero Hour's major bugs and make a better balanced game, I could play this game all over again and play its mods. Expand

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