Best multiplayer RTS game I played so far. The Singleplayer part gets boring after a while but the multiplayer part entertained me for many years. It is a shame EA stopped the support for this game and never released another good C&C game after Zero Hour
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.
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]
When this game released it set the STANDARD for rts games
The graphics was amazing ! So amazing that alot of the computers at the time had a hard time even running it
Wanna play Generals in 2022 ? there is countless of mods / add ons and compitability patches
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.
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 **** 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.
It was a good game until i reached the 4th USA Campaign mission, guess what ... you need to build a base and an army, but you have no credits, the only way to get them is by capturing oil rigs, that the enemy will destroy. There are also invisible bombs everywhere. The enemy is already all over the map, the enemy is constantly attacking you, the enemy also spams you with Scud Storm so if you had a base, good luck building it back up again, with NO CREDITS. Enemy also spams with end game rocket units while you can barely build a factory in time. I just deleted this game. I give it a 4, learn to make a campaign that is challenging instead of unfair and frustrating.
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.
SummaryPrepare 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 criti...