Two changes define this update: 360 and PS3 gamers can play, and a new campaign lets you play from the Soviet perspective. PC gamers who have the original can opt for a download-only Soviet expansion, while those new to the title can get a bundled, PC edition. Console gamers will get the full, original game in this version, too.
The control scheme is the big challenge for console gamers. I tried flying the camera around and issuing orders on a 360, and it generally worked well. The movements were mapped to fairly standard first-person-shooter commands, although gamers won't be able to reassign the layout. I nudged the sticks to fly around, and selected troops with the A button.
I had a few ways to select multiple units, including D-pad hot-key assignments and a way to expand the selection cursor into a large circle. This worked, but it's just not as easy as a keyboard and mouse. It's close. It could suffice. But it's not the same.
I'd expect PC gamers trying to adopt the controller to complain the most. If you're not used to PC RTS games, you might not notice a difference. While not demonstrated, developers said they were adding optional voice commands to issue certain attacks, so that might also help make up for a mouse.
360 and PS3 multiplayer matches will allow five-versus-five battles between like-consoles. PC gamers will get 16-player fights. All editions will ship in Fall, 2008.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 250 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic
- Video outputs HDMI (v1.3), RCA / composite
- Released 2012-09-25
Microsoft Xbox 360