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ⓘ Command & Conquer: The First Decade is a compilation of the Command & Conquer series games published from 1995 to 2003, all bundled into one DVD and updated to ..




Command & Conquer: The First Decade
                                     

ⓘ Command & Conquer: The First Decade

Command & Conquer: The First Decade is a compilation of the Command & Conquer series games published from 1995 to 2003, all bundled into one DVD and updated to run optimally on Windows XP. It was released on February 7, 2006 and sold for the price of one retail game. Also included in the compilation was a bonus DVD which took a look behind the scenes of the successful franchise, including interviews with producers, old concept art, various soundbites, as well as a montage of the winning fan videos of the "Are You The Biggest C&C Fan?" competition held prior to the compilations release.

Other items included in the compilation was an A3 A4 in newer boxes poster with high-quality C&C renders on both sides, one of which has been confirmed to be a teaser image for EAs Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, as well as a manual that features unit descriptions and hotkeys for each of the included games.

                                     

1. Included games and expansions

  • Command & Conquer – The Covert Operations – April 1996
  • Command & Conquer – August 1995
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Counterstrike – March 1997
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert – The Aftermath – September 1997
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert – October 1996
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun – Firestorm – February 2000
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun – August 1999
  • Command & Conquer: Yuris Revenge – October 2001
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 – October 2000
  • Command & Conquer: Generals – February 2003
  • Command & Conquer: Renegade – February 2002
  • Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour – September 2003

Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor was not included with The First Decade.

                                     

2.1. Game DVD New game content

The first DVD delivers each of the games with their most recent patches applied except Command & Conquer: Red Alert which wasnt delivered at the latest version due to the latest patch being a beta version, all of which are bundled into a single installer. The original installers for the games, which were known to be very immersive and graphically pleasing, were not included. They were replaced by a single standard InstallShield wizard installer. The installer does enable the player to pick and choose what to install, but assuming that all the games are selected, a total of 7 separate serial keys need to be entered.

The compilation comes as its own program, with a launcher which allows players to choose between the installed games. A third-party shortcut installer has been made to create shortcuts for each of the individual games.

                                     

2.2. Game DVD Bugs and Patches

Many bugs have been reported to be present in Electronic Arts The First Decade pack, including some that didnt affect the original releases of the games. EA responded by releasing two patches: v1.01 and v1.02. Furthermore, an unofficial patch, v1.03, has since been released by nathancnc from Ontario, Canada. It does not require the v1.01 or v1.02 patches, as it includes all of the fixes from them plus more and negates the need for the DVD to be in the drive while playing. It is available only for the English version of The First Decade; it will not work on the German version. It can be downloaded from Command & Patch. A second unofficial update, v1.04, was announced but eventually cancelled.

                                     

3. Bonus DVD

The Bonus DVD included in the compilation pack is a video DVD including the following video items:

  • Concept Artwork
  • The First Decade Credits
  • The Future
  • Louis Castle Interview
  • The First Decade
  • 10 Years of Command & ConquerTM
  • Bonus Features
  • The First Decade Trailer
  • A Tribute to Command & ConquerTM
  • The Community

As the bonus DVD is a video DVD, it can be played on any conventional video DVD player.

                                     

4. Bonus poster

Also included in the compilation is a single A3 double-sided poster, showing teaser high-resolution renders for the then-upcoming Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. One side is a highly upgraded version of the new GDI Ion Cannon, the other render is an image of the GDIs new Predator tank.

                                     

5. Reception

The First Decade received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association ELSPA, indicating sales of at least 100.000 copies in the United Kingdom.