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Every Command & Conquer PC Game Ranked

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Here’s our list of every Command and Conquer RTS PC game ranked from worst to best. The Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genre hit big time with the release of Command & Conquer in 1995. The series was a major influence of the RTS genre along with Blizzard’s Starcraft.

Command & Conquer’s creators Westwood Studios applied their RTS formula to Dune II in 1992. It wasn’t the first RTS game but laid the foundations for what was to follow.

Our rules

When ranking Command & Conquer games we’ll only be focusing on the PC RTS releases. Not included are Console ports, exclusives, remakes/releases, and mobile games.

Expansion pack reviews are combined into the game’s average score.

Review scores will be the main focus of how we rank the C&C games on this list. If two games have a close average review score the number of reviews for a game is taken into account. The game receiving the most reviews ranking higher. Rankings aren’t based on technical aspects of the games as some are more modern than others on the list.

So welcome, Commander!

8. Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight

Released: 2010

Developer: EA Los Angeles

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Average Review Score: 66.4%

We start off with the lowest-ranked C&C RTS game in the series by a long way. Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight was the nail in the coffin for the series. Its main sin was removing the base building, abandoning the cornerstone of RTS gameplay.

Instead, you control a unit called the Crawler that spawns your units. One good feature was the ability to play as Defence, Offence, or Support. If base building survived, these three branches could have made for great multiplayer gameplay.

It didn’t help back then that EA demanded every game needed a constant internet connection to play. (Oh how we all loved that!)

The response was a game that received mixed to panned reviews. Billed as the end to the Tiberium and Kane saga, it went out on a whimper. The series deserved a far better finale.

Eurogamer’s Alec Meer summed it up best by saying “The entire game has been rebuilt, leaving something that’s both back-to-basics and completely unrecognisable” Command & Conquer 4 was too much of a departure from the classic gameplay formula and C&C fans were left alienated as a result.

7. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun and Firestorm

Released: 1999

Developer: Westwood Studios

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Average Review Score: 80.4%

Tiberian Sun is by no means a bad game; the margins for ranking this list are very close. Set in a dystopian 2030 where Tiberium has ravaged the world. The Brotherhood of Nod and the GDI (Global Defence Initiative) embark on the Second Tiberium War. Kane Lives and returns. The gameplay is faster than the first games in the series and the units reflect a sci-fi look to match. GDI has swapped its tanks for walkers and Nod has cyborgs at their disposal with the AI Cabal overseeing them. (What could possibly go wrong!)

The game introduces mutants called the “Forgotten”. Nod tries to manipulate them whereas GDI seeks to help them. A big departure of Tiberian Sun is the lack of the GDI Commando, a fan favourite from the first game. In their place, GDI has the mutant Ghoststalker and Nod the Cyborg Commando.

The Firestorm expansion forces GDI and Nod to team up against the rogue psychopath of an AI Cabal, who wages war on humanity.

IGN’s Stephen Butts praised the game giving it a 8/10 “Tiberian Sun delivers phenomenal gameplay within an exciting context and that’s more than enough for me

Tiberian Sun is still a lot of fun to play today.

6. Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and Kane’s Wrath

Released: 2007

Developer: EA Los Angeles/Breakaway Games

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Average Score: 80.2%

EA isn’t Westwood Studios, but for a time they actually put the effort in. Command & Conquer 3 fits into this category. The Nod and GDI campaigns are still worth a play through today. Tiberium Wars takes place where the green substance has further eroded the planet.

The Populous live in great disparity from one another. The rich in the safer blue zones and the poor in the dangerous yellow and inhospitable red zones. NOD sow uprising to the disenfranchised leading to the third war. We even get treated to a full-blown alien invasion.

Gamespot’s Kevin VanOrd gave Command & Conquer 3 a 9 out of 10 “The missions themselves are incredibly varied and involve a lot more than destroying an enemy base or defending a particular structure. You’ll have to do these things, of course, but you have both primary and secondary objectives to complete”

The attention to detail and care were present in this game, they even included the best version of the GDI Commando. The guy is an army of one. (He has a freaking jetpack, railgun, and C4 charges for crying out loud).

Rare to say this, but good job EA!

5. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and Uprising

Released: 2008

Developer: EA Los Angeles

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Average Score: 82.5%

The Soviets time travel to prevent their loss to the Allies. The cheesy acting is at its strongest here. JK Simmons is the US President, Tim Curry is the Soviet Premiere and George Takei is the Emperor of The Rising Sun. Expect more outlandish ways to wage war, with attack bears, psychic school girls and the ability to drop satellites on your enemies.

In a first for the series, the vast majority of buildings can be built on water. This allows for naval and amphibious combat like never before. Red Alert 3 is packed with colourful visuals when other games of the time were going for that murky overtone.

IGN’s Jason Ocampo claimed “Red Alert 3 feels like a bubblegum version of real-time strategy. It’s silly and campy, yes, and it’s also fun” and it’s hard to disagree, it’s bonkers but a good time.

4. Command & Conquer: Generals and Zero Hour

Released: 2003

Developer: EA Pacific & EA Los Angeles

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Average Score: 86%

Generals was the first EA-made C&C game. Set in a modern setting with players choosing from the USA, China, and the GLA, the latter being a terrorist faction.

The story and FMV cut scenes are gone, though some would return in the expansion pack. A big change was using workers or bulldozers to construct buildings instead of the Mobile Construction Vehicle. The downside is buildings took longer to build and the bulldozers had all the strength of paper.

The game relied too heavily on superweapons at times. It’s an interesting play-through. It was the first 3D game in the series. On release, Germany banned it for the glorification of terrorism. China also banned it as it angered the Chinese Communist Party,

Zero Hour added the hugely entertaining Generals Challenge. Where you chose a general whose forces had a modified faction of the USA, China or The GLA. Some of the generals to choose from were Airforce, Nuke, Tank and Toxic each with different and unique units.

3. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 & Yuri’s Revenge

Released: 2000

Developer: Westwood Studios & Westwood Pacific

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Average Review Score: 85.8%

Red Alert 2 gets so many things right, great gameplay a myriad of units, and a B Movie story featuring mind control. The Soviet Union launch an all-out invasion of the USA and the second war is on!

The gameplay was fast balanced and the maps need exploring as every corner could be hiding some very welcome surprises. Red Alert 2 lets you wage war without holding your hand. The mass variety of mad and wonderful units makes this game a joy to play even 20 years on from its release. (Providing you can get around the compatibility issues on modern PCs)

The evil psychic known only as Yuri is by far an underrated villain of the series, taunting you during battles.

Ben from Eurogamer said “My personal favourite is ‘Crazy Ivan‘, the Russian demolitions expert who can put explosives on anything. Yes, anything – buildings, vehicles, people, and even dogs and cows aren’t safe! This leads to some interesting tactics, such as building a pack of dogs, attaching bombs to them, and then running them into enemy units”

There are massive airships, squids, and units that can remove the enemy from time itself. Oh didn’t I mention mind control? It’s a blast to play even today. The multiplayer servers are still available through fan mods and downloads. EA can we get a remaster, please?

2. Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Released: 1996

Developer: Westwood Studios

Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment

Average Review Score: 88.2%

Red Alert the popular spin-off that became its own series within Command & Conquer. Hitler has been removed from history and the Allies now face an invasion from Stalin’s Soviet Union.

The game added a faster and more refined experience than the original and the much-loved Skirmish mode made its debut.

Much like the original, the soundtrack was composed by Frank Klepacki, with the game’s main title track becoming the iconic Hell March. Which has since featured as the main theme of every Red Alert game in newer and remixed versions.

“When Red Alert came out though, and even more fan letters and demand for the soundtrack and winning awards was happening, it was even more of an eye-opener and really solidified that this is bigger than I think it is. The fact that Hell March has been considered an all-time iconic track in our industry is quite a blessing. That is really the publics’ choice. So I’m very thankful for that.” Frank Klepacki.

Red Alert also introduced the over-the-top B movie-style cut scenes that would become a staple of the Red Alert games.

1. Command & Conquer

Released: 1995

Developer: Westwood Studios

Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment

Average Review Score: 94%

The original Command & Conquer takes the top spot on this list and why not? It built on gameplay elements from Dune 2 and influenced games across the whole RTS genre.

GDI and Nod do battle for the first time and deadly alien substance Tiberium is plunging the earth into disaster. The Brotherhood of Nod’s cult-like leader Kane made his debut by shooting a disgruntled underling in the head. One of the best ways to introduce a character in gaming to this day.

Frank Klepacki who created the soundtracks for the Command & Conquer games made by Westwood Studios was part of the original team working on C&C “Working on the first C&C was the wild west of game development. We were putting new technologies to use at the time and if something didn’t work right or didn’t exist the coders created it. Full motion video in games was a new thing.”

Command & Conquer was to build your base and crush the enemy. On release, it was met with near-universal praise from publications ranging from PC Gamer, EGM and even Entertainment Weekly’s Bob Strauss praising the game “If you liked playing with toy soldiers as a kid, you’ll think you’ve stepped on a land mine and gone to heaven”

“When the first C&C came out the reaction was overwhelming and I didn’t quite grasp it. We knew we had something special but didn’t know that it would gain the traction it did” Frank Klepacki.

It’s hard to imagine the RTS genre without the release of the original Command & Conquer which helped to define the genre.


And that’s our list of Command & Conquer PC games ranked. Did we miss any? Do you agree with our order? Let us know in the comments below.


A big thank you to Frank Klepacki from Petroglyph Games for his contribution to this article.

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9 Rarest And Most Valuable Pokémon Cards In Existence

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If you’re one of the millions of people with a set of Pokémon cards stashed away somewhere, it might be time to dig-lett them out (sorry). Time to see if any of these babies are in your collection. Here’s our list of the top 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence.

Chances are you haven’t caught them all. But having even one of these could net you a large wad of cash.

Pokémon has been an on/off craze ever since it first started back in the mid-’90s. But despite releasing games, a cult anime series and several films, it’s those little cards that are making a profitable resurgence right now.

Even in just the last three years, rare Pokémon cards have been sold for thousands of dollars at auction. So now is definitely the time to check your collection. Time to see if you could be sitting on a small fortune.

9. 20th Anniversary 24-karat Gold Pikachu

Crafted in solid gold

Sold for 216,000 yen ($2,081) in October 2016.

You don’t get much more unique than a Pokémon card made from solid gold. Yep, you heard right. This insanely unique and incredibly rare Pokémon card was produced by Japanese jewellery maker, Ginza Tanaka. A limited number of solid gold cards were created as a replica of the original Japanese Pikachu card (affectionately nicknamed ‘Fat Pikachu’).

Made from 11 grams of pure 24-karat cold, the only way to get a copy of this ultra-rare Pokémon card was to enter a lottery held in 2016. If you won, you were given the chance to buy a copy of the limited-edition card for 216,000 yen (around $2,081/£1,700).

The solid gold card was shipped in its own unique box and housed in a plastic frame. And what makes this even more incredible is that, whilst most rare and unique Pokémon cards stem from early on in the game’s beginnings, this card appeared for the first time in just the last 5 years. Definitely one of the rarest (and coolest) Pokémon cards in existence.

8. Master’s Key

A more recent card – but no less rare

Sold for $21,000 in November 2019.

Like the 20th anniversary gold Pikachu, Master’s Key is another rare yet relatively new Pokémon card. It made its first appearance just over ten years ago when it was awarded to competitors in the 2010 Pokémon World Championships held in Hawaii.

Participants in both the TCG (Trading Card Game) and video game counterpart received a copy of Master’s Key. Only the trophy case differed depending on the category.

Only 36 copies of the card are estimated to exist – equal to the number of participants in all age divisions of the world championships. And to prove just how rare this Pokémon card is, one of them sold at auction in November 2019 for more than $21,000.

7. Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star POP Series 5

A pair of Gold Star Pokémon cards from one of the most valuable Pokémon sets of all time

Sold for $22,100 and $20,000 respectively between December 2020 and February 2021.

The Gold Star Pokémon cards are one of the most valuable Pokémon sets ever produced. At the time of writing, a near mint full set of 27 cards is for sale on eBay. The price tag? £35,000 ($49,717).

But it’s the Espeon and Umbreon which are the real moneymakers. Perhaps the rarest cards in the set, these two alone sold for over $20,000 in just the last few months.

The cards are named after the gold star that appears next to the Pokémon’s name at the top of the card. It signifies that the card features alternative colour artwork which is different from the common version.

Only 27 Gold Star cards were released from 2004 to 2007. Making them some of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

Whilst the Japanese versions of the cards remain the most valuable due to their limited availability, the English versions of the Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star cards still command a high price. PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator – the prestigious organisation that grades the quality, condition and value of trading cards) values the two cards at $194,209 and $187,277 respectively. Easily making them two of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards around.

6. 1999 Pokémon Japanese Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind

An ultra-rare promo card – one of only 12 ever made

Sold for $65,100 in October 2020.

When it comes to availability, you don’t get much rarer than the Tropical Wind card.

With just 12 being given to the top players at the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament, the Japanese Tropical Wind promo card is extremely rare.

This inaugural tournament – a precursor to the Pokémon World Championships – took place in 1999 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event was invite-only and was a battle between the best 50 players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan. During the event, a handful of trophy cards could be obtained. One of these was this baby right here.

This particular Tropical Mega Battle promo card (the 1999 Japanese-language copy of Tropical Wind) has sold at auction for as much as $65,100 in PSA Gem Mint 10 condition, with the most recent sale taking place in October 2020. PSA estimates its value to be as high as $148,482. Making the ultra-rare card a contender for one of the most expensive and valuable Pokémon cards ever made.

5. No. 1 Trainer

Quite possibly the most unknown Pokémon card of all time

Sold for $90,000 in July 2020.

Most people won’t have ever heard of No. 1 Trainer, and it’s even more unlikely they’ll have seen a copy in person. When it comes to rare Pokémon cards, they don’t get much rarer than this.

With only seven copies believed to be in existence, No. 1 Trainer may well be the least known card in existence.

No.1 Trainer is a holographic promotional card awarded to finalists in the Secret Super Battle tournament held in Tokyo in 1999. To earn a place in the competition’s finals (which were held in a secret location) players had to first win a regional tournament. Their prize was the No. 1 Trainer card, which granted them access to the finals.

The text on the front of the card translates to: “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognised here, and this honour is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.” It’s almost like a modern-day, real-life Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory.

As only seven regional tournaments were held, it’s believed that just seven copies of the No. 1 Trainer card were made – easily making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

4. Pikachu Illustrator

Extremely expensive and extremely rare

Sold for $195,000 in October 2019.

The Pikachu Illustrator card is an incredibly rare Pokémon card. It still holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive Pokémon trading card sold at auction (although, more about this later…).

Pikachu Illustrator was originally given to winners of promo contests held in 1997 and 1998 by Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic. 39 copies were officially awarded to the winners. While two copies were reportedly later discovered by one of the creators of the card game, seemingly bringing the total number of Pikachu Illustrator copies to 41.

As well as being ridiculously rare, the card is unique in a number of ways. It’s the only Pokémon card to say “Illustrator” instead of “Trainer” at the top. And has a one-off pen icon in its bottom-right corner to acknowledge its creation for the design contest. The card’s artwork of Pikachu is by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of the fan-favourite Pokémon.

Approximately 19 copies of the card are believed to still exist, with 10 having been certified by the PSA.

A near-flawless copy of the card graded at Mint 9 (one grade under perfect condition) sold at auction in 2019 for $195,000 and broke a Guinness World Record. But arguably, there are a couple of contenders to that crown.

3. Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card

A signed card to celebrate the Pokémon founder’s 60th birthday

Sold for $247,230 in April 2021.

Of all the cards featured on this list, this rare and incredibly valuable Pokémon card is definitely one-of-a-kind.

Just last month on April 26, 2021, a copy of the Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card made headlines when it sold for nearly a quarter of a million US dollars.

The card depicts the Pokémon company founder and current president, Tsunekazu Ishihara. It was given to staff as a celebration of his 60th birthday in 2017.

What makes this specific version even rarer is that Ishihara actually signed this near-mint card to boost its price even further.

The ability “Red Chanchanko” refers to the red vest which is traditionally worn on 60th birthdays in Japan and prevents the effect of any attack, ability or trainer card against Ishihara. Meanwhile, its GX move “60 Congratulations” tells you to flip 60 coins, and take a present for each one. A truly unique, legendary card.

2. Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram

Quite possibly the only card one in existence

Sold for $360,000 in January 2021.

This Blastoise card is probably the single rarest Pokémon card in existence. One of only two such Pokémon cards ever made, it sold for a whopping $360,000 (£266,000) in January 2021.

This Pokémon card was created in 1998 as a presentation piece by Magic: The Gathering maker Wizards of the Coast to convince Nintendo executives to allow it to handle the TCG’s English-language release. The game would eventually make its international debut one year later in 1999.

While two Blastoise ‘Presentation’ cards were produced, this is the only one that has been seen publicly. Even more impressively, it has been graded at a NM/Mint+ 8.5 level by certification website CGC, meaning that the 20-plus-year-old card is in near-perfect condition. The location and state of the other Presentation card remain unknown. This either means that this card is the sole one remaining, or someone somewhere is unknowingly sitting on a small fortune.

1. 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4

The card that every kid wanted

Sold for $369,000 in December 2020.

Charizard. The card that absolutely every kid (and adult too now, apparently) wanted. And while the shiny Charizard has always been a firm favourite, this particular variant is even rarer.

While a number of top quality, first-edition cards from the Pokémon TCG’s early days are worth some money, due to their limited availability and age, this specific version of the holographic Charizard absolutely stands out as one of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards ever released.

What sets the card apart is the lack of a shadow underneath the dragon graphic. This was a printing error which was corrected for most of the cards printed but the few that sneaked passed quality control are incredibly sought after.

According to auction house Iconic Auctions, the rare card is “the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards, the most iconic and important card to both the Pokémon franchise and its die-hard fans”.

A mint-condition first-edition shadowless holographic PSA 10 Charizard sold at auction in October 2020 for a staggering $220,574 to the retired rapper – and Pokémon fan – Logic. Then, just two months later in December, another one of the same quality sold for a mind-blowing £350,000.

There’s more

But as if that wasn’t enough, just a few hours after that, yet another card broke all records, selling for a mind-numbing £369,000.

Although this hasn’t officially been recognised by Guinness World Records, this certainly knocks the Pikachu Illustrator off its perch, as well as the staggering sum held by the Blastoise Galaxy Star Hologram.

Either way, despite not being the rarest, this is definitely the most valuable Pokémon card sold to date. But with the desire for rare Pokémon cards showing no signs of slowing, the big question is: how much higher can their value go?

One thing’s for sure, if anyone out there truly has caught them all, that would make for one incredibly valuable collection.


And that’s our list of the 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence. Did you ever have any of these? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


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