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ZOOM Command & Conquer:
The Covert Operations
$4.95 (DOS) (Retail) (COVERTPR)

Westwood/Virgin

Game / Add-on to Command & Conquer

ERSB Rating: Tenn (Ages 13+) - Animated violence

There's More Than One Way to Command & Conquer

You've been crushing people in multiplay. Dominating in solo-play. You can't seem to get enough. The more you play, the more you want. C&C is your life and you're hungry for more of it. More battles, More tactics. More arenas for conquest.

The Covert Operations, companion disc to the award-winning Command & Conquer, gives you 15 hyper-hard missions and 10 intense multiplayer maps. More relentless action, more sleepless nights and more addictive ways to feed the need to Command & Conquer.

Features:

15 all new all-in-your-face solo-play missions

10 new multiplayer maps to rage in modem or arena play

Non-sequential play lets you decide where and when you want to crack the whip

7 new heart-pounding tracks to enhance the thrill of carnage

Requirements: You must own Command & Conquer to play this game. IBM or 100% compatible 486/66 MHz or better, MS-DOS 5.0 or higher, 8 megabytes of RAM or better, MCGA graphics card (256 color, 320x200 pixel resolution), hard drive with 20 megabytes free, double speed CD-ROM drive, MSCDEX 2.2 or higher, Microsoft compatible mouse and mouse driver.

Supports: Windows 3.1 or better for operation through Windows.

Audio Devices Supported: Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 16, Sound Blaster AWE32 and 100% Sound Blaster compatibles, Gravis UltraSound, Gravis, UtlraSound MAX, Ensonic Soundscape, Roland RAP-10, ESS Audiodrive, Microsoft Sound System, Gold Sound Standard, Pro Audio Spectrum.

For Multiplayer and Network Mode: 2 players over minimum 9,600 bps modem, 14,400 bps modem or higher recommended, 2 players over null modem connection, 2-4 players over IPX compliant network.

NOD vs. GDI: the Blood War Continues

"Old soldiers never die. They just wait for add-on scenarios." --Anonymous

You thought you had it made. After all those hours, you finally finished Command & Conquer (C&C) and could once again breathe easy (or gloat, depending on your personality type). But the party's over--Virgin has released its expert-level mission disk, Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations, containing seven new GDI scenarios, eight new NOD scenarios, and ten multiplayer maps. These new scenarios blend seamlessly into the C&C story line and can be played in any order.

Generally speaking, these 15 scenarios are pretty darn challenging--a good thing for gamers who finished C&C. It helps that you have access to nearly all of the technology and units on your particular side.

Among the GDI scenarios are Hell's Fury, a frantic race against time where you must destroy all NOD units before they nuke you to death, and Ground Zero, where you have to rescue a group of peace conference delegates before they get nuked (be forewarned: the Brotherhood of NOD AI likes its nukes in most GDI scenarios).

Of course, the NOD side of things is no less chaotic. Take, for example, the Under Siege scenario. You begin with a limited base camp surrounded by cliff walls. There are three openings, all of which are guarded by GDI forces. You have no money, and air strikes are a-coming--to survive is to win. If this sounds practically impossible, well, it is. But it's a helluva lot of fun.

The ten multiplayer maps included in Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations offer greater variety for those who were tired of Green Acres and Tiberium Gardens in the original. Surgical Incision, for instance, is a beautifully designed three-player map (something that was missing in the original C&C). A large forking river divides the map into three equal sides, each with a bountiful harvest of tiberium. Village of the Unfortunate is so named for its location--smack-dab in the middle of the map.

Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations has been designed solely to feed the hunger and withdrawal of Command & Conquer players everywhere, and it contains the same sound (although there are some new music tracks), graphics, and units as the original. If you did not like C&C, this mission disk will do nothing for you. On the contrary, it almost goes without saying that if you are a true disciple, or if you even moderately enjoyed C&C, you'll love Covert Ops, which offers even more variety to an already outstanding game.

by Jason Sabotin



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