nothing better than an expansion pack that can prolong the excitement
that one derives from a game. And for free too...now that's just unbeatable
right? There are going to be people of different minds on this expansion
for our runner-up for RTS of the year and i'll give you both perspectives
as i run through the pros and cons of Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy.
all, it's free. Yes. Believe me i'm not going to forget this the rest
of the way of this review. But since i always like starting with negatives
first, i've got a problem with Dark Conspiracy.
a good expansion pack tick is having enough new goodies. As our friend
the Silver Surfer mentioned in one of his quips in our awards special,
Red Alert-Counterstrike was infamous for being an total waste of time.
How could just more of the same be thrown onto a shelf and sold as an
expansion for an excellent game? This is partly the problem with Ground
Control. 15 new missions are great and the plot is more intense this
time through the lot of them. Major Parker is now infamous for her exploits
in the original Ground Control and she and her crew are now the rebel
bunch that's going to continue kicking ass until full justice is restored.
But the missions provided just don't feel new at all. I stress
the word 'feel'. Yes, there are a few newer units and even a new faction
(the Phoenix) for use, but I want new toys galore. I'm never
really sold on expansions that just toss you minute amounts of new stuff
and then a truck load of missions. The units and extra faction feel
like you couldn't have turfed them from this game and still had the
same amount of fun.
my negative take on DC. But now for the positive aspect.
the type who doesn't care and just wants more missions to hack through
then by all means, gobble this one up Ground Control fans. You simply
have to pay shipping and handling to get the sucker and *poof*, you're
gaming away. It's really a bargain and regardless of the negatives,
i recommend that you send out for it if you own the original GC. The
gameplay is fundamentally unchanged regardless of the handful of new
stuff added, but IT'S FREE...see? I didn't forget.
I adored the original Ground Control and as i mentioned before, it was
the runner-up for our RTS award for the year 2000. It's strange though
how an expansion such as this can simply make you push back your chair
from the gamer's dinner table and declare that you've had enough. The
original Ground Control was wonderful-it wasn't too long really and
although there was little in the way of resources and building, it was
excellent squad-based fun. Now doubling that by adding 15 more missions
and churning out what feels like the same gameplay as GC, you've got
an addition to a game that has not changed the complexion at all (the
reason that the Hitman 'slo-mo' patch beat DC out for best patch/no-cost
expansion award). In other words it's good enough to get seeing as it's
free. However, if this weren't the case some would probably want to
pass this one up and wait for something that builds on Ground Control's
initial progress as an RTS as a whole. And the original was so good
that I'm hoping they can certainly do that down the road.
FREE FREE FREE! (plus shipping and handling)
stuff to an extent, but doesn't give the 'new stuff' feeling.
Good to just have though for your collection.
game kind of needs another dimension added to it now...hopefully
that can happen sooner or later. But it IS free! So why not just