Command & Conquer: Generals

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Command & Conquer: Generals
Command & Conquer: Generals cover
Developers
EA Pacific[1][2]
Zero Hour EA Los Angeles
macOS (OS X) i5works[3][4]
Publishers
Electronic Arts
OS X Aspyr Media
Engines
SAGE
Release dates
Windows February 10, 2003
macOS (OS X) February 10, 2003
Command & Conquer: Generals guide at StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Generals at Wikipedia
Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010

Key points

GameSpy online server browser no longer works;[5] use GenTool.
Small but dedicated community.
Framerate tied to gamespeed.

General information

C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement (Windows version only)
EA's Official Command & Conquer site
Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Deluxe Edition. Updated for compatibility with modern systems. Multiplayer is not compatible with the Windows and original OS X releases.
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Comes bundled in.
Windows
Deluxe Edition includes the base game and the Zero Hour expansion

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection Fixed Launchers (Origin)[edit]

An unofficial patch that provides a slight enhancement to the default launchers provided with the Origin release (fixes registry entries and allows command line arguments to function properly).

It can be downloaded from the developer's site.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\english
  2. Move, delete or rename the Movies folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\Save\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data\Save\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin

Video settings[edit]

In-game options screen.
In-game options screen.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game options screen for Zero Hour expansion.
In-game options screen for Zero Hour expansion.
In-game advanced video settings for Zero Hour expansion.
In-game advanced video settings for Zero Hour expansion.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Top-down view nearly orthographic. See Camera height.
Windowed
Add -win to the shortcut target.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or GeDoSaTo.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Edit AntiAliasing value in options.ini
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Cannot be disabled.
60 FPS
30 FPS cap. Game time tied to frame rate.
120+ FPS
30 FPS cap. Game time tied to frame rate.
Color blind mode

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Higher resolution[citation needed]
  1. For Generals, open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\Options.ini
  2. For Zero Hour, open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data\Options.ini
  3. Change the Resolution line to your liking, like this:

Resolution = 1920 1080

Camera height[edit]

Adjust camera height[citation needed]
  1. For Zero Hour, go to <path-to-game>\Data\INI and paste the file GameData.ini into this folder
  2. You can get a modified version of this file on Mod DB
  3. Change the height of the camera to your liking, like this:

MaxCameraHeight = 800.0 DrawEntireTerrain = Yes

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Only scroll speed can be changed
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
An uncensored version of C&C Generals was shortly sold. The censored version, titled "C&C Generäle", is more widely available and known and uses separate patches.
Italian
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8 Official services have been shut down; use GenTool.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 6667, 28910, 29900, 29920
UDP (outbound) 4321, 27900

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not start (Origin)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Generals/Zero Hour and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

"Technical Difficulties" error[edit]

This problem occurs on modern systems; one of the methods below should fix it.
Error message
Error message
Set Windows XP Service Pack 2 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the properties of generals.exe or one of its shortcuts.
  2. Enable Windows XP Service Pack 2 compatibility mode.
  3. Restart the game.
Fully reinstall[6]
A full reinstallation appears to be the solution that works for most users.
  1. Uninstall Zero Hour (if you have it)
  2. Uninstall Generals
  3. Reboot
  4. Install Generals
  5. Patch Generals
  6. Install Zero Hour (if you have it)
  7. Patch Zero Hour (if you have it)
Edit Options.ini[7]
This solution involves editing Options.ini.
Set AntiAliasing = 6 (maximum) for AMD/ATI or AntiAliasing = 4 (maximum) for NVIDIA.
  1. Open options.ini if it exists, or create it if it doesn't.
  2. Replace its contents with the following and save your changes:
AntiAliasing =
DrawScrollAnchor =
GameSpyIPAddress = 0.0.0.0
Gamma = 50
IPAddress = 0.0.0.0
IdealStaticGameLOD = High
LanguageFilter = false
MoveScrollAnchor =
MusicVolume = 55
Resolution = 800 600
SFX3DVolume = 79
SFXVolume = 71
ScrollFactor = 50
SendDelay = no
StaticGameLOD = Low
UseAlternateMouse = no
VoiceVolume = 70

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
OpenGL
OS X only.
Shader Model support 1.4 [citation needed]
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
Nvidia GeForce 3
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia GeForce 330M
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
OS X requirements are for the Mac App Store version

References

  1. EA ANNOUNCES PUBLIC TEST FOR COMMAND & CONQUER GENERALS - Blue's News - last accessed on 2016-9-12
  2. GameSpy: Command & Conquer: Generals - Page 1 - last accessed on 2016-9-12
  3. Aspyr: Command & Conquer Generals hits beta - Macworld - last accessed on 2016-7-23
  4. Aspyr Media Inc. Ships Electronic Arts' `Command & Conquer Generals' for Macintosh - Business Wire - last accessed on 2016-7-23
  5. EA Service Updates
  6. http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/544479-cc-generals-and-zero-hour-technical-difficulties/
  7. http://forums.hexus.net/software/99903-vista-command-conquer-generals-zero-hour-3.html#post1039984