One of the finest real-time strategy games ever, Command & Conquer: Generals, and its standalone expansion pack, Zero Hour, are now available in one single package on the Mac App Store.
Priced at just twenty bucks, Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition includes the aforementioned classic real-time strategy games which have been updated to run on modern Macs.
Both games include local and online multiplayer, native support for up to 5K Retina resolution on the latest 27-inch iMac, gesture support for Mac notebook users and other perks.
Ported to the Mac by Aspyr Media, Command & Conquer has mainstreamed the real-time strategy genre more than two decades ago.
“Between the United States, China and the Global Liberation Army, tensions run high,” developers write. “Their leaders profess no interest in escalating the situation, but words ring hollow when satellite photos tell a different story.”
Multiplayer functionality is supported via Game Center for up to four Mac App Store players. Keep in mind that multiplayer is not possible with other non-Mac App Store versions, regardless of platform (this includes the original Mac release of the game and the Windows version).
Also, the game doesn’t support matchmaking via Game Center so you’ll need to send or receive a game invite to play online multiplayer. Just visit Aspyr’s Facebook group and exchange Game Center names with others to set up multiplayer matches and share videos, photos, strategies and more.
As mentioned before, Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition includes both the base game Command & Conquer: Generals and the expansion Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour for a single price.
There are no additional expansions, downloadable content packs or In-App Purchases. It’s a Mac App Store exclusive and there are no plans to release this as a Steam title.
The download is a massive 5.14 gigabytes so those without an ultra-fast Internet connection may want to leave the game downloading overnight.
Each game requires an Intel-based Mac with compatible graphics.
The following chipsets are unsupported: ATI Radeon X1000 and HD 2000; Nvidia GeForce 7000/8000/9000, 320M, GT 100; and Intel GMA.
Plus, it doesn’t support volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
Minimum system requirements: 2.2GHz Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM, five gigs of free disk space and ATI Radeon HD 3870, Nvidia GeForce 330M or Intel HD 3000 (256MB VRAM) graphics.