Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars cover
Developers
EA Los Angeles
Kane's Wrath BreakAway Games
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
SAGE
Release dates
Windows March 28, 2007
macOS (OS X) (Cider) August 28, 2007
Reception
Metacritic 85
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars on HowLongToBeat
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars on IGDB
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars on MobyGames
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars on Wikipedia
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Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
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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
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020
Renegade X (unofficial) EA

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Small but dedicated community.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement (Windows version only)
Tiberium Wars on CNC.community
Tiberium Wars section on CNCNZ.com
Kane's Wrath section on CNCNZ.com
Tiberium Wars section on GameReplays.org
Kane's Wrath section on GameReplays.org
Steam Community Discussions (Tiberium Wars)
Steam Community Discussions (Kane's Wrath)

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Demo

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Kane's Wrath Bundled with Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The Steam and Origin versions are already patched to the latest version. Applying a retail patch to a digital release will reinstate the SecuROM disc check.
  • Retail Windows Tiberium Wars patch v1.09 can be downloaded in many languages from CNCNZ or Patches-Scrolls.
  • Retail Windows Kane's Wrath expansion patch v1.02 can be downloaded in many languages from CNCNZ or Patches-Scrolls.

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 ModDB page.

Worldbuilder (map editor)[edit]

  • The latest version for Tiberium Wars is 2.0, available from CNCNZ, ModDB and CnCLabs. It is designed to be compatible with the official mod SDK.
  • The latest version for Kane's Wrath is 1.1, available from CNCNZ, ModDB and CnCLabs.
The Steam release has a misconfigured registry key by default, preventing the installer from proceeding.
Edit registry key for Steam release[1]
  1. Run the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\Electronic Arts\Command & Conquer 3 (for Tiberium Wars) or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\Electronic Arts\Command & Conquer 3 Kanes Wrath (for Kane's Wrath).
  2. Edit the InstallPath value by adding a \ character at the very end.
  3. Close the Registry Editor and install the Worldbuilder for the appropriate game.

Restored Campaign Balance[edit]

Patches to improve multiplayer balance also affected the single-player campaign, unintentionally making some missions significantly harder. A mod exists to revert these changes.
  • The C&C 3 Original Campaign Balance Patch is available from ModDB.

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).

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\<Localized Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars>\Profiles\<user-id>\
%APPDATA%\<Localized Command & Conquer 3 Kane's Wrath>\Profiles\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24790/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\<Localized Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars>\
%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\<Localized Command & Conquer 3 Kane's Wrath>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24790/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Only possible through The Ultimate Collection version.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unsupported resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Disable Anti-Aliasing if the game doesn't launch
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed
Use -win parameter.
Use -xres # -yres # for custom window resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming
Alternatively, -win -fullscreen parameters, and -xpos 0 -ypos 0 if window is off screen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Most resolutions are supported natively, but some (such as 1280x768) are not. If your preferred resolution is not supported natively, then you'll need to edit options.ini.
Custom resolution[2]
  1. For C&C3 Tiberium Wars, it's located here: %APPDATA%\Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars\Profiles\<user-id>\
  2. For C&C3 Kane's Wrath, it's located here: %APPDATA%\Command & Conquer 3 Kane's Wrath\Profiles\<user-id>\
  3. Open Options.ini with Notepad.
  4. Find this line: Resolution = xxxx xxx
  5. Edit it to set your resolution.
  6. Save your changes.

Input[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Retail only.
Traditional Chinese
Retail only.
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Censored and uncensored versions exist. The Tiberium Wars Kane Edition is uncensored. Digital releases are censored.
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Retail only.

Network[edit]

Network settings.
Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8 Official services have been shut down in 2014. The fan-run C&C:Online is currently the de facto service.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28910, 29900-29901
UDP 13139, 27900, 65000, 8088-65535 (expansion only)
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup with an "application error" when launched from executable (Steam)[edit]

Create missing file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Create a new file named steam_appid.txt.
  3. Open the file and insert the game's Steam application ID (24790 for Tiberium Wars, 24810 for Kane's Wrath).
  4. Save the file.
The game will still require an active Steam client to run, but will no longer crash on the attempt to run directly from the executable.

Game does not start (Origin)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars/Kane's Wrath and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

Slow/choppy cutscenes[edit]

Slow/choppy cutscenes[3]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars\Profiles\
  2. Go into the profile name and open Options.ini
  3. Find the following text: IdealStaticGameLOD =
  4. Change the value after the equal sign to either Medium, High or UltraHigh. Possible values are UltraHigh, High, Medium, Low or VeryLow.
  5. Note that increasing this value also restores some missing in-game visual effects such as the heat distortion from thruster exhaust of vehicles.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL
OS X only.
Shader Model support 1.3 [citation needed]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Speex
Cutscenes On2 VP6
Multiplayer GameSpy Shut down in 2014.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz (XP)
2.2 GHz (Vista)
System memory (RAM) 512 MB (XP)
1 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce4 Ti
ATI Radeon 8500
Intel GMA 900
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.4.9
Processor (CPU) 1.83 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600 series
Nvidia GeForce 7300

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/24790/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (24790) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. World Builder and a Steam install - Can't install World Builder - last accessed on 2022-01-31
  2. Verified by User:Plokite Wolf on 2021-09-14
  3. Verified by User:Plokite Wolf on 2021-09-14