Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars cover
EA Los Angeles
Kane's Wrath BreakAway Games
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows March 28, 2007
macOS (OS X) (Cider) August 28, 2007
Metacritic 85
Monetization Expansion pack
Series Command & Conquer
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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
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020


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

C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement
Official Forums for game series - not longer available.
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Can be redeemed on Origin through the EA Support.
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macOS (OS X)
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Included with EA Play.
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Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
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DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Bundled with Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection.

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 ModDB page.


Tiberium Essence[edit]

The Tiberium Essence offers an alternative gameplay to Tiberian Wars involving many Tiberian Sun units which were missing in vanilla CNC3 and including units which you can't find anywhere else. Story is similar to Tiberium Wars, but is all about what if GDI and Nod didn't abandon technologies they have used in Tiberian Sun era and instead of that further developed them. There are many visual, sound and balance changes, new sounds, new music, new effects (like blood and gore, new infantry deaths, new more realistic missile trails) and many more.

Mideast Crisis 2[edit]

Mideast Crisis 2 (MEC2) is a total conversion for 'Command and Conquer 3 - Tiberium Wars' set in the near future, letting you use modern technology (such as the Abrams, F-35 and Hind) alongside future technology (such as Drones, Airships and Medibots) in a conflict ranging from Jerusalem to Beirut.

C&C:3: The Forgotten[edit]

C&C:3: The Forgotten aims to bring back and tell the story of a fascinating faction. The Forgotten, featured in Tiberian Sun and Firestorm, are an ever-growing group of individuals afflicted with Tiberium-based illnesses. Detested, marginalized, and oppressed by the three superpowers, The Forgotten have begun to rally against GDI, Nod, and the Scrin. Since their story is not featured in C&C 3, the mod aims to tell it in a compelling fashion, through a deep singleplayer campaign, unique faction composition, and engaging gameplay. The Forgotten is also the only mod to feature high-definition Full Motion Videos, just like real C&C games, that advance the story.

Graphics Mods Dangers[edit]

Too many graphics mods using too much of the game's memory can cause it to crash by going over the 4 GB limit set by the 32-bit executable. Proceed with much caution whenever using hook based graphics mods.

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
Only possible through The Ultimate Collection version.
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unsupported resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Disable Anti-Aliasing if the game doesn't launch
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen.
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.

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.
Widescreen resolution[citation needed]
  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.


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


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

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Censored and uncensored versions exist. The Tiberium Wars Kane Edition is uncensored.

VR support[edit]

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


Network settings.
Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
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


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.

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 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[citation needed]
  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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OS X only.
Shader Model support 1.3 [citation needed]
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio Speex
Multiplayer GameSpy Shut down in 2014.

System requirements[edit]

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)
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


  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.