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.
Superb graphics, voice acting, and some cool concepts. Gameplay is not all there. The attempt to make factions more unique simply adds huge glaring flaws in the faction that you will spend the entire game trying to cover. AI spams units, which would be fine if the choice of unit made sense in gameplay and common sense. (Hoards of Tanks: Alright, I guess its an armored division. Flocks of blimps: WTF?)
Viable gameplay for the UN just consist of tank rushes or turtling up and steam rolling the enemies who have no base defenses worth anything. Gameplay for the other two factions consists of a whack a mole with the resource points. Constantly chasing the enemy off of one or the other.
You know those "bland name products" in movies/tv dramas/anime that are so over the top that you just can't take seriously that satires the real life product?
... They this game appears to be one of those. No campaigns, over-the-top dialog, dark humor, among other things...
... For any other game this would be the end, but for MEC2 all these are just part of the theme.
The lack of canpaign and plot in general highlight the futility of the current conflict in the Middle East without actually needing to make a statement support either real life faction. The dark humor masked, while at the same time pointing out, the disfunctions and faults that can be found in the real life conterparts of the various factions. And sometimes, we do like a game that does not take itself that seriously while making sharp geo-political commentary.
Oh yea, I almost forgot about gameplay. MEC2 foucs on smaller scale conflicts using less troops, allowing players to utilize all of his/her units to the full extend of their abilities. Choices are not that many which force players to think outside the box in order to win.
So far the best mod for C&C 3.
Downloaded and installed this mod through Desura a while back and found it to be a great experience. The atmosphere and background is what really got me hooked since the detail put into making each faction unique in gameplay and in design. Production values and commitment is top notch rivaling that of professional game development and I would gladly pay for this as a stand alone game with single player if that was the direction this mod team sought.