Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Preview - New Units for Nod

Get up to speed with some of the Brotherhood's new toys in Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath.

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars marked the return of the long-running strategy series, and the fast-paced real-time strategy game will expand with Kane's Wrath, a new add-on that will add subfactions to the GDI, Brotherhood of Nod, and Scrin alien forces from the original game. This time around, we have details on some of the new units that will join the dastardly Brotherhood of Nod.

The Awakened

The Awakened are an army of synthetic soldiers fashioned from corpses and devoid of emotion or free will to ensure full obedience to Kane. These fearsome soldiers were developed in a hidden laboratory in Central Asia. On the battlefield, they each wield an arm-mounted direct-fire weapon, as well as a powerful EMP emitter, which makes them well-suited to ground skirmishes against both enemy foot soldiers and enemy vehicles. These unfeeling warriors possess the toughest armor of any first-tier infantry unit.

The Enlightened

The Enlightened are even more twisted than the Awakened. The last vestiges of humanity have been stripped away from these cybernetic creatures to make them even more powerful in battle. The Enlightened carry upgradeable particle-beam weapons that can melt vehicle armor, as well as EMP blasters that can stop enemy vehicles cold. These fearsome antivehicle troopers can also be upgraded to march even more quickly so that they can better catch up with nimbler scout vehicles.

The versatile Nod Specter tank serves double duty as a stealth unit and as long-range artillery.

Specter

The Specter is an artillery tank that was developed in the second Tiberium War as both a stealth vehicle and a long-range firing unit. The Specter is extremely useful for hit-and-run tactics, given that it possesses the longest firing range of any unit in the game when combined with the targeting-beacon ability of the Shadow Team unit. The Specter's ordnance has a somewhat lengthy flight time, but they can be used to lay down predictive fire on key areas to close in on enemy units you've herded into position.

Confessor Cabal

The Nod Confessor Cabal are the armored priests of the Black Hand subfaction. These powerful foot soldiers replace the Militant Rifleman unit as the backbone of the Black Hand's infantry. Their very presence on the battlefield radiates a morale bonus that causes nearby friendly infantry to fire faster and take less damage from enemy attacks. These soldiers also carry heavy-duty machine guns, which can be upgraded to charged particle beams, as well as psychotropic grenades whose mind-altering effects can cause enemy troops to turn on each other.

The Nod Reckoner is a personnel carrier that acts as a forward bunker.

Reckoner

The Reckoner acts as an armored personnel carrier to bring the fanatical foot soldiers of Nod from point A to point B. However, this vehicle can, at any time, be deployed as a stationary bunker to provide extra protection, and will do so automatically if it sustains too much damage. In the meantime, loading up the vehicle with varying types of Nod infantry can make the Reckoner a very versatile attack unit, and lining up Reckoners back at your headquarters will net you a set of readily deployable defensive bunkers.

Tiberium Trooper

The Tiberium trooper is the result of research from Dr. Giraud, the GDI scientist who had "defected" to Nod. This unit belongs to the Marked of Kane subfaction and provides powerful ground support by spraying toxic liquid Tiberium, which can not only be used to spray ran ks of enemy infantry like a flamethrower, but can also flush enemy foot soldiers out of garrisoned structures or slow down enemy vehicles. The Tiberium troopers can also be enhanced with a speed upgrade that lets them close distance with their enemies more quickly.

Things are going to get hot when Kane's Wrath is released later this month.

Purifier

The Purifier is basically the Black Hand subfaction's primitive predecessor of the Nod Avatar warmech. As such, it can't equip itself with additional weapons or technology from friendly vehicles, though it does have a shoulder-mounted flamethrower along with its Obelisk laser. When upgraded, the flamethrower can actually melt enemy armor. This powerful, top-level vehicle also grants a morale bonus to any friendly units in the area.

Mantis

The Mantis is essentially the Black Hand subfaction's answer to air attacks--to which it became increasingly vulnerable after abandoning the use of the Nod stealth tank for being against the subfaction's religious beliefs. (Though to be safe, this unit is also equipped with stealth-detection abilities.) The Mantis bears a silo of surface-to-air (SAM) missiles that will prove very effective against low-level flying units, and these can be upgraded to more-powerful Tiberium Core Missiles.

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Discussion

62 comments
JenkisxXx
JenkisxXx

ok it;s new game Tiberium Wars and here is a new addon for it... but I.. as one of biggest Tiberian Sun ... was dissapointed when i bought Tiberium Wars.... i was waiting this game to play with old good units and structures i mean units like.. GDI Titan, or NOD Cyborg i mean really, I don't even recognize any of these units or structures... it's a whole new game just with old TS story continue.... If they will do this with RA3 then Screw whole EA .... :/ In conclusion : Good game for those who didn't played Tiberian Sun alot... TS was my first game...

JenkisxXx
JenkisxXx

ok it;s new game Tiberium Wars and here is a new addon for it... but I.. as one of biggest Tiberian Sun FAN ... was dissapointed when i bought Tiberium Wars.... I was waiting this game to play with good old units and structures i mean units like.. GDI Titan, or NOD Cyborg i mean really, I don't even recognize any of these units or structures... it's a whole new game just with old TS story continue.... If they will do this to RA3 then Screw whole EA .... :/ In conclusion : Good game for those who didn't played Tiberian Sun alot... TS was my first game...

Ishnih
Ishnih

It's a fun game but the only thing that bothers me is that the Nod "epic" unit has only 2 garrison pods while the other races epic units have 3 and 4, bummer eh?

RJT5
RJT5

Think I be buying this, hope it comes out good and not just another average add on.

pitosga
pitosga

This is looking fine, altho... I'm not quite sure on the new lore. This article seems to hint that Blackhand is now a subfaction against the stealth tactical approach. Well, I remember clearly playing Renegade and the Blackhand there were an elite unit of Nod which encompassed a certain type of infantry that was the only one capable of stealth in the entire game. Well, we'll see when it comes out.

typeRseries
typeRseries

cant wait for sc2? GET THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

Darkness_78
Darkness_78

It may not 100% compared to SC2 but at least this is here yet... maybe by the time Blizzard release SC2 we are going to get a version of CC with same graphics...

TheTrueMarik
TheTrueMarik

This is nothing compared to what SC2 looks like so far.

blackleather223
blackleather223

Can't wait until it comes out. Maybe I can get this for my birth day coming this April.

jashah17
jashah17

Now i think i need to go and rebuy C&C3 for 360. I do not have a pc capable of playing this. But i loved C&C3 its just went for the greater cause of COD4.

JcDent
JcDent

In the Tib-Sun, the Reckoner was predecessed (is that a legal word?) by Tick Tank, that could unfold into a stationary turret. I love the idea of The Enlightened though. Sure hope they'll include the cyborg ability to fight after loosing their assess (with legs). Once again I want to point out that Black Hand used to be a steal ops unit, although my mind may be cloudy.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

well if this isn't a full expansion, i might pick it up even though the original qualified as a let down.

XB0Xelite
XB0Xelite

will the xbox 360 version also have the red alert 3 beta? or only the pc version?

medwayman
medwayman

Reckonner idea is sweet. Portable firebase. Love it.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

looks awesome! i wish i had a comp that could run this

Hicks_1
Hicks_1

NOD sucks balls wheres the gdi gear

2122
2122

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MJ-X
MJ-X

drooling...... :L

Poezelige
Poezelige

Is it just me or does the Specter look like a tank with a supersoaker strapped on his back?

Horendous86
Horendous86

This expansion might just make Tiberium Wars less then mediocre

claret10
claret10

this is gonna be one of the best expansion ever it is gonna giv the game a lot more varity

Crazyplayer042
Crazyplayer042

Man, these new units...maybe its just me, but they seem overpowered. I mean, they slaughter ground troops pretty easy it seems. Looks like it is a game of rock paper scissors now. Scrin beats NOD, NOD beats GDI, GDI beats Scrin.

mrc2505
mrc2505

I cant wait for this game anymore. It looks so cool

blaze11987
blaze11987

really looking forward to this. being a fan of the series since the first appeared on the PC. got tiberium wars a day before general release and its still my most played game even though i have 22 in total. it will be a nice diversion until red alert 3 is released.

Srinivassa
Srinivassa

This does look good. I just can't decide if I want it. I'm only on like the 3rd North Africa mission with GDI, and it's starting to get boring. I still think it's a good game. I'm just not sure if my money wouldn't be better invested elsewhere.

gam3r3OOO
gam3r3OOO

I look forward to it. Both Kane's Wrath and Red Alert 3 Beta. Good times.

yavo
yavo

at least nod's new units look good... and new... unlike the lame new scrin units

vigvigler
vigvigler

yea, it's all about Red Alert 3, this is all just going to be a teaser for me...

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

Wow... Kane got a lot better toys to play with now lol.

alcari
alcari

Is it me, or does the spectre look like EA just jammed two models together and called it a vehicle? At any rate, the new units look pretty solid, and it will likely be pretty balanced (after a patch). As long as the story is good, it will be even better. I just hope there will be even more tactical options, C&C3 was pretty good, but there's always room for improvement.

fearrich
fearrich

Every bit of news is making me want this expansion more.

copjunk
copjunk

Looks good but can't wait for Red Alert 3, i was brought up playing it and still play the original and best Red Alert to this day! ~scol

CrazyClownMan
CrazyClownMan

well most expansion games come out.in 6 month's of a game.insted of a hole year.becouse of red alert 3. is comeing out soon... witch one should i buy.hummmmmmmmm i guess both huh..*TKOE* Spyhitman ...

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

Nice units, this should add more power to the NODs.

Cicciolino
Cicciolino

This is the best expansion ever. Black Hand to power !!!

NX75
NX75

It can't get here soon enough!

bludawn_elite
bludawn_elite

sweeeeeeeeetness-- online will be waaaaaay more varied with this!!!

brokenpike
brokenpike

Bout time they have rleeased Nods new units. Though I am a little consder about the lack of shealth tanks but I don'tr use them much anyway its just they have been a part of the game forever. I am more for long range strikes.