They ripped out some of the most fun parts, and the initial release of - for example - Tiberium Wars was a huge buggy piece of shit. I can't count how many times the thing de-synced and crashed during online play within the first 6 months of patch-cycles, not to mention the bugs that often left single-player missions somehow unfinishable.
You DO mean Tiberium Twilight (CnC4) don't you? Tiberium Wars (CnC3) came out in '97.
The amount of time between slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is precisely 1 bananosecond.