Both Commandos 2 and 3 are real time squad based strategy games based on one of my favorite
war genre for games; World
War II. In both games, you get
a top down perspective of your
current location to fulfill the
objectives. Objectives can
include, but are not limited to,
rescuing Allied POWs,
assassination, and item
retrieval. There are primary
objectives and secondary
objectives in the game.
The missions themselves are
huge, taking hours to finish
and believe me, they are not
easy. Unfortunately these
missions caused me hours of frustration but not because the game is bad, but because it was
really hard, at least for me. So it might be a good idea to do a little planning before you start your
mission. Your team has a vast array of special abilities to help you get you through your
missions. One of the key elements to a successful mission is stealth, making sure the enemy does
not know you are there. That means taking precaution and good old fashioned sneakiness,
otherwise you may have a swarm of guards coming to greet you. Using the combined abilities of
snipers, spies and so on using teamwork, you will eventually be able to succeed in your missions.
Actually, what is even harder than the missions is remembering the keys on the keyboard and
what they correspond to.
As far as the multiplayer aspect of the game, I did setup a GameRanger
) account as required for Commandos 3, but unfortunately could
not find other Commandos players online, possibly due to early release?
The background graphics for both games are pretty good. They are detailed and do a good job of
replicating a WWII look with burnt out buildings and cool lighting effects for night missions.
Commandos 3 does have enhanced graphics over Commandos 2, adding some 3D interiors to the
game. While this is nice, I wonder why they did not do 3D on the landscape as well? The soldier
animations are great looking. They are small, but detailed and fun to watch. They really did a
nice job on them. It's easy to see the actions they are performing.
Sound & Music
Commandos 2 & 3's score sets the mood very nicely, keeping to a WWII theme. The sound
effects unfortunately are very bland and weak sounding. They could have done better job on the
effects. They are kind of disappointing.
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8