reviews\ Oct 16, 2001 at 8:00 pm

Commandos 2: Men of Courage - PC - Review

Commandos 2 Men Of Courage has literally sucked the hours out of my life. The gameplay is like sheer crack addiction folks. The squad based strategy genre has had a coming out party lately with recent titles like Star Trek Away Team, and Desperados. If you compare these games to Commandos 2, it’s like comparing The Empire Strikes Back to The Phantom Menace. Phantom had a lot of cool ideas, and the Jedi duel at the end was unforgettable, but Empire is the greatest film ever made. So if you enjoyed Away Team, or Desperados then you can stop reading this review right now. Commandos 2 will kick you in the pants so go buy it.

It is World War 2, and Hitler is providing the Allies with a Blitzkrieg type ass whipping. It’s your job to command a team of elite fighters behind enemy lines to wreak havoc on the Nazi war machine. Each commando has his own special attributes that will be invaluable to complete your objectives. For instance call in the explosives expert when you need to disarm a mine. I took my first German tank down with this guy by planting a mine in the middle of a road. In moments of stealth timing is critical. Neutralizing the enemy is essential. Stun the guard with a fist, or silence him forever with a knife.

You can pick up weapons, and supplies through out the course of each mission. Each character can hold a certain amount of items with a grid like backpack resembling Diablo. Machine-guns, grenades, med-kits, rifles, uniforms, cigarettes, wire cutters all of these items are at your disposal. Your characters will run through a brief plan of action before each level. That way the player can get a sense of what to do. This also makes you feel like part of the team, and helps draw you into the action. Of course the plan they come up with is always very vague so you must devise a serious strategy to find any success.

Everything can be accessed from the interface on the right side of the screen. Each action or piece of equipment has its very own hot key as well. This is where we run into the first issue that could mar a perfectly exceptional game. While everything can be done by using the mouse to click on the interface this just is not possible. When you are controlling more than one character there just isn’t enough time. The learning curve to memorize the hotkeys is like jumping off a cliff naked. The training missions don’t really help, because they are just missions. There is no guidance that trains the player on gameplay. The manual does list the hotkeys, but there is no quick reference guide.

Yes some gamers will find this annoying. I say get over it. By the third mission, you will be familiar with the keyboard anyway. The learning curve is very high, but well worth it. Trust me. For those of you who need it. The quicksave, and quickload hotkeys are control s, and control l. You will need them, because this game is frickin’ hard. It’s not impossible just hard. Now don’t panic. All this means is that it’s that much more rewarding when you beat a level without using a cheat code. So plan your strategy, and go get it done.  


Install: Easy
Put the disc in and let ‘er rip. It’s called autorun.

Gameplay: 8.5
Engrossing and highly detailed. Many options, and equipment to achieve objectives. Quick load times. Be forewarned, there is a high learning curve, but once you master the control this game will be thoroughly satisfying.

Graphics: 9
Beautiful high-resolution in-game graphics engine. Cool character animations, and diverse locale settings. The tanks just look frickin’ cool. The zoom feature is rather weak, and blocky.

Sound: 8
My only complaint is that the commandos reply gets a bit repetitive at times. I’m ready sir. I’m ready sir. I’m ready sir. I’m ready sir.

Difficulty: 9
This sucker is hard, but oh so satisfying when you labor to defeat a mission, and finally do so.

Concept: 10
World War 2. Any questions? I didn’t think so. The only thing better is Star Wars, which is actually World War 2 in space.

Multiplayer: 8
Co-op play so you need some buddies to play with.

Overall: 9
This is a great game that requires patience to learn, but rewards with fantastic, detailed gameplay once the learning is done.


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