Commandos (series)

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Commandos
Genre(s)Real-time tactics
Developer(s)Pyro Studios
Publisher(s)Eidos Interactive
Platform(s)Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
First releaseCommandos: Behind Enemy Lines
1 July 1998
Latest releaseCommandos: Strike Force
17 March 2006

Commandos is a stealth-oriented real-time tactics video game series. The five games released between 1998 and 2006 are all set during World War II and follow the adventures of a fictional Allied commando unit. Each mission is loosely based on historical events during World War II to carry the plot. The series was developed by the Spanish developer Pyro Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The series has sold a total of 3.3 million copies and generated $41 million of revenue at retail.[1]

Games[edit]

Year Title Genre Platform(s)
PC Console
1998 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Isometric real-time tactics Windows N/A
1999 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty Isometric real-time tactics Windows N/A
2001 Commandos 2: Men of Courage Isometric real-time tactics Windows, OS X PlayStation 2, Xbox
2003 Commandos 3: Destination Berlin Isometric real-time tactics Windows, OS X N/A
2006 Commandos: Strike Force First-person tactical shooter Windows PlayStation 2, Xbox

There are five games in the series, which are listed here in the order they were released:

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines[edit]

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines (CBEL) was released on 1 July 1998. It was published by Eidos Interactive, and developed by Pyro Studios. It features 20 missions. The view is isometric with tactical gameplay. A Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version of Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, with the first 5 missions, was also made by Russian homebrew programmers, but lacked sound and certain other features of the PC version.

Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty[edit]

Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty, a set of new Commandos missions issued as a standalone game, was released on 31 March 1999. Despite it being much shorter than Behind Enemy Lines, it is a much more difficult game containing levels on a far greater scale to the extent of being comparable to those that were to be seen in Commandos 2. It has 8 missions, with locations including Yugoslavia and Greece.

Commandos 2: Men of Courage[edit]

A full sequel, released in 2001, was rebuilt with a 3D engine, more interactive environments, more skills for the commandos, and new characters. Like its predecessor, it drew heavily from war films and titled its levels in reference to such films as "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Saving Private Ryan". The game received even greater praise.

Several new characters were added to the series in this sequel: A thief called Paul "Lupin" Toledo, a dog called Whiskey and Wilson, a shot-down pilot claiming to be from the Light Brigade.

A remastered version of the game, called Commandos 2 - HD Remaster, was released in 2020 which was not well received by the audience.

Commandos 3: Destination Berlin[edit]

This is the third sequel in the series and was released in October 2003. In this game the mouse wheel can be used to rotate the player's vantage point. It was the first in the series to use a true 3D engine. However, the game has been criticized for its short missions and lack of hotkeys.

Commandos: Strike Force[edit]

Released during the first months of 2006, this game marks a diversion from the first three games. Although the missions are set up in a similar fashion (several different objectives, some to be achieved through stealth, others through use of force) and in most occasions the player is allowed to change between different characters, this is the first game in the series to apply a first-person perspective, like many Medal of Honor or Call of Duty games than to earlier entries of the series.

Strike Force only has three Commandos, making it the only game in the series to have the least amount of playable characters. They are the Green Beret, The Sniper and The Spy but they are not the same characters from previous instalments; they each bear different appearances, names, and skills.

The game attracted an overwhelmingly negative reaction, especially from fans of the earlier games in the series who saw this as a massive modification, concurrent with a great reduction in the series' trademark difficulty. Similarly, it was promoted as mixing elements of strategy from the past games with traditional first-person shooter game-play but instead only hinted at them whilst being predominantly action-oriented. As a result, both critics and fans felt it did little to distance itself from the recent flood of similar games.

Characters[edit]

The Commandos series is known to have different names for the characters. Depending on the region, each character's name and alias differs greatly. For example, the Green Beret's real name is either Jerry "Tiny" McHale or Jack "Butcher" O'Hara.

Cast[edit]

Games
Commandos
1998 1999 2001 2003 2006
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Commandos: Beyond The Call of Duty Commandos 2: Men of Courage Commandos 3: Destination Berlin Commandos: Strike Force
The Green Beret Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Sniper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Marine Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Sapper Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Driver Yes Yes Yes
The Spy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lips Yes Yes
The Thief Yes Yes
Whiskey Yes

Music[edit]

The first Commandos game was composed by David Garcia-Morales Inés and other subsequent titles were done by Mateo Pascual. Each of the five soundtrack are made available on iTunes and Amazon.

Mods[edit]

Following the discontinuation of the series by Pyro Studios, a couple of mods have been developed by fans. Commandos: Strike in Narrow Path is a stand-alone expansion for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines containing 9 missions and was released initially in 2010.[2] Commandos 2: Destination Paris tweaks the gameplay of Commandos 2: Men Of Courage and adds over 100 missions to the base game.[3]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of 21 February 2017.
Game Year GameRankings Metacritic
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 1998 (PC) 81%[4]
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty 1999 (PC) 79%[5]
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 2001 (PC) 85%[6]
(PS2) 71%[7]
(Xbox) 75%[8]
(PC) 87[9]
(PS2) 67[10]
(Xbox) 67[11]
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin 2003 (PC) 75%[12] (PC) 72[13]
Commandos: Strike Force 2006 (PC) 64%[14]
(PS2) 62%[15]
(Xbox) 63%[16]
(PC) 62[17]
(PS2) 58[18]
(Xbox) 62[19]

Future[edit]

The series was acquired by Kalypso Media which published a remastered version of Commandos 2: Men of Courage in 2020 and announced work on a new game in the series in April 2020.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Commandos 2: Men of Courage Reviews (PC)". GameRankings. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
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  20. ^ "Kalypso Media's 'Claymore Game Studios' commences work on new Commandos game in Darmstadt | Kalypso Media Blog". 2 April 2020.