Background: Purchased as part of a bundle from Bundle Stars. I played the first two games in the series to death back when they came out.
Impressions: The game stands up today much as it did when it came out. It's a damn fine strategy game that's a blast to play and highly rewarding. However unlike it's predecessor this game is more of an expansion pack, with only 8 missions they instead ramped the difficulty to near frustrating levels.
While still fun and rewarding for the most part I really started to detest the 'mansion kidnap', 'rail yard' and final mission for the sheer bloody minded difficulty of sections those missions where trail and error started to get irritating.
There are some missteps for sure with elements that are seemingly only solvable in a single method and theres one right in the first mission that can leave you stranded just as you thought you were done and you have to go back a few saves or even start again.
Fixes: As with Behind enemy lines there are a number of serious issues with the game on a modern PC that make it almost unplayable.
See the page on the 'Commandos Wikia' for 'Commandos: Beyond the call of Duty Fixes' for a collection of bug fixes to stabilise the game and make it playable.
The Good: *A classic formula that stands up today for it's simplicity and functions. *Missions can be tackled many ways. *The settings have a historical context and introduced as such. *Missions are huge and diverse. *Fast save/load system makes experimentation less frustrating than you'd think. *Huge sense of triumph from executing a plan that takes out even a single awkward guard. *Looks pretty good considering it's age. *New mechanics, some of which are interesting and alter your tactics.
The Bad: *Installs ok on Steam but multi-core affinity issues requires some manual tweaking. *Many missions have sections where there is only one practical solution. *The difficulty level is a massive leap up upward over the original game. *A new character only appears in a single mission. *Cigarette packs effectively give everyone a Decoy box, messing with the balance. *Shorter tougher campaign.
Recommended for: War, Action and isometric strategy fans and fans of the original.
Conclusion. 7/10. Once the stability issue is fixed it's a reasonable follow up to the original.
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful 4 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I can confirm that the game is running nicely on WINDOWS 8.1 x64 without any tweaking or adjustments whatsoever. Multiplayer over LAN works as intented too, you just need to run the server app located in the game directory. Multiplayer over internet is not working on my end, trying to figure that out , maybe it doest work that way. All in all , an excellent classic game whose life got extended with the modern systems patch. Thanks devs :)
Not suitable for newer OS. I have win7, and the game keeps jamming, I couldnt get any help from the forums. I do not recommend for newer systems. I love the game though, its challenging, but the fact it doesnt work on my pc drives me crazy.
11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
Short version: 83%
Beyond the Call of Duty is like an expert mode for Behind Enemy Lines. There are only a handful missions, but they are all incredibly long and incredibly difficult. If you want a great and challenging game, look no further.
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty is a stand-alone expansion pack for the critically acclaimed classic isometric strategy/stealth game, Behind Enemy Lines.
Like the base game, it features a group of commandos in eight scenarios, who must complete a set of objectives– mostly sabotage– deep inside enemy territory. Although all missions are loosely based on historical events, there is no actual plot, only short briefings.
BtCoD is notorious even among old Commandos fans for its difficulty. The levels are not only gigantic– larger than the biggest one in BEL– but they are also full of enemies placed in the most nefarious ways possible. To combat this, all commandos received new abilities. Some are unique, some are universal: for example, anyone can now distract soldiers by throwing rocks, or lure them with cigarette packs. There is also a non-lethal way to deal with enemies now, letting you take hostages to use as distractions. On some levels it’s almost impossible to progress without using these “puppets”. The imbalance between characters wasn’t really addressed, since you still need to use the Green Beret or the Spy to silently kill or knock out, and to carry enemies. Therefore, the role of the others is mostly reduced to hostage controllers.
Still, this difficulty is what made BtCoD more memorable, and probably even more loved than the original, which will seem way too easy and short in comparison. So, if you ever want to experience some difficult game that is not just another indie platformer, you can always rely on Pyro Studio’s classic.
47 of 83 people (57%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
This goes for steam and not for the game, steam guys, why are you sellings games that doesn't work??? I had to fix a bug problem looking on forums wich made imposible to save game, and after that the game crashes on the main menu or in the esc menu. Really, why do I need to create an account to get support if I already have my steam account, lookes like a trick to avoid giving support to your users..
If you want a real challange, buy any commandos series, but this one may be the hardest, after all, this was the one with "fewer" ways to kill in commando's series (if you can apply this word in a game with so many ways to kill), you will fry your brain with this awesome game!
Se você quer um desafio de verdade, compre qualquer série de Commandos, mas esta é a mais difícil, afinal, esta possui a "menor" quantidade de meios para matar na séries commandos (se é que da para aplicar esta palavra em um jogo com tantas maneiras de matar), você vai fritar seu cérebro neste jogo incrível!
I do recommend this game. It is the one and only Commandos that we have. Please make a new game like this one exactly the same but works with HD graphics and no time or problems with save then see what happens...