80 of 96 people (83%) found this review helpful 3 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Get commandos 2: Men of courage instead.
Ok, I am not saying that this game is terrible. I played many many hours of it in the past. But compared to Commandos 2, It's not what it could be.
Where commandos 2. Had a smooth learning curve. Commandos 3, throws that over board and just throws you into the deep and straight after the tutorial. Lets compare commandos 2 to commandos 3 for a quick bit. the tutorial of commandos 2 was ok. First one was quite easy, but explaining the basics very well. Then the second one gave you the feeling of a real mission in a smaller setting. Still a little easier than the main missions, it gave a good learning experience of the game. Mainly because not everything was explained to you. commandos 3 tutorial was too simple. You began training a whole long missions learning the basic moves of some of the commandos, all in a way too linear fashion. Then the second tutorial should have been the smaller mission. And it is. But compared to the actual missions, this one is way too easy, and again every move you need to make is fed to you with a spoon.
but okay, the main missions are quite hard. they aren't impossible. Just require a whole lot of messing things up.
Missions. Hard, doable but okay. their settings differ nicely from eachother. Though the difference could be as good as it was in commandos 2. But what i disliked most, is the linear feeling most of the missions have. Do this, go to that do that again. It just doesn't feel like the past where you had open levels and you could do them in any way you liked. Story wise, they did nicely too. They actually managed to add in 3 stories in the game. one about a traitor, one for the D-day campain. And one about a weapon if i am not mistaken. Not the spectacular stories you would hope for, but it's there at least. Diversity in players is lacking though. I feel that I am mostly just using the same players mission after mission. While leaving some alone. they even cut out some players from the previous game. But why they only used the diver in 1 mission i can't understand.
Then we have the gameplay. It's okay at best. As someone who is common with commandos 2 controls this is a whole difference. Because mainly it's the same game as C2. Just with some major ajustments. Some are good, some are bad. Control wise, It could have done better. A lot of the shortcut keys are gone. And I have the feeling to get a different weapon out I am clicking more than I did in previous installments. But that is just knitpicking. Of course there are mods to enable more shortcut keys.
It does improve on some mechanics though. Weapon distribution and handling is improved. And the free moving camera indoors works great too. If yhey used these mechanics in Commandos 2, than that would have been a straight A game.
But last thing I am saddened about. It doesn't work as well on modern pc's. Commandos 2 still works greatly on my PC. but commandos 3 needs so many changes to the game files to keep it working. It's just not worth it.
But to make it short. commandos 3. It is a good game. but only if you are a long term fan of the series. but don't expect it to be as good as commandos 2.
My reccomendation. Get commandos 2 if you haven't already. It's longer and has better gameplay. If you already got, and this game does turn up with 75% off. Then it's worth getting. Just so you can feel how it could be better. Otherwise, Just stay a long way away from it.
44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful 18 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
I'm just being a little picky here, it's a great game if you are VERY smart. I really suggest that you get this game when it's about 75% off, but not when it's full price. I'm new to the commandos series and I made a mistake with playing this one first. Here's a little poem I came up with which explains my experience with the game: I love the gameplay, I hate the controls... There's a lot of bullcrap, the Germans are trolls.
35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful 5 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Hey all, a great game I finally got this working for me by using the following: Windows Compatibility Mode : XP SP2 Disable Visual Themes Disable Desktop composition Disable Display scaling on high DPI settings Use Windows 7 Basic Theme (Also if you have an alienware falling back to the integrated graphics rather than the ATI Chipset should help)
As a massive Commandos fan, I don't recommend it. In my opinion it's a step back from previous games. A lot of content got cut out, game is very short and linear, many missions depend on time and force you to play aggressively (even if you prefer the stealth approach). There are a few nice missions, but they seem more like Commandos 2 Bonus missions. After such an outstanding game like Commandos 2, I can't believe why they made something unappealing like this.
Only for fans who just need to have a bit more of Commandos (and then probably play previous Commandos games again...).
If you're new to Commandos - skip this game, get Commandos 2 instead, later play Commandos BEL and Commandos BtCoD.
I recommend this game, but only if you have played any of it's predecessors. Why? Because this one is even harder due to improved AI, time limits and fewer shortkeys which is not very beginner friendly but also because it is simply not as good as Commandos 2. The developers removed a lot of features that made Commandos 2 great, such as being able to seach furniture for useful items, bonus levels, difficulty settings and many more smaller things. Sure there were improvements too, like a fully 3D engine and a bigger variety of level designs but this was not enough to make the game stand out from it's predecessors.
In short: It's very challenging for Commandos veterans and other strategy gamers but near impossible for beginners who are better off starting with Commandos 2 to get used to the gameplay.
Looking at the negative reviews of this game reveals that Commandos 3 might not work for your computer for unknown reasons. If you want to make sure you can play the game without any issues you'd better buy it at GOG. http://www.gog.com/game/commandos_2_3
56 of 90 people (62%) found this review helpful 5 people found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2015
Simply put, the worst Commandos game in the series.
- Graphics are locked at 800 x 600. A step backwards from Commandos 2 - Too many timed missions. Commandos is all about planning and playing at your own pace. - Too many sudden events triggered for no apparent reasons, often ruining a level especially if one saved at the wrong time. - Sizes of maps are too small; number of which is too few.
While no other franchise can present you with so many seemingly insurmountable challenges, no other franchise is able to offer such a feeling of accomplishment once the objectives are miraculously achieved.Make no mistake that it is going to give you absolute hell, yet beyond the initial frustration at your apparent gaming impotence, attempting to penetrate its steely exterior becomes a bizarre pleasure that offers a triumphant sense of achievement.While Commandos 3 is still a strong concept, and most definitely a super-looking game, it's best suitable for the most patient veterans of the series.