Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty

Editor's Rating: 4.5/5
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Overview

In 1998, Eidos Interactive brought us one of the most refreshing real-time strategy games of that year. With its addictive and challenging gameplay, Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines separated itself from the masses with its unique approach to the strategy game genre. Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty is basically a mission add-on pack for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, adding just eight more missions, a few new weapons and a higher graphics resolution. However, this game is sold as a stand-alone product so you won't need the original Commandos to play.

PC games often fall into one of two categories: gameplay rich and graphically rich. Games such as Red Alert feature engrossing game play but adequate graphics, whereas others like Forsaken have killer visuals but less interesting game play. For me, gameplay is by far the most important aspect of any game. I remember playing games like the original Warcraft which had mediocre graphics but was a blast to play. So it’s fortunate that Commandos: B.C.D. has gameplay that really rocks!

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Gameplay, Controls, Interface

For those unfamiliar with the original game, the Commandos are a group of World War II era specially-trained soldiers that are known as the “Dirty ½ Dozen.” You are in control of all six commandos, each of whom specializes in a specific skill, but not all commandos will participate in each mission; usually only three or four Commandos will be at your disposal. Your missions include such tasks as destroying certain buildings or objects, capturing a particular enemy soldier, and/or freeing a fellow commando, for example. A typical mission will have a few objectives that must be completed for the mission to be a success. Unlike other real-time strategy games, you cannot approach the mission with guns blazing, shooting at anyone that moves. Rather, you must employ stealth to get the job done. For example, if you take out an enemy soldier with your gun, other nearby soldiers will hear the gunshot, sound the alarm and will soon have the place crawling with panicking guards. The best way to kill an enemy soldier is to use a quieter weapon such as a knife, then pick up his body and move it to a location where it will not be found by other guards. This may sound easy, but is actually very difficult. Most of the enemy soldiers are situated in a way where they can see each other. By clicking a view icon onto an enemy soldier, you can see his field of view panning back and forth which can help you decide when to make your move on a guard that may be periodically within the other soldier’s view.

airplanes war and soldiersThanks to very different abilities of each commando, there are many different ways to distract and systematically take out each guard. A Marine Commando, “Fins”, has special abilities that include a silent but deadly harpoon gun, and he is the only one who can swim if he has an air tank, and can also operate and carry the inflatable boat. “Inferno” carries bombs, grenades, wire cutters and something resembling a bear trap, which he can place on the ground where an enemy soldier may walk. “Tiny’s” special weapons are an Ice Pick/Shovel and an acoustic decoy. He is also the only commando who can pick up and move immobilized guards. There is also a sniper, a driver, a spy, and for the eighth and final mission, you can utilize Natasha “Lips” Van de Zand. Natasha is a civilian who is part of the Dutch resistance. She has the ability to distract enemy guards, regardless of their rank, with the help of her feminine charm in the form of a lipstick icon! All the commandos carry a 9mm pistol and can distract enemy soldiers by throwing a stone behind them or a pack of cigarettes nearby. The sound of the stone will distract their view for a few seconds, and if they see the cigarettes they will immediately head over to pick them up, which may just be the distraction you need to kill a guard that would normally be within his view.

Veteran Commandos B.E.L.  players will find some new features in this game. The ability to throw a stone or pack of cigarettes is a new feature, but the biggest addition is the ability to knock out a guard by way of a club, fist or chloroform. Once the enemy soldier is unconscious, he can be handcuffed and forced to go back on patrol at gunpoint and distract other guards as long as he stays within range of your pistol.

Graphics

The most noticeable difference between the original Commandos and this one is the improved graphic resolution. This improves the overall look and feel of the game. The soldiers and objects are all richly detailed and complement the rest of the game.

Audio

One of the best features of this game is the magnificent audio soundtrack and the voice acting of the German soldiers. The music really does a fine job of creating the mood for the game. The only downside is the voices of your commandos, which can become repetitive. “Yes Sir” and “Right away Sir” are repeated far too often after each command.

System Requirements

Minimum: Pentium 166 MHz processor, Windows 95/98, 32 MB RAM, 1 MB SVGA DirectX 6.1 compliant video card, 4X CD-ROM drive, 225 MB hard drive space
Recommended: Pentium 233 MHz or faster, 64 MB RAM, 2 MB SVGA DirectX 6.1 compliant video card, 8X CD-ROM drive
Multiplayer Requirements: Pentium 200 MHz or faster, TCP/IP LAN, 33.6 Kbps or faster internet connection

water aroud tower and houses with naziflagBottom Line

Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty is a VERY difficult game. It is much more difficult than the original. It would sometimes take me days to complete a mission and I had to constantly save and restart the game, to the point of absolute frustration. There is a difficulty setting at the start of your first mission with the choice of “Easy” or “Hard”. It should read: “Very Hard” or “Impossible”! My other complaint is the fact that there are only eight missions, compared to the first game in the series, which had 20. Granted, the suggested retail price of this game was only $29.99, but it would have been better if Eidos added another 12 missions and called it a sequel. This game will constantly require you to think and use trial and error to create different strategies. There is no question this is a challenging game and never-ending patience will be vital for success.

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Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty, reviewed by Metroid on 2009-07-16T15:27:39+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

This entry was posted in Real-Time, Strategy

16 Comments

  1. Jerrico Tan
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    hey man thanks for the link! I just finished beating the first game and damn I’m frikking cravin for some intense nazi asskicking!

    Cheers! I’ll mark this site as one of my favorites! :D.

    THANK YOU SUPER!

  2. Evan
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    The mininova torrent has no seeds, can you provide a direct upload, or email me the file?

  3. Rev
    Posted September 7, 2009 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Hi, i was just wondering if this download will work on Windows XP because i downloaded this game from another source and it wont even install the game because it says its “not compatible” how do i overcome this?

  4. Old Games
    Posted September 13, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    This is not abandonware. But it sure is a great game.

  5. berbatunday
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    hi can u pls give a little explanation on the fourth process in installing the game. It keeps telling me to insert the CD

  6. boudy
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    i downloaded the game from torrent site on my windows vista laptop.. installed the game , it gave me the commandos logo then black window ….. help me plz how to fix it.. need some help

  7. boudy
    Posted November 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    by the way the toutrial works gd

  8. ahmer
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    i love this game
    i am crazy about

  9. ahmer
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    i am looking for emperor
    i f u have

  10. jet
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I can’t download this game from the given URLs.
    Please update your website or give me the updated URL.
    Thanks.

  11. sayed
    Posted January 7, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    please i want this game i searched for it for along time and i found it here but the links on rapidshare were deleted can you please upload it again please i am waiting your answer.

  12. hassan g
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    its my first game awesome game

  13. Vlavnir
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    this is the game that i just looking for. its is ten years before i found it. thanks net.

  14. ayer
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    hi… is there any possibility that you could send me an email for this game and diablo as well… pretty please!!! hehehe… i’ve been trying to look for both of this games for a very long time

  15. CJ
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Really good game…i’ve been looking for this game for a long time now… :D

  16. hasssan
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    i love you

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