From the word go this game is hard. Very hard. Rarely does it cut you any slack; one wrong move and it's game over. Initially this can be very irritating, but persevere and Commandos 2 is a real gem. The game's designers have thought of just about everything when it comes to running, crawling, tip-toeing and creeping past the enemy--there are around 100 very short tutorial missions designed to introduce the control system and the various vehicle, weapon and stealth techniques available to the player, and these alone will take a couple of hours to play through; skipping them is a really bad idea if you want the best from this title.
In addition to wandering around on foot, a wide variety of vehicles can be commandeered and driven around (usually badly). Tanks can be used as offensive weapons, and boats are available for water-based missions. All of this Nazi-busting malarkey is brought to you by a squad of combatants including six commandos, each with their own special ability, a female member of the French Resistance, a dog and a rat (!), which makes for interesting gaming indeed.
Its relatively slow pace will put many folks off, but stick with it you'll find that and Commandos 2 is one of the best RTS games to hit consoles to date. --Chris Russell
You will interact like never before with the environment: stealing enemy uniforms and weapons, climbing poles, swinging from cables, swimming, using vehicles and climbing in and out of buildings, ships and planes. You will control nine commandos, including a Green Beret, a sniper, a demolitions expert, a seductress, a thief and even a dog. The game features an all-new 3-D engine, allowing you to rotate the environment through 360 degrees, move seamlessly in and out of buildings, submarines, planes, and water and zoom in and out when viewing the environment. The innovative camera control allows simultaneous manipulation of multiple gameplay windows in real time.
Commandos 2: Men of Courage includes 10 missions spanning nine different night and day environments with realistic weather effects. Go to war with others in a cooperative multiplayer mode and use new WWII vehicles and weapons such as jeeps, tanks, trucks, ships, bazookas and flamethrowers.
Buy this bad boy now!
After looking at other Xbox titles and being un-convinced, I decided to splash out on the quite superb Commandos 2. As the blurge above says, you are in charge of a group of Commandos, undermining the Nazis War efforts during WWII. There is a comprehensive tutorial guide to help you get to grips with the complicated (but comprehensive) controls, which is very helpful and available to turn to at any time, and you will need to since it is impossible to master at once the multitude of things that your commandos can do.
You can use an array of 1940s guns and explosives, you are an expert using knives and other close-quarter weapons, you can even knock out your enemy, tie him up and gagg him and (if you're that way inclined) steal his clothes. You can command other allied soldiers, climb walls, swim, drive tanks, cars and boats, lay and dig up mines, and even don German uniform to direct lower-ranked enemy soldiers.
This game is difficult, and you will need to be reasonably patient to find it rewarding, but all in all I am very pleased with my purchase, and have no problem in giving it a well-deserved 4 stars.
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