“Study the enemy, develop a plan, synchronize your men, and launch them on a swift and fierce attack using all your power and skill.”

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

by Eidos

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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a Strategy game.

Study the enemy, develop a plan, synchronize your men, and launch them on a swift and fierce attack using all your power and skill.

Commandos is a real-time tactics game set in World War II that puts you in command of a small squad of elite troopers. Send them behind enemy lines on a series of hazardous missions, and bring them back alive. Clever strategy has never been so furiously action-packed. Study the enemy's movements, develop a careful plan, synchronize your men, and launch them on a swift and fierce attack using all your power and skill.

You are the commander of an elite Allied commando unit in World War II. Your squad consists of six men, each of whom has been selected for certain talents which only they possess. In your first mission, you have access only to a Green Beret who is adept at close quarters killing and feats of strength, a Marine who can use scuba gear to pass undetected beneath the water and kills quietly with his spear-gun, and a Driver who is expert both at piloting whatever vehicles you find and at mowing down enemies with his sub-machinegun. Later you get access to the rest of the crew, which includes a sapper who loves to set traps and blow things up, a sniper who can take the heads off your enemies at range, and a spy who infiltrates enemy camps and distracts the other side's soldiers. You begin the game in Norway during the early days of the war, and work your way through 20 missions that take you through North Africa, France, and finally into Germany itself. After each mission, you receive a score, and eventually, if you're good enough, get promoted through the ranks.

The gameplay itself is very cool. Using your mouse or the provided hot-keys, you move each one of your men through the levels with a point-and-click interface that isn't really all that different from games like StarCraft or Command and Conquer. As you move each character around the screen, their individual backpack shows up in the bottom corner of the screen and acts as a menu for the actions that are specific to that soldier. The idea behind most of the missions is to sneak into a heavily guarded enemy compound and to then destroy something inside. While killing the guards is always an option, it's usually a really bad one. Each of the guards has their own line of sight and movement patterns, and if they get a look at you, or if they spot a dead comrade, they come looking for you, usually screaming for their friends the whole time. Since the game plays out in real time, you really get some of the rush of lying in the dark, waiting for the right time to sneak up behind a patrolman and cut his throat. Each of the men you have with you on a mission are be there for a reason, so no one is expendable. Lose a man, and the mission's over.

While all of this is nice on a surface level, there's a lot going on beneath that's pretty amazing as well. Enemy soldiers feature fascinating AI, and try to capture or shoot you based on their passivity level and whether or not they have seen you hurt any of their friends. If you select the eye icon at the top of the screen and then click on one of the soldiers, a two-toned green cone shows light in front of the trooper. The lighter green area closer to the soldier is the area in which he can see directly. Unless you're camouflaged, or an object blocks the soldier's view, you can be sure that he calls out an alert if you wander into this zone. The dark green zone is a semi-safe zone. If you are lying prone, the soldier walks by you without noticing, but if you are standing in this area, you are seen. Soldiers can also hear. If you fire a weapon that makes sound within earshot, they come running to investigate, and depending on whether or not they are a play-it-by-the-rules kind of soldier or not, they may raise the alarm before they come. The overall effect is human-like realism. You never know exactly what an enemy soldier will do in a given situation.

Engage in the ultimate battle of wits and wills with the most ruthless military force in history. Set in the backdrop of WWII, Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a real-time tactical wargame that puts you in command of a squad of elite Allied Commandos whose job is to complete 20 dangerous missions behind enemy lines. Your goal is to thwart the German war effort by means of sabotage and tactical genius.

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Includes:

  • You control 6 individual commandos each with a unique combat skill set.
  • Thwart the German war machine by means of sabotage and tactical genius.
  • Zoomable isometric camera allows for up to 6 simultaneous camera angles.
  • 20 missions throughout Europe and Northern Africa.

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Commandos is a comparatively simple game. Players must formulate impeccable strategies and study the enemy to execute a successful mission. The game comprises of dozens of levels that offer a unique but equally challenging experience to the player. Some stages involve infiltration, while others entail the player participating in an all out shoot-em-up.

The Commandos environments have been designed with care, and encourage the player to act quickly and with few errors. These environments play host to some 350 individual buildings, structures, vehicles and weapons, all from the World War 2 period.

With all the aforementioned features, a multi-player option and some cunning AI routines, Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines offers everything the real-time strategy fan could ask for.

If you like Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, try other games: Combat Mission 2: Barbarosa to Berlin, Commandos 2: Men of Courage, No Surrender: Battle of the Bulge.

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines system requirements:SystemWindows 95/98, Processor: Pentium 120 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Free hard drive space: 150 MB DirectXSVGA Video Card 1MB DirectXDirectX 5.2.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP.

Game modes: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines supports single modeSingle game mode .

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