Content of the article: "Having a blast with Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines"
For those who don’t know, Commandos is a series that was developed by Pyro Studios in the late 90s and early 2000s. My introduction to the series was Strike Force, which I had on PS2.
Strike Force is basically a stealthy FPS. I haven’t played it in a very long time but I do remember it being enjoyable (if difficult).
I thought I’d give the entire series a go and so picked up the first game, Behind Enemy Lines. I didn’t really know what to expect as I’m not a big fan of top down stuff.
Well, it’s fun as hell. You’ve got 6 different commandos, each with a different skillset. I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t played, but it’s pretty diverse. The green beret will be the mainstay for most people but all of them are useful.
What makes the game interesting is that it’s all in real-time with no pause. You have to come up with a plan and execute it on the fly. For example, you come up against two enemies and you decide to deal with them using your Green Beret and Marine. One guard is stationary and the other is patrolling back and forth. You choose your moment to strike when the patrolling guard turns around from the stationary guard. You stab the stationary guard and then harpoon the patrolling guard and quickly hide the bodies, before diving into a building to stay out of sight.
These little scenarios happen constantly. Each enemy is an obstacle that you must come up with a solution to deal with, because you can die pretty quickly and you don’t want to set off any alarms. So you’re constantly saving, trying different strategies, dying or getting spotted and reloading until you get it right. This may not be fun for some, but for me it’s a super addictive gameplay loop that is extremely satisfying when you get it right and deal with a situation you’ve been tackling for 30 minutes.
There’s plenty of content with about 20 missions and they can take me anywhere from an hour to 2 hours. The game runs mostly great on Windows 10 with some widescreen fixes and is cheap as chips on GOG (which also includes an expansion)! If you ever enjoyed playing anything like Splinter Cell or Dishonored, games where you’re constantly thinking on your feet and trying to avoid detection, I really recommend you give it a go. It’s hard as balls but great fun.
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