I have very fond memories of the original Cannon Fodder on the Commodore Amiga. In fact I still play it every now and then as there are many free fanbased campaigns released for it. But let's get back to Cannon Fodder 3 here and now ...
This game is a fun game. It adds a little difference to the original Series which was way more tactical than this one here. This one here is at heart a top down shooter and should be played with wasd controls AND mouse simultaneously to get the most out of it. If you can forgive this you will have a very good time with a humorous little game that can get very frustating at times but thats exactly what i love about it.
Though I must admit it instantly gets waaay more easy to accomplish if you don't play it like I play it ...
That's because I want to complete every mission without loosing one single recruit. If you play it the way it's supposed to you get many checkpoints spreaded around each map of the game and enough cannonfodder to replenish your squads strength. But you should keep in mind that your recruits get awarded if you play them well and they live long enough so they get better stats over time. And thats the key why I don't wanna waste 'em at all. Experienced soldiers can for e.g. shoot stronger, run faster or aim over a longer distance than greenbacks and enhance the gameplay to a great degree.
Another nice feature are the video sequences (though now I'm through with the campaign I have to say there is only the - very long - intro sequence ... I wish they'd done at least a nice end sequence to the campaign) and the overall humour of the game. It adds a fresh taste to the shooter genre and makes it much easier to consume than hardcore shooter games aiming to be most realistic. The video sequences in this very game here are even waaay better than the ones in the cd32 version (but there where many of them back in the days in comparison to only the intro in this game here).
I personally think that this latest installment of the Cannon Fodder experience is a very good try to bring the game to a modern level. If you wanna play the original there is nothing that holds you back either but some reviewers may simply just dust their Amigas off, run whdload and play their original disks if they can't get up with this modern take.
Believe me: War has never been so much fun!
Though if you're a real fan of Cannon Fooder you should know all parts of the series. (At least only then you will fully understand my latest sentence regarding fun and war ... ;)