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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 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.
Release Date: Aug 28, 1998
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Includes 4 items: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos 2: Men of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin, Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty

About the Game

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 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 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.
  • Co-op multiplayer mode on a LAN or over the internet.

System Requirements

    Minimum: IBM PC or 100% compatible, Windows 9X/ME, Pentium II 300 MHz (or equivalent), 64 MB RAM, 100% DirectX® 8 compatible 3D Accelerator card with at least 12 MB VRAM, 100% DirectX® 8 compatible (or higher) Sound card, DirectX® 8 (DirectX 8.0a included), 2 GB uncompressed hard drive space, 100% Windows 95/98 compatible Keyboard and Mouse
    Recommended: Pentium II 450 MHz, Windows 98SE/ME, 128 MB RAM, 100% DirectX® 8 compatible 3D Accelerator card with 32 MB VRAM, 3 GB uncompressed hard drive space
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 68 people (82%) found this review helpful
26 products in account
3 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
I feel scammed about this game. It can't be run properly on Win7. Game speed is super fast and no save functionality is available. There's not even a small message from Steam about these issues, and no provided workarounds either...

Shame on you, Steam
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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65 of 83 people (78%) found this review helpful
115 products in account
1 review
0.5 hrs on record
Steam should stop selling games that dont actually work on modern PCs.

Stop stealing peoples money
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
312 products in account
13 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Another great old game. Another absolutely not optimized for winXP/win7 release. Shame upon you, developers.

No resolutions, constant crashes, broken save system... The f7ck I dont recommend it!
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
19 products in account
1 review
9.8 hrs on record
I have played all Commandos games and they are excellent, a truly wonderful series. The problem here is that STEAM are selling a broken product without mentioning it to the buyer. IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW!! It's only £10 for all 4 games but it is the principle. Behind Enemy Lines and Beyond The Call Of Duty are UNPLAYABLE on new machines without the EXCELLENT fix that you can find links to in other posts. You cannot LOAD or SAVE for God sake! The game moves at SUPERSPEED compared to the way it should when running properly. Even with the fix, things like the mission preview, where your commanding officer walks you through the mission, don't always work, at least in my experience. Commandos 3, the newest of the games, also isn't working. You cannot show the enemy vision, which is a crutial part of the game. The game just goes crazy and seems to switch between different enemy vision, making it difficult to move. It's very frustrating.

So like I said, these games are all time classics but STEAM taking your money with no mention of the problems you will encounter is UNACCEPTABLE.
Posted: May 12th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
136 products in account
2 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
Doesn't work on modern systems. You'll have to search for fixes and patches by yourself. And even that won't make game to work good. Don't buy from steam!
Posted: June 24th, 2014
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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
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15 reviews
61.8 hrs on record
Background:
Purchased as part of a bundle from Bundle Stars. I played the first two games in the series to death back when they came out.

Impressions:
Commandos stands tall among action strategy games. It was a simple formula: a set of men are dropped into a mission, each with a certain set of skills and using them in concert you dismantle the enemies defences and confound their long term goals.

While the games does lean heavily on the two most useful characters (Tiny and the Spy) the situations force you to think creatively and apart from a few small instances you are completely free to tackle the mission as you see fit.

It's almost bewildering that no game has successfully recaptured the formula since, even the successive games in the franchises have failed to really improve or even live up to this classic piece of strategy.

Each mission can take minutes or even several hours to complete on your first run through and while the Merit system on completion gives you a score (based on damage taken, damage done and speed of completion) you can be drawn back to try and complete the mission quicker and more cleverly there is ultimately no reward for doing so.. other than your own satisfaction.

The biggest issue is that the Steam version of the game installs poorly and in an almost unusable state. the game runs impossibly fast on modern PCs, the config file is missing the line to allow saving, multicore PCs will make the game unstable and widescreen monitors have black bands at the boarders. thankfully all these can be fixed and I've collated all the fixes I used on the Commandos wikia as noted below.

Fixes:

See the page on the 'Commandos Wikia' for 'Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Fixes'.

http://commandos.wikia.com/wiki/Fixing_Commandos

The Good:
*A classic formula that stands up today for it's simplicity and functions.
*Missions can be tackled many ways.
*The settings have a historical context and introduced as such.
*Missions are diverse.
*Fast save/load system makes experimentation less frustrating than you'd think.
*Huge sense of triumph from executing a plan that takes out even a single awkward guard.
*Looks pretty good considering it's age.

The Bad:
*Terrible install from Steam that makes the game unplayable without some searching and tweaking.
*Merit is heavily determined by speed which I don't find fun.
*The leveling mechanic 'Merit' never had a function originally nor now.
*Vehicles are overpowered but also limited.
*A few missions have an element that only has one solution...
*Leading to some missions having to be restarted unless you keep lots of saves.

Recommended for: War, Action and isometric strategy fans.

Conclusion.
9/10. Once the screen, stability and speed issues are fixed it's a huge blast.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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