Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a tactical action/strategy game set against the backdrop of World War II. Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of mission-based objectives.
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Release Date: Aug 30, 2002

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Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a tactical action/strategy game set against the backdrop of World War II. Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of mission-based objectives. Go covert into new environments based on authentic WWII locations: the heart of the third Reich, a northern European submarine installation, the headquarters of the Japanese army and more.
  • Interact like never before: with the environment: steal enemy uniforms and weapons, climb poles, swing from cables, swim, utilize vehicles, and climb in/out of buildings, ships, planes.
  • Control nine commandos: including a green beret, sniper, demolitions expert, seductress, thief, and even a dog.
  • All new 3D engine: rotate the environment 360 degrees, move seamlessly in/out of buildings, submarines, planes and under water, and zoom in/out on the environment.
  • Innovative camera control: simultaneous control of multiple gameplay windows in real time.
  • Authentic WWII scenarios: 10 missions spanning 9 different environments in night and day with realistic weather effects.
  • Multiplayer: Go to war with others in a cooperative multiplayer mode (Multiplayer available in PC version only!!!).
  • New WWII vehicles and weapons: including jeeps, tanks, trucks, ships, bazookas and flame-throwers.

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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
It's funny how back in the day (and certainly today) people were complaining that this game is too hard. That's what the genre and this saga is about, and that's what makes hardcore players love this game. Those without degrees in strategy gaming will find this game impossible to play, in many cases, too hard to accomplish. But lucky for me, at the time, I was well versed in the ways of the special forces.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Feels like home.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
besides being a timeless classic... its a brilliant game
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116 of 118 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Before the review, I want to exclaim:
Also, this game usually costs 1 $ or € throughout the Steam sales.

I remember when I was younger playing this game and how fun it was. Controlling commandos behind enemy lines. Stealth. Tactics. The experience was amazing and I am elated right now to play this game again.

The game's charm is in figuring out enemy's patterns, observing the environment, planning tactics and then carrying it all out. It is hard, but addicting and rewarding in the end. A simple act of throwing cigarette packs and then knocking out a soldier and tying him up, booby-trapping, throwing a bomb at a group of soldiers or disguising as an officer with a spy is satisfying.

The game is a little hard to get into at first, but after you really pass the two training levels, you are essentially ready to go.
VERY USEFUL TO KNOW: CTRL-S and CTRL-L for quicksave and quickload.

It was also released in 2002 so the game looks rough and doesn't support widescreen natively. To remedy this, you can pick up executables that fix this, although very high resolutions might cause graphical glitches. There is also a mod called Destination Paris that makes the game even more challenging.

Commandos 2 is my favorite game in the whole series and I recommend it to Commandos newcomers; as Behind Enemy Lines and Beyond the Call of Duty are too unforgiving (I haven't played Commandos 3 yet, but it's apparently not as up to par). Alternatively, you can try Desperados if you're more into Wild West or Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood if you're into Middle Ages.

Download links: - High Resolution fix - Destination Paris
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220 of 299 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Before everyone starts insulting me i'll begin by saying Commandos 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. I spent hours playing this game when I was a kid (back in the days when games gave you a real challenge !).
From where i'm sitting I can still see the CD on my shelf, so I already own it but when I saw you could buy it on Steam for 99 cents, here I thought : "Let's buy it, it's cheap, it'll be the occasion to play it again and since it's in my steam library it'll be more convenient than the CD" (I bought a lot of games I already owned that way and I know I'm not the only one).
Here comes the downfall : it's a pain in the *** to make it run on a W7 64Bits computer.
First, the game just wouldn't launch, opening and exiting immediately, then after some tweaks, new message : "problem checking steam application" and then "comm2.exe not responding".
I finally got it to work only to find you can't play on a wider resolution than 1024x768.
I know it's an old game but what's the point in making this game available on Steam if you can't play it on a modern configuration ?
I wouldn't want them to change the graphics at all but at least they could've make a HD resolution compatibility, that would have justified the buy for me.

So, do I recommend this game ? Hell yeah !
Do I recommend you buy it on Steam ? Hell no ! They didn't even bother to check if the game would run properly on a current PC. I work in computers for a living so I know my way around and it still took me 2 hours just to launch the game (and my time playing the game is not updated on my profile, I didn't play it just 6 minutes) !
My advice : buy it elsewhere like on Good Old Games, the pack Commandos 2 + 3 only costs 5$ and download a mod allowing 1920x1080 resolution.
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75 of 85 people (88%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
Spent the whole evening trying to beat the first part of the tutorial. just like i remember it.
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2015
Commandos 2 is one of few examples, where a sequel of the game turns out at least just as good, if not better, then the original idea.
To be clear: if there is a single flaw of Commandos 2, compared to Commandos 1, it is low difficulty level.

In a nutshell:
  • the game is isometric sneaker strategy / logical game in real time,
  • World War 2 themed, British commandos fight against III Reich and ... Japan,
  • consists of ten regular missions, nine bonus missions (+1 regular mission 'bonus phase'), and two trainings,
  • roughly 20-40 hours to beat.

So what it is all about? The key idea remains the same:
  • player has 1-8 (usually 3-5) commandos to control
  • plays missions against 10-50 (sometimes 100+) soliders on the map
  • being outmumbered and outgeared, the player must use silent takedowns without setting off the alarm, at least for most part of the mission.
  • enemies have their own sight and hearing areas, most of the time the player approaches from behind, and in places which are isolated from another guards,
  • this usually requires luring the guard out from crawded area, distracting anoter patrolmen or combination of both,
  • all settled during the WW2, though with fictional history. One will for instance visit Asia and Pacific as a British commando.

The commandos 'specialise' in following areas:
  • a dirty job guy aka Green Beret, stealth and melee combat expert,
  • a sniper, one shot one kill, can collect ammo from enemies,
  • a diver, can swim unnoticed in deep water,
  • a sapper, demolition expert,
  • a driver, gunner and tank operator, also handles "exotic" weapons,
  • a spy, covert ops expert, can dusguise himself as an enemy and chat the guards,
  • a thief, sneaker but with limited combat abilities,
  • Natasha, spy / sniper equivalent (shows up in three missions, where European officer would be too suspicoius),
  • a dog, another distractor but is cool.
Compared to C1, all the commandos have shared set of skills, which includes:
  • shoting a gun, machine guns and rifles (except for sniper rifle),
  • stunning enemies with fist punch,
  • carrying bodies,
  • driving small cars,
  • swimming and (limited) diving,
  • using medpacks,
  • disguise as enemy solider (though only the Spy can do this efficiently),
  • distracting with cigarettes, decoy, etc.

The commandos no longer seem to be rookies.
This actually makes the game way easier, as a tight cooperation is no longer needed.
On the other hand this varied set of skills adds a lot of freedom into the game, and one no longer needs to stick with the Green Beret.

The game lost its deadly alarms and garrnison patrols, which were almost a signatue feature of the first part (and usually resulted in mission failure).
The enemies are far less aggressive and leave a large time margin of error before opening fire.
More then enough to get back to safety.
They are more susciptable for diversion and there are more ways to distract them.

So what did the game gained? Why it is still worth anything?
  • A lot of freedom.
  • A lot of equipment (compared to C1): smoke grenades, gas grenades, bottles of wine, sleeping pills, wire traps, landmines, bazookas, fresh meet (for guard dogs), binolucars.
  • Gun blazing is now more possible, but stealth actions remain a tactics of choice (plus it is fun with all those toys).
  • Possobility to explore and fight inside buildings.
  • Ten unique missions (+ a couple of bonus), every single one has something which makes it distinctive (including a mission with no killing, whose objective is to steal enemy documents).
  • Campaing progress menu, possiblility to replay a particular mission.
  • Bonus objective, and item collections which unlock bonus missions.

Commandos 2 introduced amazing (for its time 2001) interaction with the environment including:
  • daytime / night time (only one mission),
  • switch off the lights to hide in shadow,
  • frost (limited time to stay outside buildings, one mission only),
  • search the shelves and boxes for equipment,
  • enter and expore buildings,
  • get into the building through the door or windows,
  • sniper shot through the window,
  • climb a pole to move unnoticed,
  • hide corpses in a pile of thrash,
  • hide yourself under the table.

The game still offers quick save + load, still used quite frequently.
While it is a war game most of enemies can be stuned and knocked out without killing.
On top of that the missions are scored based on time taken, damage, exploration and stealth level, including mentioned nonlethal takedowns.

The game is almost 15 year old, and offers a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768, but on my 17'' notebook I find the video surprisingly good, mainly due to reasonable amount of details and limited 'graphical pattern reuse'.
The music is finally present in the game and sound effect seem also fine, don't distract a lot.

  • low-to-medium difficulty level (even "very hard" difficulty is a mid-game of Commandos 1),
  • The boxed Commandos 2 version featured short cienematics between the missions, which don't run in Steam version,
    I cannot tell if this is a common problem or just a config / codecs issue on my computer,
  • When scaled to 16:9 display, the graphics gets a bit pixelized.

Do not play if:
  • you are allergic to old games / hybrids / isometric cameras.

Do play if:
  • well... just play!
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45 of 47 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
A Masterpiece! Truly one of the most beautiful, well crafted and compelling games ever made. Brilliant characters and missions! I played it when it released in 2001, multiple times over the years, I played it again in 2015 and I'm sure I will revisit it in the future. This is a work of art!
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Super hard, fun, and a great classic, great replayability, if your cautious.
(for hardcore strategy game fans only).
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creme de le kremlin
5.7 hrs
Posted: October 17
A great game for playing with your sons (like my father did).
Basically this game is about managing "who's gonna do the job" with the character selection the game gave you upon entering the mission.
The startegy elements can be seen in utilizing the surrounding elements for stealth, hiding bodies of enemies, grenade physics, vice versa.
The historical accuracy in weaponry and uniform do amaze me.

If you're looking for a game, well WW2 strategy games that relies on character synergies, stealth, timing, positioning, AND LOW GRAPHIC, I would personally suggest you this game, it gave me good time. I have been playing this game before i even create my Steam. Good to know that this game is here
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Mr. Manovar nr. 6
12.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
Besides putting one of the absolute hardest missions at the near beginning, this game is a great one in the "Strategy" genre
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11.0 hrs
Posted: October 15
Feels like home. +1
Timeless classic. +1
One of the old good games, something like DOOM/HL1/QaK for FPS
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36.5 hrs
Posted: October 13
Old but gold. This game is the best in Commandos series.
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21.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
I love this game, but DON`T buy it, seriously.
In windows 7, game crashes frequently in certain points of the missions making it unplayable (just google the problems that many people report). If you really want to play it, just play the game through alternative ways. You won`t wanna pay for a broken game.

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みoƦƦoƦ ₣o父
2.6 hrs
Posted: October 7
Hey everyone and this is my review about the game!

This is a Tactical stealth strategy game.


You can have multiple profile slots.
There is a difficulty settings.
There is training camp (Required to do this).
There are some resolution sizes.
You are able to change the controls on the keyboard.
There is a Master volume slidebar available.
There is a sound volume slidebar available.
There is a music volume slidebar available.
There is an Ally voice volume slidebar available.
There is a briefing voice volume slidebar available.

About the game.

There are a couple of things that i hate about the game. The controls, They keep changing the controls. Yes i know that you are able to customize it, but why keep changing it. The game also runs way too fast compared to the Commandos 1 Series. Each commando doesn't really feel like he has a role. Back in the Commandos 1, Every commando has a purpose and a role. "Driver is driver, diver is diver, sniper is sniper, spy is spy" and so go on. I Don't get that feeling in this game at all. Each Commando has their own name aswell, which is confusing. I have the feeling that some information are left out or arent good explained.

There are multiple save slots available.
There is no Shift + Tab.
Message from friends (if you have friends ofcourse), wont be shown.
You can rotate the camera to have a different screen view.
Save and loadgame

Other things.

I just didnt like this commandos part. It didnt feel like it was a commandos game at all, compared to the other one. Im sure other people would love this game. But nobody has a role here. They are basically on one line. which i didnt enjoy.


I Give this game a 4/10
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52.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
This is very challenging and hard game, buy and test
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 2
windows 10 cheats dont work
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