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.
User reviews: Very Positive (451 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 30, 2002

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"Probably the -best- of the series. Better refined gameplay and interesting levels. Patience and layout study is required to achieve victory. TacticalTBS"

About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.3 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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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Commandos 2 is real-time squad-based tactical strategy game which was came out more than a decade ago and is still considered as the best of its kind.

Good:
Huge, well-designed maps can be completed through various ways. Different tactical approaches are available via the lots of items that can be found around the map. Needs some brain-work even on the lowest difficulty. The team is well established, every mate has its unique style. Gameplay design is great, there is not much to be desired, most of the things work flawlessly. Save system is very user friendly, as you can save your state whenever and wherever you want. The pre-rendered graphics are still looking good. Resolution can be easily modded without braking the visuals.

Bad:
Easier, sometimes a little bit duller gameplay compared to the previous titles. Some glitches and weird stuff due to the rendering style.

Overall, the second Commandos is not as hardcore as the previous installments of the series, but instead lets you deal with things the way you want. Its presentation and ideas are making it a must have even after many years.

My Opinion:
OVERALL: 8.5/10
Graphics: 8/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Sound: 8/10
Replay Value: 9/10
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Spent the whole evening trying to beat the first part of the tutorial. just like i remember it.
10/10
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
A great great game. I would do dirty things that would shame my family for another commandos game as good as this one.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
So.. Commandos 2: Men of courage, Its a great game, gives you a good vison of what world war 2 was, and how some of the well known, "Commandos" do their work.

The team has 8 members:

"Sapper": He's a demolitions expert, but doesnt run that fast, and cant climb on walls.

"The Marine/Diver": He is, as you should already know a diver, he also has a grapling hook, that he can use to climb onto buildings ect.

"Green Berret": A well known Irish Commando, he is in all of the games in the franchise, he has a knife, and has big muscels, he can lift metal boxes.

"The Thief": He is a small, fast, clever commando who was a thief, he's from france, and was just introduced in this game.

"Spooky": He is also a Frenchman, a middelaged man, who was in all of the games, he is known for his medical arsenal, he can stun, knock out, or kill his enemies.

"The Driver": He is actualy not just any driver, he can drive planes, cars, tanks ect.
He is also an expert with molotov cocktails.

"Natasha": She is a russain spy, who joined the commando corps in the second game, she can distract guards by *Clears throat* Showing off, it's funny to just distact guards and see them loose everything just to watch her.

"The Sniper": He is one of the best snipers of the allies, he has an Amarican sniper, he quickly becomes a loveble charecter to the series."

Rating:

The voice acting is not the best, but is forgiveble.

The gameplay is both hard and great, you need to get used to them.

The graphics are alright since the game out 14 years ago, Also the year i was born haha..

The Charecters are loveble and you will quickly find you favurite commando, mine is of course The thief.

Overall rating: 9/10

Sorry for my bad english, since im from another contry. :)
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Best strategy game ever..
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
For a game which turned 13 this year, it stands up incredibly well. It's probably the best game in the series, which began to lose something with Destination Berlin and lost it decisively with Strike Force. I'd highly recommend it to an fan of real-time strategy games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Even now this game deserves to have a full price. I bought it from steam just because... I already have it 2-3 physical copies of it collected through the years. You can lose sleep playing all the commandos games. Definetly the most underrated (from the new generation) series ever. Beware though, some of them might require some mods to be able to play without problems on widescreens.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Best of the series. Can't recommand any more.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Best game ever! Strategy game with numerous characters you control during World War 2.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Daah? do i have to explain why you should get this!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
pode pegar de olhos fechados, valem para os outros da série tb.


The best game money can buy, aplicable to the entire series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
In my opinion, the best in the series. Lots of improvements and add-ons from the sequels while still maintaining each commando's unique character, traits, uses, etc. Can be rather tricky if not played seriously enough, however.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
with different type of character combinations, you have multiply way to finish the game. and it means, high re-playability.

spend more than 37hours, and I haven't finish the game.

caution: for hardcore tactical strategy game fans only
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Best game EVER!
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101 of 103 people (98%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Before the review, I want to exclaim:
BUY COMMANDOS 2 IF YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED ANY OF THE COMMANDOS GAMES.
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 (https://sites.google.com/site/xbootx/home/commandos2), although very high resolutions might cause graphical glitches. There is also a mod called Destination Paris (http://commandoshq.net/c2dp_dloads.php) 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.
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164 of 221 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 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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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Commandos 2 is the best of it's series. In the aspect of today gaming stand point. This game is brutaly hard and unforgiving for any small errors that you can messed up with.

It's a ww2 squad-based strategy that treat player like a man. No hand holding. No tutorial (actually it has, but they look more like exams before let you to the real mission). You have to learn how to survive by reading manual and tooltips. If you can't learn to use hotkeys at least. you will ended up pressing quick save and quick load the most.

If you are new to this series you will die a lot , but at the same time you will see that enemies will leave that small window of oppatunity open for you as a smart guideline to encourage you to try new approch tactics. As for the result , every guard you knockdown , every enemies you have killed , every thievery or sneaks you can pull off will feel so much rewarding.

One more thing i have to say is this game has exceptional fantastic soundtracks. some may say these tracks sound a little too hype to be in this kind of game that you have to take your time. But they did make you want to come back and kick more nazi's ♥♥♥.

If you are looking for a classic and a challenging experiance then buy it. this sums up all the meaning of good old classic pc games.
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58 of 80 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
Do not buy. I love the commandos series BUT its not running on current hardware.
I wonder if they even tested the game on recent hardware before steam publish.

For ONE YEAR I'm trying to run this game without succes.
The devs do not even bother. Steam discussions are full of people with problems.
This is just a simple money grab.

So for the people that want to get this game.. try to get it from other sources before buying on steam to test if your pc can even run it ^^

Pc Specs:
Windows 7 SP1 X64
i5 4670K
8GB Dominator RAM
Nvidia GTX 670

If you dont believe me:
http://www.swe-gaming.com/fsx/files/2014-03/211533_gameszzz.png
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