Get commandos 2: Men of courage instead.
Ok, I am not saying that this game is terrible. I played many many hours of it in the past. But compared to Commandos 2, It's not what it could be.
Where commandos 2. Had a smooth learning curve. Commandos 3, throws that over board and just throws you into the deep and straight after the tutorial.
Lets compare commandos 2 to commandos 3 for a quick bit.
the tutorial of commandos 2 was ok. First one was quite easy, but explaining the basics very well. Then the second one gave you the feeling of a real mission in a smaller setting. Still a little easier than the main missions, it gave a good learning experience of the game. Mainly because not everything was explained to you.
commandos 3 tutorial was too simple. You began training a whole long missions learning the basic moves of some of the commandos, all in a way too linear fashion. Then the second tutorial should have been the smaller mission. And it is. But compared to the actual missions, this one is way too easy, and again every move you need to make is fed to you with a spoon.
but okay, the main missions are quite hard. they aren't impossible. Just require a whole lot of messing things up.
Missions. Hard, doable but okay. their settings differ nicely from eachother. Though the difference could be as good as it was in commandos 2. But what i disliked most, is the linear feeling most of the missions have. Do this, go to that do that again. It just doesn't feel like the past where you had open levels and you could do them in any way you liked.
Story wise, they did nicely too. They actually managed to add in 3 stories in the game.
one about a traitor, one for the D-day campain. And one about a weapon if i am not mistaken.
Not the spectacular stories you would hope for, but it's there at least.
Diversity in players is lacking though. I feel that I am mostly just using the same players mission after mission. While leaving some alone. they even cut out some players from the previous game. But why they only used the diver in 1 mission i can't understand.
Then we have the gameplay.
It's okay at best.
As someone who is common with commandos 2 controls this is a whole difference. Because mainly it's the same game as C2. Just with some major ajustments. Some are good, some are bad.
Control wise, It could have done better. A lot of the shortcut keys are gone. And I have the feeling to get a different weapon out I am clicking more than I did in previous installments.
But that is just knitpicking.
Of course there are mods to enable more shortcut keys.
It does improve on some mechanics though.
Weapon distribution and handling is improved. And the free moving camera indoors works great too.
If yhey used these mechanics in Commandos 2, than that would have been a straight A game.
But last thing I am saddened about. It doesn't work as well on modern pc's. Commandos 2 still works greatly on my PC. but commandos 3 needs so many changes to the game files to keep it working. It's just not worth it.
But to make it short.
commandos 3. It is a good game. but only if you are a long term fan of the series.
but don't expect it to be as good as commandos 2.
My reccomendation. Get commandos 2 if you haven't already. It's longer and has better gameplay.
If you already got, and this game does turn up with 75% off. Then it's worth getting. Just so you can feel how it could be better. Otherwise, Just stay a long way away from it.