Commandos 2 HD Remastered will be back this year, in the version for Android, iPad, MacOS, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and XONE. The remaster will offer better visuals and an improved control system. Fortunately, the impudently high level of difficulty stays in place.
It's been well over a decade since I last saw Jack O'Hara – my favorite commando. I remember that the green beret was the fastest suffocation of all the characters available in the game. He was strong, big and surprisingly fast. And he was an Irishman with a big mouth, who was sent to a criminal unit for assaulting his own officer. How not to like him. Cover hero. Apply to the wound.
Now will be the opportunity to refresh friendships. Commandos 2 HD Remastered becomes a fact
During Gamescom 2019, the publisher Calypso Media reminded the world of the existence of the Commandos series. Here is Commandos 2 HD Remastered launches a real war offensive, aiming at almost all possible platforms: Android tablets, iPads, computers with MacOS and Windows, as well as PS4, XONE and Nintendo Switch. These are no longer silent actions behind enemy lines. This is a total invasion of the iconic brand from years ago.
Why iconic? The commando phenomenon consists of several elements. The first of them is a strong inspiration from wonderful war movies, expressed in the form of missions inspired by ancient cinematography. In the Commandos series we could feel like the heroes of Commandos from Navarona, Lousy Dozen, Only for eagles, Navarona Department or the Bridge on the River Kwai. Experiencing the action from iconic movies in a video game not only positively influenced the diversity of missions, but gave the game additional depth.
This depth is the second reason
Like a Dirty Dozen, Commandos had their characters, their sins, their unique attitudes and beliefs. They were definitely not angels. Thanks to this, Jack O'Hara, Tread, Inferno or Duke seemed convincing and authentic. A few missions were enough to really like them. The player himself felt like a member of the team, experiencing this soldier's pit.
The third pillar is the level of difficulty. The Commandos series will seem horrendously demanding to modern players. The title severely punishes for mistakes. Acting behind the enemy (Germany and Japan), when Axis forces have a gigantic numerical advantage, playing in the style of Rambo is asking for a ball. Commandos forces you to think, test different scenarios and to experiment. I have many friends who were afraid to approach this title without a guide. Then, on paper, from a monthly bought at a kiosk.
Why Commandos 2? What happened to the first part?
One may wonder why Calypso Media puts on the second installment of the series, instead of maintaining the chronological order. I do not know what the publisher's true intentions are, but I bet that the value of "cult" played a significant role here. Commandos 2 seems to me the best, the most interesting and the most diverse installment of the series. In addition, the commando visit to Asia – initially accepted by me very reluctantly – is a great breath of freshness.
At the same time, Commandos 2 introduced a lot of interesting gameplay, today it would seem mandatory elements. Only the sequel allowed players to move and hide the corpses, place the acquired weapons in their backpacks, put on enemy uniforms to confuse the opponent or use vehicles. And let's not forget about Whiskey – the bull terrier who is in his own way the mascot of the whole team.
Commandos 2 HD Remastered will debut in the fourth quarter of 2019.