amazon Commandos 2 HD Remaster reviews
Commandos 2 HD Remaster – Remember more than 20 years ago, when I first read about the introduction of the game Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines on a small section in the PC World magazine, I really the impression of a completely new game genre at the time, blending well between the two popular genres at that time, Team Strategy and Stealth Action, so well that have to find a way to “order” a copy right away and take a few months “explore” to overcome the challenges of the game, and is also one of the most excited games released in 1998.
After an expanded version that pushed the gameplay of “sneaky group tactics” to a climax, in 2001, the second version of the Commandos 2: Men of Courage series achieved a perfect “maturity” with gameplay polished, beautifully designed graphics on a 3D platform combined with Isometric drawing style (which people are familiar with as 2.5D graphics), gaining a series of high ratings from top reputable gaming sites world.
This version even made a strong impression and a far-reaching influence on other games of the same period, even stronger than the third version of the Commandos 3: Destination Berlin series released two years later for other titles released in later years.
That’s why after Pyro Studios went bankrupt, having to sell its titles to Kalyso Media, the company decided to “revive” the second part of the game called Commandos 2 HD Remaster and hit the market with a very “reasonable” price, aimed directly at the group of young gamers who have heard of the name of the series but are too fed up with the “antique” graphics platform of the early 2000s.
Perhaps this is also a little risky test step of the German game developer before deciding to continue to release the next versions of the series after a long absence.
Are the efforts to “revive” a legendary game of Kalypso Media worthwhile for both new and veteran gamers to enjoy? Let Biareview experience the game with you guys!
During the Remaster, Remake, and Reboot movement of the past few years, Remaster versions are often least well received because of the low quality of remakes, even some games like Final Fantasy VIII Remastered … take bad feedback when the quality of the anti-aliased background image is broken and blurred.
However, it must be said that Commandos 2 HD Remaster has received a very significant investment from the technical staff of Kalypso Media when besides a team of artists “upgrading” for game graphics, the company even had to “tear” the game source code, rebuild a lot of segments to be compatible with new graphics platforms and operating systems like Windows 10.
As a result, although quite a few bugs are ranging from jams image, to major bugs like loss of save points … since launch, with only a few updates, the game has been able to smooth operation “like in the first” with almost difficult to find errors appearing, making it easy for players to enjoy the levels without having any problems.
It must be said that the company’s team of experts worked very hard both before and after the game was released to give players a game with good graphics quality, perhaps not equal to “juniors” came out after 15 years as Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, but has been on par with a few Indie titles released in the past few years.
The models are reconstructed with the “HD standard” textured quality possesses smooth movements that meet the “standard” of modern games. Meanwhile, the environment is “flashed” little by little, from the houses, the area of light effects is distinguished and creates a strong visual impression between the lighted and dark areas with contrasting color bands, which did not exist in the first version.
With Commandos 2 HD Remaster, you will once again follow a group of friendly commandos with different skills across many battlefields around the world, from camps in Europe, to the jungles of Burma. You can even go to … Hai Phong on mission number 7 to stop Japanese troops from invading Indochina from the French even though this level is full of Chinese “colorful” architecture.
Overall, Kalypso Media has tried to keep almost every element in the original version intact, merely upgrading the game’s graphics to a level on par with many modern games instead of creating a relatively “weird” concept like Warcraft III: Reforged to infuriate gamers, or “immobilize” things lazily like Square Enix has done with closed Final fantasy titles sign your “remaster”.
This “serious” remaster style can be seen partly through the game Praetorians HD Remaster also recently released by the company, so you can completely enjoy the game to enjoy what “essence” of the original game with a much more acceptable graphics platform.
These factors help to retain veteran gamers, the “fans” of the series to review beautiful memories, while for new gamers, the gameplay of Commandos 2 HD Remaster is also at the same level quite to be able to “balance” players from start to finish through a variety of missions in a variety of genre and freedom of gameplay.
Similar to Broken Lines that Biareview has recently introduced, group strategy games always own a lot of ways to solve their freestyle gameplay, which also contributes to the increased replay value of the game.
In general, Commandos 2 HD Remaster is a very good game, even if it is just a Remaster version from an old game that has been released for nearly 20 years, thanks to the attractive, balanced gameplay, still intact the value of the original version with the “care” in terms of graphics of the team of experts from Kalypso Media.
Although Kalypso Media poured a lot of effort into rebuilding the graphics and compatibility of the game, it seems that these efforts are somewhat overwhelming, causing Commandos 2 HD Remaster to own a lot … “Revamped” compared to the original version.
The most noticeable thing is the ability to split the screen into multiple areas to track different targets (split screens) has … disappeared in this version. Therefore, many times the game becomes unreasonably difficult when the player cannot follow to “synchronize” the actions of the characters.
That is not to mention some other features such as shooting through the window are also “mutilated” or the feature of tracking the supporting characters (soldiers) with the Page Up or Page Down buttons are removed for unknown reasons. Because this also makes many “fans” of the series feel unfamiliar and a little difficult.
Besides, Kalypso Media’s intervention in the game’s graphics is even more “excessive” when it almost cuts out all signs related to fascism such as the cross in all levels and even historical documentaries.
This is understandable when the company is headquartered in Germany, not like Pyro Studios was previously based in Spain. In Germany to this day, there is a very strict image control regime of what belongs to the fascist symbols, even with foreign studio-produced games related to this period such as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has to carefully “censor” elements related to the Nazi Party, currently, only Wolfenstein Youngblood is entitled to this exception due to some loosening of censorship laws in 2018. , but it seems that Kalypso Media does not want to go beyond the limit and then get into unnecessary trouble.
Even worse, the signs still in use today such as the Iron Cross of the German army, the Japanese sun flag, or the Imperial Japanese Navy flag are also cleanly censored, cause a little annoyance for players, especially the “fans” of the series are too familiar with the first version.
However, these issues are also quite small, not enough to prevent gamers from “returning to the battlefield” with Commandos 2 HD Remaster to relive beautiful memories from the original version of the series.