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2001 really is beginning khổng lồ feel lượt thích quite a long time ago indeed and Commandos 2, which originally released way back in September of that year is, it has to lớn be said, now showing its age in many ways. Pyro Studios real-time tactics effort is undoubtedly something of a classic of the genre, for sure; a deep and strategic affair that"s got buckets of atmosphere and throws players into a series of enormously challenging missions across Nazi-occupied Europe. However, it"s also a game whose systems feel rather antiquated in The Year of Our Lord 2020 – a feeling which is exacerbated by a lazy HD remaster that does the bare minimum while introducing plenty of new problems of its own.

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For players who"ve already experienced the delights of the Commandos series back in the day, there"s still plenty of fun to lớn be had reliving past glories & digging into levels you"ll have spent a ton of time figuring out all those years ago here, but this is an experience that"s badly hampered by controls that have been poorly implemented and don"t even get close to matching the comfort of a mouse & keyboard. Player movement, camera actions và object interactions in this console version are a supremely niggly, often hugely frustrating affair that lead to lớn numerous unnecessary deaths và the constant alerting of throngs of enemy guards.

Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)

We"ve personally been through this game"s huge and complicated levels multiple times over the years and still, with prior knowledge of enemy placements, hiding spots & little tricks lớn bypass sticky situations, we found ourselves having to save our progress constantly as we struggled khổng lồ align our tiny little commandos in the exact way necessary lớn pick up or diffuse a mine, search or hide an enemy body, clamber through a window or – the absolute worst offender here – shoot our weapons accurately.

It feels buggy và unexacting in even the most simple of interactions, và it makes levels which are already rather tortuously tough, a proper pain lớn put up with. Even the game"s opening training missions saw us succumb to lớn the enemy on numerous occasions due lớn an inability on our part lớn reliably climb up a pole, shimmy across wires, or just shoot straight at a small number of guards without making a right pig"s ear of things.

The camera controls too – which force you khổng lồ hold in the right shoulder button và using the D-Pad to then move your viewing angle or zoom in và out incrementally – are unintuitive, and the mặc định viewpoint is far too restrictive, meaning you need to lớn constantly scroll around và bring up your game map in order khổng lồ keep an eye on where enemies are at. All of this is made worse by some of the very old-school kiến thiết choices of this nearly twenty-year-old adventure, with no waypoints or assistance provided in order lớn clue you into where you should be going next, meaning you"ll spend a lot of time panning the shoddy camera around looking for clues.

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Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)

In short, the controls in this console port really are a constant annoyance at all times. Is it something we can overlook on tài khoản of the obvious strength of the chip core underlying gameplay here? Well, when you"re also dealing with myriad bugs, players getting stuck in scenery, enemies glitching through walls so you can"t attack them or characters performing an action and then simply refusing khổng lồ move again until you reload và repeat... Well, not so much. The thing is, we expect a game from 2001 to be a bit archaic và maybe even a struggle at times, but when said game is already as challenging và intricate as Commandos 2 is, we really don"t need more problems layered on top, thanks very much.

In terms of the "HD Remaster" element of this HD Remaster, well, they"ve done just about enough for it to lớn qualify; the old dated và blocky graphics have been cleaned up & look much sharper, making situations much easier to parse – however, we can"t help feel the game has also lost some of its old-school charm in the process. There"s a new UI & an overhauled tutorial in place too, which, if we"re being quite honest, don"t add much to lớn the buổi tiệc ngọt and we still struggled to remember which combination of buttons brought up which menu, how to create a group in order to lớn move in unison or just simply highlight enemies & objects around us. When times get tough here and when things get heated, expect to lớn flail wildly & fail often.

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For such an old game that hasn"t been hugely overhauled, there"s also quite a surprising amount of slowdown going on, with the kích hoạt and camera feeling as though they"re being dragged through mud at points – especially in docked mode – và even the loading times are bizarrely lengthy, taking a good long while lớn start a level và a frustrating amount of time to lớn restart when you quick load or die; you really will spend a long time looking at static loading screens in this one. It all just feels a bit disappointing and janky for a port which should really be delivering an age-old classic into our hands with crisp, clean controls – why on earth haven"t they made use of the touchscreen? – và minimal loading times.

There"s no doubting that, underneath all the problems, Commandos 2 - HD Remaster is a solid game, a brilliant one even, with ten huge levels that will chạy thử even the most experienced and patient of real-time tactical fans – & this is a genre that"s sorely underserved on Nintendo Switch – but, in an age of Shadow Tactics, Desperados và the recent Partisans 1941, it feels lượt thích a supremely dated adventure. We"d love lớn see a proper ground-up remake of these classic games or even a brand new entry in the series, but, as far as this HD Remaster goes, it"s a classic that"s seen better days and one that deserved – và badly needed – a little more TLC before being delivered to a modern audience.


Commandos 2 - HD Remaster is a disappointingly lacklustre port of a real-time tactics classic. This is a trò chơi that"s showing its age in many ways but, with the right tweaks, some decent control implementation and squashing of bugs, it could have had its moment to shine with modern audiences. As it is, the irritations và annoyances expected in revisiting a trò chơi of this vintage are exacerbated lớn no end with shoddy, unwieldy controls, unexpected performance problems và a general lack of care. The graphics have been updated here, but everything else remains much as it was – with the added frustration of bugs, glitches and long loading times.

Underneath the jank và constant irritations there"s still a fine gameDeep & complex levels khổng lồ challenge genre vetsHugely atmospheric levelsPoorly implemented console controlsPerfomance problems, long loading times và bugsRemaster work is lazy

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