Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Review

posted 6/23/2008 by Cyril Lachel
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In fact, you can't rightfully talk about Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 without mentioning something about its incredible multiplayer co-op mode. As a single player game Commando 3 is a bit repetitive, but add in two extra players (either online or off) and you have an exciting action game that you'll want to play again and again. It's amazing how different the overall dynamic is between playing it by yourself and with friends, even with a few minor Xbox Live bugs (some of which will hopefully be fixed with title updates) you'll have a blast going through the game over and over again. Sure it's shallow and repetitive, but this is the kind of game the reminds you just how much fun those old arcade shooters were.

Like Capcom's other recent dual-stick shooter, Rocketmen, Commando 3 employs an art style that looks like it could have been pulled directly out of a comic book (or at least a Saturday morning cartoon). The characters are exaggerated in almost every way, which fits in perfect with the over-the-top action they're in the middle of. The graphics aren't the best you will see on the Xbox Live Arcade, but they certainly get the job done and look sharper than what we saw in Rocketmen a couple of months ago.

Oddly enough, it's the audio that isn't quite up to snuff. Don't get me wrong, the level music isn't bad and the sound effects are passable, but for some strange reason Capcom decided to keep the cinema scenes almost completely silent. None of the characters talk, so all you see is the subtitles of what they are saying. What's more, there's no actual music over most of the cinemas, and the only sounds you ever hear are the occasional (and all too brief) sound effects. It's actually a little off-putting, since we're used to having cinemas be the big showpiece for audio and video. But that's just not the case here. This is the kind of thing that you can easily get over, but it's definitely strange to watch cinemas in complete silence.


As an action game this is a solid shooter, even if it's nothing more than that. I had a great time from beginning to end, and then an even better time when I brought a couple of friends into the experience. There are a few minor problems I think are worth pointing out, though. For example, it's a shame there isn't more variety in the level bosses. There are also a few framerate hiccups, especially when there are a lot of people on the screen. It also would have been nice if Capcom could have included the original Commando and MERCS, especially since there is so much time that separates these three games. I also hate it when companies hand out "6" and "7" point achievements, but that's a pet peeve I have to get over. None of these complaints will ruin the game, but they should be looked at before Capcom decides to release another game in this franchise.

On a side note, buying Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 will allow you to take part in the exclusive beta for Capcom's upcoming Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Xbox 360 owners will no doubt recognize this kind of marketing strategy, as Microsoft already attempted something similar when they released the Halo 3 beta with their open-world action game, Crackdown. Whatever you do, don't buy Commando 3only for the Street Fighter II beta, the limited amount of content it will provide is certainly not worth the $10 asking price. Buy Commando 3 because it's a solid action game that harkens back to a simpler era. Buy this game because it's an incredibly fun multiplayer action game. Buy Commando for its own merits, not because you might get to play Street Fighter II a few months early. Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is a great game on its own merits. I can only hope that it's not another 18 years before we see Capcom release Commando 4.


B
Despite its short campaign and repetitive nature, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 proves to be an exciting action game for one to three players. It's not quite as good as the two games that came before it, but that shouldn't keep you from having a fantastic time battling warlords and killing evil soldiers!


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