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Commandos 2 HD Remaster

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Remake of WWII classic is buggy and stripped of fun.

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Positive Messages

Players are meant to be fighting in World War II scenarios against Axis forces, but heavy censorship removes references to those same Axis forces. This results in a more generic recreation of a wartime setting and confuses the motivations. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the player's squad is presented as a generally heroic group, there's not a lot of opportunity to delve into their different personalities and motivations. Also, some changes to the content from the original turns the war into more of a generic battleground and a simple "good guys vs. bad guys" formula.

Ease of Play

While the player might control an elite commando unit, the game pushes for players to use strategic tactics and stealth, using direct fighting more as a last resort. There are new, revamped tutorials to help players learn the basics, but some controls feel cumbersome and unresponsive, often leading to mistakes during missions.

Violence

The game's quite violent, due to the nature of its wartime setting. Gameplay encourages players to use stealth whenever possible as opposed to direct conflict. While it doesn't shy away from showing characters killing one another, often with sprays of blood and piles of dead bodies, some of the more graphic depictions of gore have been removed.

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Some characters are shown smoking and drinking in cutscenes, with occasional references made in the game's dialogue as well.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Commandos 2 HD Remaster is a downloadable strategy game for Windows PCs. The game is a remake of the 2001 real-time strategy game, Commandos 2: Men of Courage. Players take controls of an diverse squad of commandos, executing missions to help turn the tide of the Second World War. The title encourages players to avoid direct confrontation, but when it happens, there's no shortage of explosions and blood. That said, some of the more graphic scenes of violence, as well as certain specific references to Axis forces, have been removed in this updated release. There are also occasional references to characters drinking and smoking.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byplopman_10 January 30, 2020

What's it about?

COMMANDOS 2 HD REMASTER revisits the 2001 real-time strategy game, Commandos 2: Men of Courage, adding new visuals, reworked controls, an updated user interface, and revamped tutorials to help players dive into the classic Commandos series experience. Players will take control of an elite squad of nine unique characters, including a sniper, a sapper, a thief, a seductress, and even a faithful canine. Each has his or her own specialized skills to help infiltrate and defeat enemy forces. You'll go behind enemy lines in ten different missions set in the backdrop of World War II, using authentic weapons and vehicles from the period. Outnumbered and outgunned, you'll need to use a combination of stealth, sabotage, and strategy to tilt the odds in your favor and bring the Allied forces closer to victory.

Is it any good?

Some classic games have new life breathed into them with high definition bells and whistles, adding new layers to familiar formulas to create something fresh and exciting. Unfortunately, Commandos 2 HD Remaster goes in the complete opposite direction, gutting features and content from the original, leaving behind a mess of a title that'll leave fans wishing this former buried treasure had stayed buried.

For starters, while the game has been dubbed an "HD Remaster," the visuals are extremely rough. Sure, some of the backgrounds have added detail, but the character models are bland and move in a noticeably awkward manner. The controls, supposedly revamped for this release, are buggy and often unresponsive. Also, in an odd move for a game set during the height of World War II, most direct references to Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan have been removed. This makes the overall story feel watered down and even incomplete. Making matters worse, the remaster has completely stripped away the multiplayer component. The overall effect makes the game feel generic, unfinished, and significantly less than what the original Commandos 2 had to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Commandos 2 HD Remaster affected by the focus on blood and combat? What are some of the ways that violence is handled in video games? When given a choice of avoiding conflict or diving into battle, which do you choose and why?

  • What are some of the reasons that content might be edited, altered, or outright removed from media after an initial release? Can these changes impact the overall entertainment value?

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