Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Game Description: One of the most popular arcade shooters is back! Wolf of the Battlefield™: Commando 3 revives the classic Commando franchise with an all-new adventure. Fight solo or recruit two other specialized commandos to defeat the evil tyrant General Ratiev. This frantic war-fest combines precise, old-school gameplay with hi-def 3D graphics. Play as Codename Wolf, Coyote, or Fox as you take on waves of soldiers, rescue POWs, and blow up armored vehicles through a variety of dangerous battlefields. With loads of weapons and power-ups at your disposal, gear up and blast your way to victory!

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 – Review

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Although I can't get over my preference for tangible goods, knowing that titles I've enjoyed lately would never have seen release in physical format helps ease the pain of dealing with the new reality of download-only. I'd much rather fork over a twenty at GameStop and have a disc to add to my stack, but if this is the sacrifice it takes to get these small gems into my hands, then so be it.  Case in point: Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3.

A surprising update to one of Capcom's long fallow franchises, Backbone Entertainment has revamped the classic one-man-against-an-army formula, and I've got to say that it's a success... for the most part.

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The cartoonish, stylized graphics sport bright colors and simple designs that are a good fit for the material, and there's something utterly timeless about mowing down hordes of soldiers as you push through enemy lines.  Tossing grenades, dodging a hail of incoming bullets, and then unleashing a screen-clearing super attack is stuff that's always going to be welcome no matter the time or place.

Featuring solo, co-op, and even triple-team play, Commando 3 is a welcome addition to a genre that seems tailor-made for a small electronic-only investment. This type of old-school gaming isn't intended to last for a 40-hour long haul, so downloading something that packs punch and can be had in quick sessions works for me. $10? Absolutely.

Though I'm quite enthusiastic for the title, there are a few factors that dampen the experience. On the technical side, I repeatedly ran into a glitch where my character would become physically stuck until I threw a grenade.  In this game, not moving equals death.

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On the design side, I found that the difficulty was much too steep in co-op (even on the easiest setting) thanks to overly-plentiful respawning enemies and constant back-attacks. Making it even tougher is that the stock of extra lives must be split between the players, and there are no continues. People not raised on the lethal difficulty curves of yesteryear may find it a bit offputting. Though these choices were... questionable... they're nothing that can't be overcome.

Despite its few rough edges, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is a welcome return to the kind of game that thrived in the era of arcades—simple, straightforward, and satisfying in short bursts. It's too bad that pieces not aspiring to be epic, effects-laden sagas find themselves with few places to exist in today's treacherous retail environment, but it's definitely given me an appreciation for the opportunities provided by the download-only model. Rating: 7 out of 10

Disclaimer: This review is based on the Xbox 360 version. Also, be aware this game is available as a hard drive download ONLY.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence

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Parents should be aware that this game features a team of soldiers mowing down seemingly infinite numbers of enemy soldiers with guns, grenades, and rocket launchers. There are a few tanks and jeeps thrown in, but it's mostly human-on-human violence. It's not gory or bloody and the game in general has a very cartoonish aspect, but it still all about gunplay, so use your discretion. There is no questionable language and no sexual situations.

Old-school Capcom fans will find this game definitely worth the price of admission.  In my opinion, this reinterpretation is very faithful to the spirit of the original overall and it feels tight where it needs to, though the difficulty is a little too high when playing with partners.

Live Arcade players will likely find this came to be of a higher quality than most of the other action-oriented offerings so far. Solid and entertaining, my gut feeling is that the majority of people who are interested in this sort of top-down action will find it worthwhile.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will have no problems. There are no significant auditory cues, and everything you need to know is shown on-screen. It's fast, straightforward, and all about the twitch... no ears necessary.