What Is It?
This is an overhead action/shooter starring a shirtless, muscle-clad Arnold Schwarzenegger type killing every enemy in sight. Although you wouldn't know it from the unassuming 8-bit graphics, Commando is an incredibly influential release that spawned two must-own sequels. I'm a big fan of both MERCS and the 2008 Commando 3. Unfortunately, this first installment is showing its age. You play a slow moving character that shoots in only the direction he's facing. To make matters worse, he can only take one bullet before dying. Thankfully the game gives you unlimited credits and a cast of predictable enemies. The Wolf of the Battlefield name may not mean much these days, but it's nice to look back at the feeble beginnings of a great arcade series.
Does It Still Hold Up?
Apparently one thing that didn't hold up was the original name. When this Capcom classic was first released in American arcades, it was simply called Commando (just like the Schwarzenegger movie). Now? It seems like the game has been reverted back to a version of the original Japanese title, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando. Observant Defunct Games readers will remember that the same thing happened to the Genesis version of MERCS.
Is It Worth The Money?
After recently playing through Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 and MERCS, I had completely forgotten how simple the original Commando was. From the moment I was dropped out of the helicopter, I knew that I was in for an outdated trip. The game does reward players who stick with the punishing difficulty, but it's hard to justify the staggering eight dollar price tag. If you can stomach the high price, you're in for a good (albeit dated) action game.
Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando does reward players who stick with the punishing difficulty, but it's hard to justify the staggering eight dollar price tag. If you can stomach the high price, you're in for a good (albeit dated) action game.
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