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January 29, 2006
Commandos Strike Force - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
24/3/2006SciPyro Studios1, 8 $99.95

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Taking the high ground.
One of the most impressive strategy games in recent years is Eidos' Commandos. Taking an isometric viewpoint the Commandos series is reminscent of classics such as Cannon Fodder or Heavy Barrel, albeit with a much more realistic slant, and vastly superior visuals and sound. Commandos Strike Force is quite a different title as developers Pyro Studios are developing a First Person perspective game rather then the classic viewpoint. It's an interesting move with many other World War II based FPS's being released in recent times, however if Pyro Studios can maintain the atmosphere, and strategy, from previous game it may be a winner.

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Trouble ahead...
Set in war torn Europe amid the backdrop of World War II, you must take your elite group of Commandos behind enemy lines on a series of linked missions through France, Russia and Norway. Destroying a Nazi ship, ambushing enemy troops, freeing French Resistance prisoners and kidnapping a general are a few of the large range of missions. As well as a compelling single player campaign, the game features a variety of original online multiplayer modes. In the most fearsome war ever fought emerged the most fearless soldiers.

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That tank is toast!
Commandos Strike Force takes you right into the heart of the action. You take control of the three members of the ‘Strike Force’ unit, each with their own play style. First up is American born Francis O'Brian, a Green Beret who is always at the heart of the action with his expertise in combat and the use of heavy weaponry. William Hawkins is a Sniper with nerves of steel and expert marksmanship. Finally we have the Spy, whose identity remains a mystery, but is able to stealthily strike at the heart of the enemy. It's your choice how you execute plans of attack by using the Commandos’ unique skills.

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Running around as the spy.
Weapons have been authentically recreated for the game and include most types found during the war including those made in England, Russia, and America with gamers able to use pistols, rifles, sub machineguns, machineguns, sniper rifles and shotguns as well as a range of other devices such as grenades (frag and smoke), molotov cocktails, sticky bombs and anti tank mines to name a few.

One aspect which hasn't been fully revealed as yet is the online gameplay which will apparently support up to 8-players.

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Yet more wonderful graphics.
As Ignacio Perez, ceo of Pyro Studios says “By combining the tactical approach of the previous Commandos games with the intense action of a fps, Commandos Strike Force will provide a more cerebral approach to the war game genre. Strike Force is our most ambitious project ever and we believe that this game will set a new benchmark for World War II videogames.”

Commandos Strike Force was due out in June 2005 and early impressions have been fairly positive however the game has now been pushed back until March 2006. If you like FPS titles with a hint of strategy then this is probably one to keep an eye on.