Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is a game for the PlayStation 3 that can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store for just $9.99. It is also available on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360 at the same price. This is the long-awaited third installment of the classic 80’s game franchise called Commando. Many NES players will probably remember playing the original game way back when.
There really isn’t much in terms of a story to this game other than you are killing bad guys in a jungle environment. You start out by picking one of three commandos, each with varying levels of health, speed, and attack power, and then you go out and blow stuff up. You’ll have to fight off countless enemy soldiers, blow up some buildings, and occasionally some vehicles. You’ll find extra ammo and grenades along the way to help your mission, and at the end you’ll have to fight some kind of boss. Pretty standard stuff here.
Graphics (4 out of 5)
This game is presented using an overhead view much like the original, but with updated graphics. I was pretty impressed by how nice everything looked on the PS3. The environments are all vibrant and colorful, and there are tons of subtle details like moving water, shaking trees, and so on. Not to mention the way stuff explodes! I wasn’t completely blown away by the graphics or anything like that, but I found them much better than the average downloadable game from the PlayStation Store.
Controls (5 out of 5)
The control system is pretty neat in how you use the right thumbstick to do all your shooting. It sounds weird at first, but it works pretty well because you will be firing in all directions throughout the game. Using the thumbstick makes it easy to quickly change directions. It’s also pretty fun when you toss a grenade toward some enemies. When you press the button to aim, you’ll see a little cross-hair on the ground next to where you want to throw it. A carefully aimed grenade can save you a lot of time and ammo.
Bang for the Buck (3 out of 5)
The main complaint about this game is that you can finish the whole thing in about an hour, which is true. I agree that in this day and age, people sort of expect a game to at least take you a whole weekend to finish. However, I must say that this type game is a throwback to the old console games from a couple of decades ago. A game like this is meant to be played over and over again, as opposed to today’s games where you play them once through and get rid of them.
Overall (4 out of 5)
Before you buy this game, be sure to download the free demo from the PlayStation Store. It will let you play through the first level, then stops right before you get to fight the boss. You’ll get a good five minutes game time in, and it’s more than enough for you to get a feel for the controls as well as see the new graphics. All it took was one trip through the demo and I was sold. I still don’t know why they reversed the name of the game when I think it should have been Commando 3: Wolf of the Battlefield.