Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines cover
Developers
Pyro Studios
Publishers
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
Windows July 31, 1998
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines guide at StrategyWiki
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines at Wikipedia
Commandos
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 1998
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty 1999
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 2001
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin 2003
Commandos: Strike Force 2006

Key points

The original 16-bit installer won't work on 64 bit systems. See: Issues fixed.
Audio-/video-options are very limited.

General information

Commandos Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Illegal Table of Contents and oversized CD-ROM DRM
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty. Cannot be purchased in Germany.[1]
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

The GOG.com version has added compatibility fixes for modern systems, includes Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty, and is cheaper than buying both games separately on Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename H_Intro.avi[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\VIDEO\
  2. Delete or rename H_Intro.avi.

Patches[edit]

The latest official patch for the European retail release is 1.1. The US release is already patched.

Steam "Ultimate Fix"[edit]

Install Steam Ultimate fix patch[2]
Fixes many of the numerous bugs the Steam version has (lack of sound, not being able to save or load and the gameplay running incredibly fast)
  1. Download the patch
  2. Extract it in the folder where the game is installed

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video options is limited to changing between four resolutions.
Video options is limited to changing between four resolutions.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Keys cannot be remapped. F1 displays a list of hotkeys.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

The only available audio option is master volume.
The only available audio option is master volume.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish
Retail version, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Mplayer.com servers were taken offline in 2001.
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't install original retail version on 64 bit Windows[edit]

Manually install the game[3]
  1. Create the folder where you want the game to be installed (default would be C:\Program Files (x86)\Eidos Interactive\Pyro\Commandos)
  2. Open the <cd drive>\COMANDOS folder and copy its content inside the first folder
  3. Open Notepad and save this with the .reg extension
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Pyro]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Pyro\Commandos]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Pyro\Commandos\1.0]
"DirCd"="D:\\Comandos"
"DirIns"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Eidos Interactive\\Pyro\\Commandos"
"Type"=dword:00000001

Notes

The above .reg file -which you need then to open to add the key to registry- assume D: as your CD drive and the default game path as the installation folder. If this is not your case adjust the registry keys accordingly

"Please run the German version on this computer" error[edit]

This issue has been fixed in the GOG.com version (specifically using the hex edit below).
Change your Windows language setting from "Deutsch (Deutschland)" to "Deutsch (Luxemburg)"[citation needed]
Hex edit Comandos.exe[4]
  1. Open the game executable with a hex editor such as HxD
  2. Search for 74 0C 81 FE 07 14 00 00 74 04
  3. Replace first and last 2 groups of byte (74 0C and 74 04) with 90 90
  4. Search for 74 0C 81 FF 07 14 00 00 0F 85
  5. Replace 74 0C with 90 90 and 0F 85 with 90 E9

"DIRECTX 5 NOT FOUND." error[edit]

Rename comandos.exe to commandos.exe[5]

Notes

This fix works on windows 10 for the GOG.com version.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Multiplayer Mplayer.com Servers were taken offline in 2001.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 120 MHz Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 135 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5 compatible
4 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Herzlich Willkommen! GOG.com goes German ● GOG.com
  2. All you need to run BEL properly - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  3. Here's a fix for installing Commandos BEL & BTCOD on Vista 64 - Square Enix Forums
  4. Important Information for German players of Commandos Ammo Pack, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  5. DIRECT X 5 NOT FOUND - Forum - GOG.com