Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty

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Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty
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Developers
Pyro Studios
Publishers
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 3, 1999
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty 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.

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)
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines. Cannot be purchased in Germany.[3]
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
The GOG.com version has added compatibility fixes for modern systems, includes the original Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, and is cheaper than buying the base game and its expansion separately on Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

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.

Steam "Ultimate Fix"[edit]

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)
Install Steam Ultimate fix patch[4]
  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
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6810/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6810/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video options are limited to changing between three resolutions.
Video options are limited to changing between three resolutions.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use the resolution fix
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use dgVoodoo2. Select "Windowed" in "Appearance" and choose "Virtual SVGA Card" to avoid flickering.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Keys cannot be remapped. F1 displays some of the hotkeys.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

The audio settings.
The audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
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
Official servers have been taken offline.
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Manually install the game[5]
  1. Create the folder where you want the game to be installed (default would be C:\Program Files (x86)\Eidos Interactive\Pyro\Commandos, Beyond the Call of Duty)
  2. Open the <cd drive>\coman_mp 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\1.0MP]
"DirCd"="D:\\COMAN_MP"
"DirIns"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Eidos Interactive\\Pyro\\Commandos, Beyond the Call of Duty"
"Type"=dword:00000003

Notes

The above .reg file -which you need then to open to add the keys 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 keys accordingly

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

Change your Windows language setting from "Deutsch (Deutschland)" to "Deutsch (Luxemburg)"[citation needed]
Hex edit coman_mp.exe[6]
  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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Multiplayer Mplayer.com, EidosNet Official servers have been taken offline.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 225 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/6810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References