Review: Commandos 2 and Praetorians HD Remaster Double Pack

Two classic games that are well worth reliving with new, heated graphics.

I got Commandos 2 as a Christmas present from my brother almost twenty years ago and it played a lot then. Since then, computers have come and gone over the years and I have not had the opportunity to revisit it for decades. So when Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack appeared in the review pile I threw myself over it. Commands and Fallout were game series that really made me like the strategy game genre.

Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack - Pyro studios - screenshot Xbox one X 4K - copyright 2020

IN Commandos 2 you take control of a small command force that infiltrates behind enemy lines. Then, with the help of each character’s unique skills, it’s up to you to solve the task in the best way. It does not exist one ways to solve a task, but there are as many as you like. For example, it is insanely exciting to lie buried with your knife, ready to attack the unsuspecting enemy soldier…

Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack - Pyro studios - screenshot Xbox one X 4K - copyright 2020

IN Preatorians we have replaced World War II with ancient Rome and you have control over entire armies. You have your archers, infantry and other legions at your disposal. Send the scout out to chase, find enemies and figure out the best way to attack. It is important not to lose too many soldiers in the coup, because you will be faced with more and more difficult situations the further into the game you get.

Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack - Pyro studios - screenshot Xbox one X 4K - copyright 2020

Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack really contains two really good strategy games. Personally, I was completely attracted to it to see again Commandos 2, but when I started testing Praetorians so I got hooked on it too. The graphics are nicely updated to HD and also the voices have been polished so that it sounds and looks as good as it can do. What is strange, however, is that the intro sequence to Commandos 2 still as pixelated and blurred as it was in the original? Here, the game creators do not seem to have spent any time looking for the journal films that have been cut from and making a new, updated version in HD. A very small smolk in the cup, though, so it’s something I quickly forget.

Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack - Pyro studios - screenshot Xbox one X 4K - copyright 2020

I have, on the computer, always played Commandos 2 with mouse and not with hand control. Now the developers have solved it quite well on the console, with all the functions and shortcuts – but it is still quite difficult to try to remember all the different key combinations. This means that you lose a little speed and precision and it is, as you know, very important when you play strategy games. There are even more combinations to remember Praetorians, but there you can at least program shortcuts for different formations and groups, so it will still be a little easier.

Commandos 2 and Praetorians: HD Remaster Double Pack - Pyro studios - screenshot Xbox one X 4K - copyright 2020

In summary, these are two really good, classic strategy games for a reasonable amount of money, which are definitely worth a warm recommendation!

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