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Revision as of 11:18, 4 December 2023

This page is for the original release. For the HD Remaster, see Commandos 2 HD Remaster.

Commandos 2: Men of Courage
Commandos 2: Men of Courage cover
Developers
Pyro Studios
macOS (OS X) Zonic Limited
Publishers
Retail, original digital Eidos Interactive
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Second digital Merge Games
Third digital Kalypso Media
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 20, 2001
macOS (OS X) June 15, 2005
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Free-roaming camera
Controls Point and select
Genres Stealth, Strategy
Vehicles Automobile, Naval/watercraft, Tank
Art styles Stylized
Themes Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Oceania, World War II
Series Commandos
Commandos 2: Men of Courage on HowLongToBeat
Commandos 2: Men of Courage guide on StrategyWiki
Commandos 2: Men of Courage on MobyGames
Commandos 2: Men of Courage on 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
Commandos 2 HD Remaster 2020
Commandos 3 HD Remaster 2022
Commandos: Origins 2024

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and free-roaming camera stealth and strategy game in the Commandos series.

General information

Commandos Wiki
Revora Commandos Modding Community (requires registration)
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
OS X version only available bundled with Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Commandos 3: Destination Berlin. Cannot be purchased in Germany.[3]
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Commandos Collection
Windows
Steam
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Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Uses DxWrapper.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from CommandosHQ.

Essential improvements

Patches

The latest official patch for the retail release is 1.2. Digital releases are already patched.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Commandos II\OUTPUT\COMM2.CFG
<path-to-game>\Legacy\OUTPUT\COMM2.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\COMM2.CFG[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6830/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Commandos II\OUTPUT\
<path-to-game>\Legacy\OUTPUT\
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6830/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video

General options
General options

Widescreen resolution

Example of graphical glitch experienced with horizontal resolution of 1920px.
Example of graphical glitch experienced with horizontal resolution of 1920px.
Widescreen-ready executables - Just pick the one you want, rename the old one, put the new executable and rename it to "comm2". When you start the game, choose 800x600 resolution.
Retail versions need to have 1.2 patch (mirror) installed to work.
Destination Paris will not work with this.

Manual process

You need to override one (or more) of the four built-in resolution options with the custom resolution(s) you want.
Horizontal resolutions above 1440px, when playing non-tutorial missions, cause major graphical glitches and also crashes the game when zooming.
Overriding built-in resolutions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open comm2.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Pick one of the four built-in resolutions to override with a higher/wider resolution and remember its color:
    640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024
  4. Search for these hexadecimal strings (which control window and viewport width, respectively):
    • 80 02 00 00 C3 B8 20 03 00 00 C3 B8 00 04 00 00 C3 B8 00 05
    • 80 02 00 00 EB 13 BA 20 03 00 00 EB 0C BA 00 04 00 00 EB 05 BA 00 05
  5. Then, for both, replace the string in the schosen color, with a new string corresponding to the desired horizontal resolution:
    • For 1366px, replace with: 56 05
    • For 1440px, replace with: A0 05
    • For 1920px, replace with: 80 07 (might cause glitches)
    • For other values, see this list of hex values.
  6. Search for these hexadecimal strings (which control window and viewport height, respectively):
    • E0 01 00 00 C3 B8 58 02 00 00 C3 B8 00 03 00 00 C3 B8 00 04
    • E0 01 00 00 89 10 89 48 04 C2 04 00 8B 44 24 04 B9 58 02 00 00 89 10 89 48 04 C2 04 00 8B 44 24 04 B9 00 03 00 00 89 10 89 48 04 C2 04 00 B9 00 04
  7. Then, for both, replace the string in the chosen color, with a new string corresponding to the desired vertical resolution:
    • For 768px, replace with: 00 03
    • For 900px, replace with: 84 03
    • For 1080px, replace with: 38 04
    • For other values, see this list of hex values.
  8. Save the changes and close the hex editor.
  9. Run the game, and under "Options" select (one of) the hacked resolution(s) (it will still be listed as the original resolution).

Windowed

Unfortunately, playing the game windowed appears to disable edge-scrolling.

To enable windowed mode, just press Alt+ Enter at any time in-game.

Permanently enabling windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Open COMM2.CFG in a text editor.
  3. Change .INICIAR_EN_FULL_SCREEN 1 to .INICIAR_EN_FULL_SCREEN 0
  4. Save the changes.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Only the keyboard hot-keys are remappable.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Controller types

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Sound Effects, Voice, Cutscenes
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail only.
German
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Spanish
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Korean
Command lines not voiced.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Co-op
Online play
Co-op
The official multiplayer service has been shut down.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Videos don't work

Enable Indeo codec; see Troubleshooting guide.[4]
Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 2000.[5]

Commandos 2 won't launch

Disconnect USB Corsair Watercooling cable

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

Modifications

Destination Paris is a mod that makes the game more challenging and includes missions from Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.
A modding community for the game still exists.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible


Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 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 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/6830/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6830) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References