|Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines|
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a real-time tactics game set in World War II that puts you in command of a small squad of elite troopers. Send them behind enemy lines on a series of hazardous missions, and bring them back alive. Clever strategy has never been so furiously action-packed
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There are some important issues with "Behind Enemy Lines". Due to its age most modern PCs will run the game impossibly quickly, making it difficult to play, and the Steam install also fails to correctly setup the game making it unable to Load/Save.
To solve the Save/Load issue: edit Commando.cfg (found in the Output/ folder of the game in the Steam folder) with notepad and add the 3 lines below to the bottom of the file and save.
- .SIZE [ .INITSIZE 3 ]
- .PROFILE [ .USER 0 ]
- .DEVELOP 1
When you load the game the Save/Load options should now be selectable and function during play-throughs.
There are various solutions including installing a 3rd-party app specifically designed to slow down a modern multicore PC to make the game playable. For example:
Google and download CPUGrab.zip (3.6 kb) and run the CPUGrab.exe (12.048 kb).
CTRL+Shift+Esc to bring up Task Manager, click Processes tab and right click CPUGrab.exe and click Set Affinity, uncheck all except "CPU 0". Now alter the slider of CPUGrab to 80% (this is the % you want to take away from your processor, so the higher the % the slower the processor will work) and press Start.
Run Steam and launch Commandos and get to the menu screen. ALT+Tab to return to desktop. Start Task Manager again and go to the Processes tab and right click Commandos.exe select Set Affinity and again uncheck all processors until "CPU 0" is the only one checked.
ALT+Tab back to the game. Note the menu selection should have slowed. Try playing a level. If it is still too fast, or too slow, ALT+TAB to desktop and move the slider in CPUGrab to a higher %, or a lower % if it was too slow.
You will have to tweak the speed to suit your processor. Make a text file and note the settings for future reference. I found 80% was about right for a 2.5GHz Dual Core.
Wide Screen Issue
Users with widescreen monitors have reported problems getting the game to look correct (the menu only allows for 4:3 aspects with a max of 1024x768) there are widescreen patches and Hex editing tutorials available. The Behind Enemy Lines Resolution Fix by Stevenh appears to be one of the easiest and most complete fixes available.
Users have reported that the version supplied by GOG has these issues fixed however they charge more than Steam and beyond forum entries I have been unable to verify.