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The graphics are pretty dull overall, but what makes Commando fun is the non-stop action. There are plenty of soldiers on the screen at any given time, and thankfully their bullets travel only slightly faster than they run. While you're dodging bullets I recommend shooting like a madman. The action really heats up when you find the automatic weapon, which lets you spray bullets by holding the fire button - very cool. My main complaint is the lack of a two-player simultaneous mode. Another problem I encountered is not really the game's fault, but the lousy Atari 7800 controller. Playing this game absolutely KILLED my hand - I mean, I was literally in pain by the time it was done. But I guess that's the price you have to pay for some kick-ass shooting action on the 7800.
Commando represents one of several excellent arcade translations for the Atari 7800. There are a number of things about the 7800 version of the game which cause me to favor it over the somewhat similar Ikari Warriors. One thing that immediately distinguishes the two games is their differing tones. Ikari Warriors is a cartoonish game of Japanimation style commandos dieting on power-ups. Commando, on the other hand, plays more like a gritty war movie with a rousing musical score. Another notable difference between the two games is in control feel. The control of your character in Commando feels precise, and the sharp graphics make it easy to tell when you are in danger.
I wouldn't call this a must-have for everyone. It is a very good game, it really shows off what the 7800 can do. It is also quite a few hours of fun. But the rarity of this cartridge is also something of a detraction, since it can get expensive. I would recommend this for people who like Commando in the arcade and on other systems (it is one of the better home versions), and for people who like to show off their 7800 to Nintendo-heads, as well as serious collectors.
If you want the arcade game at home, with its enemies attacking in huge masses, this isn't the version to play. In fact, none of them are. The numbers tossed at the player in that classic cabinet are almost impossible to replicate at home. This version does what it can with the material and not much else.