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Command & Conquer: Commando

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Title Screen

Command & Conquer: Commando

Developer: Point of View
Platform: PlayStation


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We could only wish we were playing this right now... maybe...
This game was never completed and/or given a public release.
As a result of this, keep in mind that the developers might have used or deleted some of the content featured here, had the game actually reached store shelves.

Command & Conquer: Commando is a tech demo for an unmaterialized title in the Command & Conquer series, self-labeled as a "Pre-Milestone 1" and dated July 14, 1997. Features include a model viewer, two test maps and nothing else, really.

The files themselves were recovered from a set of data discs that belonged to the developer by ASSEMblergames user jollyroger and released by fellow member Borman on November 23, 2014.

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File: Commando (PSX Tech Demo).7z (0.99 MB) (info)

Overview

All the options in this build are categorized as "scenes" and displayed as a menu with a blue backdrop. This appears to be common within Point of View's in-house engine; as Deuce, another unreleased game by them, has a very similar layout on it's title screen. It's possible to switch between scenes and exit to the main menu by pressing Start at all times.

Model Viewer

Your average, run-of-the-mill mesh viewing tool that allows glimpsing of three preloaded models:

  • D-Pad / Left Analog Stick - rotates the model.
  • Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square / Right Analog Stick - pans the model in the X and Y axes.
  • Select - changes the model.
  • R2 - toggles the display of a green box on the bottom of the screen; it has no use in this particular environment.

Player Test

A basic test map severly lacking collisions and using the Commando as a player. The camera system on this one is quite annoying and requires fiddling with R1 in order to reach anywhere. Going north has you facing upon the Flame Tank, and progressing further leads to a small river with dodgy bridges on the sides. Near this area is a hill that leads to the void skybox. On the southern side, there is a fortress with a pond on each side. Notably, Commando levitates around the scene as he doesn't have any implemented locomotive animations.

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  • D-Pad / Left Analog Stick - move the player around.
  • L1 - switches between camera modes that can only be called "static" and "seizure inducing spins".

Terrain Test

Essentially the same map but with Test Model as the protagonist. Unlike his stiff companion, he actually has proper walking and running cycles and is able to crouch. The camera is also much more tolerable in this version, and you can switch between static and third-person modes. Controls are pretty much the same as before, albeit holding Square or moving the Right Analog Stick to the left makes him run; and pressing Circle or moving the Right Analog Stick to the right makes him crouch.

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Jogging Around Atlanta

An odd test map where Test Model can freely roam through a racetrack, specifically Road Atlanta. Whether this is an early version of such course in Sports Car GT from the same developers is currently unknown. Aside from the player having a much broader FOV than the previous map, it doesn't have much going for.

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Debug Mode

There are at least two visible debug displays during gameplay, primarily present in the test environments.

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  • On the very left of the screen is a red meter that presumably registers the amount of CPU usage.
  • R2 - toggles a green box which details the amount of free memory available, FPS and player/camera positions.
  • Select - brings up a colourful background of unknown purpose.

Unused Graphics

For having such a small filesize, some unused content managed to sneak into this little project.

Commando Textures

Due to this particular model having incorrectly mapped textures, some of them are obscured from normal view.

UI Elements

DATA0.BIN has a sheet consisting entirely of fonts, cursors, arrows and boxes. These were likely to be used in a more extensive debugging menu.

CommandoPSXtech uiElements.png

Supreme GT Alpha

TITLE.BIN contains a title screen for a prototype revision of Supreme GT, supposedly a working title for Sports Car GT. The text below it says "POV INC ALPHA PROTOTYPE. 4 1997", indicating it originated from a build made in April 1997.

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IMSA Racecar

IMSA.BIN has a full set of textures for a racing car, suggesting that this is a model; which isn't present on the Road Atlanta map or the Model Viewer bank. Everything here would later appear in and used by an early build of Sports Car GT.

Unused Text

PSX.EXE and MAIN.EXE have this little message from the developers at offsets 426C8 and 43010 that more or less reflect the results after scanning both executables for text.

Nothing of Interest