Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Official Xbox Magazine
    This three-player scrolling shooter has that old-school, spray-and-slay mojo that your inner rageaholic craves. [July 2008, p.62]
  2. 85
    The change to an actual 3D engine has afforded the designers some flexibility in the layout and construction of the levels.
  3. 83
    Despite the minor flaws, I loved most every minute of Wolf of the Battlefield. This is a great game to pop in when you're sitting around with only a few minutes to spare, or when a couple of friends are looking for a quick way to kill some time.
  4. Wolf of the Battlefield succeeds. It's flashier, more detailed, more exciting and lets you play with friends while feeling a lot like Commando must have felt like way back before we knew any better.
  5. 80
    A nice step back to the glory days of arcade action where dying really meant starting over. If you are a fan of games that reward you for perseverance than this is your cup of tea. However, casual fans will quickly become frustrated with a lack of continue and a set number of lives.
  6. WOTB: Commando 3 blends the gameplay of both of its predecessors and makes a good stand against the other arcade shooters on the marketplace.
  7. 80
    Graphically solid, and an all around fun game, Commando 3 is definately worth a download for just about any gamer.
  8. Commando 3 is a great addition to your gaming library if you're aware of its merits and its faults before purchasing it. Dying isn't just something that happens every so often in this game, it's a way of life.
  9. Despite its short campaign and repetitive nature, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 proves to be an exciting action game for one to three players.
  10. Three playable characters and plenty of secrets to find make this short game worthy of replaying, especially for multiplayer Co-Op games.
  11. Even with its short length, lack of proper bosses, and unimpressive leaderboards, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is the type of intense, man-tested Schwarzenegger-approved, dose of destruction that XBLA needs more of - it won’t replace AAA shooters like "Gears of War" or "Call of Duty 4," but it doesn’t have to. Sometimes a quick, callous display of military mayhem is all you need to feel like a hero.
  12. Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is a short but fun ride.
  13. Games Master UK
    In co-operative three-player this is a nostalgic blast, but single players will grow bored quickly despite a wealth of weapons, vehicles and bosses. [July 2008, p.82]
  14. This is old-school gaming at its very best and I couldn’t be happier for the trip down memory lane.
  15. The game is simply way more fun playing with friends than all by your lonely, and if you do play by yourself you’ll be way challenged to complete the game solo, even on the lower difficulty levels. It just doesn’t scale down that much.
  16. So, Commando 3 is a bit of a tricky call on whether or not you should download it. At 400 points, we would say go for it. But at a steep 800 points, you may want to check the demo first.
  17. Aside from the fact that the game can get a bit repetitive and is rather on the short side, Wolf of the Battlefield is a retro-styled shooter that’s hard to put down.
  18. 70
    Commando 3: Wolf of the Battlefield doesn't break any new ground or blow away the competition, but it provides some no-fuss shooting fun.
  19. Definitely recommended to big top-down shooter fans, but a definite try before you buy for other folks.
  20. 70
    The amazing thing is that, despite these issues, Commando 3 still manages to be a lot of fun.
  21. If you really like guns and explosions, this game is for you. Otherwise, pocket your points and save your ammo.
  22. The only audience Commando 3 is likely to pull in are those who remember the originals fondly and wish to take a moment to go back to the games of their childhood. Quickly, these same people will remember that games of their childhood were awful by today's standards, and vow to never be suckered in again — at least until the next Contra remake comes out.
  23. Commando 3 is an all-too-brief shooter that delivers high-caliber fun in solo and cooperative bursts.
  24. As long as you realize you'll be getting only a few hours of dumb fun out of the deal, blasting away at home and online is a riot.
  25. Edge Magazine
    As a short, sharp blaze of fun, it's every bit as brash and ballsy as "Mercs" ever was. [July 2008, p.99]
  26. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Nothing clever and nothing new; it's everything you've seen many times before, but done very well. [Aug 2008, p.99]
  27. This is about as good as it gets for a game that can be purchased on the cheap.
  28. Commando 3 soon becomes repetitive, even though it's a short game.
  29. By employing a bizarre range limitation to artificially enhance its difficulty, though, it means the game, if you'll forgive the alarmingly twee turn of phrase, shoots itself in the foot.
  30. 59
    The nostalgia of the Commando name isn’t enough to carry this one beyond the ordinary, and the lackluster graphics and generic art style don't help either.
  31. For what it's worth though, if you gave me a straight choice between this and an absolutely 100% accurate clone of the original, complete with the same sound effects, jaunty tunes and gameplay I'd choose the original Commando every time.
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    The vertical scrolling and relentless shooting become tired and boring very quickly. [Issue#35, p.114]
  33. You can get an exciting, if not sparse on features, shooter with Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved for half the price. You can get many more exciting, albeit more expensive, shooters on the Xbox 360 like Gears of War or BioShock. Nevertheless, if you play Commando 3, you'll probably enjoy yourself, even if it's been done many, many times before.
  34. A game most of today's gaming fraternity can waltz through. Its an overhead shooter for first-timers, yin to Ikaruga's bullet-laden yang.
  35. There’s a real lack of enemy variety, as well.