Bionic Commando Rearmed Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Bionic Commando Rearmed box art
System: PS3, X360, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: GRIN 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Capcom 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 14, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 12; 2-4 online 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The first thing players will notice upon firing up Rearmed is the game looks and sounds excellent. The title still has the charm of the original, but the explosions, level of detail, death animations, ambient sounds, and reworked score are second to none on the XBLA or PSN. In fact, I was so impressed with the presentation, I found it hard to believe the game only costs $10 and that the developers were dealing with limited polygons.

Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot

Another important upgrade to Rearmed is offline co-op play and multiplayer battles. Players can have a buddy over to help them get through the platformer. The A.I. will be increased in both number and tactics, and players will even have to face bosses that have been modified to emphasize greater teamwork. That means, though the story and levels remain the same, taking advantage of local co-op will give players a substantial reason to play through the game again.

Also, three party-like, multiplayer battle modes will have you and up to three other friends fragging each other offline in Deathmatch, Last Man Standing, and Don’t Touch the Floor. The first two are self-explanatory, but Don’t Touch the Floor is both unique and the most enjoyable mode of play. It makes your weapons cause zero damage, but that doesn’t mean they’re ineffectual. On the contrary, by shooting your opponents you will force them backward off platforms. It is then incumbent upon them to grab the platforms with their mechanical arm before falling to their doom. Needless to say this will cause a lot of hooting, hollering, and shoulder punching.

Advertisement

Both co-op and multiplayer battles are offline only, which may be some cause for concern. However, it’s kind of nice that gamers are forced to play with real friends and not just virtual ones. Many shooters nowadays have abandoned local play, as if we don’t want to play with our buddies in the living room, and this has been disconcerting to players from the old guard. Besides, this title is going to be wildly successful; I wouldn’t doubt that an online multiplayer support update will be offered in the near future.

Finally, players will also be treated to Challenge Rooms that will test their ability to swing their commando. These rooms are simple gauntlets that challenge players’ timing and precision. The maze-like mini-levels are timed once the player breaks the initial tape, and the clock stops once the player reaches the goal. Scores and times are recorded for each room, and players will find hours of enjoyment outside of the main game simply trying to best their times and get better rankings.

Bionic Commando Rearmed is one of the best downloadable titles to date. The production value, quirky humor, outstanding platforming challenge, and low cost make this a game everyone should pick up. Look for Bionic Commando Rearmed to set the bar for future AAA downloadable content when it releases on August 13th for XBLA and August 14th on PSN.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The high definition visuals and slick animations are outstanding!
4.2
Control
Though initially tricky, players will quickly adapt and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects and reworked original score are every bit as good as the classy graphics.
4.3
Play Value
This is a platformer junkie’s dream. Plus, the additional content and multiplayer options will keep you coming back for more.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Classic Bionic Commando gameplay focused around the use of the bionic grappling arm, 2-player co-op mode, and four-player combat mode.
  • Total modern visual revamp, including dynamic shadows, particle effects, and environmental damage.
  • Cross-game interoperability: Complete specific parts of Bionic Commando Rearmed to unlock new content and hints for the Bionic Commando sequel.
  • In-game art designed by one of Capcom’s most talented artists, Toshiaki Mori.
  • Reworking of musical score into a hip-notic masterpiece.


  • Screenshots / Images
    Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge Bionic Commando Rearmed screenshot - click to enlarge

    X
    "Like" CheatCC on Facebook