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GF Rating
4.9

2370 ratings

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GF Rating
4

Weak

A Tedious Imitator

posted by officeninj (GAINESVILLE, FL) Jan 12, 2010

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Member since Sep 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I was a huge fan of the original Bionic Commando, if only because there was such freedom and momentum from swinging all over the place without having to worry about tactics. That freedom is revoked in this game; you have the power to swing from any object, but enemies are placed to ensure that you don't exercise this freedom, at least not without dying. Lethal, unmarked radiation zones strictly enforce a linear mission area, as well as the fact that your super-soldier will drown in two feet of water. Granted, flinging cars into people is a great game mechanic, but after three levels of grinding through completely one-directional missions and some of the most utterly tedious boss fights I've ever seen, I'm sending this fecal water slide back.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Stick with ReArmed

posted by MondoMole (FULTON, NY) Oct 6, 2009

Member since Jul 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Want a Bionic Commando game? Stick with the remake of the old NES title, ReArmed, or just play the old NES game itself. This new installment is sub-par at best and atrocious at worst.

The story is intriguing at least, but the shoddy gameplay mechanics make playing through this title a chore. You're Nathan "Radd" Spencer, hero from the first game. After you rescued Super Joe and defeated the Imperials you were imprisons not made instantly clear. The world hates bionics like Spencer, but as soon as the stuff hits the fan guess what they do? That's right! They call on him to save the day.

The best part of the previous game is the swinging mechanics. In this version you'll either get the hang of it and deal with it or get instantly frustrated. There's a definite timing to swinging and it can be hard to aim where you're jumping. If you don't release the button at the exact right time you'll get next to no momentum in your swing, meaning you'll plunge to your doom. The game looks like it's got an open world, but this is a trick. There is basically one path and every other route is blocked with invisible walls of irradiated doom.

The game taunts you by showing you lots of cool moves in the opening tutorial, but none of these are unlocked until later in the game. The beginning of the game drags since you have little offense and only one or two ways to attack the multiple opponents that will ambush you.

Overall, the swinging mechanic is clumsy, the world is restrictive, combat is unsatisfying until later in the game and the only redeeming aspect is the story. By all means, go with the remake if you want a good Bionic Commando game.

Skip this.

Good
+Story
+Solid voice acting

Bad
-Clumsy swinging
-Poor combat
-Restrictive world
-Some bugs

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Pretty good!

posted by icemike12 (DERBY, KS) Oct 1, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I thought it was challenging, fun and interesting. I am very picky about the games that I will spend my time on and this one kept me entertained and engaged.

The biggest set back was that it had to load each time you died. I have noticed other games that you instantly start over without loading, such as "Infamous" and because this is such a challenging game, most players will spend more time on loading screens than they would like.

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