Bionic Commando Rearmed Review (Xbox 360)

Posted by Jim Cook, May 26, 2009 13:43

Relation with the retail Xbox 360 release “Bionic Commando”: Completing certain parts of this game and finding various secrets in it will unlock some things in the retail game also known as Bionic Commando, which should be coming out somewhere around the time you read this review. I don’t have the full details of what is unlocked, but I hope that info is of interest.

Sometimes a modern remake of a classic game gets everything wrong, or it turns out the title wasn’t as fun as we thought it was when we were kids. Fortunately, Bionic Commando Rearmed is not only a solid remake of a good game, it actually improves on the original in many ways. Bionic Commando on the NES was a very unusual game for its time, featuring plenty of 2D platformer action; go from stage to stage shooting enemies, gaining power-ups, and killing bosses. What makes this so different is that your character couldn’t jump; he instead used a bionic claw arm to climb various surfaces and swing around.

The most obvious improvement is the technology; Rearmed obviously looks and sounds better than the NES version, and frankly does well in both of these fields even by modern standards. And with better programming and hardware come better stages; they’re a lot like the old ones, but tweaked in a few ways to make them play better. The controls are also a lot better, making it easier to switch weapons, avoid enemies, and interact with the environment. The difficulty has also been adjusted, making it easier in some places.

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Our Rating for Bionic Commando Rearmed Review (Xbox 360)
8.0 Replay
Lots of secrets to be found, plus challenge rooms make things interesting even after you beat the main game. Plus some accomplishments will unlock things in the new Bionic Commando game.
8.5 Graphics
While simple in design, the stages, character art, and other graphics just look great and do a good job of looking like a modern update to the classic visuals.
8.5 Sound
Distinct sound effects and great music, a fair amount of which are modern remixes of the music from the original game.
8.5 Gameplay
While a few stages are unreasonably hard, most are challenging without being too difficult, and the controls are great.
7.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
A lack of online play hurts, but deathmatch is still interesting for a little while and co-op play may be worth a try.
8.5 Overall
One of the best games on the Xbox Live Arcade service, and easily worth its price.

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