Summary: In 2008, Capcom rebooted the Bionic Commando franchise with two remarkably disparate approaches. On one end of the spectrum was the third-person action retail title, Bionic Commando , which found ex-Faith No More singer Mike Patton growling profanities and tossing cars at enemy soldiers. On the other was Bionic Commando Rearmed , a digital download title that title that adhered closer to the original game’s formula.
Conclusion: Bionic Commando is a decent enough stab at revamping an old IP for current-gen consoles and is likeable enough to warrant a thorough playthrough. There’s a fairly nice multiplayer mode included too, which successfully transfers Spencer’s abilities over to your own non-descript bionic soldier that you can play as online.
Excerpt: Capcom a décidé de se la jouer grand seigneur, en épargnant la vie de son héros de Bionic Commando, Nathan Spencer, alors que celui-ci allait subir la sentence de la peine de mort après avoir suivi, à tort, les ordres de ses supérieurs par le passé. Oui, Capcom, pour se permettre ainsi de ressortir une de ses anciennes franchises du placard afin de la faire (re)découvrir aux joueurs d'aujourd'hui. La jouabilité antédiluvienne caractéristique du temps jadis en moins.
Excerpt: When you're propelling Spencer at great speed around the various environments in Ascension city, linking together swings with the fluidity of a prize-winning chimp acrobat, Bionic Commando is a great deal of fun. The thrill of leaping into a giant chasm, only to latch on to a ledge moments before you prepare to smash into the ground with great force is something that few games can offer.
Excerpt: After a few years in development, the first fully 3D remake of Capcom’s 1988 Bionic Commando has been released (not to be confused with Bionic Commando: Rearmed), bringing with it not only the series’ unique brand of level traversal – in the form of a ‘grappling hook’ arm used to zip-line from ledge to ledge, or overhang to overhang – but an entire fleshed out 3D world and third-person perspective along with it.