Platform: PlayStation 3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (XBLA) (Version Played), PC
Genre: Side-scrolling shooter/Platformer
Players: 1 – 4
Release Date: 13th August 2008 – X360
13th August 2008 – PC
15th August 2008 – PS3
Price: £7.99/800 MS Points
If you’ve played the original Bionic Commando you’ll know what to expect here as Bionic Commando Rearmed is a remake of the original but with flashier graphics and a few new features. That’s not a bad thing though. Whether you’re a newcomer to the game or a fan of the original this is a game that should not be missed.
The basic gameplay of Rearmed is a side-scrolling shooter. However there is a big focus on platforming which works by using the bionic arm. You can climb up ledges, swing from places and reach higher up places using your trusty arm. It all flows together really well and is a joy to play. You can aim your arm above you, to either side of you and diagonally which allows you to reach pretty much every where you need.
There are plenty of weapons that you will get to use throughout the course of the game. The standard gun is the pistol which works well for the start of the game but as it progresses you will need a get a lot more. Shotgun, bazooka, ricochet gun, plasma rifle and some more. Each gun has its own different purpose and feels very different from the others. However guns aren’t the only way to defeat people. Having a big mechanical arm that couldn’t hurt anyone wouldn’t be fun now, would it? You can pick up barrels and throw them at people and later in the game you can do a bit more. You are able to grab people with the arm and throw them at other people! How awesome is that!? As well as your arm and guns, eventually you get iron boots which allow you to swing and kick people. Grenades are handy too.
One of my favourite things about Rearmed is the satisfaction you receive. Most of the game is pretty hard and puts up a good challenge. The bosses are especially guilty of this with some of them being very difficult. This just makes the game better though. The sense of achievement you get for beating some of the harder bosses is worth buying the game for itself. All of the bosses are really well done and fun to fight. Even though some of them may be similar to the ones from earlier in the game, each fight is still great.
The music is another part of the game that is definitely worth mentioning. The soundtrack is the exact same as the original but revamped techno versions of the music. It is really good and both fans and newcomers will appreciate it. It fits in with the whole retro/cheesy 80’s feeling it‘s going for.
One of the best parts of the game is actually a new feature: multiplayer. The multiplayer is only local but that doesn’t stop it from being great. Up to four players can battle against each other and if you have three other people willing to do it then make sure you do. There are plenty of modes and it is very frantic. My favourite mode is Last Man Standing which gives everyone lives and whoever is alive at the end wins but there are some other good ones too. There is one mode where you can’t do any damage but can only push people with guns and you lose a life if you touch the ground which is pretty frantic and fun. It’s a shame that you can’t do it online though. It’s pretty good In each mode pick-ups will fall every so often allowing you to get better weapons, heal and get power ups if you’re quick enough. There is also co-op which is fantastic. It goes through the main game and can make the game a little easier if you’re struggling.
There is plenty of replay value too. Like I said the multiplayer is great but there also higher difficulties that add an even greater challenge. You will want to play through it again and it’s definitely worth your money.
Bionic Commando: Rearmed is easily one of the best download titles available. Fans of the original game will be provided with an amazing game that fits their nostalgia requirements whilst newcomers will be provided be a completely new experience that will blow them away.
+ Great boss fights
+ Bionic arm works really well
+ Great multiplayer
– No online multiplayer