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Bionic Commando Rearmed

Developer: GRIN | Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Genre: Platform

Release Date: 08/13/08

Gamers who recall the NES days will think of many titles that they will call one of their favorites. Because there is so much love for retro games, many Developers have released remakes of original titles and sequels set in the same universe. Despite this, where is the love for Bionic Commando? A title that is well-loved and remembered outside of Japan, but suffered dreadful sells in the land of the rising sun, Bionic Commando has sat on the shelves of Capcom since the days of the NES. Fortunately for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners the much loved NES version is getting a brand new sequel and a remake of the original. In this preview we cover the remake--Bionic Commando Rearmed.

GDC 08 revealed an all-new playable build of Bionic Commando Rearmed from Developer Grin (the same Developer who is handling the new Bionic Commando sequel). This remake takes the 2D world of the original BC and puts it in 3D--played from a 2D perspective. Grin has been busy adding new details to this remake. One of the biggest is a co-op mode--not originally found in the NES version. This will allow a friend to play through the game with you. However, the co-op mode is only available locally--you can't play it over Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. The second player will be a red character model of the first player and will have the exact same skills as the other play.

One interesting feature of the co-op mode is that when one of the players leaves the others' field of vision, the screen will split either to the side or up--depending on where the other play goes. This will ensure the other play does not die because they lagged behind. This feature hasn't been used in many games--mainly because most titles are played over the Internet instead of locally. However, the PlayStation 2 classic War of the Monsters also had a similar feature with the second player.

Another new addition that Rearmed will bring to the table is all-new boss battles to increase the challenge. Back when the original Bionic Commando was released on the NES, big boss battles weren't always found in games. This is an excellent addition to the series and should help ensure that this remake is very memorable. However, the most memorable thing Capcom could allow is the inclusion of Hitler in this remake. In the original Japanese version, the final boss you fought was Hitler. This was quickly censored for the US release as the character was renamed. But we all knew who it was. Capcom hasn't said anything about if Hitler will make an appearance at the end of Bionic Command Rearmed But we can keep our fingers crossed and hope.

The new features do not stop there though. Also included in the package is a 50 level VR mission set that plays out like a puzzle game rather than an action title. This content should help round out a package that will run $10when it becomes available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in June 2008.

With the original full single player campaign, local co-op mode, beautiful graphics, a 50 level VR campaign, and the potential to kill Hitler at the end--what more could a gamer want? How about for Capcom to release Bionic Commando Rearmed as soon as possible? This is one title that we expect to be one of the best downloadable titles of 2008.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 04/08/08
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Language, Violence

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