Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Updated Impressions

We grapple, leap, and uppercut our way through this retro sequel.

Bionic Commando Rearmed played like a love letter to a bygone era of 8-bit platformers, adding a stylish coat of paint to a game whose overall structure felt firmly rooted in the 1980s. Of course, there was a perfectly good reason for that: Bionic Commando Rearmed was a remake of an NES classic. Rearmed 2, being a sequel to a remake, doesn't have that same immediate connection to a decades-old predecessor. This has given Capcom and developer Fatshark the creative leeway to make some changes and additions to the original formula, several of which we've just had the chance to experience in the game's latest hands-on demo.

The most noticeable one is your character's ability to jump. Bionic Commando was a game that revolved around a grapple mechanic, having you run along and swing across gaps rather than leap over them. Grappling is still at the heart of the experience in Rearmed 2, but now you can move around in a way that feels, to put it simply, more natural. Levels are still designed in such a way that you'll need to thoroughly master that grapple mechanic to get by, as well as seek out new weapons to unlock special sequestered goodies a la Metroid, so the addition of jump feels like less of a game changer and more of a slight breath of fresh air.

A number of new attack abilities are in store for players, as well. You can now do a sort of death-from-above attack when leaping from high platforms down to enemies below, which is also a mechanic that plays a role in progressing through puzzles whenever you’re trapped behind a stone wall. You can unlock a powerful uppercut ability that can instantly take care of weak enemies or let you quickly launch an explosive barrel at the tougher ones.

Like the original Rearmed, the sequel will have a cooperative multiplayer mode that allows two players to play simultaneously. You share lives and unlockables, and there's no friendly fire, so there's not much of a chance to grief your teammate. While the level design doesn't change to require team-focused progression through puzzles, there are a number of enemy types that require you to work as a tight pair rather than let one person do all the work. You'll have the chance to play it alone or with a friend when Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is released in early 2011.

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15 comments
ionreflex
ionreflex

QWHAT ? No PC version ? ARRRGH!

Dualmask
Dualmask

Sounds great to me. Will buy...hopefully it will come out at the same $10 price point as the original.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

Besides, it can't be any worse than the last "true" sequel now can it?

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

@Ensamheten I agree with you completely I must admit though, I was a little leery when they had first announced that they were remaking the original. But it turned out to be a wonderful game, dare I say even better than the original. Even if grin will have nothing to do with this sequel, I'm still looking forward to a (potentially) awesome game.

Ensamheten
Ensamheten

Is Shaun McInnis a total noob or can I blame it all on American game journalism? He didn't even mention that it was developed by a different studio since Grin went bankrupt last year. @shadow-crow: That's a double negativ but even with that excluded the sentence fails to be apprehensible. Are you suggesting that crime and parasitical behavior can be justified in favour for the ease for the individual?

shadow-crow
shadow-crow

i dont think piracy isn't even a bad thing times are tough a free stuff is awesome

deathtrooper31
deathtrooper31

It's hilarious to hear kids still complaining about PC piracy when the 360 piracy is just as bad now days. Not to mention that a new chip has been released for the PS3 so yeah you can pretty much stop complaining on the PC now kids!

starduke
starduke

@dc337 BTW, I don't pirate, but I'm not most people. :P

starduke
starduke

@dc337 True, but I'd still have a PC for those rare gems like Starcraft 2, and GOG.com games. No DRM hassles with GOG.com, even if they are older games. Still, they're Good Old Games. Everything else, I've got fed up with the PC gaming scene, so as soon as I can I'm getting a PS3.

eriktkire
eriktkire

piracy is not why its looking to be a console only title.... and its not impossible that it'll eventually pop up on the PC... but the first one didn't do terribly well on PC compared to the consoles. NOT because of piracy, but because nobody using a PC really cared. There are plenty of very cool indie platformers on PC and its just not worth their money to get out on PC at the same time as consoles... if at all. Seriously if you're on a PC and you want some platforming fun... make the effort to LOOK for stuff beyond mega advertising budget titles. Super Meat Boy looks great (also on X360, might not be for PS3)... Trine has been out for awhile (on PS3 but not X360). if you can't find cool games on PC, stop playing crap like MW2 and LOOK

dc337
dc337

@Starduke Most people would pirate it which is the problem. Buying a 360 or PS3 is the best advice for pc gamers.

starduke
starduke

This game looks pretty cool.

starduke
starduke

@razorzs oh, sure, they should make a PC version, lace it with DRM, ala secuROM, require Steam, Windows Live, and require a constant internet connection, not to mention making you to sign over yer soul to them, just to play the game. Of course, they could just make the PC version, and have no DRM, and trust that most people wouldn't pirate it, but I doubt they'll do that. Just get a PS3 or 360. Save lots of hassle.

razorzs
razorzs

wtf: where is pc version, pc gamers always f**kedup, damn consoles loved companies.