Bionic Commando Rearmed New Features Hands-On

We trek out to Capcom's Osaka offices to try out the latest version of the upcoming Bionic Commando remake.

Earlier this month, Capcom held a media event at its Osaka, Japan R&D Studios to present Bionic Commando Rearmed to the North American press. The series has been around since 1988, when Capcom released the original Bionic Commando on the NES. Two subsequent versions have since been released, garnering the series a loyal fan base: one game in 1992 on the Game Boy, and another seven years later for the Game Boy Color. Now, 20 years after the series' very first release, Bionic Command Rearmed returns as a full remake of the original on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Although we've seen this new version before, Capcom recently unveiled a variety of new features, including the Challenge Room, Database, various multiplayer modes, and other settings and options to try out.

The leap to 3D graphics makes for an interesting Bionic Commando experience, particularly with weapon effects.

The Challenge Room is a timed race mode in which you use the wire mechanic, a staple of the series that lets you use a grappling hook to swing around from start to finish. We were able to see the Timing and Stamina modes of the Challenge Room. In the Timing mode, you'll have to shoot the wire out of your bionic arm at precisely the right time to grab certain blocks to make it to the goal. Stamina mode lines the ground with spikes; if you fall to the ground, then you'll have to restart. Clear times will be uploaded to a worldwide leaderboard where you can check your world ranking and the world-record times.

Multiplayer versus mode lets you choose from four characters: Spencer, Killt, Groeder, and Super Joe. Each of the characters will have his own varying attributes. These attributes include how much ammo he can carry at a time, how much damage he can dish out, and the amount of health he'll have.

Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, in which you compete to see who can rack up the most kills; Last Man Standing, in which players battle it out to see who can last the longest; and Don't Touch the Floor, in which you compete by forcing your opponents to fall to their deaths as many times as the clock allows. These game modes are available in Free for All and Team Battle modes. During play, power-ups such as better weapons, health bonuses, and barriers will come falling from above.

Certain weapons can be deflected with the Bionic Arm, which changes the strategy of the arm's use from purely offensive to defensive as well. Multiplayer tends to feel bit chaotic, but we nevertheless found it to be extremely exciting. We can’t deny the appeal of using teamwork to focus your attacks on a certain opponent, or to pick out an opponent with only a bit of health and attack him or her relentlessly.

Players can choose from four commandos, all of the bionic variety.

The Database portion includes lists and descriptions of characters, weapons, and power-up items, some of which (such as the 1up and Yashichi) are found in many other Capcom games. Detailed descriptions offer you the opportunity to learn about these aspects of the game, and the nostalgia factor may bring a smile to the faces of longtime Capcom fans.

Bionic Commando Rearmed offers new weapons such as the laser, spread bomb, and rocket launcher. You can also perform other feats with your Bionic Arm, such as grabbing barrels and throwing them at your enemies, which adds an interesting new facet to the game.

A demonstration of a boss fight was also given in which many of Rearmed's new features were used to defeat the baddie. This gave us a good perspective on the way these new play styles can be enjoyed. We also got to play the previously announced co-op mode. This one is definitely a different type of experience from previous versions, but we got the impression that even difficult parts of the game were able to be conquered with proper teamwork.

One feature that we took notice of during the co-op mode occurred when any player came close to the edge of the screen: Scrolling becomes locked, making the player unable to move on until the other player moves forward as well. This felt like a throwback to the 8-bit games, where similar things occurred. Secret areas that may be hard to maneuver through may require a good deal of teamwork and coordination. Unfortunately, co-op and multiplayer can be played only on a local connection. This is a little disappointing, to say the least.

Try to watch out for that water. It’ll get ya.

Capcom has also delivered an in-game tutorial that lets you practice vertical, horizontal, and diagonal wire techniques, as well as swinging techniques and passing through small openings such as airflow ducts. Hopefully this will mean that people who have no experience with the previous versions can easily learn to get into the tough action of Bionic Commando.

In a series first, three difficulty settings are offered: the standard easy, medium, and hard. On medium, everything is the same as usual, but in easy mode, floors are placed in areas where you're in danger of falling, removing that particular danger from the game. On the hard setting, everything is stepped up, including the enemy's attacks, making it more difficult all-around.

One interesting tidbit we can't help but share is that during the production of this game, producer Ben Judd commented that perhaps they should change the purple coloring of the foot soldiers in the first level. When this suggestion was brought up to the company in charge of development, GRIN, its response was to send a screenshot from the original Bionic Commando that clearly showed the purple coloring that was used way back then. This lets us know that, despite all these changes, the developer is still sticking to the original spirit of the game. Bionic Commando Rearmed should be enjoyable for both fans of the original and series newcomers when Capcom plans to begin downloads in late May on Xbox Live Arcade at a price of $10 (800 Microsoft points).

Ed. note: This article was provided by GameSpot Japan, and has been translated from the original Japanese.

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Discussion

52 comments
kromeronese12
kromeronese12

haha he aint never played donkey kong bruv he dont know nuffin

rbop
rbop

This gem will be dl'd the minute it's available. I can' t wait!

Erik729
Erik729

Donkey Kong? Have you ever even played Donkey Kong?

CND_IRONMAN
CND_IRONMAN

Gee whizzz this looks an awful lot like Donkey Kong on some major steroids! I liked Donkey Kong, so this should be good for some laughs.

Waximizer
Waximizer

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BoNeSaW23
BoNeSaW23

What is the Release date for PS3???

kalran2nd
kalran2nd

Why is this not also being released on the Wii. If it were not for nintendo none of us would have had this game. And sure I can run it on my pc but I would love to use the Wii Classic Controller!!!!!! Show some Wii love baby!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

hm so close cant wait. once gta done i play that. then i play ninja gaiden 2 demo and real game. the i play mgs. sick games all coming

Sacula
Sacula

Some people are forgetting that this is a 10 dollar game. With it you get a remake of a classic with 3D graphics (2D playing), physics, co-op, extras, unlocks stuff in the 3D version, and probably the NES version as well. And people moan about not being online? Wow.... (I could understand if it costs around 60 dollars like the rest of 'em)

broca
broca

Can't wait to get this on PC! :D

FAcorp
FAcorp

This game brings back the good old days of the NES.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I'm gonna love this...Capcom can do no wrong at this point!

PacoL250
PacoL250

800 points? Wow, I actually thought this would be 1200 points seeing as how Lumines and Puzzle Quest were that much. So worth the 800 points :D

Zion82
Zion82

Ever since the trailer was released on XBL I have been looking forward to this game

gamez714
gamez714

I wish it would go on the wii

megadisc
megadisc

looks so cute,, just like me

heasimitore
heasimitore

Is this an Xbox 360 game only? Cause I have it in my PC section. I didn't see in the preview if its available for PC. Would be cute to play. :)

acidrain1976
acidrain1976

Ah yes. Bionic Commando: an undisputed classic. Brilliant idea remaking this game. :)

sixpack_mac2001
sixpack_mac2001

$10 is a great price for this game. The game is a complete re-make. I remember paying 800 MS points for Doom and that was just a straight port with a few small additions. I'm DEFINATELY downloading this game when it's released.

pause422
pause422

No thats Rad Spencer.I agree now that you mention that,the similarity.

ehuman
ehuman

That wasn't duke nukem on the headline picture was it?

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Online co-op would be fantastic, but it is not going to stop me from purchasing this game. I have friends and my brothers with me all the time who will pick up the "Player 2" controller and get to commando'ing!! :P And if noone is around, I will be enjoying this classic by myself, like it was originally intended.

JReefer1
JReefer1

No PSP version ,that sucks, but I still want it though.

playa42018
playa42018

No online multiplayer, No purchase. This goes for any game for me.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

this is total crap..only local multi and co op i was going to get this game not anymore garbage

Dualmask
Dualmask

All this for only $10...nice. Online co-op is meaningless to me anyway, I'd much rather play this with a buddy in the same room or just alone. I would have liked a female character among the lineup, but since there were none in the original BC, one can't complain too much. It's funny that this is one of my most highly-anticipated games, given that it's a download, but there it is. Of all the games I'm looking forward to this year and beyond, this is near the top of my list.

airboygt
airboygt

Well this is a trip down memory lane, sort of. I'm guessing soon there will be an announcement from CapCom stating that there will be a remake of Gunsmoke, or MERCS. I suppose it wouldn't make sense to make available for download one of their best 4 player games, like say....Powerstone 2?

Potemkin2005
Potemkin2005

I don't understand why multi-player and co-op modes are even offered on games at this point if they can't be played online as well. I understand wanting to play locally, but not offering online options is absolutely ridiculous. I was going to buy this game until I found out I can't play co-op with my buddy online (he lives in another state). Such a waste.

magusat999
magusat999

I'm still holding out for a remake of Shatterhand... no, I'm serious here!

jknight5422
jknight5422

They should probably bring back Pitfall from the Atari 2600 as well. $10 for this game doesn't sound that appealing. I'll have to try the demo..I've never heard of this game at all until they mentioned a new FPS-like game coming out for it.

majidok
majidok

Thanks GameSpot :) . Good graphics . Thanks Capcom and GRIN . :)

JohnnyNeat
JohnnyNeat

Ah my first XBLA download is one of my childhood fave games. I'm itching to try it for some alone time reminiscing my childhood fun through newier graphics that are perfect, considering we see our pasts through tainted glasses anyhow. Now get going on the next gen Bionic Commando because this XBLA game won't hold me over forever.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

HakuShinkan this the xbox section of the page so they are hardly gonna go on about ps 3 when you click into xbox or xbox when you click into ps 3. Also they have done what you are saying with playstation since the original one and still do it now with ps 3. make out games are playstion only when they are not. that happened lots back in the days of the suturn. games were made out to be playstation only when they were on both saturn and playstation and it was wrong. but of course all the sony fan boys never had a problem with it happening that way round but when it actually happens to the playstation for once there all like stop doing this plaese.

cc623
cc623

Never liked the original so won't be downloading this one either!Glad to see there is still a fanbase for games I grew up with(13 during the original)and hope to see many more and hopefully games I did like!

red-orc
red-orc

Capcom, you're the greatest!

HakuShinkan
HakuShinkan

And another thing; It says this article was translated from the original Japanese one. In Japan, the PS3 is the main console. How come, if this is a translated article, wasn't the PS3 version mentioned? It's very confusing for PS3 owners, reading articles about multiplatform games, which look like they're exclusive to the 360. Stop doing it please, even if it means Microsoft stops the money flow.

HakuShinkan
HakuShinkan

Is there a reason it wasnt mentioned that this game will be available for the PS3 via the PSN in late may as well?

acidrain1976
acidrain1976

One of my favourite kid games... 20 Years ago, dang... This remake looks insane. :)

dutch777
dutch777

still does not realy jumo out at me!!

bukkookkub
bukkookkub

danyman_21. that's not too bad... you're lucky, and should buy a PS3. :) Let the flaming commence?

-THA-hamst3r
-THA-hamst3r

Looks really good. :D Danyman_21: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

This might have been cool if they hadn't updated the graphics and put multiplayer on it.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this is an DLC game and its looks like it sbrings more then that.