Bionic Commando Update - More Details Surface

We offer up a few more details on Capcom's new installment in its classic series.

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As our weeklong look at Capcom's new Bionic Commando winds down, we wrap things up with a few more bits of info mined from a recent trip to Sweden to visit Grin's Stockholm studio. Besides getting a look at the level of the game demoed at Capcom's press event, we also had the chance to get peeks at other parts of the game that were being worked on during our visit. Though Grin and Capcom were being pretty tight lipped about a lot of what we asked, we were still able to get some info out of them.

The Story

So what the heck is going on? Why is a hero like Nathan in jail? What's up with the mysterious terrorist organization? Exact details on the story are being kept in the dark, but we did get some interesting bits of info on the game's story. While we haven't found out just why Nathan is imprisoned, we did find out how things changed for the bionic soldiers since the original game. Apparently, in the time after the first adventure, a "bionic purge" occurred wherein the government decided that the bionic technology was too volatile to control and the military programs using it were shut down. Unfortunately, this means all the soldiers who were enhanced with the technology had to give it up. For someone like Nathan, this wasn't too big of a deal because he has a real arm, but not everyone was so lucky. Apparently, many of the soldiers with bionic enhancements wound up getting them to replace limbs or organs they'd lost.

You're going to need every bit of that bionic arm.

With the bionics recall and no replacement tech available, the quality of life for many of the soldiers looked like it was going to take a nosedive. So, rather than lose their limbs, many of the soldiers took off and were branded fugitives. Unfortunately, this made them prime recruits for the mysterious organization that is at the center of the trouble in the game. We weren't able to find out how much Nathan was tied up in all the troubles, but when the game starts, he's in prison with his bionic arm removed. If you look closely during the trailer, you'll see a bit where large projectiles hit one of the ruined buildings in Ascension City. Apparently, once Nathan is tapped to investigate the situation inside the bombed city, the military decides he's too dangerous with his arm, so the bionic appendage is actually sent in alongside him in a separate pod.

The Environments

The only environment really showcased in the trailer and gameplay clips seen so far was Ascension City or, rather, the ruins of it. Obviously, we were curious as to what else to expect from the game. We were able to see some concept sketches for some areas, as well as another environment in motion. The concept art stuff was just bits and pieces of areas that looked like a facility or lab--all hallways and corridors. The stage we saw in motion introduced some organic variety to the mix. The swamp area still had a postapocalyptic look but featured a tangle of debris strewn throughout a body of water and trees (which were perfect for swinging). In asking about the environments in the game, we were told that the action will take place throughout the continent of what passes for the US in the game.

The Arm

As we've seen in the demos and videos, Nathan's arm is a powerful aide to his mission. However, it will be capable of more than we've seen so far. As we noted in our last look at the game, the arm appears to have some holographic technology built into it. During our visit to Grin, we got to see and hear about some other uses of the arm, which should give the game some depth. While we can't offer specific details on some of the other arm features we saw--because they're still very much works in progress and may change before the game is done--we can say that the stuff we've seen is pretty logical. By that, we mean, if it looks like you think you should be able to do something with the arm, you can--whether it's swinging, tethering, or dealing with enemies. The most intriguing info on the arm that Grin would only tease us with is the ability to upgrade it. From the sound of it, you won't be upgrading the arm's swinging wire but simply enhancing its abilities and possibly adding more. No one would spill details on the system or how it would work, but it certainly has a lot of potential to become a slick part of the action.

This apocalypse isn't going to fix itself.

The Enemies

The last key bit of info we got about the game revolved around the enemies. Based on what we said about the game's story, it's probably not too surprising to hear that your enemies in the game will include bionically enhanced soldiers, some of whom may include faces familiar to Nathan. Most importantly, the game is set to feature some crazy bosses, if the first one we've seen is any indication. We got to see a tiny bit of Mohole, the crazy robot worm you get a glimpse of in the trailer. Anyone hoping for a tank or something to help even the odds should stop now because there will not be any playable vehicles included in the game. Unfortunately for Nathan, the old-school video game rules apply, so it looks like he'll be dealing with the robotic menace on foot.

So there you have it--all we've got on Bionic Commando so far. The game has a lot of promise that we're hoping Capcom and Grin can fulfill. Check out our last two exclusive clips of gameplay to see more.

Discussion

47 comments
DeimosGT
DeimosGT

I can't freakin' wait for this game, just played the rearmed version and saw the 3d version's trailer!

eminem_trick_01
eminem_trick_01

the game is promising , it's like Spiderman spin-off.

eminem_trick_01
eminem_trick_01

The graphics are fantastic...no..it's very super-fantastic !!

Zee666
Zee666

Looks cool, bummer about the vehicles though. I hope it has a sand box element so the levels are massive, straight path level that aren't fps' are for previous generation.

faticusmaximus
faticusmaximus

The Lead Producer of this game came and talked to my Japanese class(OSU) today. Apparently, he's the first foreigner to take a lead role in a Japanese project.

Ninja_RaVeN
Ninja_RaVeN

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sridanu
sridanu

sounds great. Hope it has a RPG element to it.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

i loved this game on nes...if this one sucks i'll go back and d/l the rom of it for nes and pwn that instead...ftw!

modemmack
modemmack

The game seems to out-"Spiderman", Spiderman. Good work. The footage seems to indicate that the grappling arm is auto aimed for the player. I didn't see a aim reticle for grappling. Hopefully I'm wrong. Autoaim is for consoles, not PCs. This is the new golden age of gaming. The games are getting sexier each season.

Spartan_KDM
Spartan_KDM

this looks like crap it reminds me of spiderman

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

I've watched the video, and I liked. maybe It'll a good game.

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

I like the video... Maybe It'll a good game!!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

LOL, I just noticed the bionic arm switched sides too.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

barry_egan "Why does the arm switch sides in the two pictures?" It's common to flip pictures in publishing to make it conform to a specific design. It also happens by accident sometimes. It's possible that it's an early design that had the arm on the right, but my guess is an accident.

barry_egan
barry_egan

Why does the arm switch sides in the two pictures?

Ricky-cubano
Ricky-cubano

game sounds alright at the moment and people that played the first one keep on saying that this has to be good considering how the first one was.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this is too much inof to be honest. i would like to know less and less so they don't ruin hte game expierience.

skateboard1587
skateboard1587

if you think that this game is overhyped and looks dumb, you obviously never played the first one.

KCKING23
KCKING23

stupit but you be the main one liking it though plus it make ps3 little better

MangyForestCat
MangyForestCat

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Schtoor
Schtoor

Aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesooooooooooooooooooooooome!!!!!! Can't wait!

kikiitani
kikiitani

dude this games looks like its gana suck cuz its originally toooooo old its not koeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel

Nightcreeper
Nightcreeper

It's cool how they took the one cool feature from the recent Spiderman games and put it in a (from what it looks like) proper action game.

fattyxboxbutt
fattyxboxbutt

Says here Nathan still has his organic arm, but I thought the other preview said that Nathan did not have his human arm anymore and showed a stump when the bionic arm was detached.

mikado01
mikado01

"but cant see why its rank 1 on the 360 atm..." "and cant believe its ranked 1 on the 360.. =/" Umm..........maybe, JUST maybe its at the number 1 spot because it's A REMAKE OF ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED GAMES ON THE NES!!!! Believe it or not, Videogames existed before 2001. Most people who are old enough to remember Bionic Commando, probably have an interest in this game. And since when did everyone develop this incredible knack for making something out of nothing!? Being in the #1 spot just means that a whole bunch of people clicked on it. Gosh this website is getting stupider and stupider by the second.

StarFoxA
StarFoxA

Capcom has so many great games that I'm looking SOOOO forward to. Okami on Wii Resident Evil 5 Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles Street Fighter IV etc., etc., etc. Theyr'e doing a great job.

InfinityMugen
InfinityMugen

Its good to see capcom go back to its roots.

spraynard
spraynard

holy crap o.O that movie gave me goosebumps. i wanna know more...

G24S
G24S

I think they must pay tribute to the original game somehow, i.e. have the final boss head explode in 3D.

Spartan1017
Spartan1017

-pfilosophy- wait, you don't think Assassin's Creed looks awesome? what's wrong with you?

kingcole225
kingcole225

Pfilosophy if u think this looks better than assassins creed u shood be banished from life. assassins creed looks twenty times better. i wood onlu get this game if i suddenly got 1000 dollars

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

At least it looks better than Assassin's Creed and we know more about it. Not bad, but not worth $60.

21121
21121

doesnt look too bad ;) but cant see why its rank 1 on the 360 atm... still...got assassins creed to get busy with before this :)

thestrateger
thestrateger

amazing graphic and robots and guns too, i love this game even i hate games like this :P

Agent32
Agent32

uhhhhh yeahh... looks pretty gay to me.. and cant believe its ranked 1 on the 360.. =/

petervaht
petervaht

yawn, this is being made by Capcom USA, ya THIS will rock, it will be just like that horrible Spiderman game, I hope they can pull it off but thats like giving Starcraft 2 to Midway to make. GG

Olgeir
Olgeir

me like the big arm

NBAmaster30
NBAmaster30

i hope this is slotted for 2008.. all 5 videos on here have been great.. and its finally good to see Bionic Commando in HD Next Gen gameplay.. the physics looks incredible and just swinging around the city looks amazinly fun.. 360/PS3 owners def. should look into this.. i can't wait till this one comes out cause i will def. buy this game! Bionic Commando yet another great Capcom game i can't wait for! :)

Spottie_aka_kam
Spottie_aka_kam

this is going to be an awesome game just like it's ancestor....i just hope it ships out pretty soon

Stephen361984
Stephen361984

Upgrades? The only upgrade I want is the ability to electrocute dudes with the cable. Zap'em Syphon filter style. :)

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

The ability to upgrade "the arm" is one of the features that I am looking forward to in this game. I would like to see the bionically enhanced enemies (especially the bosses) have kickass WMD at their disposal to counter Nathan's arsenal. Ascension city here I come!