Bionic Commando Updated Multiplayer Hands-On

We got a second round of multiplayer mayhem in Bionic Commando at Captivate 09.

We first took a look a Bionic Commando's 10-player multiplayer mode last year, but Capcom had new maps on show at its Captivate 09 event. We managed to get some hands-on time playing against other journalists at the event, including a look at three new maps that will feature in the finished game.

Bionic Commando's trademark feature is the bionic arm, and the multiplayer action relies heavily on grappling and swinging around the maps. Given the slow pace of movement on the ground, you'll want to take to the air to reach higher platforms and avoid being a sitting duck at all costs. In addition to being a mode of transport, you can pull off some cool moves with the arm, including heavy and light punches, and a combo in which you can throw opponents up in the air and then smash them to the ground. You can also use the arm to grab your foe and deliver a high-speed kick, or just use it to slow down enemy movements, making them easier to shoot.

You can also obtain power-ups, including body armour, health packs, and a Bionic Commando token, which temporarily increases the damage that you can dish out. On the weapons side, you can find a machine gun, shotgun, sniper rifle, and grenade launcher, plus a rocket launcher. The rocket launcher has a greater blast radius than the grenade launcher and is more suited to picking off groups from long range. Thankfully, the maps that we were able to try all have suitable vantage points from which to take out people from afar.

There were three new stages for us to explore in our demo. Vertigo is a midsized map that's set on the rooftops of several high-rise structures at night. The dark setting contrasts with the other maps, given that the neon colours of players and power-ups can be easily spotted against the backdrop. There are plenty of strategically located overhead platforms, such as electrical conduits jutting out of buildings, which make it easy to quickly reach a better vantage point.

Island is a larger map, suited for 8 to 10 players, and is situated on an island with several high-rise buildings, bridges, a monorail, and rubble-filled streets, all in various states of destruction. The heights of the buildings mix things up a bit, with lots of areas to explore, including rooftops, streets, and also exposed sections halfway up the buildings.

The final map, called Slipped, is a more organic setting, combining platforms on one side of the map with a cliff that drops straight into the ocean. There's also a single high-rise building and a half-destroyed bridge, and with the top of the building, bridge, and cliffside platforms all roughly the same height, you can swing between them while raining fire down below. Slipped is a smaller map than Island and looks to be best suited for four to six players.

Why let Spider-Man and King Kong have all the fun?

Bionic Commando Rearmed has clearly influenced this 3D update, considering that many of the textures, lighting, and particle effects look similar to the HD remix. Although the game still looks a bit rough around the edges, it will hopefully benefit from further spit and polish in the run-up to release. Bionic Commando will be swinging its way onto the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the first half of this year. For more on Capcom's remake, check out our previous coverage.

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famguyfan2685
famguyfan2685

Although the multiplayer for this game looks like it would be loads of fun, all of these bad reviews and my friends personal testimonies don't lie. I just can't bring myself to buy a game that is as sketchy as this one. I do wish that they would have just put out a multiplayer demo for PS3 so I could have at least given it a try though..

lozvil
lozvil

Come on guys, "Demo" is a demo. We can't really judge the game when it's not really out yet. I'll also wait for GameSpot's review before getting this game.

Dramacide
Dramacide

It seems like they were holding back on the demo from the look of the video, maybe the full multiplayer version will be much better.Shame that the demo map was so basic though, it might turn people off but I'm still gettin it.

micko_2
micko_2

@slayersdeath200 i think they made a bad choice on the demo side of things... the night map makes the game look lame and second rate while the max round time of 3 min makes the games quite lame... although i do think this is going to be a good game i just think they screwed up big time on the demo...

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

Ive played the demo and i wasnt that impressed it didnt seem anything new into the mix hopefully the single player is good and improvements are made to the multiplayer or this is going to flop

ChrisM95
ChrisM95

Was that local multiplayer I saw in the video?

ChrisM95
ChrisM95

I downloaded the Multiplayer Demo and have played nothing else since. It is fun and addicting. If the rest of the game ends up this good - I'm getting it.

HellsKing
HellsKing

*sigh* what were they thinking when they made this game? "Whats better than shooting people?...perhaps swinging AND shooting people!!!" Yeah...enough said.

lsch23
lsch23

looks like it could be fun, i suppose only time will tell...

strawboy73
strawboy73

it will be like fracture prolly and go down to $20 sooo fast. thats good for me.but im looking forward to prototype

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

poor port to me kinda reminds me of damnation only damnation will be alot better the unfortunat reality is that damnation will be a knockoff of pitfall..in an odd way.

Vasot
Vasot

From the trailer it seems like a mediocre arcade to me

poorisaac
poorisaac

When it comes down to it polish doesn't get rid of the rust it just covers it up.

poorisaac
poorisaac

I have been following this since announcement and it just SCREAMS "mediocrity". The main character looks like a total toolbox. The whole mechanical arm thing is probably going to be one of those "ooh awww" things, until you do it ten times. Then it is going to be stupid. Nothing about this game seriously looks fun. Very half-assd.

starduke
starduke

Looks like a great game. The dreads almost make him look like a Predator, though.

Thanos_Greece
Thanos_Greece

I have downloaded the multiplayer demo and I am not imressed.its not fun and it takes to long to find matches.besides that the game is only readable on 720p

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

im not really taken with it. im not sure if its gonna be that great

Hotsora
Hotsora

Sorry, I really want this game to work but that video put me off a little - uphill battle now. May pick up if nothing else around... but I doubt it.

DavidRI
DavidRI

I still fire up the NES or MAME emulators to run Bionic Commando (among other games) every now and again

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

drswank Posted Apr 28, 2009 4:34 pm CT Yeah, looking forward to this. And everyone who says this is ripping Spider Man off obviously never owned a NES.

Agreed or they never played it in the arcade either. The only things it has in common with the more recent spiderman games is the overall three dimensionality of it all and the freedom of movement.

The original Bionic Commando was split up betwixt overhead sections of gameplay and side scrolling platform hopping gameplay. Its a natural evolution of that gameplay for them to take it 3d. I wonder if the new one will have any pure overhead sections or will they offer up a camera change option sans GTA.

Raider1386
Raider1386

I'm excited to play the game, it looks like it will be able to deliver a decent action experience. Badassery ftw.

drswank
drswank

Yeah, looking forward to this. And everyone who says this is ripping Spider Man off obviously never owned a NES.

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

spiderman + shooter = Bionic Commando Rearmed =P enough said not sayin its gonna be bad actually i think its gonna be great but thats basically the general concept

Unheard-Volume
Unheard-Volume

This game is looking like a 7.5 kinda game...fun game mechanics with poor execution and average multiplayer! Unless they work there butts off over at capcom for the last 28 days before launch this game is looking mediocre.

daniel_maharaj
daniel_maharaj

This game may be good, but I am not interested in getting it!!!!!

robertcain
robertcain

I unlocked the BCR stuff as well!!!!! Yeah!!!! it has split screen, damn I need this game!!!!!

kvan33
kvan33

Sorry, it just doesn't look good.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

I want to try this game out, and see if it is any good!

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Nice! and thanks for the reminder on Bionic Commando Rearmed-- haven't played that in awhile with all these great new games.

red-orc
red-orc

Me too: Can't wait! Just unlocked those extras (weapon, skin and stuff) with Bionic Commando Rearmed :) So: I'm ready!!

canana
canana

I can't wait, I simply ...can't wait!