The classic ’88 arcade game, Bionic Commando, recently re-released on PSN, now receives the true remake treatment, and is available for the cut-price of £9.95 from Zavvi.
According to a price-comparison, this deal from Zavvi for Bionic Commando is the cheapest you can find, sparing you a few quid. It received fairly average reviews, earning a 71/100 on MetaCritic, with critics citing the difficult controls as their chief niggle. It did, however, receive a score of 95 from Play Magazine.
Sequel to the game of the same name from ’88, Bionic Commando sees Nathan ‘Rad’ Spencer, hero from the original, facing the death-penalty for a crime he did not commit. Nathan is spared, however, when terrorists detonate a bomb in Ascension City, reducing the towering metropolis to quaking rubble. The FSA decide to augment Nathan with a ‘bionic’ arm, so he can traverse the City’s uneven terrain and uncover the secrets behind the terrorist bombing.
While I can moan about the cheesy, B-Movie grade story and generally unfair difficulty, I can’t fault the developers for attempting something genuinely innovative. Ascension City is a sprawling mass of toppled buildings and collapsed highways, and Nathan, thanks to his bionic arm, can swing and rappel around, latching onto perilous bits of scenery. He can even use his arm in combat, either to deliver thunderous blows or to hurl crates and chunks of masonry at his generic foes.
The controls can be mastered, but there remains a nervous sensation of never being in total control of Nathan. The game is also incredibly difficult, with the slightest mistake, such as missing a grapple-point and plunging into water, resulting in death. However, if you’re in the mood for something different, and can stomach a lengthy learning process, Bionic Commando might be for you.
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