Gamestop is offering a lot of new games for $20. I personally don’t think any of the newer games are AAA titles. (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comes close, but you know our thoughts on that title). Bionic Commando made the list.
Let me begin by saying Bionic Commando is my Forced Unleashed for 2009. Only this title I’ll probably not play through. Right now, it’s my reigning champion for most wasted potential in a game this year.
The Swing Mechanic—It’s stupid. Attaching and beginning the swing is easy enough. However, when do you think would be the best time to let go and swing to the next item? No, it’s not at the end of the swing. It’s just right after the bottom of your arc. Yes, there is an indicator of when to let go, but it appears and disappears so fast…I don’t want to be frustrated playing games. Just the tutorial was an adventure in frustration. Think the platform jumping of The Force Unleashed with the repetition of Mirror’s Edge. (Ooo, two frustrations added together. Yay!)
The Shooting Mechanic—Pew. Pew. Literally. The only indication you have for hitting an enemy is that they twitch and the red bar above their head depletes. Think standing seizures. Think shooting with a BB gun. It’s what it sounds like.
The graphics—It’s hard to explain. It looks pretty, but there are times where it appears that the 3D world has been pressed flat—especially in some cutscenes.
The Level Design—This game screams to be open world. Nope. It’s linear and you’re held in place by almost invisible “radiation”. There’s nothing more fun than swinging up a building and realizing that their must be something up on top. Hey, they game is letting me get up there. It makes sense, right? Nope. Radiation. It’s like getting to the end of the maze and there was no cheese.
The Dialogue—you said the “F”-word in the intro. You’re big and bad now. Almost every time he falls he poops from his mouth. I heard it a lot.
The Arm Mechanic—Of all the gripes, this is the least. When it works, it’s awesome. Only there are times where there’s nothing to do with it. There are parts of levels where you’re just platforming, swinging to your next group of enemies. An open world street-brawler with special arm moves would have been killer. I guess I’ll go play Prototype.
I put in an honest five hours. Granted one of those hours was in the tutorial. I think I now know why it’s averaging $20 out there when it just came out in May for $60. Biggest and quickest price drop of any game this generation? Maybe so.
Take your $20 and get Bionic Commando Rearmed.
This didn’t get a full review because I didn’t finish it. I played five hours with the PS3 version. Disagree with me? Let me know in the comments.