follow us:

Latest News

Tusk returns to Killer Instinct
The barbarian from Killer Instinct 2, Tusk will make his return to the franchise in Killer Instinct Season 3. ... [read more]
New Nintendo Direct shows Star Fox Zero in action
The latest Nintendo Direct had info about some up Nintendo's upcoming games, but let's face it, the start of the show was Star Fox Zero. ... [read more]
Capcom punishes rage quitters and will look for more
On Feb. 26, Capcom's Neidel "Haunts" Crisan revealed that rage quitter's were going to get punished, but he didn't give specifics. In his latest blog, he revealed the fate of those who can't take the loss. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

PAX South 2016: Umbrella Corps Preview
Compared to last year, PAX South 2016 was lacking major developers. This would explain why I was excited to see Capcom in attendance. I don’t play Resident Evil games, but something about the previews I had seen compelled me to stand in line to play Umbrella Corps.... [read more]
Your safe space doesn't belong in my competitive game
Whether it’s trash talking or teabagging, some people are looking for a nicer online experience. Guess what? We’re not in elementary school anymore. This is digital dodgeball and players like me are aiming for your head. ... [read more]
Smite Preview: Hey look at me, I'm playing a MOBA on my console
There's no doubt that the top two MOBA games are DotA 2 and League of Legends, and with the control layout for those games, it's unlikely we'll see those games make the jump to the consoles. However, Smite, the third-person perspective MOBA game and arguably the third most p... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Firewatch Review: Prepare for an interesting sensation
Firewatch is the first game developed by San Francisco-based company, Campo Santo. Needless to say, for this to be their first game it was certainly on fire. ... [read more]
Pony Island Review: Not that innocent of a game
I saw the trailer for Pony Island and thought to myself “Well, this looks like a fun puzzle game at least and it’s a pretty funny title”. I gave it a shot and I wasn’t disappointed.... [read more]
Undertale Review: An 8-bit RPG with a twist
Toby Fox first made himself known to the public with his ROM hack, “Press the B Button, Stupid!” for an Earthbound Halloween Pack back in 2008. With the help of artist Temmie Chang, he created a game that will take you back in time with its 8-bit look, music and turn-bas... [read more]

Latest Videos

PAX South 2016: Lords of New York Interview
If you never thought you wanted a poker RPG, then you haven't played Lords of New York from Lunchtime Studios. ... [read more]
PAX South 2016: Moving Hazard Interview
Moving Hazard is a new take on the zombie action game. The multiplayer shooter makes the zombies the weapon to take out the other team. ... [read more]
PAX South 2016: Eternal Interview
Dire Wolf Digital is jumping into the card game genre with Eternal. Unlike other card games, Eternal lets players make decisions both on offense and defense. ... [read more]
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Review
Posted on February 06, 2011 by Oscar Gonzalez




Bionic Commando Rearmed was well received and an improvement on the original NES classic in almost every way. Rearmed 2, however, feels like a step back, and ends up being a bit too tame as a result.

It’s odd, but it might be because the first Rearmed was a tweaked remake that completely redid the final level. Without a solid foundation, Rearmed 2 is a game that manages to get that old school feel, but is lacking in many areas.

STRONG ARM

Swinging Around - Swinging is still an important part of the game, and it’s a little easier to get the hang of this time, making the game a little less intimidating.

He Can JUMP?? - Yes, in a shocking move, you can actually jump now. It’s not really game changing though, and you can complete the entire game without jumping (it’s an achievement), with is good for purists. At least it won’t confuse people not familiar with the original who might say: WTF, I can’t jump?

Old School Charm - The game’s art and music manages to capture that 80’s vibe, right down to the obvious Fidel Castro impersonator and cheesy dialogue.

Plenty to Collect - There are plenty of weapons and upgrades to collect, giving you an ample amount of replay. Factor in that you will need certain items to access certain areas, and you’ve got plenty to do. Add in challenge rooms, and you’ve got a beefy adventure.



FALLING SHORT

Cool Characters We Don’t Get to Play - just like how Force Unleashed 2 included cool characters that served no purpose, we get introduced to Spencer’s new team. I was totally psyched to play them, and then I realized they are nothing more than flunkies who are cheap plot devices to rescue. It could have been a great opportunity to add fresh gameplay and new mechanics, especially since this is a new game and not tied to the original NES adventure.

Cannon Fodder - Rearmed was well revered for giving you tough enemies that required different weapons to defeat. There are still a variety of weapons to collect in Rearmed 2, but truthfully, the pistol, with its unlimited ammo, will get the job done every time. Enemies barely put up a fight, and the bosses are a cakewalk. It doesn’t help that I found it easier to just swing past most enemies. The AI doesn’t improve at all on higher difficulties; tweaks to damage and health are the only difference.

A Little Clunky - That newfangled ability to jump isn’t game-changing like I said before, just a minor convenience. The jump is actually a bit laggy, and you can’t even jump over a tiny robot that comes up to your knee. For those who enjoyed the first Rearmed, this game will definitely leave you scratching your head. It was made by the same team (though they’ve changed names) so it’s hard to say what went wrong. Instead of getting a game that is nigh short of a masterpiece like the original, we have a bland sequel that is missing all the challenge of the first game. It’s tough to recommend this when the original (and better) game is still out there. It’s a buy only for those that have played Rearmed to death and are really hungry for more swinging action.



For those who enjoyed the first Rearmed, this game will definitely leave you scratching your head. It was made by the same team (though they’ve changed names) so it’s hard to say what went wrong. Instead of getting a game that is nigh short of a masterpiece like the original, we have a bland sequel that is missing all the challenge of the first game. It’s tough to recommend this when the original (and better) game is still out there. It’s a buy only for those that have played Rearmed to death and are really hungry for more swinging action.

- Kyle

Send your comments to the author kyle@original-gamer.com

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What's your most anticipated game for March?

Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation
Tom Clancy's The Division
Hitman
EA Sports UFC 2
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus
Samurai Warriors 4 Empires
MLB The Show 16
Pokken Tournament
Killer Instinct Season 3
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Catching up with Koretzky


Bionic Commando Review

Bionic Commando Review

CES: Capcom shares a few game reveals for CES

Other Gaming News From The Web