follow us:

Latest News

Get on the dance floor with Dance Central Spotlight on September 2
Announced at E3, Dance Central Spotlight is the digital title that brings the Harmonix's dancing franchise to the Xbox One, and it's coming on September 2.... [read more]
Watch the actors of The Last of Us perform live
For a special one night only event, the actors and music composer behind the critically acclaimed game of The Last of Us from Naughty Dog, will perform live at the theatrical stage.... [read more]
Watch real gamers play a real match of Rainbow Six: Siege
If you're like me, you had your share of douche chills when listening to the commentary of the Rainbow Six: Siege reveal. Yes the game looked amazing, but the "gamers" playing the game were as about as authentic as a Gameboy sold in China. This newest video from the Ubisoft... [read more]

Latest Articles

When a Good Cause Gets Tainted
This June was an important month for Nintendo. Prior to them winning the hearts of gamers across the globe at E3, they were in some hot water over a game that came out just a few days before. That game, Tomodachi Life, became the center of a world of drama that was not only ... [read more]
Destiny Alpha is a delightful appetizer before the main course
Announced during the Sony E3 Press Conference, PS4 owners got their first shot to play Destiny. The Destiny Alpha only lasted a few days, but it left a big impression.... [read more]
E3 2014: Oh who are we kidding, it was all about Zelda Wii U at Nintendo's E3 Digital Event
Even though Nintendo was not producing a live press conference, they didn't spare any expense with the production value of their E3 Digital Event. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Titanfall Review
It's safe to say that Titanfall is the first highly-anticipated next gen (or should I say current gen) game for 2014.Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall received some huge hype at E3, and it was well deserved. Although the game is not perfect, it's heading in the r... [read more]
Conception II Review
I can honestly say that Conception II would be an incredibly awkward game to try and describe to anyone who doesn’t watch anime or play RPGs. In fact, if someone could find a socially acceptable way to describe a game where you impregnate girl’s souls using your “star ... [read more]
Outlast: Whistleblower Review
Outlast became one of my favorite survival horror games and I gave it a 9 in my review. The game, however, left me wanting for more jump scares and thus I was naturally excited to quickly dive into its story related DLC, Whistleblower. ... [read more]

Latest Videos

SGC 2014: We Slay Monsters Interview
You may have played a dungeon crawler before, but have you ever played a dungeon crawler where your attack is based on the poker hand your dealt? This isn't a fantasy game made by Kenny Rogers, it's We Slay Monsters from Furiously Inactive Games.... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Donkey Kong Country - Tropical Freeze Review
8-Bit Eric reviews the return of our favorite ape, Donkey Kong, in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. ... [read more]
Why the Separation of Men and Women in eSports is Stupid (Update)
An article on PC Gamer revealed that the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) keeps men and women in separate tournament. Not only that, men and women can't even compete in the same games. Men can compete in DotA 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Hearthstone and Stacraft II wh... [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 August?

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Sacred 3
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Tales of Xillia 2
Madden NFL 15
Metro Redux
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


The Iron Men of Gaming


Bionic Commando Review

Bionic Commando Review

CES: Capcom shares a few game reveals for CES

Other Gaming News From The Web