follow us:

Latest News

Microsoft sells 5 million Xbox Ones and Titanfall is March best seller
After the news that the PS4 has reached 7 million consoles sold, Microsoft is throwing out their numbers for the Xbox One. ... [read more]
Silent Hill Shattered Memories and Origins heading to PS Vita
The PS Vita library is about to get a little scarier. Konami UK announced that Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Silent Hill: Origins are coming to the PS Vita. ... [read more]
Sony sells 7 million PS4s and teases new features
The PS4 reached a new landmark earlier this month when it the seven million console sold on April 6, just shy of six months since its debut. Sony also announced that more than 20 million games for the PS4 have been sold as of April 13. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

The 3rd Annual OG Awards - Platform Awards and GOTY
After much deliberating, we finally have the final OG Awards. Who is taking the big award this year?... [read more]
The 3rd Annual OG Awards - Genre Awards
Day 2 of the OG Awards will reward the best of the best in various genres. Let's give out some awards! ... [read more]
The 3rd Annual OG Awards - Miscellaneous Awards
It's time for the most important awards in gaming: The OG Awards! Who will be the big winner? Read on to find out. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Dark Souls II Review
At this point, anybody who plays video games that don't involve a touch screen interface is well aware of what Dark Souls II is. A sequel to a spiritual sequel to an amazingly difficult, but fun game, Dark Souls II has some large shoes to fill.... [read more]
Infamous Second Son Review
The good ending of Infamous 2 left many wondering what was left for the series. Sucker Punch made it very clear that a new superhero was required to continue the series. Thus Delsin Rowe was born.... [read more]
Escape Plan Review
Escape Plan is a 3D side-scroller puzzle game which was originally released as a launch title for the PS Vita in February 2012. Developer Fun Bits Interactive decided to take the game to the big screen and port it to the PlayStation 4. ... [read more]

Latest Videos

8-Bit Eric: Unepic Review
8-Bit Eric takes a look at EnjoyUp Games' lighthearted take on classic platforming and RPGs, Unepic. ... [read more]
Mizuumi-Con 2014 panel videos
The Original Gamer crew was Mizuumi-Con 2014 this past Saturday to put on two panels: "Video Game Jeopardy" and "Everything You Wanted to Know About Video Games, But Were Afraid to Ask." And we have the videos to prove it. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Robocop (NES) Review
Instead of watching the Robocop remake, watch 8-Bit Eric review Robocop on the NES. It's cheaper to watch and truer to original.... [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 do you think of Elder Scrolls Online

I'm enjoying every minute of it!
It's ok, but there are way too many bugs.
It stinks!
Haven't tried it, but will once the dust settles.
I despise MMORPGs.
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Taking the word back


Bionic Commando Review

Bionic Commando Review

CES: Capcom shares a few game reveals for CES

Other Gaming News From The Web