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Bionic Commando (NES)

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Written by  :  Multimedia Mike (17482)
Written on  :  Aug 03, 2005
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Summary

Bionic arm? Why didn't we think of that sooner?

The Good

Bionic Commando easily falls into the "innovative" category of game design. Rather than being able to jump, your character is equipped with a bionic arm by which to climb, swing, and use as an offensive measure (shove enemies). The arm is somewhat counter-intuitive at first but it grows on you. Aside from the arm, the game features an impressive selection of weapons.

The Bad

I did not like the confusion that came from thinking, "These enemies, and especially their leader, remind me a lot of Nazis," only to find out that they were originally Nazis and that Capcom made a half-hearted attempt to censor that aspect when bringing the game out of Japan.

The Bottom Line

Bionic Commando is a unique, novel game that takes some getting used to. But it is a great challenge and worth the effort for the surprise at the end.