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AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
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Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.6

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Defunct Games (Sep 19, 2008)
Capcom yet again proves that they are one of the few companies that knows how to resurrect a classic franchise. Twenty years may have passed between the original release and this remake, but Bionic Commando: Rearmed feels just as relevant today as it did back in the late 1980s. At a mere $10 this is one game you can't afford to ignore!
1UP (Aug 13, 2008)
Game remakes have become their own little cottage industry in recent years; any company in possession of a stable of classic franchises is essentially sitting on free money. Even then, remakes of Rearmed's caliber are uncommon; it ranks up there with Metroid: Zero Mission and Mega Man: Powered Up as the best of the best, the standard by which to judge all others. Given the quality of the core mission, the cooperative multiplayer, the copious hidden content, the expansive optional modes, and the exhaustive in-game database, Rearmed is a game that could easily sell for full retail price and seem like a good deal. That it's on offer for a mere sawbuck (or $15, for you unlucky PC fans) should go down in history as one of gaming's best deals. If you enjoy a well-crafted action game, you'd be remiss in skipping Rearmed -- even if you couldn't care less about NES games.
Bionic Commando Rearmed is, without a doubt, the best downloadable remake yet released on any platform. For fans of the old school game or newbies to franchise, it is well worth your moolah.
Giant Bomb (Aug 15, 2008)
Bionic Commando: Rearmed is terrific in almost every way, revitalizing a classic but long-dormant game in an exciting way that stands on its own, but also serves as a potent reminder that there's a new retail sequel on the horizon that'll bring all this crazy swinging to 3D environments.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 20, 2008)
Bionic Commando: Rearmed is THE complete package at a low, low price. If Capcom wanted to be greedy, this could have been a full game for sale on almost every platform at $30-40 dollars, but luckily they went the digital download route. This is probably one of the best, if the not the best downloadable title on the PSN and XBLA by far.
96 (Sep 01, 2008)
Bionic Commando is a game that can truly be described as hardcore. Much like Mega Man, this game will challenge you until you have finally overcome it, leading to an almost surreal experience that you can hardly ever find in games today. The old days were good, and for $10, you could (and should) go back and visit one of the games that defined the era.
IGN (Aug 11, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed sets a new benchmark for downloadable console games. The best elements of the original are back, but have been upgraded to be better than before. The new bosses add a more interesting challenge and the final level is one for the ages. And, of course, the visuals are brilliant. The remastered soundtrack is fantastic as well. From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
Gamer 2.0 (Aug 18, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed Is a fine example of how to take on old game and make it new again without stripping it of what made it unique and fun to begin with. It’s got a fantastic sense of style in its presentation. It can get frustrating at times, but ultimately the game is good fun. This is definitely a highly recommendable download.
Worth Playing (Aug 21, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed is easily a strong enough title to go for $30 on the PSP, and it's definitely a worthy PlayStation Network/Live Arcade title at $10. The graphics overhaul, improved boss battles, hacking mini-game, new weapons and bionic arm abilities, multiplayer support and additional content will provide immense replay value. Existing and future fans of the series should grab it and hope that the next-gen offering can compete when it's released later this year. It's going to be tough to top this.
ZTGameDomain (Aug, 2008)
In the end Bionic Commando Rearmed is the epitome of how to remake a game for the next generation. If you were a fan of the original you will love the attention to detail and classically epic soundtrack. If you are new to the series you will grow to love the swinging mechanic, once you get the hang of it. Overall Rearmed is one for the ages and is a perfect example of how to make a great downloadable game. Now that Capcom has exhausted their portfolio perhaps it is time for a Strider re-imagining…anyone?
Game Over Online (Sep 04, 2008)
All in all, I’d say that its combination of stellar, addictive gameplay and well-crafted graphical and audio work make this a must-have. Between the core game and the challenge rooms, the replay value is through the roof, and it’s something that I can see myself playing in some form for years to come - even if it’s just to topple an existing score in a challenge room, or to beat my best time. If you’re new to the series, this is a fantastic starting point, while series vets will absolutely love it. At just $10 USD, it’s a no-brainer given how much quality content is contained within the game.
UOL Jogos (Aug 14, 2008)
"Bionic Commando: Rearmed" é uma das melhores reimaginações que o videogame já viu. O espírito do clássico de 8 bits está inteiramente presente e nem por isso o novo jogo deixou de lado recursos modernos, como o sistema de física e ranking online. A apresentação é exemplar, com gráficos e áudio de grande qualidade, com uma grande quantidade de conteúdo, seja na campanha principal e seus segredos, quanto nos extras. É provavelmente uma das melhores compras que se pode fazer pelos serviços de download dos consoles atuais, principalmente se você for fã dos antigos clássicos de plataforma.
90 (Aug 14, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed is not a release for everyone. Less experienced gamers can lower the difficulty level, but doing this covers the harder jumps with transparent blocks. Yes, this makes the game easier, but it's also strangely embarrassing - it feels like you've been handed a set of arm bands. In any case, doing this defeats the point: it's supposed to be hard, and you're supposed to like it. If you're short on patience or have a nervous disorder, then you should approach Rearmed with caution. If, however, you love the genre and harbor fond memories of the original, then this game will seem like a gift from the Eighties God of Shooty Bang-Bang. You may be slightly narked by the fact that you can't play co-op online, but hey - that wouldn't be very retro, would it?
GamersMark (Aug 21, 2008)
In other reviews for this game, the last paragraph has served as a "it’s like the original, but..." section. However, like I stated from the beginning I have never set my claws on the NES, or even the Arcade version. Bionic Commando Rearmed was judged on its own merits, separate and treated just like any other game. This allows me to be critical, but not overly critical because they added or took away something I didn’t like. No, this game was judge on whether or not it could stand on its own two feet. While those two feet can’t jump, the bionic arm carries the weight and makes this game something special and unique. For $9.99 and tax, this game is a steal, and should not be missed by any PS3, Xbox 360 or PC owner. I whole-heartedly suggest you take arms with Bionic Commando Rearmed.
Digital Chumps (Aug 25, 2008)
Rearmed is a fine game. Like the original, it’s not particularly long, you can probably finish it within eight hours, but it’s challenging and offers several reasons for continuing to play, like the challenge missions and multiplayer options. Even if you’ve never played the original before, Rearmed is well rounded enough that you can pick it up and completely enjoy it. However, if you have played the original, seeing how well the developers at GRIN maintained the original’s level design is a treat. At the same time, they’ve greatly expanded aspects of the game while still maintaining that challenging and fun old school feel and mood; take the last level for example, which in the original was Area 12. Now, the final boss is a massive, challenging level unto itself.
Cheat Code Central (Aug, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed is one of the best downloadable titles to date. The production value, quirky humor, outstanding platforming challenge, and low cost make this a game everyone should pick up. Look for Bionic Commando Rearmed to set the bar for future AAA downloadable content when it releases on August 13th for XBLA and August 14th on PSN.
Extreme Gamer (Sep 01, 2008)
Bionic Commando is one of the top ten classic remakes that have been revived for the consoles since the concepts debut. Bionic Commando Rearmed does everything right from its updated beautiful looking graphics, to the added multiplayer support and new challenge mode. For the price Capcom is asking on Live and the PSN, it’s totally a worth while purchase. The only buyer beware advice I can hand over is that Bionic Commando rearmed takes some work. This is a mildly challenging game and not a cake-walk remix. Bionic Commando is worth the time and money to re-explore this long armed classic.
3D Juegos (Aug 14, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed es una oportunidad extraordinaria para que los amantes de la acción y el arcade se reconcilien con uno de los clásicos más emblemáticos del pasado. Con buen gusto y con un respeto escrupuloso por el original, Grin logra su mejor juego gracias a unos gráficos fantásticos y una jugabilidad impecable.
85 (Aug 12, 2008)
Aber diese unerwartete Komplexität hat auch Vorteile, trennt sie doch oberflächliche Knöpfchendrücker, die nicht mal das Ende des ersten Levels sehen werden, von den harten Hunden, die sich ohne aufzugeben durch die Tutorials hangeln - bis sie auf einmal eleganter durch die Levels schwingen als der Sohn von Tarzan und King Kong! Und dann lernt man nämlich auch die Genialität des Leveldesigns zu schätzen, das eben auf der anfangs fiesen und willkürlich wirkenden Einschränkung der Mobilität basiert - wer ein Hindernis nicht einfach überspringen kann, muss halt gescheite Schwungwege finden! Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist für ein Oldschool-Remake angemessen hoch, das nicht-lineare Leveldesign wunderbar abwechslungsreich und der Mehrspielermodus (und da besonders die »Nicht den Boden berühren«-Variante) große Klasse - ganz zu schweigen von der trotz der Einschränkungen fabelhaften Koop-Möglichkeit für zwei Spieler! Ein großer Spaß, nicht nur für Freunde von Retro-Spieldesign in moderner Hülle.
Game Positive (Aug 18, 2008)
When it comes down to it, Rearmed is good example of how to reinvent a classic title. It features many of the updates and extras you've come to expect from a proper remake, yet follows the formula laid out by its predecessor extremely close. While long time fans might object, the game could have used a bit more attention in the control department, as well as an upgrade to the swing mechanic. It was needlessly punishing back in the day and still remains so. Despite that fact, Bionic Commando Rearmed is a first-rate downloadable title, and if you don't mind 2D platforming gameplay with a bit of old school challenge, this is one to check out.
PSX Extreme (Aug 31, 2008)
Bionic Commando Rearmed is a solid downloadable title that you shouldn't be without if you're a fan of old-school classics, shooters in particular. Event though there are some frustrating quirks, GRIN and Capcom have given the original a massive overhaul in nearly every area, from the beautiful visuals, to the pumping audio, right down to the changes and additions made to the gameplay...for $10, this is a winner.
80 (Sep 28, 2011)
Mit Bionic Commando Rearmed gelang Capcom ein Remake, wie es sein muss: Sinnvolle Verbesserungen, wo sie spielerisch nötig waren und dabei den alten Charme komplett erhalten, ohne das Erlebnis wie einen Besuch im Museum der Helden von Vorgestern wirken zu lassen. Sicher, Ihr müsst mehr leiden als bei den meisten neueren Action-Titeln, aber es ist ein gutes Leiden. Schwer, fair und auf eine aktuelle Weise Retro. Und damit nicht nur für Fans von früher, sondern für alle von Euch, die eine knackige Kampfansage zu schätzen wissen.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Aug 13, 2008)
Enda brasklapparna är väl spelkontrollen som med mer detaljerad grafik faktiskt tappat lite i precision kontra originalet (samt att varken Playstation 3 eller Xbox 360 har styrkors som håller samma klass som NES) och att det ändå i grund och botten är ett väldigt kort äventyr som erbjuds. Annars är Bionic Commando: Rearmed ett solklart köp och förhoppningsvis starten för en rejäl comeback för en av tidernas coolaste spelserier.
GameDaily (Aug 13, 2008)
Despite its difficulty, Bionic Commando Rearmed is a terrific platform game. The presentation is great, the gameplay is fun and the extras more than validate the cheap $10 (or 800 point) price tag. Make sure to keep it well within your reach.
GameSpot (Aug 15, 2008)
It's unfortunate that developer GRIN didn't put the same amount of effort into updating the gameplay as they did the graphics, but the control quirks are not enough to destroy the overall enjoyment of this well-preserved classic. Despite some questionable design decisions, the overwhelming amount of content should satisfy action fans hungry for a punishing, old-school romp. Anyone eager to set aside 20 years of design evolution will find a game that still retains the same clever levels and novel swinging mechanics that made the original's charm endure through four console generations.
GamePro (US) (Aug 13, 2008)
Capcom really did a great job of walking the fine line between paying homage to the classic and moving in a new direction. Of course, Rearmed isn't perfect: the controls take some getting used to, the hacking mini-game's sort of lame, and the game is still brutally tough--curse you spiked floors!--but it's a great update that I heartily recommend to old school NES fans and new gamers alike.