Did anyone actually like this game as much as I did?

#1 Posted by chilipeppersman (1167 posts) -

Bionic Commando....kind of a sad story. Sold really bad, got critiqued pretty bad, and most players ended up not liking it due to bugs in the game or lag in the multiplexer. Valid points, but when I played it on PC, I didnt notice any of this. The frame rate was smooth, the visuals IMO looked very good, and the game was just downright fun. Sure, it was kinda short, but I liked the story and found it easy to follow.

That was about 2-3 years ago, and playing the multiplayer demo on my X360 sparked my fond memories of the single player. Definitely a game I would go back through and play again, so whatsup? Am I way off, or are there some people who genuinely enjoyed this game as much as I did?

#2 Posted by laserbolts (5331 posts) -

I'm trying to remember if I did or not. I know I didn't beat it but it's been so long now since I played it. Was it sort of difficult or am I thinking about something else? I remember a huge worm boss or something that pissed me off so I stopped playing. I remember the swinging definitely took some time to get used to.

#3 Posted by shootermcclay (219 posts) -

I remember really liking the swinging and the level design, but not really enjoying the third-person shooting. It was a little frustrating but I ended up getting all of the trophies. I think it was my third platinum trophy.

#4 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

I remember liking it.. I don't care for the dreadlocks, it's just the cheesy-as-fuck storyline but the overall gameplay that felt lame to me.

#5 Posted by NegativeCero (3012 posts) -

I never actually played it, but I remember really liking the multiplayer demo. I guess just not enough to buy the game.

#6 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -

@chilipeppersman:

No one else did. It was just you.

#7 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2485 posts) -

I liked the demo, never bothered with the full game though.

#8 Posted by Tharrington (145 posts) -

I actually really liked it. I always enjoy Mike Patton hamming it up, and I really loved how the swinging felt. Plus, I always used the Rearmed skin for some 80s flavor.

#9 Posted by WarlordPayne (701 posts) -

I didn't have any bugs or framerate issues, I just thought it was a shitty game. The shooting was pretty bad and the story was awful. The swinging was a lot of fun but the level design was so restrictive with that god damned radiation that you couldn't really have any fun with it without accidentally swinging into radiation and dying before you could get back out.

I really wanted to like that game since I love the original Bionic Commando and BC: Rearmed, but it was horrible start to finish.

#10 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3903 posts) -

I actually just bought it recently cause I've been listening to old Bombcasts, specifically the one Jeff talked about the game in. Aaaand. I dunno, I kinda lost interest. To be fair I had a bunch of other better games waiting so I'll try to go back to it when I hit a lull some time. I really wanted to love it but it didn't grab me for some reason.

#11 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

Started playing it about a year ago, but for some reason put it down.

I keep thinking about finishing it. Then I start up Dark Souls, or something, instead.

#12 Posted by Ramone (2975 posts) -

I fucking hate Bionic Commando.

#13 Posted by Carryboy (717 posts) -

Didn't like it when it came out went back and completed it earlier this year enjoyed it, definitely had its problems visually very impressive at times even now.

#14 Posted by JackSukeru (5921 posts) -

It's half of my name.

@WarlordPayne said:

I didn't have any bugs or framerate issues, I just thought it was a shitty game. The shooting was pretty bad and the story was awful. The swinging was a lot of fun but the level design was so restrictive with that god damned radiation that you couldn't really have any fun with it without accidentally swinging into radiation and dying before you could get back out.

I really wanted to like that game since I love the original Bionic Commando and BC: Rearmed, but it was horrible start to finish.

I agree with a lot of this, though I actually really liked the game. It had this interesting idea where it tied achievements into upgrades so if you would say, hit 4 guys with a grenade you could carry more grenades, but it was implemented really terribly. Levels were also mostly small areas with long load times inbetween and, like previously mentioned, were often restricted by radiation in really aggravating ways.

Then there was the lack of ammo for all of the secondary weapons, and how it locks a lot of your arm abilities to progression despite this restriction not being really necessary. Let's not even get into where the story went.

With all this said I loved the movement, the swinging and the level design, despite the small levels. I thought the two first bosses were really good, the first one especially challenging on higher difficulties, the latter where middling to non-existent and one I expect were cut out entirely.

Overall, a very, very unfortunately put together game with some base mechanics I grew very fond of.

#15 Posted by Sunjammer (918 posts) -

Loved it to death

#16 Posted by iAmJohn (6127 posts) -

Yup, Bionic Commando is awesome. The gameplay is fun as hell, and the story is hilarious. The game had some problems (the checkpointing was really no good, for one) but it was a stellar foundation and I'd still love to see what they could do with a sequel. Wishful thinking, I know.

#17 Edited by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -
#18 Posted by huntad (1955 posts) -

I'd probably like it now, but I'll be honest in saying that I wouldn't pay full price for it. It's just not my kind of game.

#19 Posted by Lukeweizer (2706 posts) -

I really liked the gameplay. The story was... whatever. But I loved swinging around. I remember playing the multiplayer demo before the game came out for hours and just swinging during matches. I always tell my friends that Bionic Commando is the best Spider-Man game ever made.

#20 Edited by I_smell (3924 posts) -

Some of the combat was a bit rubbish, and the dialogue was dumb as hell, and the TOXIC SMOG that you weren't allowed to swing into was fucking annoying- it had it's down points.

But hey it wasn't too bad! It was alright. I liked the whole ending.

#21 Posted by Tobiass (150 posts) -

I did. It presented me with weird challenge....the controls were weird. It felt like an N64 game with SNES style level by level system.

#22 Posted by ProfessorK (825 posts) -

I thought it was pretty good. Once you acclimated to the swinging that game was very good about letting you choose you method of attack and you could get very creative. It was pretty refreshing. My only real issue was i thought the ending was shit. It lacked any real sense of closure.

#23 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

I liked the way the environments looked and I remember the colors used were bright and colorful, a nice change of pace.

But I didn't like the actual gameplay and certain parts of levels seemed to be copy and pasted too much.

#24 Posted by TheHT (11513 posts) -

The wife in arm thing was stupid, and I wasn't a fan of Super Joe, but that swinging was a blast. At first I hated it, but when you stop yourself from thinking that you can swing around willy nilly like Spider-Man, you can start doing some crazy stuff with it.

#25 Posted by Meltac (2003 posts) -

Absolutely loved it. It was just dumb and fun.

#26 Edited by GunstarRed (5294 posts) -

I have a lot of love for the game. The first thing that you need to get past is the swing. It requires you to let go a little sooner than you'd expect, but once you've mastered it you could do some truly insane stuff. I remember a lot of people complaining that it wasn't open world, but I loved its straightforward action adventureyness. It's not like there wasn't some pretty huge environments around. I rarely felt restricted by my swinging options.

I loved how the game forced you into not playing the game as a shooter, it very, very clearly is not a shooter. There's a reason why the weapons from pods only have limited ammo and your gun is like a tiny pistol. The arm, the arm is capable of doing a ton of different things and the hardest difficulty requires you to master it. I felt incredibly proud when I finished the game, like I had truly achieved something. It was doable, but not cheap like COD on veteran or something... although there are a handful of terrible checkpoints.

I adored the "fuck you, I'm a video game!" attitude the game had. Silly story, giant bosses, dumb dialogue and big 8-bit icons floating about in the air everywhere. I'm glad the game exists, there isn't anything quite like it, but I could totally understand how some of its quirks could turn people off.

Music was also great with little snippets of the music from rearmed integrated into it.

#27 Posted by Humanity (9582 posts) -

I picked it up a year or so ago for $5 and it was one of the better platformer action games I had played to date. Especially the early levels in the irradiated city ruins that offer a ton of freedom in mobility are a blast. Once you get the swinging mechanics kinda down and start unlocking new abilities it plays great.

Not sure where the hate comes from. The ending was kinda great on a grand scale as endings should be. They did leave it hanging which is terrible when the game doesn't become commercially successful and is never going to get a sequel.

#28 Posted by falserelic (5463 posts) -

I didn't like this game I loved It. I had played the shit out of it. I'm still hoping 1 day they can make a sequel.

#29 Posted by CosmicBatman (317 posts) -

I'm sorry but I hated this game. I actually broke the disc in half and threw it in the garbage.

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