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Bionic Commando: Rearmed
Developer(s) GRIN[1]
Publisher(s) Capcom[1]
Designer(s) Simon Viklund (creative director)[1]
Engine Diesel Engine
Release date PSN
August 13, 2008[2] (JP)
August 14, 2008[2] (NA)
August 15, 2008 (EU)
August 13, 2008[2]
August 14, 2008
Genre Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player, Deathmatch, Cooperative
Age rating(s) CERO: B
PEGI: 18+
USK: 16 (cut)
Platform(s) PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade
Media Download
Input Gamepad, Keyboard and mouse
System requirements
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Bionic Commando Rearmed (バイオニック コマンドー マスターD復活計画, Bionic Commando: Master D Resurrection Project in Japan) is an enhanced remake of the 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System version of Bionic Commando. It was developed by GRIN and published by Capcom for Windows, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade and was released on August 13, 2008. The remake serves as a prelude to the 2009 video game Bionic Commando. A sequel, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, is currently in development.

Rearmed follows Nathan "Rad" Spencer, a commando with a Bionic left arm that can extend and be used as a weapon, or to swing from various objects. Spencer is sent to destroy a weapon known as the "Albatros" [sic] project under construction by the "Badds". It was developed using GRIN's Diesel Engine and features in-game art by Shinkiro. During development former Capcom employees who worked on the Nintendo version of Bionic Commando served as consultants to the developers.

Rearmed was well received, averaging 86% across all three platforms at gaming aggregator Metacritic. Reviewers praised the fact that the game was true to the original, but lauded the updated gameplay and graphics. It was described by IGN as "the best downloadable game to date on XBLA and PSN." 1UP stated Rearmed "should go down in history as one of gaming's best deals."


Bionic Commando Rearmed borrows its plot largely from the NES version of the game, with minor modification. In keeping with the western release of the original Bionic Commando, the references to the Nazi party which were prevalent in the original Japanese title are not featured in Rearmed. However, as is also the case is the original, the final boss of the game still clearly resembles Adolf Hitler, and is referred to as "The Leader".[3]

Rearmed centers around two warring factions: the Federation and the Empire. It begins with the Imperial forces discovering classified documents regarding the development of a new weapon known as the "Albatros" [sic] project, originally started by an organization known as the "Badds", but never completed. Killt, Generalissimo of the Imperial Forces, decides to complete the project himself. When the Federation learns of the Empire's plot, they send in their national hero, Super Joe (the protagonist from the Capcom game Commando) to infiltrate the Empire, however Joe is captured by Imperial Forces during his mission. The Federation sends in a second operative named Nathan "Rad" Spencer to rescue him and assist him in completing his mission.[3]

Spencer traverses through several areas, eliminating many Imperial leaders along his way. As he progresses he finds new technology and travels deeper behind enemy lines. The plot culminates when Super Joe is rescued, and both Spencer and Joe set out to destroy the Albatros project. During the mission Spencer encounters "The Leader", the resurrected head of the Imperial forces. Spencer defeats The Leader, and together with Super Joe destroys the Albatros. The game ends with both heroes hanging onto a helicopter, flying off as the Albatros explodes.


In Bionic Commando Rearmed, the player plays as Nathan "Rad" Spencer, a soldier who has been enhanced by being given a bionic arm that includes a grappling hook, which can be used to reach distant objects. In each game level, the player must navigate to reach an end goal, facilitated by using the bionic arm to swing across gaps or climb to higher ledges. Often, the player must make a series of grappling actions in a row to successfully traverse the level; for example a wide gap that may be crossed by repeatedly using the arm to grapple and swing from the roof above it.[3][4]

Spencer earns a variety of additional weaponry by defeating level bosses. There are also objects that must be found before certain areas can be entered; for example, the player must locate flares that can then be used by Spencer to allow passage through dark areas. Throughout the areas are communications rooms where the player can contact friendly headquarters, or hack into the enemy computer system to learn more information about the level.[3]

The levels are presented to the player as a tactical map showing each friendly and enemy area. The player controls a helicopter to move between areas, and can then select to land in that level. Simultaneously enemy convoys will also move between areas; if the player lands on a space occupied by a convey, they will need to fight their way through the convoy before proceeding.[3][4]

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While Bionic Commando Rearmed remains mostly true to its Nintendo counterpart, a number of gameplay enhancements were made to the game. A health bar replaces the original health system, meaning players can collect health items from enemies to restore health, as opposed to the original system which involved earning more hit points. Players can shoot their arm to grab barrels and throw them at enemies, or use them as temporary shields. Weapons can be now changed during gameplay instead of only prior to the start of a mission, with each weapon having stronger or weaker impact depending on the enemy type.[4][5]

Boss battles have also had a makeover. Each boss battle now makes unique use of Spencer's weaponry and bionic arm. Additionally, the final boss battle has been extended to a complete level.[6] Hacking into enemy communications now involves navigating a three-dimensional puzzle.[4] Extra points are awarded upon completion if the player's health bar is full, otherwise a smaller bonus is awarded dependant on how much health the player has remaining. New to the remake are "Challenge" rooms which involve using the bionic arm traverse a course as quickly as possible.[4] Force feedback has been implemented when using the bionic arm, firing weapons, and other events.[5]


Rearmed's campaign can be played locally with another player. Although the overall gameplay is identical, the enemy and boss AI adapt to accommodate the extra player. Character lives are shared between players, meaning that each player life lost hurts both players. Once all extra lives are lost and one player dies, the AI reverts to its single player configuration for the remaining player until the player completes the level or an extra life is found.[7] Additionally the cooperative campaign is saved separately from the solo campaign, meaning that weapons, equipment, and powerups do not carry over from one campaign into the other. During local cooperative play, the game's camera will zoom in and out to accommodate both players, and will split the screen dynamically should the camera not be able to zoom any further.[4] Competitive multiplayer modes have also been added, and can be played locally or over a network. Game modes include the standard versus and last man standing modes, and "Don't Touch the Floor", in which characters attempt to knock other players to a hazard at the bottom of the level for points.[5]


On February 19, 2008 the official Bionic Commando website ran a poll asking gamers to decide between two possible pricepoints for Rearmed - ten or fifteen dollars. Producer Ben Judd stated, "Personally, since the goal is to make this game for the fans and to get the world to see what makes Bionic Commando so special, I want to sell it for about US$10."[8] However, more senior Capcom employees believed that the game has enough features and polish to sell well enough at $15 to warrant that price. Final pricing was settled on $10 for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network versions, and $15 for the Windows version.[9] The PSN version supports Remote Play on PlayStation Portable and trophies.[10][11] The PC version features additional PC-only challenge rooms added with a patch to compensate for its higher price.[12] Former Capcom employees who worked on the original NES version served as consultants for the new release.[13] All of the in-game art was designed by Shinkiro, an illustrator and conceptual artist, famous for his work with the Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters series.[5] Developer GRIN also left secrets to uncover in Rearmed which would provide exclusive content for 2009's Bionic Commando.[4]


Bionic Commando Rearmed - The Soundtrack is the soundtrack of video game music from Bionic Commando Rearmed. It was released on May 27, 2008 by Sumthing Else Music Works. The music was composed by Simon Viklund, who later provided the arranged soundtrack for Final Fight: Double Impact.[14] A Japanese trailer for the game was revealed at San Diego Comic-con 2008, done in the style of an anime opening with a theme song sung by Ichirou Mizuki, titled "Go Go Bionic". It is considered a parody of anime opening theme songs since the remake is deliberately over-the-top. The song is not featured on all versions of the soundtrack.[15]

No. Title Length
1. "Bionic Commando Rearmed (Main Theme)"   3:32
2. "Heat Wave"   3:50
3. "Power Plant"   3:38
4. "Leap of Faith"   2:42
5. "Rise of the Albatross"   4:59
6. "BCR Menu Theme"   3:22
7. "Prologue & Epilogue"   3:02
8. "OK, We'll Move"   2:29
9. "Meet the Enemy and Descend"   2:00
10. "Killt's Hidden Treasures"   2:30
11. "Amongst Allies"   1:20
12. "Intruder Alert"   3:28
13. "Suzuki's Heroes"   2:00
14. "One Man, One Bionic Arm"   1:40
15. "Go Go Bionic"   0:18


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 86% (average of all platforms)[16]
Review scores
Publication Score A[17]
Eurogamer 8/10[18]
GameSpot 7.5/10 (360)[19] 8.0/10 (PS3)[20]
IGN 9.4/10[21]
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Bionic Commando Rearmed has been very well received by game critics. It averaged 86% across all three release platforms at gaming aggregator Metacritic[16] and average 87% across platforms at GameRankings.[23] Rearmed sold over 130,000 copies across all three platforms during the first week of its release.[24] Overall impressions of the game gleaned comments of praise. IGN called Rearmed "the best downloadable game to date on XBLA and PSN."[21] and ranked it second on their top 10 list of Xbox Live Arcade games.[25] Giant Bomb called it "terrific in almost every way"[22] and GameTrailers stated it was "one of those games that feels organic to play."[26]

Reviewers praised the title's ability to remain true to the Nintendo version but provide enhancements to update the title.[21][22][25] The game's graphics were described as "gorgeous",[21] praising the colors palette, backgrounds and lighting.[22] Similar comments were made towards the game's soundtrack, with's Jeremy Parish calling it "exceptional" and "a mix good enough to enjoy outside the context of the game".[17] Reviewers were split on opinions of the game's AI, with IGN describing it as "the best seen in a side-scrolling game",[21] but GameSpot saying the enemies were "simply too limited to pose much of a treat".[19] Reviewers were almost universally disappointed in the game controls, citing the lack of updating to analog features and remaining too true to the original.[19][21]

Rearmed's multiplayer received generally high acclaim, with GameSpot calling it "an unexpected treat".[19] Both the game's cooperative and competitive modes were lauded, however several reviewers cited a lack of online functionality.[18][19] Reviewers also praised the game's challenge maps and in-game database, stating "Rearmed is a game that could easily sell for full retail price and seem like a good deal."[17]


Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 was revealed at Capcom's Captivate 2010 event. It is currently in development by Fatshark for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The debut trailer reveals that the player will now be able to jump, an ability first introduced to the series in 2009's Bionic Commando.[27] It has a tentative release date for the first quarter of 2011.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bionic Commando Rearmed credits. Mobygames. Retrieved on 2010-04-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bionic Commando Rearmed Release Date: Confirmed for Next Week!. Bionic Commando Newswire Blog (2008-08-07).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Bionic Commando: Rearmed manual (PDF). Capcom. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 MacDonald, Mark (2008-02-20). Bionic Commando Rearmed (PS3) - Previews. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Game Overview. Capcom. Retrieved on 2010-04-26.
  6. Goldstein, Hilary (2008-01-20). Bionic Commando Rearmed: The Final Stage. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  7. Goldstein, Hilary (2008-07-03). Bionic Commando Rearmed Co-op Hands-On. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  8. Judd, Ben (2008-02-19). A Tale of Two Prices. Bionic Commando Newswire Blog. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  9. Reidy, Gearoid (2008-08-07). Bionic Commando Rearmed Release Date: Confirmed for Next Week!. Bionic Commando Newswire Blog. Retrieved on 2009-01-08.
  10. Totilo, Stephen (2008-02-25). ‘Bionic Commando: Rearmed’ PS3 Will Run On PSPs Thanks To Remote Play. MTV. Retrieved on 2008-03-01.
  11. Diamonon, John (2008-07-09). Bionic Commando Rearmed PSN features revealed. Sony. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  12. Plunkett, Luke (2008-08-12). Relax, Bionic Commando: Rearmed on PC has more stuff. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2008-08-12.
  13. Judy (no surname given) (2008-07-18). Xbox Live Arcade Preview - 'Bionic Commando Rearmed'. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  14. Bionic Commando Rearmed Soundtrack: Sumthing Digital. Sumthing Distribution. Retrieved on 2010-04-26.
  15. Miller, Greg (2008-07-26). SDCC 08: Bionic Commando Panel Report. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Metacritic - Bionic Commando rearmed. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-04-26.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Parish, Jeremy (2008-08-13). Bionic Commando: Rearmed Review. Retrieved on 2008-08-14.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Whitehead, Dan (2008-08-13). Bionic Commando Rearmed Review. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2008-08-13.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Mc Shea, Tom (2008-08-16). Bionic Command Rearmed review (Xbox 360). Gamespot. Retrieved on 2010-04-26.
  20. Mc Shea, Tom (2008-08-15). Bionic Command Rearmed review (PS3). Gamespot. Retrieved on 2010-04-26.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 Goldstein, Hilary (2008-08-11). Bionic Commando Rearmed Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-08-13.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Gerstmann, Jeff (2008-08-15). Bionic Commando Rearmed Review. Giant Bomb. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  23. Bionic Commando Rearmed. GameRankings. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  24. Judd, Ben (2008-08-24). BC Weekly Field Report: #12. Capcom. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Shea, Cam (2009-05-07). IGN's Top 10 Xbox Live Arcade Games. IGN. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  26. Bionic Commando Rearmed review. GameTrailers (2008-08-13). Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  27. Pakinkis, Tom (2010-04-20). Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 trailer leaked. Computer and video games. Retrieved on 2010-04-21.

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