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Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Review

by: Lin Clark ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is the second game in the new Rearmed series on the Playstation 3. This game has some major upgrades over the previous one and is also much longer.

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    Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

    Rearmed 2 boxart  

    Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 has the same look and feel as the first Bionic Commando Rearmed, except that its lengthy and has some cool new game play implemented in it. Any fans of the original just may indeed like this one better, but for those that liked the simpler game play without an increase in difficulty may find themselves being frustrated.

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    The game takes place a few years after Bionic Commando Rearmed, and features a new dictator named General Sabio. He is from the Papagayan Islands, a fictional island in South America, and wants to attack FSA and any other American faction that gets in his way of having world domination. This story is very contrived and basic, it follows a simple action genre plot but at the same time can also be endearing in a way. The story is more involved in this game than the last, with lots more dialog that can happen at the end of almost every level. For being a mindless action game, its not as bad as it could have been.

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    Game Play

    Rearmed 2 game play  

    The game play of Rearmed 2 is almost a carbon copy of the last game. Spencer can still swing in the same manner, as well as grab oil drums, shoot missiles, and use the bionic arm to cross over city lights. One thing that this game has an advantage in is that he can finally jump albeit not very high.

    There is also an attack called death from above, which he can use to smash certain blocks and enemies. Getting components which are spread out through every level can upgrade Spencer’s bionic arm and even obtain more special moves which are much needed as the game progresses. The hardest part of the game lies with the boss battles, which all have weak points you must uncover.

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    This game follows the same control scheme known to Bionic Commando fans. Jump, shoot, grapple, and repeat. Using the top left and right buttons is how special moves are initiated. There is nothing difficult about the controls themselves, other than it may be a bit hard at first for people new to the series since it evolves a lot of grappling and swinging around to reach higher places or going across water and spikes.

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    Just like the first Rearmed, multiplayer mode is also in Rearmed 2, and yet again it is only local. Adding a second player can be helpful as you play through the main story. One person can swing to higher spots as the other can shoot any enemies in the way. Its also useful to have two players when trying to figure out the puzzles in order to grab some components.

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    Spencer Comparison  

    The graphics are exactly the same as the first game, a mixture of 2D and 3D in a side scrolling fashion. The colors are bright and vivid on any HD TV and since the game has more organic levels than purely urban, the forest scenes look especially well done for the design the game has. The character art for the dialog scenes is most impressive, although Spencer looks a bit awkward in this game and not much of an improvement over the last. Overall, the brightly toned colors and animation is pretty good for a side scroller.

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    Rearmed Boss Battle  

    Yet again, the same techno blares and sound bits appear in this game just like the last. The music might be annoying to some but for others its actually quite invigorating. The music is different and interesting compared to other games adding old NES sounds to dub step and techno beats. The sound effects are alright for this type of genre, the bullets sound more like pellets but it works out since the game is mixing old with new.

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    Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is a great game for anyone looking for something new and entertaining or for a Bionic Commando fan who wants to see the new upgraded game play. This game is much more complicated than the first Rearmed, but that is what makes it a well rounded addition.