Bionic Commando
Good Critical Reception
PlayStation 3
May 18, 2009
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May 19, 2009 - Good - When a game is built around a single mechanic that is employed so well, so often and so entertainingly it's hard not to overlook its flaws and just enjoy yourself.
May 18, 2009 - Good - Bionic Commando's bright spots are occasionally book-ended by frustrating sequences. After playing it, you come away wishing that it focused more on what's best about it, namely, the bionic arm's potential as a weapon and means of mobility.
May 17, 2009 - Good - Bionic Commando goes back and forth between moments of great, navigation-based gameplay and a lot of little touches that don't work as well as you'd like. It makes the final product a little frustrating, because you can almost see a better game trying to bust its way out of its constraints.
May 18, 2009 - Good - If you can look past the replayability issues that crop up due to the linear play, you'll find an enjoyable adventure that easily re-establishes the franchise for Capcom.
May 21, 2009 - Good - Bionic Commando will frustrate many gamers, but get past the initial swinging learning curve and you'll find a highly entertaining action game that tries to do something a bit different.
May 19, 2009 - Mediocre - Bionic Commando just feels like it should be better. It does a lot of things right, but it's constantly held back by unfortunate design decisions that replace satisfaction with frustration.
May 19, 2009 - Mediocre - Even though this is a solid try to revamp the series, this swing fest feels like a letdown when you restrict movement so much with the inclusion of invisible walls and even a killer ceiling. As a game, Bionic Commando is merely okay.
June 12, 2009 - Mediocre - With a shallow story featuring an irritating protagonist, poor gunplay, and bad level design, Bionic Commando fails to successfully build upon the franchise.
May 19, 2009 - Mediocre - The bionic arm is a great idea that leads to some enjoyable moments, but it's not powerful enough to shoulder the burden of an entire game.
May 20, 2009 - Mediocre - Crappy story and occasional boring moments aside, Bionic Commando is a good game, akin to a summer popcorn flick. It won't stick with you, but it'll certainly entertain you. When the action amps up it feels awesome; it's just too bad that those moments couldn't have comprised the game's entirety.
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