My experience with Bionic Commando has been limited, but then again hasn’t everyone’s? The original game for the Nintendo Entertainment System was far too hard for a five-year-old to complete, so I never went far beyond renting the game once or twice then crying to my Dad who couldn’t beat it either. Thankfully the demo for the upcoming Bionic Commando is not the single player, and perhaps I’ll do a bit better when I pick up the game next month.
I took an hour to check out the new Demo for the X360, impressions after the jump.
Almost a few moments after hooking up in a match I was dead. After reaching respawn I found a weapon, and began shooting at a guy. Before I knew it, I was dead again. I finally remember that you can swing from your mechanized arm. I latch on, and begin to jump and I was dead…again.
This time I was far more skillfull. The second I spawned I ran for cover, getting a good look at the surroundings. I came out of cover, and I was dead. After being brutally murdered by the same enemy for the fourth time, I was starting to become intimidated by this review.
At this point I more fully understood the controls, aiming, running, swinging, and jumping so I assumed that things would be alright. I spawned and I died. Spawned and died, spawned and died. I almost killed someone, then I died.
The match was over, and my initial impressions are that the sniper rifle is far too overpowered. I didn’t allow this to deter me, so I tried again.
This time things were slightly different. The second I could move I swung up and got myself onto higher ground. I found the sniper rifle, and began to mow them down. That was until someone came up behind me, shot and killed me, took the sniper rifle and then had control.
With only eight enemies on screen, the pace was frenzied. It did a good job making you feel like you were about to die any second. Although the sniper rifle needs some work, the whole experience was a lot of fun. There is definitely something to be said for swinging through the air while trying to mow an enemy down. They are doing a lot of things right, but still have a long way to go in order to balance things out. Maybe I need my fathers help like in the first title for the NES.
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