I probably don’t need to write much in this space about Bionic Commando. Anyone who’s been reading this site for any amount of time already knows I love it. It’s one of those NES games I loved at first site, and it’s one that amazes me in how well it’s held up over the years. It’s as precise and responsive as ever — not a game that seemed good because we didn’t know any better, but rather one that was genuinely great by any objective standard.
A disclaimer, though: this article could be construed as a screed against Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 developers Fat Shark, which it isn’t! What I’ve played of Rearmed 2 has been fantastic. I just think it suffers — though not critically, fortunately — from the corporate timidity that suffocates so many games these days. A darned shame, it is. Not enough of a shame to keep it from being one of my most-anticipated games for 2011, though!