Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 93
    From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
  2. 100
    The soundtrack to Bionic Commando: Rearmed is a fantastic piece of work, a deft contemporary reworking of classic 8-bit NES tunes. In fact, it's so good that Capcom put it up for sale on the iTunes Store months ago to build hype for the game.
  3. If you're short on patience or have a nervous disorder, then you should approach Rearmed with caution. If, however, you love the genre and harbor fond memories of the original, then this game will seem like a gift from the Eighties God of Shooty Bang-Bang.
  4. Still, Bionic Commando is packed with enough challenges and modes to woo even the most suicidal Spencer back into battle. [Dec 2008, p.58]
  5. Bionic Commando Rearmed on PC is an extraordinary opportunity to reunite action and arcade lovers with one of most emblematic titles of the past. With good taste and scrupulous respect for the original game, Grin releases its best game thanks to stunning graphics and spotless game play values.
  6. 80
    A deeply respectful remake of an arcade classic that is as enjoyable and relevant today as it was 20 years ago.
  7. Remake as it should be – every personal observer will be pleased, every skeptic will be convinced that the original game built its legendary status deservedly. Rearmed excels in presentation with humor and fantastic co-op mode on the other side you have to face very user un-friendly controls and excessive difficulty. [Sept 2008]
  8. BCR is at once beautifully reminiscent of its era, and polished enough to be palatable to a modern audience. The core grappling and swinging mechanic is satisfying, the weapons a joy to wield and the levels are imaginatively designed.
  9. A must-have for anyone who has fond memories of the golden age of games, whether you played the original or not. [Oct 2008, p.108]
  10. Bionic Commando: Rearmed is terrific in almost every way, revitalizing a classic but long-dormant game in an exciting way that stands on its own, but also serves as a potent reminder that there's a new retail sequel on the horizon that'll bring all this crazy swinging to 3D environments.
  11. For eight quid though, Bionic Commando Rearmed is a masterful remake, even if it's one you'll never muster the patience to finish. [Nov 2008, p.75]
  12. Gentlemen, get yourselves Bionic Commando Rearmed. It is well worth every damned electronic cent you spend on it. Shinkiro was (Metal Slug, Dead Rising, King of Fighters) the driving force in BCRs art-design, which makes it all the more a killer retro-portation. [Issue#15]
  13. For its current price, Bionic Commando: Rearmed is close to a free lunch.
  14. 90
    Gorgeous re-imagining of the original, lots of gaming for your buck.
  15. Bionic Commando Rearmed is a first-rate downloadable title, and if you don't mind 2D platforming gameplay with a bit of old school challenge, this is one to check out.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. Oct 17, 2013
    After a tutorial that's approximately as harrowing as being forced to masturbate in a hall of mirrors while clown music is playing and everyone you ever hated is laughing at you, you're transported into a game which sets you as a bionic commando whose bionic powers are so amazing he can't even step over a small breezeblock. Oh, this thing can go STRAIGHT up a weasel's bum! Full Review »
  2. Apr 10, 2011
    Terrible controls make this game almost unplayable and it takes forever to figure out what to do at boss fights. I would recommend this game only for masochists. Full Review »
  3. Jan 21, 2011
    Awkward controls, lack of movement options (can only shoot left/right, no jumping) and poor AI. I'm surprised this game got high ratings in this day and age. Full Review »