Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There's really no other way to say it: Bionic Commando Rearmed is one of the best games on the PS3.
  4. 94
    From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
  5. Bionic Commando Rearmed Is a fine example of how to take on old game and make it new again without stripping it of what made it unique and fun to begin with. It’s got a fantastic sense of style in its presentation.
  6. If you're even the slightest fan of the original then you owe it to yourself to pick up this downloadable title.
  7. Bionic Commando Rearmed is easily a strong enough title to go for $30 on the PSP, and it's definitely a worthy PlayStation Network/Live Arcade title at $10. The graphics overhaul, improved boss battles, hacking mini-game, new weapons and bionic arm abilities, multiplayer support and additional content will provide immense replay value.
  8. 92
    Bionic Commando Rearmed is the epitome of how to remake a game for the next generation. If you were a fan of the original you will love the attention to detail and classically epic soundtrack. If you are new to the series you will grow to love the swinging mechanic, once you get the hang of it.
  9. All in all, I'd say that its combination of stellar, addictive gameplay and well-crafted graphical and audio work make this a must-have.
  10. Bionic Commando Rearmed is one of the best downloadable titles to date. The production value, quirky humor, outstanding platforming challenge, and low cost make this a game everyone should pick up.
  11. 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.
  12. 90
    Gorgeous re-imagining of the original, lots of gaming for your buck.
  13. Bionic Commando is one of the top ten classic remakes that have been revived for the consoles since the concepts debut. Bionic Commando Rearmed does everything right from its updated beautiful looking graphics, to the added multiplayer support and new challenge mode.
  14. 88
    A great retro update that may even prove to be better than the next-gen re-imagining currently in the works. [Issue#169, p.91]
  15. Bionic Commando Rearmed 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Even though there are some frustrating quirks, GRIN and Capcom have given the original a massive overhaul in nearly every area, from the beautiful visuals, to the pumping audio, right down to the changes and additions made to the gameplay...for $10, this is a winner.
  18. A labour of love. The core of the game might be a remake, but the features and polish applied move it beyond the realm of simple cash-ins to one of the finest games to grace PSN or XBLA yet. [Sept 2008, p.92]
  19. 80
    Capcom really did a great job of walking the fine line between paying homage to the classic and moving in a new direction. Of course, Rearmed isn't perfect: the controls take some getting used to, the hacking mini-game's sort of lame, and the game is still brutally tough--curse you spiked floors!--but it's a great update that I heartily recommend to old school NES fans and new gamers alike.
  20. Everything you know and love from the classic NES Bionic game is back, including challenging level design, tons of shoot-em-up action and a bionic arm that requires some strategy to utilize.
  21. The updated graphics and new modes in Bionic Commando Rearmed are enough to make this classic still fun today, despite some control issues.
  22. A rare retro game that's improved with age. [Oct 2008, p.79]
  23. They even managed to spice things up by re-tooling boss fights, puzzles, and later sections in the game to sit more comfortably with the way gaming has evolved.
  24. Rearmed looks good but doesn't quite hold the charm of the original. [Oct 2008, p.85]
  25. Rearmed boasts a level of polish rarely seen in downloadable titles. [Issue#73, p.116]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 14, 2011
    10
    Simply put, one of the greatest games ever made. I was a big fan of the original, and this is how you do a remake! Staying faithful to theSimply put, one of the greatest games ever made. I was a big fan of the original, and this is how you do a remake! Staying faithful to the source material and keeping what made it great, and then amping up everything else to make it better than ever. Great graphics, great sound, great music, but most importantly - top-notch gameplay. You can play this game for 100 hours and you will still continue to hone your grappling skills. Simultaneous co-op? Heck yes.

    This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who appreciate 2D gameplay and like a good dose of challenge, you can't really do better than Bionic Commando: Rearmed.
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  2. JackH.
    Aug 15, 2008
    8
    Not too shabby... To be honest, i had never played this nintendo classic...which is odd for me considering i owned over 110 regular NES Not too shabby... To be honest, i had never played this nintendo classic...which is odd for me considering i owned over 110 regular NES games. It reminds me of a blend b/w contra and metal slug and metal gear (this is loosly based - for all of you atagonizers out there :P). This game is pretty unique and for $10 it comes packing plenty for the moolah. 2 player co-op, 4 player battles, and a deeper game than it seems on the surface (for those of you, like me, that have never playe the original and are ignorant). Also, the music is pretty awesome, nostalgic with a new kickin' beat over-tone. Don't miss this. Full Review »
  3. Mar 3, 2015
    8
    Lots of variation and polish in enemies, weapons and levels. Boss fights were well thought out and required some thought. Overall, RearmedLots of variation and polish in enemies, weapons and levels. Boss fights were well thought out and required some thought. Overall, Rearmed sets a high standard for how to update old games. Full Review »