The 2009 Bionic Commando game for PS3 and Xbox 360 is the ultimate “try it before you buy it” game. I’ve also heard people describe this game as a “love it or hate it” game.
For the longest time you could buy this game – even a brand new copy – for real cheap. So there’s a good chance one of your friends has this game. If so, for any of you out there who hasn’t played this game, I highly recommend going over to your friend’s house and trying this game out for yourself. You’ll know pretty quickly if you like this game or not.
Anyway, I bought this game brand new at a Toys R’ Us a few years ago for about $10 (it might have been $8 or $9). But even at that price, the game wasn’t worth it to me.
Bionic Commando is a 3D third person shooter with some platforming, usually involving swinging. It took me awhile to get used to the swinging mechanic, but even then I never got really good at the swinging. It’s very easy to make a mistake while swinging, and while the game is at times forgiving if you miss a swing, often times I find myself either not gathering enough momentum to swing across a large distance or I would swing to an area where I couldn’t latch onto something. Both situations resulted in me falling to my death.
Despite playing on the lowest difficulty setting, I also died a lot during combat, especially if I’m surrounded by a group of enemies. You recover your health over time (kind of like the Call of Duty games), but you don’t take very much damage before you die. So I did try picking off the enemies one by one but sometimes I couldn’t avoid being surrounded.
While the games does have mid-level checkpoints, too often I found myself constantly repeating things over and over again due to my constant dying.
In the end, the frustration outweighed the fun, and that is why I did not enjoy playing this game very much. I didn’t end up beating the game. I was near the end – I maybe had three or four more levels to go. I always try to beat the games I play, so it takes a lot for me to quit playing a game. Ultimately, the game was just too frustrating.
Maybe you’ll do better at this game than I did. Maybe not. That’s why I recommend trying this game before buying.