History VideoGame / BionicCommando

14th Sep '17 7:57:37 AM CosmicFerret
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* {{Cyborg}}: Yes indeed, although the sequel tries to real-physics it up a bit.



* HollywoodCyborg: Yes indeed, although the sequel tries to real-physics it up a bit.
21st Aug '17 1:58:40 PM KnownUnknown
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* DiscOneFinalBoss: In the sequel, [[spoiler:Super Joe isn't really the final boss -- it's more of an interactive ending sequence. Still, take one look at that suit and you'll lament the boss fight that could've been.]]
22nd Jun '17 12:16:17 PM Chris
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Despite this, the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was a cult success and the game inspired a few remakes and successors throughout the years, including a book in the ''Literature/WorldsOfPower'' series, most notably a 2009 sequel again titled ''[[RecycledTitle Bionic Commando]]'' for seventh generation consoles, which was developed by the now-defunct Sweden-based developer GRIN. The 2009 incarnation of Spencer also appeared as a character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', with the ''Rearmed'' rendition as an alternate DLC costume.

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Despite this, the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was a cult success and the game inspired a few remakes and successors throughout the years, including a book in the ''Literature/WorldsOfPower'' series, most notably a 2009 sequel again titled ''[[RecycledTitle Bionic Commando]]'' for seventh generation consoles, which was developed by the now-defunct Sweden-based developer GRIN. The 2009 incarnation of Spencer also appeared as a character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'', with the ''Rearmed'' rendition as an alternate DLC costume.
costume in the former.
24th Apr '17 3:41:29 PM starofjusticev21
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Despite this, the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was a cult success and the game inspired a few remakes and successors throughout the years, most notably a 2009 sequel again titled ''[[RecycledTitle Bionic Commando]]'' for seventh generation consoles, which was developed by the now-defunct Sweden-based developer GRIN. The 2009 incarnation of Spencer also appeared as a character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', with the ''Rearmed'' rendition as an alternate DLC costume.

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Despite this, the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was a cult success and the game inspired a few remakes and successors throughout the years, including a book in the ''Literature/WorldsOfPower'' series, most notably a 2009 sequel again titled ''[[RecycledTitle Bionic Commando]]'' for seventh generation consoles, which was developed by the now-defunct Sweden-based developer GRIN. The 2009 incarnation of Spencer also appeared as a character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', with the ''Rearmed'' rendition as an alternate DLC costume.
4th Oct '16 3:20:06 PM Valiona
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after The Leader's revival.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
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word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after The Leader's revival.revival.
**In the original, Killt, having activated Albatross without the help of "Master-D", decides he doesn't need him anymore. Unfortunately, Master-D then wakes up and kills Killt, declaring that Killt, having allowed him to waken, no longer needs to be kept around.
3rd Oct '16 3:16:56 PM Saurubiker
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* NonIndicativeTitle: There was nothing "bionic" about the unnamed protagonist in the original arcade game or with Ladd/Rad Spencer in the NES and Game Boy versions. The grappling hook he uses to swing into places was just that, a hook. Played straight with ''[=ReArmed=]'' and 2009 sequel.

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* NonIndicativeTitle: There was nothing "bionic" about the unnamed protagonist in the original arcade game or with Ladd/Rad Spencer in the NES and Game Boy versions. The grappling hook he uses they used to swing into places was just that, a grappling hook. Played straight with ''[=ReArmed=]'' and the 2009 sequel.sequel, in which one of Nathan's arms is replaced with a bionic one.
3rd Oct '16 3:05:42 PM Saurubiker
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* NonIndicativeTitle: There was nothing "bionic" about the unnamed protagonist in the original arcade game or with Ladd/Rad Spencer in the NES and Game Boy versions. The grappling hook he uses to swing into places was just that, a hook. Played straight with ''[=ReArmed=]'' and 2009 sequel.
1st Sep '16 12:30:28 AM TheGunheart
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** The legendary ending recalls a similar scene from Anime/MobileSuitGundam, where [[TheRival Char]] fires a bazooka into the cockpit of [[BigBad Kycilia's]] fleeing spacecraft, scoring a [[BoomHeadshot perfect headshot]] in the process. Of course, the results in Bionic Commando are [[{{Gorn}} far more graphic]].
28th Jun '16 12:30:41 PM MissConception
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''Bionic Commando'' is a platformer series by Creator/{{Capcom}}. The original title was an arcade game released in 1987, starring a soldier who must fight his way into enemy territory to destroy their missiles. At first sight, ''Bionic Commando'' seemed like a conventional platformer, but there's a catch: [[GenreBusting there is no jump button.]] Instead, the protagonist is equipped with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] to swing and climb places. The game was marketed outside Japan as a sequel to Capcom's earlier arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' (hence the [[TranslationMatchmaking similar titles]]), to the point that the English promotional flyer claimed that the game's protagonist is none other than Super Joe himself, although the two games were not connected... At first. It was ported to a variety of home computer platforms following its release.

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''Bionic Commando'' is a platformer series by Creator/{{Capcom}}. The original title was an arcade game released in 1987, starring a soldier who must fight his way into enemy territory to destroy their missiles. At first sight, ''Bionic Commando'' seemed like a conventional platformer, but there's a catch: [[GenreBusting there is no jump button.]] button]]. Instead, the protagonist is equipped with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] to swing and climb places. The game was marketed outside Japan as a sequel to Capcom's earlier arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' (hence the [[TranslationMatchmaking similar titles]]), to the point that the English promotional flyer claimed that the game's protagonist is none other than Super Joe himself, although the two games were not connected... At first. It was ported to a variety of home computer platforms following its release.



* CruelTwistEnding: In the sequel, [[spoiler:discovering that Spencer's missing wife... Was taken by TASC and had some part of her uploaded or fashioned into his bionic arm! ...How [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelionesque.]]]] Surprisingly, THIS twist is rather subtly alluded to, [[FridgeBrilliance making several seemingly-inconsequential comments much, much more meaningful.]] Mind, after TheReveal, they really sledgehammer it in, and yet Spencer inexplicably doesn't get it (or is hugely in denial).
** It's denial. It finally sinks in during the last cutscene, [[spoiler:when Emily confronts Radd about his avoiding the issue. Radd finally faces the facts.]]

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* CruelTwistEnding: In the sequel, [[spoiler:discovering that Nathan Spencer's missing wife... Was taken by TASC and had some part of her uploaded or fashioned into his bionic arm! ...How [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelionesque.]]]] Evangelionesque]].]] Surprisingly, THIS twist is rather subtly alluded to, [[FridgeBrilliance making several seemingly-inconsequential comments much, much more meaningful.]] meaningful]]. Mind, after TheReveal, they really sledgehammer it in, and yet Spencer he inexplicably doesn't get it (or is hugely in denial).
** It's denial. It finally sinks in during the last cutscene, [[spoiler:when Emily Spencer confronts Radd her husband about his avoiding the issue. Radd Nathan finally faces the facts.]]



* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is much, much more grim and apocalyptic (most of the game takes place in a nuked mega city) than any of the prior games, including the company's own remake of the NES game. Super Joe's is shown to be an ass, but then again so has Spencer. Spencer spent a better part of 10 years in prison, without his bionic arm, after witnessing the death of two rogue bionic agents. Ten years after the [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Incident]], [[TheFederation the Federal States of America]] has turned into a cruel and cynical the-end-justifies-the-means regime. The terrorists opposing it are even worse, nuking a capitol city IN THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. Oh, and apparently Spencer got his bionic arm by [[spoiler:the FSA possibly sacrificing the life of his wife to make it.]] Whether all this is good or bad is up to you.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is much, much more grim and apocalyptic (most of the game takes place in a nuked mega city) than any of the prior games, including the company's own remake of the NES game. Super Joe's is shown to be an ass, but then again so has Spencer. Spencer spent a better part of 10 years in prison, without his bionic arm, after witnessing the death of two rogue bionic agents. Ten years after the [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Incident]], [[TheFederation the Federal States of America]] Master-D mission, TheFederation has turned into a cruel and cynical the-end-justifies-the-means regime. The terrorists opposing it are even worse, nuking a capitol city IN THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. Oh, and apparently Spencer got his bionic arm by [[spoiler:the FSA [[spoiler:said federation possibly sacrificing the life of his wife to make it.]] Whether all this is good or bad is up to you.



*** He was put in jail because [[spoiler:he didn't kill the two bionics, he let another one escape (Mag), and he killed an entire force of Federation soldiers when they tried to kill the two bionics. He also found out about the heavy crackdown on bionics, which ultimately led to the creation of [=BioReign=]. He was imprisoned for failing to follow orders and treason.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The nation was initially unnamed, but in the ''Rearmed'' duology, the 2009 sequel and comic interquel, it's stated that US balkanized in the early 21st century, but has mostly reformed by the government eschewing all libertarian values.

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*** He was put in jail because [[spoiler:he didn't kill the two bionics, he let another one escape (Mag), and he killed an entire force of Federation soldiers troops when they tried to kill the two bionics. He also found out about the heavy crackdown on bionics, which ultimately led to the creation of [=BioReign=].[=BioReign=] (Bionic Resurrection Initiative). He was imprisoned for failing to follow orders and treason.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The nation was initially unnamed, but in the ''Rearmed'' duology, the 2009 sequel and comic interquel, it's stated that US balkanized called the Federal States of America - the result of a political and economic balkanization of the United States of America in the early 21st century, but has mostly reformed by the a hardline government eschewing that eschews all libertarian values.values to maintain law and order.



* FloatingPlatforms: Averted; just about everything Rad can attach his arm to is conceivably attached to the ground in some manner (for example, the various poles scattered across the stages).

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* FloatingPlatforms: Averted; just about everything Rad Spencer can attach his arm to is conceivably attached to the ground in some manner (for example, the various poles scattered across the stages).



** "What? You're going to fight against me? You [[PrecisionFStrike damn]] [[YouFool fool.]]"

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** "What? You're going to fight against me? You [[PrecisionFStrike damn]] [[YouFool fool.]]"fool]]."



** Played straight in ''Rearmed''; opening fire in a [[strike: neutral zone]] FSA camp doesn't trigger anything.

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** Played straight in ''Rearmed''; opening fire in a [[strike: neutral [[strike:neutral zone]] FSA camp doesn't trigger anything.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Master-D is an obvious stand in for Hitler, especially since despite bowdlerizing all other Nazi references, they left Hitler's very recognizable ''face'' in the game. In ''Rearmed'' and the backstory presented in the 2009 sequel, he is known simply as "The Leader" (with his face is obscured by a breathing mask in the former, though you can still see the top of his iconic mustache poking out beneath it). ''Rearmed 2'' gives us another antagonist, Sabio, dictator of an island nation threatening to launch missiles at the FSA. Obviously a stand in for Fidel Castro and Cuba.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Master-D is an obvious stand in for Hitler, especially since despite bowdlerizing all other Nazi references, they left Hitler's very recognizable ''face'' in the game. In ''Rearmed'' and the backstory presented in the 2009 sequel, he is known simply as "The Leader" (with his face is obscured by a breathing mask in the former, though you can still see the top of his iconic mustache poking out beneath it). ''Rearmed 2'' gives us another antagonist, General Sabio, dictator of an the island nation Papagaya threatening to launch missiles at the FSA. Obviously a stand in for Fidel Castro and Cuba.



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: After Nathan kills [[spoiler:Groeder]] by shoving a grenade in his chest and kicking him off the high point they were fighting on:
--->'''Nathan''': Try coming back from that!

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: After Nathan Spencer kills [[spoiler:Groeder]] by shoving a grenade in his chest and kicking him off the high point they were fighting on:
--->'''Nathan''': --->'''Spencer''': Try coming back from that!



* OneManArmy: And Spencer is called out on this in the sequel. According to Armstrong, over 10,000 troops fought against the Imperials, but "Rad" Spencer and Super Joe got all the glory. For their part, the soldiers in ''Rearmed'' all say how much easier Spencer's actions are making the fight, and the Imperials are hugely demoralized because of how bad Radd is kicking their asses.

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* OneManArmy: And Spencer is called out on this in the sequel. According to Armstrong, over 10,000 troops fought against the Imperials, but "Rad" Rad Spencer and Super Joe got all the glory. For their part, the soldiers in ''Rearmed'' all say how much easier Spencer's actions are making the fight, and the Imperials are hugely demoralized because of how bad Radd Rad is kicking their asses.



** Also shows up in the sequel in several variants. Because they're not nearly as vulnerable as basic infantry, they need special tactics to take down. [[CombatPragmatist Or you can hit them hard with the secondary weapons,]] that works too.

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** Also shows up in the sequel in several variants. Because they're not nearly as vulnerable as basic infantry, they need special tactics to take down. [[CombatPragmatist Or you can hit them hard with the secondary weapons,]] weapons]], that works too.



* ProductPlacement: In the first level of the 2009 game, there are intact Pepsi vending machines, ads for Nvidia and Alienware cards, and plugs for the upcoming VideoGame/DarkVoid.

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* ProductPlacement: In the first level of the 2009 game, there are intact Pepsi vending machines, ads for Nvidia and Alienware cards, and plugs for the upcoming VideoGame/DarkVoid.then-upcoming ''VideoGame/DarkVoid''.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The NES version calls the main character "Ladd," while the Game Boy version uses "Rad Spencer." ''Rearmed'' and beyond rename the character "Nathan Spencer," but uses "Rad" as his nickname. [[note]]He was the first bionic, and according to the remake he had spent a lot of his time in Research and Development, enough that people started calling him "R And D." When he went into the field, this nickname was shortened into his codename, "Rad."[[/note]]

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The NES version calls the main character "Ladd," while the Game Boy version uses "Rad Spencer." ''Rearmed'' and beyond rename the character "Nathan Spencer," but uses keeps "Rad" as his nickname. [[note]]He was the first bionic, and according to the remake he had spent a lot of his time in Research and Development, enough that people started calling him "R And D." When he went into the field, this nickname was shortened into his codename, "Rad."[[/note]]



* TheUnfought: Imperial President Wiseman (aka Generalissimo Killt in the NES translation and ''Rearmed''), the person who stole the Project albatross plans by attacking Federation cities in the first place.

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* TheUnfought: Imperial President Wiseman (aka Generalissimo Killt in the NES translation and ''Rearmed''), the person who stole the Project albatross Albatross plans by attacking and apparently ordered the attack on Federation cities in the first place.



* WeaksauceWeakness: Spencer is weighed down by his bionics and can't swim. Further, he's even more susceptible to radiation due to the sensitive electronics keeping him plugged in and bionic. While only justifying BottomlessPits in the original and Rearmed, the radiation cloaked Ascension City is a lot more dangerous for Spencer.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: Spencer is weighed down by his bionics and can't swim. Further, he's even more susceptible to radiation due to the sensitive electronics keeping him plugged in and bionic. While initially only justifying BottomlessPits in BottomlessPits, the original and Rearmed, the radiation cloaked radiation-cloaked Ascension City is a lot more dangerous for Spencer.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after Master-D's revival.
* YourHeadASplode: Hitler/Master-D/The Leader, when you destroy the helicopter he attempts to escape in at the end of the game. Quite gory, really, considering the Bowdlerization to the rest of the game. This is the ''only'' reason the ''Rearmed'' release has an "M" rating, as there's surprisingly little blood elsewhere. In the sequel, it's the only way to make sure a bionic stays dead.

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* YearX: Project Albatross was uncovered by TheFederation in the late 1980's (specifically "198X"), leading to the Imperial Incident; however, in ''Rearmed'', this was updated to the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2029]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after Master-D's The Leader's revival.
* YourHeadASplode: Hitler/Master-D/The Leader, Hitler (aka The Leader or "Master-D"), when you destroy the helicopter he attempts to escape in at the end of the game. Quite gory, really, considering the Bowdlerization to the rest of the game. This is the ''only'' reason the ''Rearmed'' release has an "M" rating, as there's surprisingly little blood elsewhere. In the sequel, it's the only way to make sure a bionic stays dead.
28th Jun '16 11:55:30 AM MissConception
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you played the Demo version of Rearmed instead of purchasing the game, the first boss will fail to load its attack patterns, saying you need to buy the full version of the game. Your character quips, "Aww, but I really wanted to fight you! Please..?" as well.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you played the Demo demo version of Rearmed ''Rearmed'' instead of purchasing the game, the first boss will fail to load its attack patterns, saying you need to buy the full version of the game. Your character quips, "Aww, but I really wanted to fight you! Please..?" as well.
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