Posted on August 13, 2008, Chris XBLA Wednesday 8/13: Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Fable 2 Pub Games
It’s week three of the Summer of Arcade, and that means the beloved Bionic Commando remake, Rearmed, is now available for 800 Microsoft points ($10). BC fans are no doubt already sold on the game, but as an extra incentive, completing certain things in Rearmed will unlock content and hints for the upcoming Bionic Commando game.
Unfortunately, Rearmed is limited to offline multiplayer; there’s no online component to the game, but that didn’t stop 1UP from giving the game an A. Jeremy Parish wrote, “Game remakes have become their own little cottage industry in recent years; any company in possession of a stable of classic franchises is essentially sitting on free money. Even then, remakes of Rearmed‘s caliber are uncommon; it ranks up there with Metroid: Zero Mission and Mega Man: Powered Up as the best of the best, the standard by which to judge all others.” So it’s probably worth a look.
Also now available, albeit not actually a part of the Summer of Arcade, is Fable 2 Pub Games, which allows you to play casino-style mini-games to earn money that you’ll be able to use once Fable 2 is released. The game runs you 800 points ($10) which, to me, is way too much, but if you’ve pre-ordered the game you should have gotten a code to get the game for free. Personally I can’t imagine wanting to play this stuff outside of Fable 2 (where I’d only do it when I absolutely need to), but hey — that’s just me.