Bionic Commando: Elite Forces

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North American box art.

Bionic Commando: Elite Forces is an action/adventure platform run and gun developed by Nintendo Software Technology and published on the Game Boy Color by Capcom in 2000. Unlike the Game Boy port which was mostly a remake of the NES game, Elite Forces is a completely new game in a different setting with a different enemy, with only a few similarities to the original.

Being a huge fan of Bionic Commando, I played this game around 2005 and was thoroughly disappointed. I'm glad I didn't spend money on it.

Status

I have beat the game.

Review

  • Overall: 3/10
  • Best Version: Game Boy Color

Good

  • Capcom finally decided to give the game a unique title to distinguish it from the other games in the series!
  • There are a couple new mechanics, like sniper shooting, which are interesting.
  • Kudos to the developers for adding a female playable character option.
  • The item graphics are large and well-drawn.

Bad

  • The sprites are not great, but decent, however, the backgrounds are really messy.
  • The music is nowhere near the quality of past games.
  • Despite changing nearly everything about the original, the designers kept the main plot points the same, only now, everything is in a fictional land fighting a fictional enemy.
  • Player control is sub-optimal, and the arm mechanic isn't as smooth as before.
  • The manual is poorly made.

Ugly

  • Overall, the game is amateur. Capcom should have made it in-house.

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