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Bionic Commando swings, but doesn't jump, back into action

You might remember the muscular, grapplin' hook armed badass from the old NES game of the same name, but Bionic Commando is finally making a return to consoles with a new PS3 and 360 version, as part of Capcom's big series of explosive announcements. Instead of searching for "Super Joe" and destroying Hitler with a rocket launcher, you'll play a more recognizable role with a deceptively familiar premise. You are Nathan Spencer, framed for a number of crimes by your superiors after doggedly fighting for their cause in a conflict against the Imperials. On your day of execution, the city is obliterated and your superiors reluctantly turn to you for help, because as luck would have it, that bionic grappling hook arm of yours is exactly what they need.

The game will sport mechanics similar to those found in the critically panned Dawn of Mana, that is, you use your grappling hook like the whip in the aforementioned game, grabbing onto things, swinging them around, or whatever, in addition to propelling yourself across levels. The project itself is being touted as an international affair, sporting the minds of a Japanese creative advisor, American producer, and the Swedish studio GRIN will all be involved. We look forward to more information to the return of this classic franchise, but if this wasn't Capcom's big announcement, what will be?

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1. This makes me want haze. I've fought against too many imperials in my time; I want to be one.

Posted at 10:06PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Kattleox

2. meh...

Posted at 10:21PM on Oct 15th 2007 by kyred

3. doesn't jump ??! OMG this game is so lame !

Posted at 10:24PM on Oct 15th 2007 by marcandrer

4. First Heavenly Sword.. now this.. why are they taking away our ability to jump?

Posted at 10:26PM on Oct 15th 2007 by phattie

5. Ok, so how long until Capcom cancels the PS3 version?

Posted at 10:26PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Parker

6. I would have rather had Dead Rising 2.

Posted at 10:31PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Ithilis

7. Just cancel the ps3 version already Capcom you know you want too. Its ok cause I'm getting Call of Duty 4 and Haze anyway so I'm good

Posted at 10:35PM on Oct 15th 2007 by ekbigpimping

8. Guys, guys, guys, seriously. The "doesn't jump" is in reference to the original game, where the main character only uses the grappling hook to climb upwards, etc.

I'm sure there's jumping in this game. At least, there's been no denial of it.

Posted at 10:43PM on Oct 15th 2007 by ndoerr

9. Why the hell do people care so much about jumping? Jumping is only needed if the game calls for it. If you have no need to jump...then don't!

Posted at 10:52PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Autopsy15

10. I just can't get excited about this for some reason. It just seems like Capcom could be spending their money and development time and so many more interesting titles.

Posted at 11:10PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Deviation

11. For some reason it reminds me of a spider man game.

Posted at 11:22PM on Oct 15th 2007 by MagnumX

12. I don't care, go to H*** capcom, say hello for dante for me.

Posted at 11:32PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Luke

13. Is THIS the big announcement?! You've Got to be F-n' kiddin' me. "Commando" harr harr harr

My prediction is becoming even closer to the reality; Capcom is abandoning Playstation altogether to focus on Xbox and WII. In a company which money surpasses everything, this shouldn't be surprising.

I’m still very much hoping for their bankruptcy.

Posted at 11:48PM on Oct 15th 2007 by john

14. i give 3 months before launch for them to go OH ITS 360 ONLY SUCK IT SONY

Posted at 11:50PM on Oct 15th 2007 by RazielDune

15. PS: I seriously hope thats not the big announcment.

Posted at 11:52PM on Oct 15th 2007 by RazielDune

16. i'd rather have MH3, 4, 5, and 12

Posted at 12:45AM on Oct 16th 2007 by Kxpuc

17. Wow... The fact that I got the "can't jump" joke must be a testament to how old I'm getting. At least I know Mr. Doerr is aging with me.

Posted at 1:28AM on Oct 16th 2007 by upz

18. For reals. Why are people getting upset about the fact that you can't jump?
It's bionic commando. I would expect no jumping.
Unless you've never played the original, in which case I could understand your confusion.

Either way. Surprised, and a little excited to see how this comes out.

Posted at 1:35AM on Oct 16th 2007 by dancingtosirens

19. Feh.

Posted at 1:51AM on Oct 16th 2007 by Overgauss

20. gtfa capcom.

Posted at 2:17AM on Oct 16th 2007 by sicklesdawg

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