It’s time to get into the swing of things as the Bionic Commando himself, Nathan “Rad” Spencer is back. I wonder how you get people to call you by such a cool middle name. When the first Bionic Commando came out on the Nintendo Entertainment System, I trained in vain to get friends to call me Brian “Rad” Allen. You probably have to have a bionic arm that grapples onto things.
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 hits the Xbox Live Marketplace in all its retro glory. After a 3D misstep, the bionic commando returned to his 2D roots in the Rearmed series. General Sabio is about to launch a deadly missile strike. You will swing, shoot and jump through hordes of enemies. Yes, I said jump. Despite all his bionic and grappling exploits, Spencer’s vertical leap has been sorely lacking. Our 2D heroes often fell short in one category or another. Castlevania’s Simon Belmont could slay a horde of vampires with a rusty dagger but couldn’t swim. It’s 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15) to swing with Spencer’s new adventure.
Call of Duty: Black Ops unleashes its First Strike map pack this week. It contains five new maps including Berlin Wall, Stadium and Ascension, which is level for Call of Duty’s Zombie Mode. This one is called First Strike Pack 1. Since Call of Duty is the world’s most popular shooter series, it’s safe to say there will be more DLC coming. That includes more ways to kill zombies. Sweet, sweet shambling zombies.
The Deal of the Week is water-themed: a sale on Aqua, Hydrophobia and Hydro Thunder Hurricane. Aqua is a steam-punk-themed naval shooter. Captain Benjamin Grey and engineer Polly Edison are caught in the middle of a naval conflict between two rival empires. They’ll be armed with four different squad types and a whole mess of weapons. Hydrophobia is a third-person game set in a floating city. Our heroine here is Kate, a systems engineer haunted by childhood memories. When terrorists attack the city, Kate has to get it together to save the day.
Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a racer made famous in arcades all over the place. Back in the day, a Hydro Thunder machine was a mandatory requirement along the lines of Street Fighter and Pac-Man. Aqua and Hydrophobia are 400 MP each, while Hydro Thunder is 800 MP.