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Bionic Commando (2009)

by kefkafloyd

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Original Thread: Let's Explod Some Heads! Let's Play Bionic Commando!


This LP is also available on the Internet Archive! Some video LPs are kindly hosted by the folks on This means the original source videos will always be available for download or watching, even if the original video hosts are no longer available!


Bionic Commando is the sequel to the same named Bionic Commando for the NES. Featuring the return of Rad Spencer, he swings in once again on a solo mission to take down crazy faux-Germans, giant robots, and other baddies while swinging through the air. It's the first (and currently only) swing action game that gives you true freedom of movement with your grappling hook This is opposed to Spider-Man games which use invisible attach points to help guide you along, or Lost Planet where the grapple is used merely to scale short distances and not swing around.

I'll be VLPing this game on Commando difficulty and grabbing 100% of pickups. I'll also be using the classic Rad Spencer skin, not the dreadlocks look you see in the game cover.

In video 1, I talk about a comic strip that bridges some of the gap between the first game and this game and gives you some more background on what happened to Spencer inbetween the games. You can read Chain of Command on the official Bionic Commando website.

If you haven't played the original game or Rearmed, I highly recommend that you do before watching this series. Rearmed's available on the current HD platforms (360, PS3, and PC) for the cool cost of $10 (or less in some cases). You could also watch the most excellent let's play of Bionic Commando: Rearmed done by fellow goon helloitsdan.

To say this game got mixed reviews is an understatement. I happen to like the game, flaws and all, because it does the swing mechanic so very well. It clearly has some rough edges, and some infuriating moments (kind of like the original game!). Had only a few design decisions been changed (the speed at which radiation kills you and the ability to grab pickups or challenges in Level Jump mode) it would have fixed the majority of complaints. Nevertheless, there's a lot of badassery in the game and a lot of humor. There's lots of love given to fans in the form of easter eggs and references to the original, which I'll point out here and there.

Without further ado, let's get to the videos! All hosted on


Episode 1 - The
Episode 2 - Ascension City
Episode 3 -
Episode 4 - Riding
Episode 5 - Sniper
Episode 6 - Poly
Episode 7 - Ze Germans!
Episode 8 - Go Long, Son!
Episode 9 - Hunters of the
Episode 10 - Tilt Rotor
Episode 11 - Adrenaline
Episode 12 - Saint's End
Episode 13 - Painful
Episode 14 - The
Episode 15 - Rumble in the
Episode 16 - The
Episode 17 - Panic in the
Episode 18 - The
Episode 19 - The
Episode 20 - Port Anderson
Episode 21 - Port Anderson
Episode 22 - Get To The
Episode 23 - Your Number's Up! Monster!
Episode 24 - The
Episode 25 - Project


Bonus - The Art Gallery (this is spoilery, do not watch it unless you've beaten the game yourself or watched the entire LP)


One courtesy of lithuanian dad, Rad's dodgin' the crossfire while looking swingerly in a swank suit!

And another courtesy of ryorininseven with his imagining of Rad Selleck. All indicators show that this artwork is RAD!

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