Before gamers became addicted to detailed textures and motion capture, they were used to games of the 80's and early 90's. These were games that used 5 colors and as much space as a mp3 song. The reason gamers were satisfied was because games made in those days were heavy on creativity. I have no intention of demeaning modern day game developers; they did give us Bioshock, MGS4 and World of Warcraft, but one has to agree that games on the 8-bit console had a certain charm to them.
A very popular side-scroller game of yesteryears was Bionic Commando, this game came out 20 years ago. I remember playing Bionic Commando a few years back using an emulation software for the PC, since I had heard so much about the original. The one thing that I noticed about BC was that the game was quite difficult, the puzzles, the level design were fairly challenging. Fortunately, developers have maintained the difficulty in the modern day version as well; let's get into the finer details of this amazing game.
Also check out the video below to see the game in action.
The single player plot is simple and very 1980's. Your mission objective is to find and rescue another operative called Super Joe, who has been captured by the enemy. That's all that you need to know about the single player plot. You should go through the tutorial, as it will give a basic idea on ho to use your bionic arm. Your bionic arm is your most efficient weapon, it will help you grab solid surfaces and swing around, pick up heavy barrels and throw at the enemy, pull yourself across difficult situations and after a few upgrades, it will pick up any enemy solider and throw him at a distance.