Back in the Eighties videogames were tough as nails, spearheaded by Capcom's Bionic Commando, which was recently made even more famous in an XBLA remake, Rearmed. A whole new generation could now utter the immortal words: "What? He can't jump?"
The original was one of the many games in the Eighties that were unapologetically difficult. It required a whole new approach; you couldn't just storm through the levels like Mario or Sonic, and making mistakes usually resulted in death and an airborne pad.