When this ICE came out, most who saw it immediately went ‘Wow! 4 brain damage! Probably at least one if I can rez it in their face!’With the exception of oneshot killers, it is a huge tax to get through. Eight plus credits it’s going to stop runners from running very often,until it gets Femme Fatale'd. The problem becomes that it is so expensive to rez, and even with the accelerated economies of modern corp decks, it still is a hefty chunk of change to let loose on.
Still, that doesn’t make it a bad card, just one that is hard to use. Eight strength and four subroutines, even as bioroid clickable subroutines, is pretty respectable for a fifteen cost piece of ICE, and given the fact those subroutines can have a very heavy effect on the runner might make it worth the cost.
Combined with cards like Brain-Taping Warehouse and Ryon Knight it could be a devastating combo, and those cards were likely printed to give Bioroid ICE like Janus a second chance.