|Return to the underwater city of Rapture in this anticipated sequel to 2007's critically acclaimed first-person shooter. Set approximately ten years after the events in the original, BioShock 2 casts you in the surprising role of a "Big Daddy," the prototype for the lumbering giants encountered in the first game. Your nemesis is, fittingly enough, a leader of the "Big Sisters," who plans on returning Rapture to its former glory. The Big Sisters are forming a new army of minions by snatching unsuspecting girls from the surface. Your goal is to put an end to the sinister scheme. Unlike the Big Daddies from BioShock 2's predecessor, you are more agile and have the ability to use plasmids to augment your deadly drill and rivet gun.|
Thanks to the Big Daddy's distinctive diving suit, you can also explore the briny depths outside of Rapture, but you won't necessarily be alone. Radio communication from Dr. Tennenbaum will keep you apprised of key developments, while Little Sisters can either be harvested for their powers or "adopted." The latter option has them tagging along to warn you of impending dangers or alert you to potential sources for more plasmids. BioShock 2 also features a multiplayer component developed by Digital Extremes. Multiplayer games take place prior to Rapture's fall, offering a new take on a familiar setting. Experience points earned during multiplayer combat can be used to unlock new weapons, plasmids, and gene tonics to customize characters.
The BioShock 2: Special Edition includes three posters, a 164-page hardcover art book, and the orchestral score on both CD and vinyl LP.
|Game||BioShock 2: Special Edition|
|Platform||Microsoft Xbox 360|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language|
|Number of Players||1-10|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||BioShock Series|
Average review score based on 338 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
It's going to be a familiar experience for anyone that played the original, but BioShock 2's improvements to gameplay and its more focused storyline make for a game that's more playable and easier to digest. Some of the sense of awe and mystery is lost in transition, but the strength of the setting and more interesting implementation of moral choice make for an experience that's more consistent and rewarding. Anyone looking for a first-person shooter that offers more than flat, stereotypical characters and copy-and-paste supersoldier plots, one that attempts to establish a sense of right and wrong and loops you into the decision making process, and one that's set in one of the most vividly realized settings around should pick up BioShock 2. It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
A focused storyline, strong characters, clear moral choice mechanics, great story delivery, and a well-implemented overall cohesion of theme throughout the entire product.
Not as impressive as the first game, but the unmistakable art style prevails, making Rapture one of the visually dense and interesting settings around.
The effects, music, and voice acting are all top notch and effectively reinforce the mood and feel of the world.
A host of refinements and tweaks, from hacking to the way weapons and plasmids work, to enhance the flow of gameplay and keep you rooted in the action. A great experience from start to finish.
9.0 Lasting Appeal
A top tier single-player mode that's entertaining the whole way through and a surprisingly fun multiplayer suite with plenty of unlocks and reasons to keep playing.
9.1 Outstanding OVERALL
Full Review by IGN
Reported by eBay Platinum Powerseller
eBay Store:Mariio128 Gamemate
This game is available for sale in my ebay store:
First, a confession. I thought BS 2 was a mistake.
As much as I liked the first, I worried about the possibility of a sequel. Though I longed to experience another game with that level of mature, masterful storytelling and with that number of unique, unusual ideas, I seriously doubted such brilliance could be captured again. While I desperately wished to revisit the haunting underwater dystopia of Rapture, I suspected that doing so would ruin, or at least diminish, the thematic significance of the initial trip. To me, BioShock was one-of-a-kind.
Well, you know what? I was wrong. Somehow, with less than three years of development time and without the direct involvement of creator Ken Levine, the BioShock team has pulled off another masterpiece. One that expands the mythology, but doesn’t lose any of the mystery. One that introduces fascinating new settings and characters, but doesn’t forget or neglect those previously established. One that gives the player devastating new power, but balances that with devastating new fear. One that takes chances and makes changes, but almost always for the better.
Being Big Daddy
Casting the protagonist as a Big Daddy is not just a gimmick, either – the game fully immerses you in the role of the towering, stomping, clobbering monster. Each footstep produces a crunching echo. Each turn of the head sways edges of your diving helmet into view. Each painful hit from an enemy unleashes a wailing, otherworldly moan from deep within your unseen body. Water blurs your visor and steam leaves a lasting fog upon the glass. Occasionally, you’ll catch a glimpse of your own shadow and think, “Whoa, is that thing me?” You may not see your actual reflection very often, yet you’re constantly reminded of your size, your strength and your strangeness.
With great power… great vulnerability
See, you’re not the only resident of Rapture who’s evolved in the eight years since BioShock 1 ended. Splicers, the submerged city’s drug-dependent, self-mutilating citizenry, have had plenty of time to gather supplies and further tinker with their genetic makeup. They’re now more likely to carry guns, throw grenades, teleport and team up to take you down, especially if you’re attempting to gather Adam with an adopted Little Sister. And those are just the normal ones. You’ll also encounter Brutes, supersized Splicers that hurl gigantic chunks of debris and charge like angry, frothing gorillas.
The other Big Daddies have new tricks as well, but the foe you’ll soon learn to fear – far above anyone else – is Big Sister.
Her hype is justified. She’s a terrifying nemesis, swift and agile enough to dodge your ammo, disappearing from the screen and popping up behind you before you can reload. She’s powerful enough to absorb your plasmids and return your elemental attacks with triple the force. And she’s resourceful, pulling in Splicers (dead or alive) and using her nauseating needle arm to suck their bodies dry for regenerated health.
You will dread encountering the Big Sisters and the designers know it. Look out a window and you’ll often find her watching you – stalking you – through the dark water. Rescue or harvest a Little Sister and you enter yourself in a dangerous lottery. Sometimes, nothing will happen. Other times, randomly, an ear-piercing shriek that blurs your vision and shatters nearby glass will warn you that a Big Sister is coming – you’ll have several seconds to prepare, but they’re rarely enough.
Being considerably disappointed with Bioshock and Bioshock: Infinite, I decided to complete my run with Bioshock 2 in hopes of finding something I liked about the series. The multiplayer aspect was another deciding factor of me purchasing this game.I didn't expect much, but figured if I didn't like the story, at least the multiplayer component would be its' redeeming quality I could, sincerely, enjoy. To my surprise, I, absolutely, love this game and there isn't anything negative I can say about it. Bioshock 2 is, by far, my favorite release of the franchise.
Unlike its' predecessor, the story-telling style is smooth, engaging, dynamic, coherent, intricate and robust. Playing as a Big Daddy and especially, a Little Sister is a real joy. It allowed me to have a different yet, delightful and interesting perspective of the game. The controls are natural and smooth.The gameplay is made especially fun with remote hacking. It levels the playing field and gives an advantage in hacking electronic devices I didn't have access to in the previous game. The ability to hack security cameras was a great way to fend off attackers and be alerted to potential threats in the area.
The multiplayer feature is, simply, the proverbial cherry atop this well-crafted game. It offers a multitude of free-for-all and cooperative modes to choose from. Players can select from ten different peripheral characters and primary locations of Rapture. Each character's unique story details who they are, their role in society and how the came to Rapture. Along side plasmids, players have conglomerate weapons at their disposal. The ammo based weapons include revolvers, shotguns, grenade launchers and machine guns, to name a few. The melee items consist of cast iron frying pan, lead pipe, trophy, rolling pine and a walking cane. Each character has a unique melee weapon that is exclusive to them.
To anyone considering this game, I have two words, buy it! It's worth the money.
great game bought this it a couple of weeks ago and was immediately impressed with the story line, graphics, action and verity of story outcomes. It has various difficulties levels as well as multiple story endings depending on you choices in the game. if you like single player 1st person action, no hold bar, addicting game, you need to get this. Once you start playing you can't set your controller down. You will be hooked, in a good way, lol. Also once you beat the game, it leaves you in wonderment on whats going to happen, P.S just so you know the BioShock saga is not over, xbox live just released a teaser for a new BioShock, no date was give for the release of the game, but in my opinion its going to be even better then the previous games.
I give this game 5 stars, get it!
I originally rented this game out of boredom and the fact that Gamefly is a sure way to get none of the games you want at a "decent" price, and I was caught completely off guard. I hadn't played the first one, but the story still holds up without it.
Truth time: I haven't played a game that I enjoyed so much since the original Pokemon games. The story is amazing (you would benefit to view a wiki or two), the gameplay is fluid and amazingly fun, the music is all too appropriate for every moment; exciting during the fight scenes, and hauntingly emotional during the...emotional parts (spoiler: if you have any kind of heart in your chest, this game will break it in half).
The empathetic side of this game is well woven into the gameplay, and the choices you make will either make your heart swell with joy and happiness as your decisions led to one of your little friend's gentle smiles as they thanked you, or sink into your shoes when they shrink back at your every move as their perception of you is "greedy and cruel" when you take the easy path.
The gameplay lets you be as creative as you'd like, for the right price (spoiler). Your customizable special powers can be used strategically to launch your foes into whatever sort of trap, be it environmental or home-made, or just to dominate them as a deus ex machina of the ocean. There is a variety of these abilities, and weapons with a delicious assortment of ammo for them as well. The hardest part at times can be deciding how to eliminate your enemies.
Speaking of, the enemies feel organic, even when they aren't. They will duck, dodge, dive, hide, hack, heal, and even flank in their pursuits. Make certain you know where they are at all times. Just when you think you've got one on the run, it turns out he's just at the local health station, ready to force you to waste more of your ammo.
I tried to find a part of this game that I didn't like, just to be unbiased. I really did. I haven't played the multiplayer, because I'm poor enough to need to buy a $20 game for $10 on eBay, so Xbox live is out of the question. I suppose that can be the con to this review, that I can't system link with my 2 friends and stomp around Rapture killing each other. Oh well.
This game is epic on too many levels. If you have any appreciation for a game that immerses you to the point of making your face twist in happiness or anger or sadness at any moment, you'll love this game.