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|In BioShock, you take the role of an isolated crash survivor who discovers a city under the sea. This city, also known as Rapture, was once a utopia for scientists, artists, and industrialists. However, by the time your character takes his first steps into Rapture, the civilization has ceased to exist, and the place is nearly desolate. The signs of life your avatar finds are nothing like he's seen before. Creatures known as little sisters roam the streets of Rapture with enormous bodyguards called big daddies. Mutated humans drag their warped bodies around the city and attack you on sight. |
The goal of the game is to find your way out of Rapture while uncovering the mysteries behind its existence. As you explore the open environment, you must defeat big daddies and little sisters to obtain a material known as Adam. The Adam can enhance your in-game attributes and unlock over 60 genetic skills that come in handy for all sorts of predicaments. The city of Rapture is almost completely interactive, and you may collect objects for later use. There are also six modifiable weapons to use including two types of guns.
|UPC||5026555053044, 5026555053112, 710425219627|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong language|
|Control Elements||Gamepad/Joystick, Keyboard, Mouse|
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|Game Series||BioShock Series|
Average review score based on 80 user reviews
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BioShock could easy be seen to as an unofficially squeal the System Shock 2. After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere. a spherical deep-sea diving submersible which is lowered into bodies of water with a cable. You then descend into Rapture, a city hidden city beneath the sea. Constructed as an idealistic society for a hand picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists. The idealism is no more most of the people are dead or change in to some genetic altered creature. The once great city is now the city of the dead. BioShock is a unique game that mixes a spine chilling sound and music. Sounds of or random half crazy former Rapture citizen chanting, or footsteps of something approaching can be heard ad over all realism effect to a city that is nearly dead. The well design architecture levels are free for you to explore. But most of the time your to busy try to survive as you repeatedly slice your DNA to become more a powerful killing machine to stay alive. A sci-fi theme of biogenetic mutation and self-modification, along with a deep storyline with open-choice along with the freedom to interact with the world as you choose. This unique first-person action shooter requires you to think every time you pull the trigger similar to System Shock 2 which is still hail by many as one of the greatest game of all time. Bioshock holds many similar to System Shock 2 as varies types effect for each weapon, spooky atmosphere, hacking system and superior story line. System shock 2 was a master piece and that not a statement to take lightly. BioShock can also easily be seen as a master piece as well. Bioshock is like a quest of self discovery as you can choose to kill or not to kill little girls for unlimited power. Work against the moral consequences to obtain power or rescue the little girls know as sisters. The implications of the decision to intentionally murdering a ten-year-old girl for your own personal gain cannot be overstated, and BioShock will never let you forget what you've become whether it be savior or heartless super human bastard. Forced to survive in a a hidden city littered with corpses of the dead. Powerful guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Be warned, this game contains game contains Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. I recommend for Mature audience. Besides it may scary some kids to death.
Buy this game and love it, undoubtedly playing through it at least two or four times. There is a huge variety of choices you can make coupled with the genuine consequences that follow require numerous play throughs just so you can see what happens if you try something different. The game is rather short. It takes around 25 hours to complete more or less depending what you do. You may just be looking around being amazed by the art, sea life, under water effects and detail and all it's haunting artistic glory.
Put simply, BioShock is an unparalleled achievement. No other game comes even remotely close to it in terms of raw emotional connection. If you still want more after playing this I recommend System Shock and System Shock 2
This review can be seen in its entirety @ http://gnadegames.blogspot.com
I had no intention of buying Bioshock. Yeah the graphics looked great and it was getting some buzz, but it had no multiplayer and Halo 3 is coming out in a month or so. Then I played the (painfully short) demo and wanted more, and when the first stellar reviews started coming in, I was sold. Bioshock is a great single player experience, probably the best FPS single player experience I have ever had. Yes, it's that good.
Pros: A perfect blend of RPG elements into a FPS. Extreme flexibility in the way the game is played...you can strategize and set traps, use plasmids (magic attacks), hack machines to do your dirty work, research every creature as a photographer, specialize in weapons, or just go guns blazing and focus on twitch gameplay. It is absolutely fantastic. Add in amazing enemy AI, a fantastic story, and stat building and you have an incredibly addictive and fun game.
Gears of What? Bioshock is a gorgeous game...simply play the demo and by the time the tail of the plane crashes into the tube spraying water everywhere (see video above) you should be convinced. It uses the same Unreal engine that every graphic gem seems to use on the 360, but has so many effects, subtleties and touches that it just outshines them all. The art style is truly one of a kind and the futuristic underwater city is both futuristic, yet horrifyingly familiar and historic as well since the game is brilliantly set in 1960.
The Voicework is top-notch and film quality. In fact the music, score, and voicework is so excellent that you cannot help but think Bioshock film. Like all other aspects of the game, the polish and detail is just exceptional...even the piano notes played when you cycle the start menu, capture the tone and immersion of this game.
Lasting Appeal: 9/10
Pros: The single player experience is a long and investing one. The world encourages you to explore and learn more about it. The gameplay is great and it encourages more play throughs just playing around in the world. The game is never frustrating...even when you die against a tough boss, you're instantly revived at a chamber nearby and your enemies are as hurt as they were when you left them...unless they heal at a health station...this aspect makes you lose yourself in the game and literally lose hours immersed in the city of Rapture.
Cons: There is no multiplayer experience and while this is understandable due to the depth of the single player experience, one can't help but wish that multiplayer was included. I imagine the multiplayer would have been reminiscent of shadowrun...or how shadowrun should've been executed. This game is so good that any end to it is a con.
When all is said and done, this game is a work of art. Every aspect is cohesive, immersive, intriguing, and ultimately satisfying. This game is like a fantastic book that you curl up with, get immersed in, and then go to bed with nightmares about. A definitive gaming moment in the era of next gen gaming.
Graphics: Breathtaking 10/10
The graphics are make you look twice – anyone fans of Art Deco, or even deep sea life will see the immediate beauty of this game. Take some time to watch the water and the detail of it.
Sound: Amazing – 9.5/10
The sounds, music, effects, and voices take you immediately into the game. Surround sound is a must so you can hear the uttering, chanting, and footsteps of the citizens of this underwater city.
Gameplay: Spectacular – 10/10
Smooth animations, large levels, smart enemies and A.I., different possibilities for battles and puzzles – without giving anything away, this game is different, and in a good way.
Replay Value – Amazing 9.5/10
Even without multiplayer, this game has high replay value. You get to choose your own path, make your own choices, all which effect the outcome of the game. The developers left out multiplayer to generate a perfect single player adventure – and they did just that.
Overall – Perfect 10/10
I am a fan of First-Person-Shooters (FPS) and all that is associated with them. This is a FPS technically, but it is so much more. The details and ideas that went in this game prove that risks are still being taken in game development, and they pay off.
Bioshock is labeled as a first person shooter, but it is so much more. It creates its own genre. It has elements taken from genres such as RPG, puzzlers, action-adventures, but is not pigeonholed into this experience. Spending time with this game, it is apparent that 2K games wanted to create a cinematic and different experience in a game – one not felt before.
Bioshock took a chance to be different, and it worked. This game is gorgeous, involved, and deep - and it is not the same experience twice. The gameplay and completion of the game is different for each user, which just shows you how much time and thought went into this game. With this much depth, it is hard to compare it to something, and you can’t right now, it is in a league of its own. Typically, when I play a game that I truly enjoy, I have a wow moment – maybe two. This game made me do that several different times. This game is definitely worth checking out, and I hope that it does not get lost in the shuffle with all the other great games coming out in the fall 2007 - This is a must buy!
This is one hell of a surreal First Person Shooter and I really have to say I was blown away by it. The game itself is a lot of fun to play, with your basic FPS style gameplay mixed with a bit of that survival horror and spooky atmosphere that makes games like these instant classics. The Graphics are impressive on the Unreal 3 engine, and the developers definately used it well.
The sound is very realistic and really puts you in a scary environment. The music fits the game's dark atmosphere well and chimes in perfectly at every scene. The weapon upgrade system is really unique and the weapons themselves are a lot of fun to play with. I was more so impressed at the deep surreal storyline, which will send you for a loop at every twist. The only downside is you need a high end PC to fully enjoy what Bioshock has to offer. It's really hard for an FPS to pull off what Bioshock has, and it definately sits up there as a classic in gaming. Well worth whatever the price is now
There's a LOT to like in this game. It's beautiful in an eerie way, it's astounding in its concept (a game based on AYN RAND's work? wow -- who'da thunk it?), and as for the delivery? One word: WOW! I got killed several times the 1st time thru because I was looking at scenery and stuff in the game world and didn't pay attention to my surroundings. So, caution to lookieloos... somebody will get you if you don't protect yourself while rubbernecking!
And the somebodies that get you? Another big WOW! The inhabitants of Rapture, the city under the sea, have all gone way nuts, I mean, WAY nuts! You, however, are just as capable as they are, in a way, because you have access to the same drugs and genetic "improvements" that they did, so you can learn to take them out en masse (you got 3 or 4 enemies coming at you, ankle deep in water? Electrocute them with your glowing genetically modified hand! Ahhahahaha! All dead!)
There are worse dangers than them, tho. Big Daddies (large lumbering creatures in diving bell suits with strange extremities are your 2nd to worst enemies. The worst? An eerie little girl protected by that Big Daddy you're avoiding. Yep. A little girl with a BIG long needle who wants your guts. IF you're dead. Only if you're dead. But that doesn't make it any less scary the 1st time you meet her and you're unconscious on the ground, and she's leaning over you with that needle long as her arm? Whoa, man, that's a grody and unnerving scene! Since you're not dead, you survive it, but it leaves you completely unnerved, and you certainly aren't calm the NEXT time you meet up with Big Daddy and Little Girl... Plus, you have to decide if you're gonna KILL that little girl or try to "help" her. If you let her go, you must always watch your back, because SHE doesn't forget about YOU... It's a most fascinating game.
I haven't finished it. I can't say for sure if it's a 900 on a scale of 1 to 10, like I think it is now. Others have criticized the length of the game, others the moral dilemmas, and yet others the whole concept (they don't know Ayn Rand or her work, so the subtleties are lost on them). You don't need to have read her body of work, but a quick trip to Wiki will get you enough info to know WHY they chose HER work and how it plays into the game world. And, if you like politics and art crashing into one another, then you might WANT to read her work. But it's unnecessary, in terms of simply appreciating the game world and all its variety and subtlety, especially if what you want is a completely different world in which to run and gun...
It's not a sandbox game, so far as I can tell, but it's hardly linear, either. Yes, you do have a set path to follow, but there's so much to look at and comprehend along the way that you don't notice you're being led to a given destination, time and again. And, given just a little skill in this kind of game, you can get pretty far in before you die horrible deaths on a regular basis.
The only problem I had was nausea. This game is worse than Painkiller for nausea. Your char runs, and the scenery goes up and down as you go. Recipe for nausea, esp in those of us who don't play run'n'gun very often. So, I can only play in short bits, or I puke. It really IS a problem, this queasy in game thing, and it happens slightly more to women than men, but time makes it better.
All in all? This game is wonderful -- 8.5 out of 10, 1/2 point off for nausea -- but I loved it!