2k Games Bioshock

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100% of reviewers $10.99 8.7
Hype is something I dont really ascribe to, which was when Bioshock came out, I was more than a little bit suspicious. As it turns out: I was wrong.


Its 1960, the Cold War is still in high gear, and America is in the middle of its Red Scare phase. In the midst of all of this, one man, Andrew Ryan, sought to create his own utopia under the sea.

Of course, all is not good in paradise (or, rather: Rapture), and the world is slowly coming apart. The basic forces that hold the city together are being wrought apart by the pressure of rust and erosion, while something is slowly driving the whole place mad.

Sights and Sounds

Wow, just wow. I am addressing this first, because you have to address this before you talk about more technical issues.

From the get-go, the game immerses you in an immensely dystopic vision of the world in 1960. Art deco styled buildings and furnishings fill every corner of immense corporate sky rises, when in the recesses, the basements, you find bizarrely technical gadgets and rusted pipes everywhere.

You walk into a bar, or at least you think it was a bar based off of the sparking, shorted-out neon sign. As the door slides open, the sounds of some wobbling 1960s lounge fills the air. You hear then in a corner, something else, "Jesus loves me, this I know, because the Bible tells me so" the deranged voice sings. Shadows dance in the corners of your eyes and suddenly the background music is playing a haunting chord which does not distort the music playing in the jukebox, but rather just makes it seem very insidious. From the ceiling, a bloody, ragtag figure jumps down out at you. It's wearing a beaten up rabbit mask. You swing your crowbar, hitting the creature across the eyes, killing it and knocking off the mask to reveal a face warped, cut, and covered in lesions similar to nerve gas poisoning or severe burns.

He is called a splicer, and you will see much worse than him.

Controls (for the Xbox360)

Ive tried a lot of games that try to do magic with conventional weaponry, and often it is with mixed results. It was good to see then that this system worked fairly well together.

It is convention FPS fare, with the main difference being that you assign a plasmid, or magic-type attack to your left trigger, and a weapon to your right. In this way, you switch between the two not by pressing a hotkey, but simply by pulling the trigger once to bring it up, and then again to use it. You switch between powers and weapons on the fly using the shoulder buttons which call a menu up that also pauses the game, so you dont get killed switching from your wrench to your pistol.

My only complaint is how awkward they made switching ammo types, which use the d-pad. This almost forces you to take your thumb off of the movement stick, which makes changing from anti-personnel to armor piercing rounds a real pain when you accidentally clipped that Big Daddy when you were fighting off splicers.

Final Thoughts

This game has at least two points where you think you're going to be done with it, and youre wrong, it keeps going. Just when you think you're going to get a resolution, you dont. Needless to say, walking into Andrew Ryans office is one of the most ground breaking days of your gaming career.

Solid gameplay with a few bugs. The controls were good, though the scaling system for difficultly makes the lowest peons take several shotgun shells to the face later on in the game before they die.

Also, your dependence on hacking everything really slows the game down. Plus, you get tired of playing the hacking mini-game.

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

Offcial Website: www.bioshockgame.com
Keywords: dystopia, Red Scare, utopia, Rapture
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Very Good
Approx. Retail Price $59.99
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) First-Person Shooter


Join Date:
November 2004
Montclair, NJ (School), Severn, MD (Home)
  1. 11/3/2008 5:00pm
    1. Mofro

      Join Date:
      December 2007
      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 6
      Pros: good gamplay fast paced
      Cons: takes up to muck ram on the computer
      good mix of present first person and futuristic ideas with a strong story mode

  1. 23/1/2009 7:38am
    1. lapislazuli

      Join Date:
      January 2009
      48 07' 48 19' N 16 11' 16 34' E or short: behind you.
      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: graphics, ideas, storyline
      Cons: dunno any.
      [COLOR="Yellow"][SIZE="2"]One of the best Ego-Shooter I've played so far. Luv it.[/SIZE][/COLOR]

      You are now breathing manually. :P

  1. 30/11/2011 3:50pm
    1. animemist

      Join Date:
      November 2011
      castle in the sky
      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? $10.99     Rating: 10
      Pros: great story, great control scheme, great graphics, exellent learning curve.
      Cons: they'll eventually stop making this series
      As of right now syfy style fps with a exellent story is bioshock. cant wait for bioshock infinite in febuary

      that which is forgotten will never fade

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