Developer: Irrational Games
Release Date: 8/21/2007
For Fans Of: Underwater Utopias, Gene Splicing, Little Girls
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The Good: Rapture is a beautiful underwater city with amazing graphics and ambiance, wonderfully crafted enemies and characters, very deep and intriguing story, plasmids really mix up gameplay, decent length
The Bad: No multiplayer, not enough enemies and character variety, PC version has graphical issues of its own, leaves you with a lot of questions
BioShock is awesome! Buy it! That is probably all you need for a review, but that’s not a review really. Anyways, if you don’t know the plot of BioShock then you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months. You play a nobody named Jack who crashes in a plane and discovers Rapture: A failed underwater city who’s founder, Andrew Ryan, turns crazy and all the people of Rapture have gone nuts. They go nuts due to the plasmids they use to gain powers. Also, the ADAM that can make you turn into anything you want is very valuable and is the key to Rapture. The Little Sisters gather the ADAM and the Big Daddies protect them. The story is full of plot twists and secrets. It’s probably one of the most original stories in any game period. The gameplay is like the average shooter if you want it to be or can it can be a genetically enhanced one. That’s the beauty of BioShock. It can be anything you want it to be boring, fun, stupid, lame it’s all up to you.
The game’s narrative is one-of-a-kind and what most games copy these days. The story is told through radio transmissions with no cut scenes. That is extremely hard to do while keeping the player interested. Atlas guides you around telling you how to get to Andrew Ryan, but the world around you also tells the story of Rapture through audio diaries, things written on walls, and what the psychotic enemies blurt out. This is a rare form of storytelling in games and is why BioShock is such a classic.
The graphics stand up pretty well today with DirectX 10 enhancements, but they are so subtle you won’t even notice. There is supposed to be better water effects and physics, but I didn’t notice a difference except your steps cause ripples in the water now. There are lots of graphical problems on the PC that were never addressed, but they don’t hinder the game much. The game is very surreal and it just sucks you in. The big thing here is the gene splicing and all the plasmids. There are so many of them and you can do whatever you want with them. You can shoot fire from your hands or freeze your enemy with an ice blast. There are others as well that let you gain more health or hack turrets and safes better and faster. There is just so much detail here it’s nuts. You can use a camera and research your enemies to learn their weakness and gain new plasmids and tonics. The only disappointment was the lack of any multiplayer what-so-ever. All you can do is play this game to experience the true beauty of it all. BioShock is one of best, games in years and I assure you will have more fun with BioShock than Halo 3 or Metroid.