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Bioshock 2

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"More of the same."
4 stars"

I never understood why Bioshock was so highly regarded. Sure it had a unique setting and gorgeous graphics, but when you got down to it, it was no more than a common fight-your-way-to-the-end-of-the-level shooter. That's all it was.

Bioshock 2 is exactly the same. Exactly. Fight your way to the end of each level. You are given goals to accomplish, but all they usually require you to do is open the way to the next level. You encounter the same enemies over and over, thuggish splicer or leadhead splicer, a couple of Big Daddies per level and occasionally a Big Sister, and it's just on and on like that. Collecting money and items to help you survive is still a vital part of the game, and probably my favourite aspect of it.

You may have read that this game takes place before the fall of Rapture, and so (like I did) hoped that it would be a little more interesting this time, people to talk to and so on. But if you read the website carefully you'll see that it's only the multiplayer game that takes place before the fall. The single player campaign takes place after the events of the first game. Andrew Ryan is dead (killed by the player) and a new tyrant has taken over the city. You battle your way through the ruins of the city, and the only people you encounter (99% of the time) are splicers. Same o' same o'.

This time around you play as a Bid Daddy (which I personally didn't like) who was killed defending his Little Sister. He lay there in a puddle for ten years (yes, ten years) and then suddenly, somehow, and for some reason, he wakes up again, and sets off to find his Little Sister.

What I did like about this game are the graphics. They're gorgeous. And it runs so smoothly on the 360. It is just a really nice game to play. The setting of Rapture (with its wonderfully deranged denizens) helps make the game a unique experience. I also really liked the large, interesting and non-linear levels. With most games these days the levels seem to be getting smaller, more restrictive and ever more linear, so it was really nice to play in an environment where I had to keep checking my map to find my way.

I was pleased to discover that you can turn off the Vita Chambers (in the Options) so when you die you don't respawn, you reload a save game. Just a personal preference and I'm much obliged to the designers for realising that all gamers are different, so giving us options is a good thing. But enemies still respawn in areas you've already cleared out.

And no checkpoints! For once, a console shooter that actually lets you save your game where you want! You don't have to keep replaying the same bit over and over when you die. What a novel idea!

A good game if you just want more of the same that Bioshock provided, but I got bored after a while when the novelty wore off.

Tip: To disable the annoying pop up hints and prompts turn off Adaptive Training in the Options.

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
"if you liked the first game you'll love this"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Went into this game a bit sceptical about playing as a big daddy. Turns out it can be a whole lot of fun. Re enter the amazing underwater city of rapture with all the features of the old game and more. Enjoy the big daddys ability to use a drill witch can be used to jump right over the map and destroy unsuspecting enemy's. Build up your powers and upgrade your weapons to work your way through a cool scary and sadistic story line. Campaign was short but the fun doesn't end with great online game play. If you liked the first game defiantly have a look at this one

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"What an awesome game....."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

At such an incrediby low price.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


BioShock 2 provides a rich prequel experience that expands the origins of the BioShock fiction. Set during the fall of Rapture, players assume the role of a Plasmid test subject for Sinclair Solutions, a premier provider of Plasmids and Tonics in the underwater city of Rapture that was first explored in the original BioShock. Players will need to use all the elements of the BioShock toolset to survive as the full depth of the BioShock experience is refined and transformed into a unique multiplayer experience that can only be found in Rapture.
  • Evolution of the Genetically Enhanced Shooter: Innovative advances bring new depth and dimension to each encounter. New elements, such as the ability to dual-wield weapons and Plasmids, allow players to create exciting combinations of punishment
  • Return to Rapture: Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the story continues with an epic, more intense journey through one of the most captivating and terrifying fictional worlds ever created
  • You Are the Big Daddy: Take control of BioShock’s signature and iconic symbol with the original prototype Big Daddy, and experience the power and raw strength of Rapture’s most feared denizens as you battle powerful new enemies
  • Continuation of the Award-Winning Narrative: New and unique storytelling devices serve as the vehicle for the continuation of one of gaming’s most acclaimed storylines
  • Genetically Enhanced Multiplayer - Earn experience points during gameplay to earn access to new Weapons, Plasmids and Tonics that can be used to create hundreds of different combinations, allowing players to develop a unique character that caters to their playing style.
  • Experience Rapture’s Civil War- Players will step into the shoes of Rapture citizens and take direct part in the civil war that tore Rapture apart.
  • See Rapture Before the Fall - Experience Rapture before it was reclaimed by the ocean and engage in combat over iconic environments in locations such as Kashmir Restaurant and Mercury Suites, all of which have been reworked from the ground up for multiplayer.
  • FPS Veterans Add Their Touch to the Multiplayer Experience - Digital Extremes brings more than 10 years of first person shooter experience including development of award-winning entries in the Unreal and Unreal Tournament franchise.
BioShock 2 strategy guides.
Release date NZ
February 9th, 2010
Game Platform
  • Xbox 360
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