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"Choice Game?"
5 stars"

Bioshock was made by Irrational Games (now known as 2k Boston/Australia), an offshoot of Looking Glass Studios that made interesting story driven, atmospheric games like System Shock and Thief. Irrational was given the task of making System Shock 2 as Looking Glass Studios was busy with Thief and Eidos were redirecting man power into Deus Ex. With Looking Glass no longer in existence and having made critically successful titles like System Shock 2, Freedom Force, Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich, Tribes Vengeance and SWAT 4, the expectation I had for Bioshock were pretty high. Well, not only did Irrational meet my expectations but they clearly surpassed it.

Action is tight and intense, weapons and plasmids are cool, animations are sweet, enemy AI is nice, story is superb, levels and missions are crafted in a meaningful way to help drive the story (those who have have played Thief will see identical mission structures and familiar game play elements), graphics and visuals are perfect, sound effects are plentiful and of good quality, music is hair rising and fits the game well, game play is fun and interesting, etc.

However Bioshocks true greatness lies in its presentation of a city called “Rapture” at the bottom of the ocean and injecting into it elements like politics, power, lust, greed, good, bad, heroics, sacrifice, love, hate, innocence, choice, deception, suspense, happiness, grief, knowledge, ideas, etc. that collectively comprise the “Art, Science and Industry” of Rapture. Bioshocks beauty is in its explorable environments. Take some time to explore the environments and you'll hear and see interesting stuff.

There's a lot more to Bioshock than what's covered in this review. But to summarize, Bioshock is all about choice.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"So beautiful, but so flawed."
4 stars"

A truly beautiful game – atmosphere, environment, graphics, voice-acting, story – all top-notch. Water effects especially impressive. (3700+, 2GB, 7900GTO)

Besides the irritation factor of having to put a modem in my gaming rig in order to activate it, this otherwise superb game is heavily flawed by the lack of challenge to the player – when you die you are respawned with about 70% health and EVE, while the enemies still retain the same damage they had when you died. Choosing a difficulty level at the outset seems kinda pointless.

It's possible to get through most of the game (apart form the final boss map) using the wrench, without ever using any ammo or EVE, of which there is too much anyway. It would have been more fun to be desperately trying to find enough raw materials to make some armour-piercing ammo to finish off that last Big Daddy in the map, and for careful use of plasmids/EVE to be a necessity. The feeling of “survival in a hostile environment” is lacking when you know a) the wrench will kill anything, and, b) you never die.

Not a lot of variety in the enemies, and their respawn rate was too many, and too quick, it just became annoying. I enjoyed this game, especially at first, but by 2/3 through I became a bit bored with the repetetive gameplay and lack of challenge. If they'd cut down on the respawns and left out the vita-chambers this could have been one of the best games ever.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Story!"
5 stars"

Bioshock is one of those games that you just have to play!

It may not be a great first person shooter, but its story and atmosphere greatly makes up for that.

The city of rapture is a character of its own in bioshock, with its interesting design and its inhabitants. Rapture is what makes bioshock great.

The shooting and action in bioshock is good but not great. It is quite initiative with its use of plasmids which grant your character special abilities (fire balls etc). These help make the combat interesting yet still keep the game balanced.

Overall it is a great game that everyone should play!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"In my top 10 games of all time."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

There is a train of thought out there in the world that says “A game is a game and a shooter is a shooter” which has been formed from the many generic titles which are put out in today's world where apparently making a quick buck is more important than providing good entertainment.

Bioshock however, does not conform to this sad opinion and provides a deep (no pun intended hehe) and enthralling run through the underwater fallen Utopia of Rapture. It is a shooter, but it does not stop here with filling waves on enemies with a seemingly unlimited supply of ammo, in fact it doesn't go in that direction at all! To add to the many different aspects of fascinating complexity of the story, the player must also consider actions which they take as they play. Ammo tends not to be a very abundant resource, meaning that it must be carefully "administered”. This fact may be a potential put-off for players wanting to kill stuff, but fear not, a main feature in the game-play which is also perhaps the most essential part of the story is the existence of a substance named Adam which allows the player to play around with various aspects of their genetic code. Adam allows you do things like shoot bolts of electricity or balls of fire at foes, as well as allowing the change of personal strengths like being able to swing a wrench harder (a favourite weapon of mine). The environment itself also proves to be helpful in dealing out pain to your enemies through such ways as being able to electrify puddles of water which enemies stand in.

Not to give too much away, the game is fantastic and covers many bases, from great action to a fantastic storyline and the occasional frightening moments, not in the same league as F.E.A.R. for example, but frightening nonetheless. The art and graphics within the game are also quite fantastic and really are an aid to the feeling that you are actually in a city under the sea.

I really would rate this in my top 10 games of all time and in that list it is very near the top. If you haven't played Bioshock yet you really don't know what you're missing out on, the story is gripping and the game-play and is unlike that of most shooters in the market today.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Entertaining"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Not a bad game, some new innovations, some old, some repeditive.

Graphically its pretty good for a FPS. My machine just manages to pull of the maximum settings and its worth it, I wouldn't bother recommending it to anyone that isn't running a DX10 graphics card. You'd just be missing out on too much. The lighting and water effects are very nicely done. I'm surprised it hasn't been slated for PS3 but I don't think its much of a loss.

I must admit it was pretty over-rated in all the hype. The range of enemies is limited to maybe half a dozen slightly different crazy people wearing stupid masks, automatic guns strapped to chairs, and the “Big Daddy” things (big guy that accompanies the creepy girls) but luckily you don't have to kill all of them.

If you had the time you could actually finish this game without saving once since when you die you're instantly revived in the last ‘Vita-Chamber’ that you past, so no GAME OVER screen to piss you off. Although, you only revive with half health and if you run out of ammo and money you're left with only the wrench and plasmid abilities, kind of annoying when you're trying to kill a Big Daddy.

The 1960's deco and ambient sound is pulled off really well. Every now and then you'll come into an area with music playing that you'll recognise from the era.

The only real puzzles are the hacking… which you'll do A LOT! They probably could have saved some time by creating a single outlet for ammo and general items but instead they had to create some stupid machines that sound something like a drunken mexican (I can't understand it) and a really annoying clown.

Overall a good FPS with pretty visuals and decent voice acting (for a game).

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Original, impressive and Immersive."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

One of the first things you will notice (aside from the gorgeous graphics) is how easy it is to pick up and get right into it. This game has a very user friendly control system and a variety of ways to dispose of your foes, including hacking into security systems to have them do some of the dirty work for you. The game uses a highly modified unreal engine 2.5 so should run smoothly on most systems.

The level design is interesting with the art deco theme combined with the eras music creates an absorbing and slightly spooky atmosphere. Not scary but still with the occasional fright. The voice acting is well done and the musical score / sound effects are above average with the range of …unique.. characters to meet as you fight to survive and discover the mystery behind this submerged metropolis. You will no doubt find this game addictive, it's hard not to get sucked into it as there is plenty of action and with a variety of ways to tackle the levels including the mammoth amount of upgrades and add-ons the replay value is good also.

The only down side really is that it's quite an easy game. If you die you will respawn at the nearest respawn point and anyone you have attacked will have their health as it was the moment you died. That really is picking hairs though as the game has a decent length and you will want to play through it a few times and play around with the upgrades etc. No multi player though.

All up this is a must have for your gaming collection more so if you sway more toward First Person Shooters. An excellent FPS that will keep you hooked.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Description

Developed by Irrational Games, BioShock is the sequel to the award-winning System Shock 2.

BioShock is a revolution in the shooter genre that will forever change the expectations for the FPS. Going beyond "run and gun corridors," "monster-closet AIs" and static worlds, BioShock creates a living, unique and unpredictable FPS experience. BioShock is the Shooter 2.0.

After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. Constructed as an idealistic society for a hand picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists, the idealism is no more. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn.

  • Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your very survival.
  • Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to the enemy and environment.
  • Genetically modify your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city, empowering you with fantastic and often grotesque abilities.
  • Explore a living world powered by Ecological A.I., where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience.
  • Experience truly next generation graphics that vividly illustrate the forlorn art deco city, highlighted by the most detailed and realistic water effects ever developed in a video game.
  • Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture…or save them?

System Requirements:

Operating Systems:
Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista

Minimum System Requirements:
CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor

System RAM: 1GB

Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).

Sound Card: 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card

Hard drive space: 8GB free space

Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor

System RAM: 2GB

Video card:
DX9: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better)
DX10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better

Sound Card: Sound Blaster� X-Fi� series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

Important Note: Game requires Internet connection for activation
Release date NZ
August 24th, 2007
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PC CD-ROM
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5026555053099
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
1515600

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