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"The FPS re-imagined..."
5 stars"

Firstly, this IS an FPS above all else, but it is an FPS like no other that has been created, taking just as much foresight and thought as it does pumping rounds into the soon to be dead critters of Rapture!

If you're quick on the uptake, the story unfolds in a manner that you would expect it to, which is just fine by me in this case, because the story was an incredible one, and it is one I have since played through in the “mean” way (taking advantage of the innocents of Rapture) after playing it as the goody two shoes… though, I have to admit, such feeling as goes into this game… I actually did feel a pang of guilt every time I “did what I had to do to survive!”

For an FPS, it really is compulsive playing because unlike its peers, you are driven to uncover the next part of the story… my natural habitat in gaming is the FPS, but I rarely find one with a story as compelling as this one, and it is one of the greatest I have played since I've been in gaming (and yes, I remember such classics as Doom! … the first time around!!).

Besides the story though, there is the weaponry at your disposal, and the unique ways players will develop through the game to dispense with the critters of Rapture… in your right hand, you have a standard array of weapons, which at set points throughout the game will be upgraded… it's not always easy to find the upgrade points, but I did manage it, and they work beautifully! Usually coming at just the right points for progression, and by the time you find the points, you'll know which weapons suit your play style the best (for me, the trusty shotgun was upgraded first… but then I do love the up close and personal approach to these games)

Not only to you have the standard array of weapons found in every FPS but you have such things as Plasmids at your disposal in your left hand, these cover pretty much every other element you may have thought about controlling that the “bad guys” might have, such as fire, ice or electricity to name but 3, each has a different effect and each has a different use… for example, strike the water with an electrical strike and any critters caught in the water will indeed fry, as you would expect!!

Different attacks work better against different critters, and different plasmids suit different play styles! Personally, one of my favorite touches was being able to use telekinesis to lift up one of the bad people of Rapture, and launch them into their friends, because the AI will fight against itself, if you can set it up!

There are even mini games to this game where you get to “hack” the electrical items of Rapture, so find a vending machine; hack it and get cheaper goodies, find a safe; crack it and reap the rewards, can't get through that elusive door? Hack it! … The mini games on the whole are very very easy, but for the few that set themselves up as incredibly hard, you can use the almighty hacking tool on, or maybe you're just bored with the mini games… I wasn't exactly sparing with the hacking tools by the end, as I lost interest in the mini games, but there was always a readily available supply of goodies from a vending machine, even if sometimes it was a bit of a walk!

There is literally nothing bad I can say about this game, the only reason I was even bored of the mini games was because I was so desperate to progress the story line (I completed it in a little over a weeks worth of compulsive playing). It is one of the greats, and available on all platforms!

Definitely one to play, and to keep! Looking forward to the the next in the series, which is in actual fact going to be a prequel!!

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 stars"

If you play this game you risk starvation, dehydration and fatigue… because once you start, you wont stop for anything. Your family will think youve gone missing, your thumbs will cramp and your eyes will dry up and fall out of your skull from lack of blinking. THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER. It blends every elememnt of gaming togeather. Shooting, Horror, Great Story-line, Adventure, Exploration, Puzzle solving, Setting things on fire, Intense battles and above all, edge-of-your-seat gripping gameplay that will suck you in a healthy, normal person and spit you out 2 weeks later a malnourished, hysterical addict. All you will care about is…more…bioshoc­k.....

One game to rule them all One game to find them One game to bring them all, and in the darknes bind them. THIS. IS. BIOSHOCK

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"The second best game of all-time"
5 stars"

Bioshock is pretty much the same game as System Shock 2 except that it's set in an underwater city. The upgrade system has been changed from stats based, to tonic based. Basically you have six slots in which to put upgrade tonics, and there's about 5 different areas of upgrades, ie combat, security, physical.

The research system has been changed as well. Instead of researching organs you find on corpses you now have to take photographs of everything. PSI Powers are now called plasmids, and you dont need to be holding anything to use them – you can just shoot electrical bolts from your hands.

System Shock 2 featured a unique, and at the time revolutionary, inventory system. This is no longer present in Bioshock. Now you have the more traditional inventory style of only being able to carry a limited amount of each item. The positive thing about this change is you no longer need to dispose of weapons to make space for hacking tools or medkits etc.

The difficulty level is PERFECT. Bioshock is incredibly well balanced.

The game world is stunning to look at and creates a feeling of “being there”.

The only negative thing I can think of to say about this game is that it borrows a plot twist from another game, but this plot twist works the second time around.

When the secret is revealed to you , you will feel the need for vengeance, you will feel angry. Bioshock will play with your emotions like no other game has. You will laugh, you may cry and even more amazing the game will actually make you CARE about digital characters.

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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?
Release date NZ
August 24th, 2007
Game Platform
  • Xbox 360
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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