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!!