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BioShock 2 [Download]

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Platform: PC Download
Edition: Standard
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B00475AYUU
  • Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard


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672 of 792 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This review is intended to help educate potential buyers of Bioshock 2 about a few of the major downsides of the way 2K has decided to sell the game. If you've already made up your mind to buy it, or already own it, this review isn't for you. If on the other hand you're on the fence, I'd love to point out a few things that are very troubling about Bioshock 2:

1) The game REQUIRES online activation. If you are a serviceman/servicewoman stationed in Baghdad (or anywhere in the field without internet) you're totally screwed. Requiring an internet connection to activate is offensive in itself, but coupled with the other major issues with this game's DRM scheme, it just keeps getting worse.

2) The game limits the number of times you can install it. I don't care if they give me 1,000 installs, any limit on how long I can use a game I paid for simply isn't acceptable. I'm not paying for the 'privilege' of installing how ever many times 2K or anyone else thinks is appropriate. If I buy a game, I want to actually BUY it, meaning I OWN IT and CAN DO WHAT I WANT WITH IT. If I buy the game and don't like it, how can I resell it? How can I verify to the person I'm selling it to that it has installations left? This is just a petty and insulting way to treat paying customers. I don't want to have to come crawling back to 2K or Microsoft to explain why I might need more installations for a game I already gave them forty or more dollar for. And what if they close their doors at some point in the future? How can I be guaranteed I'll still have access to my game?

3) Securom, the DRM package used by Bioware, installs with the game and there is no option to install it without Securom.
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100 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DRM Rewards Criminals - Penalizes the Consumer. February 28, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
If you want this game without DRM (Digital Rights Management for those who don't know), download a stolen copy. That way you can install the game on all your computers and any computers you may have in the future. If you want to limit the number of times you can install this game BUY it. It's that simple. AND, I too am like another reviewer who said I am not a criminal, I have the money, and (generally) DO NOT steal games. I am a proud owner and consumer of maybe 150 games. Don't treat us like criminals please... and I won't rate your game with one star.
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141 of 170 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Connection required for Single Player?!?!?!?! February 14, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For those who spend time disconnected from the net, you cannot save your SINGLE PLAYER game in progress unless you are connected to Windows LIVE. I have no problems when I am connected, my LIVE account works and the ability to save works at that time, but I'm not connected all the time, especially while traveling. So as a warning that was not given prior to purchase, do not bother unless you will be connected full time to the net while playing. This causes me to give it a single star review as it is completely unusable to this road warrior.

The game play and graphics are as beautiful as the original, just disappointed that single player mode requires an Internet connection to save the game. Works great on my HP dv6 laptop. Unfortunately I will never get more than an hour into the game, and with no save due to no connection this game is going bye-bye.

***update, see K. Black's comment for single player offline save game work around***
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game to play - Hate Windows Live September 20, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well after reading some of the other comments I thought I would pipe in here too.

I have finished this game 4 times now, working on number five. Each time I try a different approach. I use different weapons, plasmids, tonics, harvest or save the little sisters. I have found new things each time I play the game.

I have not had problems with lock ups ot any problems with game play.

That being said, Windows Live is a PITA. It took me over an hour before I could even play the game. I was excited when I bought it, but after going through the install process, I was fed up and didn't even play the game until the next day. There is no excuse for putting customers through that type of crap just to play your game. I did not know about the Windows Live crap before I bought the game, but I can tell you this, if then next game I look at buying says Windows Live anywhere on the box, I am not buying it.

I love this game, hate Window Live.

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feels more like an expansion pack than anything else. February 14, 2010
By sporked
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Taken in tiny chunks Bioshock 2 is, on a purely superficial level, almost indistinguishable from the first game. The graphics and fast-twitch combat are just as good as the first game, it's a competent shooter with an inherently cool setting, and it does make a handful of tangible improvements over its predecessor - like being able to wield plasmids and weapons simultaneously, and some improved water effects. But it doesn't really rise above its predecessor so much as it tries a little too hard to copy its most successful elements, and never really finds a voice of its own.

Gameplay is straightforward, to the point of being simplistic; it's pretty much a run around and shoot things game, which works fine to a point, but the game is also stuffed full of padding - mostly the sub-missions where you guard Little Sisters while they harvest Adam, which start out harrowing but quickly get repetitive and dull. A handful of levels are total knockouts (one memorable one involves escaping a building while it's in the process of flooding, in what feels like real time), and the weakest levels are still competently done. A handful of new enemies liven things up, in a way, mainly by having annoying special abilities that make them harder to kill. In terms of gameplay it's a competent game, really, with a few standout points of excellence. Bioshock 2 just doesn't really bring anything *new* to the table, and doesn't improve on the existing stuff enough to make much of an impact. And even with all the padding it's still a surprisingly short game.

The real problem with Bioshock 2, though, is the story and plot elements.
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