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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B00475AYUU
  • Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

From the Manufacturer

    Follow-up to BioShock, 2K Games' critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2007 release, BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter set in the fictional underwater city of Rapture. As in the original game, BioShock 2 features a blend of fast-paced action, exploration and puzzle-solving as players follow varying paths through the overarching storyline based on the decisions that they are forced to make at various points in the game. In addition to a further fleshing out of the franchise's popular storyline, players can look forward to new characters, game mechanics, weapons, locations and a series first, multiplayer game options.

    BioShock 2 game logo
    Big Sister front and back from BioShock 2
    The new power in Rapture.
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    Duel wielding plasmid and weapon in BioShock 2
    Duel wield plasmids & weapons.
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    Deciding whether to harvest or adopt a Little Sister in BioShock 2
    New choices as Mr. B.
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    Multiplayer screen playing as one of the available characters BioShock 2
    Franchise first multiplayer options.
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    The Story
    Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. Along the Atlantic coastline, a monster — somehow familiar, yet still quite different from anything ever seen — has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city. It is a Big Sister, new denizens of Rapture who were once one of the forgotten little girls known as Little Sisters, known to inhabit the city's dank halls. No longer a pawn used to harvest ADAM, the dangerously powerful gene-altering lifeblood of Rapture, from the bodies of others and in turn run the risk of being harvested herself, the Big Sister is now the fastest and most powerful thing in Rapture. You, on the other hand are the very first Big Daddy, in fact the prototype, that for some reason has reactivated. You are similar to the Big Daddies familiar from the original BioShock, but also very different in that you possess free will and no memory of the events of the past ten years. The question is, as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city beneath the waves, hunting for answers and the solution to your own survival, are you really the hunter, or the hunted?

    Gameplay and Multiplayer
    In BioShock 2 players will take on the role of the original Big Daddy, not that of game one protagonist, Jack. As a Big Daddy you will have access to all the strengths and weapons of a standard Big Daddy, including the drill and rivet gun. More importantly you also possess free will and the ability to use plasmids and gene tonics — genetic modifications allowed for through ADAM, a stem cell harvested from conquered enemies, or sea slugs outside the Rapture air lock, and powered by the in-game injectable serum known as EVE, which can be found, captured or purchased. Plasmids and gene tonics provide a wide range of aggressive and passive abilities which can be upgraded and arranged for quick use. The ability to use plasmids and tonics gives you a decided edge over other Big Daddies and most other denizens of Rapture, excluding the powerful Big Sisters. In addition, due to their role as a Big Daddy, players will experience a new relation to the Little Sisters. Upon defeating standard Big Daddys you are given the familiar choice as to whether to harvest or adopt them. Harvesting gains you ADAM immediately, but could alter your path through the game, while adopting makes you responsible for Little Sisters, who then accompany you through Rapture, but also provide aid and warning in times of danger. Additional gameplay features include: new plasmids, weapons and the ability to combine these two.

    The game also features the anticipated multiplayer modes. Several of these are team-based, allowing up to 10 players. Within these players are provided with a rich prequel experience that expands the origins of the BioShock fiction, and allows you to play as one of several characters pulled from Rapture's history before the events of the first game.

    Key Features

    • The Big Sister - No longer just something to be harvested or not, the Big Sister is the most powerful resident in Rapture.
    • You Are the Big Daddy - Take control 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.
    • New Plasmids - New plasmids such as "Aero Dash" allowing for bursts of speed over short distances, and "Geyser Trap" a stream of water used as a jump pad and electrical conductor, join the ample list of Plasmids from the original game.
    • New Game Mechanics - BioShock 2 contains many new gameplay mechanics. Just a few of these are: the ability to wield plasmids and weapons simultaneously; flashback missions detailing how you became the Big Daddy; the ability to walk outside the airlocks of Rapture to discover new play areas, and many more.
    • New Locations - Just a few of the locations and environments debuting in BioShock 2 are Fontaine Futuristics, headquarters of Fontaine's business empire and the Kashmir Restaurant.
    • Evolution of the Genetically Enhanced Shooter - Innovative advances bring new depth and dimension to each encounter, allowing players to create exciting combinations to fit their style of gameplay.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Experience Rapture’s Civil War - Players will step into the shoes of Rapture's 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.

    System Requirements
     Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
    OS:Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    Processor:AMD Athlon 64 (3800+ 2.4GHz), Intel Pentium 4 (530 3.0 GHz)AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core (5200+ 2.6 GHz) or better, Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo (E6420 2.13 GHz) or better
    RAM:2 GB3 GB
    Hard Drive:11 GB 
    Video Card:NVIDIA 7800GT with 256 MB RAM or better, ATI Radeon X1900 with 256 MB RAM or betterNVIDIA 8800GT with 512 MB RAM or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 with 512 MB RAM or better
    Additional Info:Initial installation requires one-time internet connection; Ability to save game, earn Achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows - LIVE

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669 of 788 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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99 of 117 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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35 of 40 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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game was awesome
Published 12 days ago by Jerrittoturner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game Even If A Bit War Wearried
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Published 1 month ago by Ada W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An awesome game. Great graphics and gameplay.
A little harder than BioShock 1 but at least as much
Published 2 months ago by Junior
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapture is more beautiful than ever before
Bioshock 2 does not disappoint. It is a worthy successor to the first Bioshock.

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Published 2 months ago by Trini T
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Sister knows best
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Published 2 months ago by sft
1.0 out of 5 stars i tried downloading it doesnt work, but i got ...
i tried downloading it doesnt work, but i got steam but i guess i just not cut out to play this ,
Published 2 months ago by mandy c
1.0 out of 5 stars dont work
first off it doesnt work with win8 and thats a problem because alot of people use win8 and people werent clear on that
Published 3 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game, Very Entertaining
What can I say, If you liked Bioshock, your are definitely going to enjoy Bioshock 2.
Both the gameplay and storyline are great!
Published 4 months ago by Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars still playing this 1
liked the 1st one alot, so got the rest on a special they were running. currently playing so am not done, but so far so good.
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