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BioShock 2 Special Edition -Xbox 360

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Platform: Xbox 360
Edition: Special
  • A wide range of multiplayer options, including team-based options, the ability to play as different characters and experience points used for new weapons, plasmids and tonics.
  • BioShock 2 Special Edition bonus items including: an art book, posters, audio recording and more.
  • All-new BioShock single player adventure, set 10 years after the first game featuring play as the prototype Big Daddy and a new Powerful opponent in the Big Sisters, a Big Daddy/Little Sister hybrid.
  • 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 including the ability to dual wield plasmids and weapons; 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.

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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Special
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002I0HEZ4
  • Item Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,317 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Special

Product Description

The BioShock 2 Special Edition will celebrate the game’s unique music and art with contents inspired by the time period and the fantastic undersea world of Rapture.

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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 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. Finally, bonus items included with the BioShock 2 Special Edition (see contents list below), provide the most complete BioShock 2 experience available and are destined to become collectors items.

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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Crazed shotgun-wielding enemy from BioShock 2
Dig into the crazed history of Rapture.
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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.
The BioShock 2 Special Edition for Xbox 360 Includes:

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  • BioShock 2 for Xbox 360
  • Vinyl 180g LP with BioShock orchestral score
  • Audio CD with BioShock 2 orchestral score
  • Three vintage Rapture advertisement posters (rolled)
  • BioShock 2 Art Book, 164 pages and hardcover


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome & Diverse Return To Rapture February 10, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360| Edition:Special|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a great edition; it is well worth the extra $ if you are a fan of the game; the book, the posters, and the soundtracks are very cool collectibles and the overall packaging is far from cheap.

Based on single player only!!

As far as the game goes, I really enjoyed it; lots of insight and connections to part 1, and there are also so many upgrades and improvements to this sequel over the original; from the opening scene you know you are in for a unique gaming experience. You get good weapons early on, and from being able to walk under water w/floating corpses all around to fleece, to the hordes of new villains that come at a break neck speed at times, this game recreates itself w/in a familiar framework; it offers a lot of tweaks on what made the original game so great; and while I never found Rapture all that scary, i did find it 'dark and mysterious'...and much like a Silent Hill game, half the fun is walking around and looking. The shrines that litter the world are a nice touch. There are also a lot more items around this time, and money is a little more plentiful.

The graphics are amazing and more colorful that part one; the old school/retro ads are everywhere, and the water effects--whether falling from the ceiling or running down the stairwells--are just cool to look at, not to mention listen to. The detail to all the settings is amazing, and it seems so wrong just to rush through this game. The splintering light through the windows, the sight of a Big Daddy doing work underwater on the outer side of the structure though a window, to the various messages scrawled throughout the hallways...all so detailed and so matter of fact.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to Rapture Doesn't Feel TOO Different. February 12, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Bioshock 2 is a first person shooter set in an underwater dystopia called Rapture. The player must seek resolution to events that occurred over a decade ago, when times were much simpler, and of course before the downfall of Rapture. Things have changed since the first time you submerged in the original Bioshock. Things seem to of gotten worse, to balance this you will become one of the most feared enemies in the original, a Big Daddy.

As a big daddy your arsenal has been altered, and why not when you're a metallic gargantuan wonder, in place of a tiny Thompson you'll now be equipped with a destructive .50 cal machine gun. A Big Daddy has a very special role in the series, as a protector of Little Sisters, things can get up and personal no worries your hand is drill. So while a few tweaks definitely make the gameplay more interesting, sadly a few water drops pelt this sequel.

While a story of decaying sanity is still apparent, by finding audio logs of past residents within Rapture, the overall premise of the story at foot here just isn't as engrossing as the original. This could be due to the original having so many firsts, from plot twists to the marvel of realizing the scope and location of the game. Fortunately Bioshock 2 makes up for this by strengthening the gameplay. The graphics are richened, blues glow, reds violently explore dark depths, and colors swell and pop. Atmospherics reign supreme in this game, from every flickering shadow, leaking ceiling and warmly lit room, this game illustrates a world worth inspecting. Controls can be a bit confusing when compared to the standard fps floating amongst the market. Rest assures they become second nature, and are quite convenient for the game play at hand. You'll be shifting through weaponry and plasmids in no time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars USE A BLACKLIGHT ON THE POSTERS!!! February 24, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was impressed with the contents of the SP edition in the first place, but when I put the three posters on my wall and turned on a blacklight (for other posters on my wall) the rapture posters have graffiti on them like in the game! Byfar the coolest gimmick in game swag ever. Try it out.

As far as the game...well come on now, its bioshock how is it not awesome in its own right :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bioshock2 SPECIAL EDITION review September 1, 2010
By IanG
Platform for Display:Xbox 360| Edition:Special|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
i bought the special edition for the xbox360 and was very impressed with the quality of the garbage that came packaged with the game, the special edition comes with an lp vinyl record of the origional games music score as well as 3 11x14 posters all of which look fantastic framed on my wall. (not to mention there are hidden messages on them if you use a blacklight on them) also included are a hardcover artbook, a CD with the second games music score and of course a game. all in all this is one of the coolest and highest quality special edition video games i have ever seen. and for $50 down from the origional $100 it is a very good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a commentary on Objectivism March 15, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360| Edition:Special|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The original BioShock's story was initially intended to be a somewhat subtle review and commentary of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's noteworthy philosophy. The game's story was to challenge Objectivism's view that each person should live for him/herself and via a collective selfish movement they would all end up moving society forward.

There were a few problems with this, however. Most notably that they got the Objectivism bit wrong; Objectivism is not about being purely hedonistic, it's about people being smart, independent, self-sufficient beings that don't rely on others to carry their dead weight.

But enough of that. The plot continues 10 years after the events in the original BioShock, but instead of a purely "Objectivist" society, the character is thrown into a purely Collectivist one. Objectivism is portrayed somewhat more reasonably in this game, but still not wholly satisfactorily, and the Collectivists are portrayed fairly well. The script writing is excellent, the voice acting and animation top-notch, and the pre-rendered sequences and other "cut scenes" (In quotations because the player oft remains in control during these moments.) are beautiful and effective.

The gameplay flows rather well, providing a healthy mix-up of moments where you have to be atleast mildly strategic whilst defending Little Sisters and moments where strategy is flushed down the toilet in lieu of just letting loose on some spliced-up Collectivist nutheads.

I've heard people say that this game looks worse than the original. I don't see it. The game is just as beautiful as the first, and in many sequences even more beautiful.

Free-choice plays somewhat more of an important role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasitc Collector's Edition
This item was received in great condition and everything that is supposed to be there was there. The game itself is awesome and I would recommend this product to anyone who is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dan M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Damage is the reason for a 2 star rating
The outer box is heavily torn and rip apart and while everything inside the box is fine, the ripped up box doesn't boast well with a collector. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Best special edition deal
For only thirty dollars, you not only get the sequel to on of the best games of all time, but you also get an authentic vinyl record with original music, a CD with the soundtrack,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Riley F
4.0 out of 5 stars Not very great but still good!
The second installment is good not everything you might of hoped for but enough to keep you engaged until its over!
Published 22 months ago by Cash A. Echevarria
5.0 out of 5 stars BioShock 2 Special Edition
Thank you for sending it so quickly. My boys were stunned and thrilled to have it. Their original was stolen from our home by an intruder so to see the joy on their faces was... Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars come on, you know it's great.
posters, soundtrack record, soundtrack cd, art book, game? so good. comes in a nice hard case too. bioshock ftw. yep.
Published on November 25, 2012 by Cady
5.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing
I am a huge fan of both Bioshock games. I bought this new 'special edition'. However, something is missing. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Paul Napier
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good - The game is epic, and the special edition items are worth the price

The Bad - When I put the record back into its cover, the covering easily ripped open a... Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Chris S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels to much like the first due to safe design choices
The Good: Great new additions, being a Big Daddy is fun, awesome weapons, fun multiplayer

The Bad: Plays it too safe, not enough changes, multiplayer is short lived,... Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by Richard Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Bioshock 2 is something everyone should have
I love this game! I will save this game for the next 20 years and preserve it completely. Came with everything I ever wanted. Read more
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