- Biologically mod your body with plasmids - genetic augmentations that empower you with dozens of fantastic abilities
- Take control of your world by hacking devices and systems
- Upgrade your weapons at Fire-For-Effect stations located through Rapture
- Pick up materials in the city to modify them at U-Invent kiosks
- Explore an incredible and unique art deco world hidden deep under the ocean, vividly illustrated with realistic water effects
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BIOSHOCK will only install for a limited number of times (it was 3 but - after a deluge of eMails and bad reviews - it was upped to 5). So, if you install it you will be reluctant to uninstall once finished and will have to carry those 9GB on your HardDrive for a long time. On top of that, its resale value is down the drain the moment one pops the box open...
Even after the patch that removed the activation limit, uninstalling still leaves behind certain irremovable folders that will make sure it can be re-established in the future.
So one has to ask: even after paying $50 for it, WHO ACTUALLY OWNS MY COPY?
The game utilizes an overzealous version of SecuROM 7+. They either activated all its available options or had a special version custom made. No other game company dared behaving in such heavy-handed way. This means that if your computer has more than one disc drive (or even one but non-DRM certified) it may block them, whereas the game may not even install if you are running virtual drives or have certain media-burning software installed (even NERO has been known to be considered ..."pirate-ware"!)
DISPUTED FACT :
It has been widely reported that BIOSHOCK installs a RootKit. Both MICROSOFT's ROOTKIT DETECTION TOOL and AVG ANTI-VIRUS detected either the RootKit or its actions. Recently, AVG was made to release a special update (just for BIOSHOCK) to ignore this alert.
In hacker lingo, to "take someone's Root" means to insert a procedure that "will allow the intruders to maintain root access (highest privilege) on the system without the system administrator even seeing them".Read more ›
Now for the game.
My first impression was WOW! Graphics were impressive albeit somewhat grainy as AA is not supported. Lots of very cool water and blur effects. The atmosphere is somewhat original. Has a 1940s/50s art deco thing going. Victrola playing in the background, Nazi scientists, surgical theaters... the whole shebang. That aspect of the game was very well done. The rest of it though, I can only sum it up as "sensory overload". Like many games of this sort (The Suffering 2 for instance), all the "psycho-physics" eventually start to numb your senses and the attempts at "shock" just become tiring. The swearing, screaming, brutality, and sexuality, it all just gets boring after a while.
When you couple all that with the really weird copy protection - this game is NOT worth the aggravation.
There're some small bugs with version 1.0, such as widescreen cutoffs and inability to arrange the plasmids on the scroll menu, but i assume the patch should have fixed all those things including adding a new plasmid.
The graphic design is just perfect, everything is visually stunning; the story is very cultured and has a delectable twist close to the last 1/3 of the game.
That being said, I do have some complaints. I think because the art deco design of this game is so well-done, the game makers intentionally made all resources scarce, as to force the player to scavenge every possible niche for items conducive for survival, thereby maximizing the experience so their hard work doesn't go to waste. Due to this, I had to explored every crevice of Rapture, and enjoyed the game's beautiful art works and architecture to the full. Unfortunately, this means if i were to play the game again, nothing would surprise me or give me nearly as much enjoyment as the 1st time through, since i have seen and done everything.
The game tried its best to offer some replay value, there're a variety of plasmids and tonics you can pick and choose, but once you find all of them (which i did the 1st time playing) you basically will use only some of them habitually because they perform optimally in certain situations. This means if you were to play the game again, you would most likely make the same choices, unless you just want to aggravate yourself just for the sake of equipping plasmids and tonics in situations that don't call for them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favorite games. Easily the best in the series. Far surpassing two, and still beats infinite (Though not as much of a landslide compared to 2)Published 6 days ago by R. Lykins
Really cool game, never played anything like it. With that being said, I highly recommend you play it on EASY the first time you play it, it's much more enjoyable.Published 9 days ago by Thoughts on this
Probably one of the best game series ever. I have played the first and the third games already and it was very nice to see where it all began! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gwendolyn
All these years later and still a great game, and very easy to max out on pc. Looks amazing in 4kPublished 6 months ago by Joshua
Great game along with the rest of the series. Highly recommend this game.Published 7 months ago by Mark G. Wheatland