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- 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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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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As someone who currently owns a few Special/Collector Editions (including the Fallout 3, Doom 3, Halo 2, Lost Planet, Resistance 2 and so on), I have to say that this BioShock 2 Special Edition is truly one amazing package.
The first thing I should mention is the case or box everything is housed in. The box itself is about 13" by 13" in size. It is also a very sturdy and thick box unlike some Collector sets where all you really get is a cheap cardboard/paper box to store the items in (like in the Resistance 2 set). This box will truly keep your items safe and will not be damaged easily since it is quite strong.
The first item in the box is the vinyl album that contains the score for the original BioShock. This has to be one the most original items to include with a Special Edition that I have seen in years. If your like me and own a record player then you will truly enjoy the vinyl album (it is still cool to have even if you don't). Side A of the vinyl has 14 tracks on it, and Side B has the remaining 10 tracks. A nice extra is the notes written by composer Garry Schyman on the back of the vinyl jacket.
The next item within the box is the art book for BioShock 2. This is by far the best art book that I have seen for a video game so far. The hardcover book is just over 160 pages long and covers every aspect of the game. It is broken into 10 chapters which include Big Daddies, Big Sisters, Environments, Weapons, and so on. The best part about the book is how detailed it is and how just about every page has notes by the artist who worked on the game. The artists reveal quite a bit about the process of making the game and even mention some things that did not make it into the final version of BioShock 2. This is without a doubt the best item within the Special Edition.
The official BioShock 2 score CD is also contained within the Special Edition. It includes 26 tracks and is about 47 minutes in length. Just like the vinyl, it also contains notes by composer Gary Schyman.
The last items included in the Special Edition are the 3 posters, and honestly they are the weakest part of collection. Don't get me wrong it is not because of bad printing or color quality, it is just the size of the posters. They are just slightly bigger than the art book which measures 8 and a half by 11" in size. Honestly, they feel more like vintage reproductions of posters then actual posters. However, the paper as well as the ink used is of great quality.
I can not say enough good things about the BioShock 2 Special Edition. Everything about this set is top of the line, even the posters despite being rather small. At the current price Amazon is asking for it (which is what I paid) you can not go wrong. So go ahead and buy it, you will not regret it.
I am Rapture and Rapture is Me - Bioshock Score 12" LP
Slick gloss paper sleeve and a protective paper sleeve around the record also. This has the score to the first Bioshock game. My only complaint comes with the LP. I wish there was an mp3 download code for it. Small gripe but not everyone has record players.
Sounds From the LightHouse - Bioshock 2 Score CD
A very nice extension and evolution of the original score. CD come in a flat paper sleeve very similar to the sleeve for the 12" LP
Deco Devolution - Art Book
This was my main desire for getting the special edition. I was not disappointed. This thing is full of very cool stuff. It covers a pretty wide spectrum of art. Character Designs, environment designs, storyboards, Rapture posters and a bunch more. This book rocks. So much better than the little 5 inch books some games have put out.
3 Posters from Rapture
Printed on a very nice quality paper. They all looked great. I just need to flatten them all out from being rolled up and frame them.
Bioshock 2 - The game
To this I wont speak much. Others will review the game content far better than I could. But so far I have enjoyed the sequel.
Considering this is only $30 more than the regular edition, it feels like a steal.
I often equate Bioshock and Bioshock 2 to Alien and Aliens. When I say that, most people immediately think, "Bioshock 2 is like Aliens? So it's better?" No. Absolutely not. It's like Aliens in that the original was a Sci-Fi/Horror masterpiece which was sequel-ized and turn in to a bloated, goofy, over-the-top, nearly nonsensical affair favoring spectacle and action over story, atmosphere, character, immersion, pacing and subtlety that still SOMEHOW managed to be fairly tense and sorta fun. The sense of sheer awe and wonder is completely absent from the game. At times the game feels like a self-parody. Like someone watched a video walk-through of the first game and thought, "I can make that!" In my eyes, it is a failure.
Now, on to the sweet, sweet extras.
"BIOSHOCK" VINYL SCORE:
Awesome. Simply awesome. I'm a big fan of musical scores and Schyman's orchestral score is phenomenal. The thing is brimming with emotion. It's all at once dark, intoxicating, terrifying, cinematic, ominous, romantic, wistful, unsettling, lush, mysterious . . . really, just a tremendous musical achievement for what can be easily brushed off as nothing more than "another video game track." I can't say enough about it. I actually have a restored 40's Philco floor model radio/record player and the vinyl sounds incredible on it.
"DECO DEVOLUTION" ART BOOK:
Art Deco is my favorite art movement in history. I love it - both French and American Deco. American Deco design and architecture, especially, can have a certain quality about it that can be soft and inviting while at the same time cold and off putting. Which is perfect for the setting. Only here, the style has been taken and distilled and concentrated and twisted to suit Rapture. And you'll find nearly all of Rapture in this book. It's very comprehensive. I doubt if much of anything was left out as there are over 160 pages in this hardbound edition. You'll find works from every stage of development giving you a detailed story of the evolution of these characters and environments. It's also very well organized which is certainly appreciated. My only wish is that they went all out and included concept art of the original game as well.
"BIOSHOCK 2" SCORE - COMPACT DISC:
Should have been on vinyl! Still, a pretty great addition. Though not as iconic or original as his first score, I would still say Schyman did a helluva job yet again with his score for the sequel. It's another excellent orchestral arrangement. Still, I would have gladly paid another $10-$20 for a 12" vinyl edition.
"BIOSHOCK 2" LITHOGRAPHS:
Probably the item I'm the least enthusiastic about. There are three here. All of them are high quality printings. I have one of them in a frame. I didn't really care for the other two in the set. I would have much preferred some of the ads of Rapture. Something along the lines of those plasmid ads, or ads for the Atlantic Express or what have you.
Overall, despite the downfalls of the game itself, this set is pretty great. But it's not perfect. I would have loved to see a COMPLETE art book consisting of art from both games. A vinyl copy of Bioshock 2's score would have been terrific. I'd have also killed to have a vinyl soundtrack for 1 and 2 included. I'd have easily dropped $100 for this set for just the addition of the vinyl soundtrack to what was included. But you can't have everything you want.
Most recent customer reviews
Special edition has lots of cool stuff.