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BioShock is an innovative role-playing shooter from Irrational Games who was named IGN’s 2005 Developer of the Year. BioShock immerses players into a war-torn underwater utopia, where mankind has abandoned their humanity in their quest for perfection.
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The game looks great on the PS3 (I haven't played it on any other platforms), and the story is immediately interesting. You are stranded by a sinking ship but manage to swim to an anomalous tower jutting out of the water, and as you enter the tower, you find yourself in Rapture, the vanity project of uber-man Andrew Ryan, a character overtly based on the Individualists from Ayn Rand's books. Ryan left the surface in the 1940s to build Rapture and populate it with scientists and pioneers who lived and worked in this paean to self-sufficiency and independence. But something went horribly wrong. Rand's utopia has become a lawless wreck, populated by various types of Splicers, addicts to ADAM, a drug developed by Rapture's scientists that enables super powers like Telekinesis, Incineration, Electrobolt, etc.
As you travel through the game you pick up audio diaries, with entries from a variety of individuals caught in the underwater city, and the story of its fall and degradation unfolds; you see makeshift living areas and graffiti warnings scrawled in blood. The setting is spectacular, and the voice talent on the audio diaries is amazing. Creepy sounds and shadows are used to great effect in creating an ominous mood as you delve further in to Rapture, accomplishing various missions with the help/hindrance of several main characters. You also make moral decisions that will affect which ending you see.
Okay, so that's all just icing on the cake -- how's the FPS stuff? Awesome! There are LOTS of different weapons and each has three ammo types, and a big part of the game is figuring out what works for the various enemies you'll face. There are traps that the more cerebral and forward-thinking warriors can utilize, and there are hefty weapons that rock the place, and you acquire plasmids -- those superpowers that come from ADAM. But, of course, there's a catch. How do you get the ADAM?
Wandering through Rapture is a pleasure, and there are tons of glittering objects for you to pick up -- ammo, plasmids, food, health, audiodiaries, so every new room is fun as well as compelling.
I've played the game twice through, and am on my second time through Bioshock 2, and will undoubtedly play them again, and hope for (and would pre-order) a Bioshock 3.
I would say this is the best FPS I've ever played, and would be one of the things I'd take to a desert island. (Does the island have electricity and a flat screen?)
I was basically planning to give this game a 3-star rating through most of the game play, but it won me over towards the end and I think it deserves 4-stars. It did take me awhile to get interested in the game. Something about the story I don't think I found all that compelling, and I did play Resident Evil 5 right before starting on this game, so there was likely some "hangover" effect as I'm a big fan of the RE series (isn't everyone?!).
As I said, the story didn't really engage me much until the end. I chose to help the Little Sisters rather than harming them, and this "savior" role seemed to get me more interested in the story. I really enjoyed the last few stages of the game much more than the beginning or even mid points of the game. For awhile there during the middle of the game, after I had already gotten several plasmids to use, I started to tire of the game a bit because it was pretty easy to just use a plasmid, followed by the pistol or machine gun to take down nearly any enemy you meet (I favored the inferno, but the freezing blast worked well on the "ghosts" - but keep in mind that the freeze will not allow you to collect loot after you kill them). The Big Daddy's were really easy to defeat once I got the hang of it - just use the inferno followed by the electric shotgun buck or exploding buck. In fact I only died one time in the game, and that was very early on when I wasn't use to the game play. So I didn't make much use of the Vita Chambers, though I thought that was probably the coolest design in the game! I want a Vita Chamber in my apartment now! LOL
The game play was pretty fun, though like I said I did grow tired a bit of it about midway through the game. There are quite a number of plasmids and weapons you can use, and they all can be upgraded. In fact I think towards the beginning of the game I thought it was a bit of overkill until I started using many of them and found that I really only liked or used a few of them most of the time. The Inferno was my default, I would use the Frozen Blast if I was fighting ghosts, but that was only in one stage of the game that I recall, and I would use the Hypnotize Big Daddy from time to time to use him to kill other enemies before I killed him, and then use the Bee Swarm for fun sometimes (!) though it wasn't really that effective.
The graphics were good, but "comic-bookish" I thought. In other words I didn't perceive the environment to be realistic, more like a comic book design. But there certainly was a lot of detail. It had a real artistic flare to it. I also liked the tape recorders that you pick up, which fills in the story for you. Though mixing in some paper reports with the tape recorders probably would have been better. And a tip for you, use the subtitles option - for some reason the volume on the recordings is really low and sometimes the accents are difficult to understand. The game was much more enjoyable when I could read the subtitles and understand what was being said! The tape recorders were a nice idea, though the execution of it was not so good, since they were difficult to hear!
You've probably figured this out by now, but there are alternate endings to the game. I got the "good ending" as I rescued all the Little Sisters and earned the "savior trophy" but a friend of mine killed them and he got what he called "the bad ending" - I'm not sure what it was, but I think it is safe to say that you should not kill the Little Sisters, your enjoyment of the game will surely be enhanced.
Final Grade: B
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