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"BioShock is the ultimate rarity: not only does it live up to its lofty promise, but exceeds it through simple, old fashioned talent and imagination - not to mention verve, style,class, wit, and sheer bloody-minded ambition." - Eurogamer
"BioShock's real strengths are as a compelling work of interactive fiction, and as a unique ride through a warped world with some great payoff built into its mysterious plot." - Gamespot
Welcome to Rapture!
BioShock - a first person shooter experience unlike any other, played out in Rapture, an immense underwater utopia torn apart by a genetic civil war. Explore a deadly but incredible art deco world filled with formidable technology and fascinating characters. You'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal, from simple revolvers to rocket launchers and flamethrowers. Challenge the constraints of nature by genetically modifying your DNA with injected PLASMIDS and embrace super human powers.
Biologically modify your body: send electric bolts storming from your fingertips or unleash a swarm of killer hornets hatched from the veins in your arms.
Hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons and craft new ammo variants.
Turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worse enemies.
A flawed beautyLorddyran | Aug. 22, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »
Sometimes models and beautiful women have beauty marks - imperfections that just make their good looks stand out more. This game has its flaws, but the quality just stands out further, despite or even because of them.
Gameplay-wise, it's a pretty tight shooter with some neat powers and character-building options. It also has a silly "hacking" minigame that many point out as a flaw, and it has Vita Chambers (basically save points) that are too forgiving. Don't come into this game looking for a raw challenge, but enjoy the finely-tuned shooting, setting on fire, possessing, freezing, and other powers.
Story-wise, it's very basic but incredibly well-executed. The atmosphere is engrossing, the audio journals let you decide how much you want to be involved in the personalities, and everything complements very well. You probably know there's a twist, but it's one of the best twists I've come across, in gaming or otherwise.
Presentation-wise, it's gorgeous, with well-executed sounds and graphics and exceptional art design. There isn't much bad to say at all.
Long story short (too late), the game is absolutely worth playing.
Love this Gamelunarei919 | Aug. 19, 2014 | See all lunarei919's reviews »
I put off playing this game for a long time and I admit to regretting that now. Bioshock is an amazing game for many reasons, though I will admit to some drawbacks. The game has an engaging storyline that will have you questioning your actions from the start. It’s set in a world that is so fascinatingly twisted that you can’t help being absorbed. Drops litter the map, forcing you to explore every nook and cranny, which was surprisingly enjoyable. The weapons and special “plasmids” you get in the game allow for a diversity in playstyle: would you rather just blow things up with a grenade launcher or convince one of those lovely Big Daddy’s to kill everyone for you. The atmosphere is creepy enough to still keep your nerves strung several hours in. I will admit, the controls take some getting used to. I can’t tell you the number of times I went to fire a weapon only to switch between them. You get better at it overtime, but it’s still frustrating early game.
Despite the one complaint, I’d still recommend this game in a heartbeat.
Story worth playingyngdr | Aug. 14, 2014 | See all yngdr's reviews »
The game takes place in Rapture during 1960's. Like any society without rules, it fell apart. The developers did an amazing job with creating this atmosphere to completely submerge you into the game. The story is packed with relevant information that both helps and enhances the play-through. Packed into this game are great graphics with scarce ammunition and enemies that jump from nowhere, sounds lead to a spooky environment too. One of the greater twists of the game is the psychological aspect of the game delving into the mind of humans and what we are capable of given the wrong moral choices and views.
Worthy of the praiseJericho417 | Aug. 9, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
The atmosphere in Rapture is so good. It's a place that's decaying and falling apart, which you can see all around you. The story is really great, even messing with your head a bit. Combat feels well done and I really enjoyed the powers you unlock. Through out the game, you get the choice of how you treat the Little Sisters. It was always a bit unnerving having the little girls act as they did, when you were taking the adam from them. It paints a picture of just how brutal the others in Rapture may have treated them. Big Daddies were a hassle to deal with, when they just wanted to protect the little girls.
A Dark, Haunting, and Unforgettable Gamefuzeblu | Aug. 6, 2014 | See all fuzeblu's reviews »
Bioshock is one of the few games that blends excellent story telling, haunting ambiance, RPG, and shooter elements into a mold players can sink their teeth into. The world, set beneath the sea in a dystopian city called Rapture, sets the stage into eeriness immediately. The NPCs are grotesque and mad, perfect compliments to a city torn to shreds. Player plasmid abilities are fantastic. Who doesn't want to send a swarm of bees at an enemy's face? The music and artwork are big draws to this game. The early 1900's setting and sound lends a sense of surrealism and brings the player deeper into the world of Rapture. The game does suffer a bit from awkward combat. You can only use either a plasmid or weapon at a time, which makes switching styles less smooth. The enemies can get tedious with lack of variety, and sometimes the "quests" double back unnecessarily. However, Bioshock is by far one of the best games in the genre, and if you haven't played it yet, would you kindly go and do so?