This pack includes:
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.
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 has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. Players step into the boots of the most iconic denizen of Rapture, the Big Daddy, as they travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and their own survival.
With the United States emerging as a world power, the floating City of Columbia is a mighty symbol of American ideals, launched with great fanfare to the cheers of a captivated public. But what begins as an endeavour of hope soon turns to disaster, as the city disappears into the clouds, its whereabouts unknown. The greatest accomplishment in American history has vanished without a trace.
Though both the Call of Duty series and the Bioshock series fall into the same genre - FPS -, only one of them is actually much more than a plain, mindless killing simulator. Can you guess which one? Anyway, the Bioshock games are that rare type of games (or any art form for that matter) that leave you thinking about them long after you put them down. Now, it really isn't possible to express why that is in a simple review, so I'll leave the discovering part to you, in hopes that you'll take my word for it. Everything, from the art design and ambience to the combat and storyline, is truly exquisite. Especially the plots, with their countless implied questions of morality, existentialism and about the human nature, all these elements combined make this franchise one of great artistic value, something that makes the player a better person after experiencing it. Not having this series in your library would truly be a shame.
I also got the triple pack, played all games in more or less two weeks. Before I start, I must say I think this game is incredibly overrated. It's good, but it's nothing compared to other games on its field. First: the story (no spoilers). Weak. If you start playing BioShock 1 you'll already know most of the stuff going on since the first 20 minutes or so. Then they just push you to eliminate enemies and give you little parts of the story. For me it was just waiting for it to come. BioShock 2 has a deeper level of inmersion. I felt part of the game like 3 times more than in the first one. BioShock Infinite is a completely unrelated story, and very oriented to die hard fans. I mean, you'll notice the game begging you to love the characters. The player has to make the effort to get involved on that, when it should be the contrary. Second: the visual art part. The graphics on Infinite are well polished and they look very good compared to the older ones (obviously). But it's still weird, it lacks of the aura from 1 and 2. Actually, if you don't read ''BioShock'' in the title, you could hardly tell it's a BioShock game. It also mixes cartoon and reality, and that's cool somehow... but not for this series in my oppinion. BioShock 1 and 2 had a darker atmosphere, suited it best. The success of the saga makes me wonder why they didn't bother to remake it, and that leads me to the next part: Third: optimization. I had to disable textures in certain parts of the first games because it keeped crashing. I had to run it in compatibility mode too. Like I said, they could have bothered a bit and make a solid bundle, like what they did with the Metro saga. Same game, but outstanding graphics, improved optimization, etc. Conclusion: yes, it was a good journey through a different world. But it wasn't that good. I wasn't expecting anything because I'm not a fan of these kind of games, so I didn't have my expectations high at all. Easy game (beat BioShock 2 without a single death), lazy stories (specially in BioShock Infinite), bad optimization/update of the first games... But it's still something you have to play yourself, because I keep finding people who love it to death. For me it's just a 60/100 overall.
I'm tough to impress. I almost never give a 100, or even a 90. But Bioshock, and Bioshock Infinite are two of the most polarizing games I've ever played. (Bioshock 2 is meh). The first game has some fantastic gameplay, with all the different powers you get (called Plasmids) making combat much more interesting and fun. There are so many ways you can play Bioshock it's ridiculous. But where it shines is in the story. The themes, characters, story and subtleties within the plot are amazing, so much so that I dare not spoil it here. Then there's Bioshock Infinite (The TRUE sequel) which is quite possibly my favorite game of all time. I must have played through this game at least eight times. Each time i'm fully invested in the story, characters, and themes. It's story might possibly better than the first game, although for different reasons. Some people might say that Infinite's gameplay isn't as good as the first game, but the limited number of guns and shortage of cusstomization is made up by the Skyhook, which lets you attach yourself to rails in the sky and it makes you feel awesome and create memorable Watercooler moments. Overall, this bundle is worth it. Right now, it's on sale for VERY cheap. You need to buy this game. Both games are fantastic, and have some of the best stories you'll ever see in video games. ...Ok yeah I guess I should talk about Bioshock 2. It's not nearly as good as the other two, but it's still worth your time. Just forget that it has the name "Bioshock" attached to it, and it's a fairly decent game on it's own.
I got this triple pack for $14.99 and man was that a good decision. This pack gives you the critically acclaimed Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite. All 3 are great games that take you through Rapture, an underwater city, and Columbia, a booming old timey city in the clouds. All 3 games have their qualities. Bioshock gives you an excellent story while introducing you to plasmids and the whole atmosphere of Rapture. Bioshock 2 brings you back to Rapture as a Big Daddy. Awesome! Bioshock Infinite introduces you to Columbia and one of my favorite stories in a video game. There's a lot of love put into these games so please give it a try.
So, I bought these 3 games for an awesome price in the summer sales. My review about these games will be: Bioshock 1: The graphics were not as expected, but this is an old game, so I think that if I've had played this game before, it would satisfied my expectations. The history was well builded and the ending was kind of predictable. Bioshock 2: Kind of the same as the past game, but is a good game as well. Bioshock Infinite: IT WAS JUST FREAKING AWESOME! Everything! the graphics, the controls, the history, and the ending? OMG! Mindblowing, I've never expected that. Ok, be cool guys, I'm not going to be an spoiler, but, definitely you got to play this game. Finally: I'm looking forward to complete all the challenges and achievements, because, this is a good saga as well. 3 great games for a good price.
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