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BioShock - a first person shooter experience unlike any other, played out in Rapture, an immense underwater utopia torn apart by a genetic civil war.

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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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

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2K Games
2K Boston
Action, Mac
2K Games
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
  • CPU: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz (single core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • 8 GB hard disk space
  • DirectX 9.0c compliant card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550); must support Pixel Shader 3.0
  • Sound hardware: 100% DirectX 9.0c compliant card
Recommended Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • RAM: 2GB
  • 8 GB hard disk space
  • DirectX 9.0c compliant card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA 7900GT or better) or DirectX 10 compliant card (NVIDIA 8600 or better)
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi (optimized for EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0/5.0 compatible cards)

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Reviews for BioShock


Bioshock is the best game. It's that simple. Its absence of multiplayer can not muddy the one that is one of the most frightening and at the same time captivating experiences that can be experienced right now. An innovative, fun, exciting and technologically advanced game that involves a new approach to the ceiling of the highest day vault of the art of video games.

Great atmosphere. Terrible gameplay.

The city of Rapture is absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, the amazing atmosphere, story, and characters are bogged down by an incredibly antiquated and clunky shooter. The gameplay is horrid and I wish Irrational Games was not in charge of making shooters. Put the gameplay in the hands of id, Bungie, DICE, or Infinity Ward and this may have been a different story. Alas, if you can get through the terrible gameplay, the story is worth seeing.

Good game too much hype

This game for me was over hyped, yes its a good game but its not as AMAZING as everybody makes out. It has a cool story, atmosphere and all that other stuff but I simply felt a bit let down by the fact that I'd heard how it was the best game ever... Anyways I'd buy it if I was you it's worth a playthrough or two.


One of the greatest aspects of a game is it's ability to get you emotionally involved in it's story. Unfortunately not that many games are able to do that. Bioshock is a game that excels in making you feel like you are part of the game. The interaction between your character and the young girls that you need to help is incredibly strong. You get pulled into the struggle to save these young girls, no matter the cost. What happened to them? Why are they here? Who is after them? These are questions that you will struggle to find answers to in this amazing game. The beautiful graphics and flawless controls help to make this an experience (not just a game) that you won't soon forget.

A truly memorable experience

The first Bioshock is one of those rare games that sticks in your mind long after you've finished playing it. While being considered a first person shooter first and foremost, Bioshock features plenty of RPG and adventure elements and, contrary to most of it's peers, it's heavily story-based. Though the gunplay itself and some of the developers' choices (such as putting most npcs out of sight and using regular splicer models for them, having some unnecesarry secondary plasmids (the superpowers of the game), making the player choose between two extremes regarding the little sisters' fate - a choice that doesn't leave much middleground, and somewhat affects the gameplay too - and the immersion-breaking hacking mini-game) leave much to be desired, the rest of the game (i.e. most of it) is simply stellar. The graphical and sound directions are stunning, managing to create the impression that the city of Rapture is real, though devastated and past it's glory days. The variety of weapons and plasmids aka 'magic', some very different from what is seen in most other games keeps the gameplay fresh and engaging, presenting the player with multiple ways to dispatch the waves of enemies he/she will be encountering. Finally the game's strongest point, the narrative is much more well-constucted than in most other games, raising some complex phylosophical questions, offering some very unique and detailed characters and locales to interact with and featuring a few major twists near the end of the game that accentuate the already high quality of the game and add an existential nuance to it's narrative complexity. The 3 endings (2 of which are very similar) maintains the simplistic nature of the aforementioned saving/killing the little sister choice, and depending on your angle can range from unsatisfying to brilliant. You certainly won't regret playing this game, even if you're not a fan of the fps genre.

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