Bioshock Review | October 27, 2011 Xbox 360, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 3
Bioshock takes the 1st person survival horror shooter to a whole different place. The game is set in the year 1960 during the cold war between America’s Capitalism and Communism endorsed by the USSR. Bioshock takes a huge chance and it pay off in every way from beginning to end. Your character’s name is Jack and you are flying when your plane suddenly crashes into the ocean. You are the only survivor and swim to a mysterious tower that is right in the middle of the water. You find yourself at the front door step of Rapture a underwater city created by a man called Andrew Ryan. He created Rapture to escape the cold war debate and the ideologically of Capitalism vs Communism. But something went wrong because the city is a filthy disaster and the people who are either dead, insane and trying to kill every living thing. Plus, what the hell is a Big Daddy and why do some of the people have some for of super powers?
The main combat besides the guns are the plasmids. Plasmids are injections that rewrite your genetic code allowing you to shoot lighting or fireballs ect. It is a key form of attack when the crazy intense combat starts. The only way to get plasmids is from Adam that the Little Sisters collect which are protected by the Big Daddy's. The relationship between these two is one of the most unique things in Bioshock. You don’t have to fight them if you don’t want to. The Big Daddy's are very tough and get even tougher as the game goes on. After defeating a Big Daddy you have a good or bad choice. You can harvest the Little Sister (bad) or you can free them (good) you will get less Adam by freeing them at first but as a gift the freed Little Sisters will give you a bonus.
We give very high marks for Bioshock taking chances with the 1st person shooter. Our biggest complaint with the 1st person shooters is that they seem to always be the same. First they were all based around WWII then they all were futuristic sci-fi and now they are modern day shooters. Everything chance taken works flawlessly. The look of Rapture is uncomfortable you never really feel safe the whole time you are playing. The controls are perfect, you never have a problem finding what you want. Aiming while standing still or moving both work perfectly and you have to move or stand still a lot during combat. The late 50's early 60's music playing and the crazy eccentric people that you meet makes Bioshock one of the best games we have ever played. Bioshock took us 15 to 17 hours and the games replay value is very high. Worth paying a new game price, just buy and play it you will be happy even if you have never played a 1st person shooter.