Product Type: Take 2 PC games
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Welcome to Rapture
Member Name: wonkybox
Advantages: Incredible story and setting
Disadvantages: Restrictive DRM
BioShock is a first-person shooter Set in an alternate version of the 60's. You play the lone survivor of a plane crash, exploring Rapture - a decaying underwater city.
The setting is a very strong point for the game, the fashions, architecture and design being a blend of cyberpunk and art deco. Mix in the underwater setting and you've got a great environment that lends itself well to unique puzzles and encounters.
The plot revolves around concepts of betrayal, libertarianism and free will and is one of the best stories I've seen in a game. There are numerous references to odious writer Ayn Rand, a version of her despicable doctrine being a cornerstone of the plot.
You'll find many weird, crazy people inhabiting what remains of Rapture, so you'll need to defend yourself. This is achieved not just through semi-conventional firearms, but by DNA altering chemicals called plasmids. Find or buy a plasmid and you'll be able to shoot fire or ice from your fingers, levitate objects, and a variety of other powers. Plasmids can be used in conjunction with each other or the physical weapons with interesting results, and these keeps combat interesting.
There are also defence mechanisms that require hacking (it's own little minigame) or strategic approach to overcome. Overall encounters are well-paced and the odd boss fight sets the mix off beatifully.
You'll also find Big Daddies patrolling the halls of Rapture - huge lumbering diving suits that aggressively protect the Little Sisters. Little Sisters harvest Adam from people, which is what is needed to make plasmids and is the currency of Rapture and instrumental in its downfall.
There are a few RPG elements, you can increase various skills to make things like hacking easier, and also upgrade your weapons.
Dotted around Rapture are audio logs and other clues that add exposition, and you communicate with other people in real time.
The setting, innovative combat and story all contribute to make Bioshock an incredible game that I would highly recommend. The only drawback on release was the punitive DRM, allowing you to install the game up to five times before rendering your purchase useless.
Summary: 'Water' way to have a good time!