Product Type: Take 2 PC games
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Thrilling FPS with a twist.
Member Name: Nitrostar
Advantages: Revolutionary story and gameplay.
Disadvantages: Disappointing boss fights.
Set in an underwater dystopia where scientific research free of moral and ethical boundaries has had catastrophic consequences, Bioshock puts the player in the shoes of the sole survivor of a plane crash who must now battle through the decaying remains of Rapture in order to uncover a truth more horrifying than the denizens of this city.
Drawing upon inspiration from Ayn Rand, Bioshock is both an entertaining first-person shooter and an interesting exercise in psychology. The storyline is one of the most intriguing of its type, with characters developing slowly and several important plot twists that truly immerse the player in the game world, provoking some sense of self-reflection and even emotional investment.
As a game, Bioshock does not disappoint. Beyond the cartoonish graphics is a phenomenally detailed world, with a distinct artistic style, truly capturing the style of the time in which the fictional city of Rapture was built. Players move through the city as they move through the levels, exploring new parts of Rapture and new wonders of the game developers. The rich detail of the environment is pivotal to the gameplay, with certain power ups relying on the various props and features included to make the city feel real and after just a short time playing one can easily become immersed in Rapture as if it were indeed real.
Gameplay elements, such as the minigames that allow access to certain items, and the ability to upgrade weapons and switch ammunition type may not be entirely original but are handled very effectively in Bioshock and in keeping with the theme of the game, strategic decisions requiring the type of weapon used in any given encounter play a significant role as ammo can grow scarce very quickly.
But truly Bioshock's main attribute in terms of gameplay is the use of plasmids. A variety of different abilities can be gained and upgraded through what is described in game as a DNA changer, which allows the player to shoot lightning, fire or even bees from their arms, throw objects across the room through telekinesis and even take control of the minds of enemies to sway them to your side.
A variety of different enemies will be encountered throughout Rapture with fights against "Big Daddies" proving to be some of the most intense in the game. The primary form of enemy is a splicer, which range from simple thugs to those with almost supernatural abilities due to the level of scientific experiment in Rapture. Those expecting a horror game may be disappointed as although there are horrific elements to Bioshock and the occasional moment of unease, the game primarily plays out as a science-fiction shooter based around the themes of liberty, control, free will and morality.
Perhaps the only major disappointment is that none of the "boss fights" are particularly challenging, even on high difficulty modes. Players may be very disappointed when one particular fight never occurs and the final challenge is easily accomplished but for those looking for a story driven game with various aspects, both in the plot and the gameplay, these slight disappointments can be overlooked.
The PC version includes DRM that some people may find intrusive.
Summary: One of the best games of the past ten years.